My other finish – Helical Stripes

Oops posted the prior blog post too soon because I forgot to add my final finish for the weekend – Helical Stripes – yep, another Mary-Ann Lammers design.

The speckled yarn was my Camp Loopy 2016 bonus yarn for completing all my camp projects and the long color change yarn is Mini Mochi – one of my favorite color change yarns.   Tutti fruitti, frozen sherbet, salt water taffy, and angel food confetti cake all come to mind when I look at these yarns.  Now to add all these finished projects to my page in the sidebar where they are all located and tally up my used yarn totals.

Blocked and ready to wear

Blocked and I love how it turned out.  It’s the KISS Shawl Joyful  (KISS being “Keep It So Simple”) and it truly is.   Since I didn’t find an ombre yarn I liked, like that used in the original design, I played with colored stripes and added just two thin stripes that weren’t in the original pattern, and used all the colors of yarn I had chosen in the top patterned section rather than just one color. Easy slip stitch pattern at the top means you do not have to carry colors along like in stranded knitting.  And I love the yarn – Queensland Collection Kathmandu Aran 100 – and it comes in such lovely tweedy looking colors.  It makes for such a soft shawl after blocking – that drapes so nicely, and although warm and snuggly, will be very light weight to wear.

Another fantastic pattern by Mary-Ann Lammers.  You can check out her other patterns on Ravelry at the link.  As you may have guessed, I am a huge fan of her patterns having shared many of them I’ve made here.  She’s celebrating her one-year anniversary of designing so check out her KISS Shawl Regatta which she is sharing for free with a coupon code at the moment in honor of her anniversary.  And be sure to check out the KISS Shawl Rhapsody -the KAL starts May 1 in her Ravelry group.  I love my first Rhapsody

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and can’t wait to get started on my second one in these yarns

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So three projects off the needles this weekend and one other project blocked – I think it must be time to cast on something new! 🙂

Sunset Ridge

If you are an avid reader of the blog, you will remember I previously posted about receiving the advance copies of McCall’s Quick Quilts June/July issue with my quilt design, Sunset Ridge, in it – and also the opportunity to win a free copy of the issue.  The links above will let you preview the issue and see what other lovely designs are in it and give you more info if you want to purchase a digital copy.

After posting that, McCall’s Quick Quilts emailed me some photos of the quilt (much better than the ones I took of the magazine pages that showed it of course) and here they are.

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So I’m postponing the drawing for the free issue of the magazine until next Sunday to do all drawings at once.  Leave a comment on this blog post if you would like to be included in the drawing to receive a free copy.   There will be winners picked from both the prior blog post and from this one.  If you already entered the prior drawing, that’s fine; you can enter this one too to double your chances to win. 🙂

Subscription issues began shipping April 18, 2017. By May 2, 2017 the issue will be available on newsstands, as well as in print or digital download format at QuiltandSewShop.com at the following link: http://www.quiltandsewshop.com/category/quick-quilts

I’ve got some fabric set aside for this project to make my own version – a quick and simple beginner friendly project.

Knitting progress… continued

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My socks are finished.   The pattern is Ringwood Socks.  It’s a great pattern, and very simple to knit/remember,  for variegated yarn although this yarn, Mrs. Crosby Train Case, the color is Toucan, knits up more as what I would call a speckly yarn since it has just little bits of color and not longer lengths like what I think of as a truly variegated yarn.

Bit the colors in it are so lovely.

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My blocking shawl is nearly dry and now to finish off the edging on my cowl.  Lots of projects going into the “finished” pile this weekend.

Knitting Progress – 4-22-17

I thought I might actually get three projects off the needles last night but…. I fell asleep much earlier than normal.  Dang – that cut into my knitting time.

But… I did finish this cute little baby sweater.

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The sweater is for a babe whose parents are bee keepers and since I’m doing the ESK yarnathon and am in the Gumblebees (which look like bees) group, one of the badges to earn is to make something with your team mascot on it.  So, on the back side of the sweater, a bee has landed

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This was my first try at duplicate stitch, and it could use a bit of work but it turned out okay.

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I also finally got my KISS Shawl Joyful soaked and it is not on the blocking mats.

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Definitely a blurry shot – the sun coming in at the opposite side of the room was messing with the camera.  The photo is a bit of an optical illusion from the angle where I took the photo but I did block this one a bit longer than the original pattern size since this yarn really got stretchy when it was wet.

This is pinned out to block at 23″ x 82″ which should be a very nice size to wrap up in next fall/winter.

 

I love the way the different colors /stitch pattern looks along the top edge.

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The other two projects that are oh so close to being completed are my current socks on the needles (another ESK badge project) — I only have about 10 rows left before I can kitchner up the toe, and my Helical Stripes cowl – which has been a fun knit – I only have the top border to do and bind off  – so another dozen rows I think.

 

Sadly, I noticed when washing all the hand knit socks last weekend, that my favorite pair

socksand not the first, but a pair I made not long after my first pair ever, is starting to wear thin on the ball of the foot.  But they have been worn so much and have stood up more years than I would have expected – and way longer than any store bought sock would have.  After wearing hand knit socks, I could never go back to the uncomfortable store bought ones – just last month I finally cleaned out the drawer and got rid of all the non-hand knit socks that I haven’t worn in years.  The fact that I never wear shoes in the house so I’m walking across carpet probably didn’t help with the “wearing out” factor.  But in the meantime, they’ve got a few more wears left in them.

Happy Easter

20170416_12  I realized yesterday I had not dyed any Easter eggs – well that’s just wrong but I didn’t have any of the Paas dye stuff so after looking on line to see how to use food coloring to dye eggs, mixed my own dye and got this lovely salmon color.

And I opened my door this morning to….

SPRING!   It was unseasonably warm (and rainy) the last couple days and we went from no leaves on the trees and a few green weeds growing on the hillside outside my door to this.

That bright springy green on little shrubs and the trees all sprouted tiny leaves.  It looks like Spring has finally arrived here.

And there was an exciting arrival yesterday – the first of my designs in print this year – the postman brought the advance copies of the June/July issue of McCall’s Quick Quilts.  It’s always exciting to see it actually in print and part of that is because I never really know what it will look like.  I don’t actually sew up the version of the quilt that appears in the magazines and the magazine chooses the fabrics/colors that it will be used by one of their sewists to make it.  And, since I hate naming quilts, if I do have a name I have given one of the designs, I always tell them they can feel free to give it a new name. So  here is Sunset Ridge.

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I have extra copies to give away and will be choosing winners next Sunday on April 30.  To be eligible for an entry to win, you must live in the United States and leave a comment on this blog post – one comment per person.

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The quilt in the magazine actually uses colors/fabric similar to what I used in my original drawings in EQ.  Below is the EQ image I submitted to them.

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On the Needles – 4-14-17

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I started a new cowl last night – it will go well with my spring jacket for those blustery spring days – which hopefully will arrive sometime soon.  The white yarn has speckles like confetti angelfood cake and the other is a minim mocha long color change yarn.  The pattern is Helical Stripes and is a great pattern to learn how to make stripes in the round without the usual jog that occurs when you get to the end of a round – super easy and fun to see the different colored stripes form.  Very Eastery looking colors.

When I went searching for the yarn last night I discovered there had been yet another leak in the sewing room closet from the apartment above.  Luckily only some cotton yarn soaked up a bit of the water so I squished it dry with a towel and left the fan on it and the closet carpet overnight.  The maintenance man was able to find the problem (new maintenance guy  – the old one told me lots of reasons he thought there were leaks but none of them really sounded plausible).    Could have been much more of a mess like the last time tho – thank goodness it was not.   And when the maintenance man came back to pick up the big fan and check on things he brought a very pretty new light to install in my kitchen as a bonus. 🙂  There was just a one bulb fixture in the ceiling – within 15 minutes a new larger 3 bulb installed and it is so nice to have that bright light there.

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Spent a good part of the day putting the closet back in order after everything was dry while this lovely quiche was baking – bacon, mushroom and asparagus.  I would rather have had swiss cheese in it but forgot to buy some so cheddar it is.  Looks like it turned out very good – and will be good with some of that fresh pineapple along side.

After I got the sewing room back in order – I was able to put up the rest of the blocks I had finished sewing yesterday (before discovering the water problem).

 

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Still more to make but I need to cut some more pieces.  I also need to fix that one rogue block at the bottom there – need to rip off one section and flip it around.

Something new on the design wall

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My piles of pieces went from the stacks above to

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Belle Wave blocks on the design wall – 22 blocks to be exact.  There are five rectangles in each block – three rectangles with a like background rectangle at one end and two rectangles that get half background pieces at each end.  My background batik blends into the design wall fabric but there really is background fabric.  I need to cut more rectangles and background squares but since I changed to this quilt pattern I should be able to make every piece that is not a background piece out of a different batik like a charm quilt – especially since now I can use some of the batik layer cakes since I only need one rectangle from each – not multiples like my original quilt plan.

Of course now that I’m only using one rectangle of each set I had previously cut, I think I’ve got plenty of rectangles precut for several quilts now.

Let’s see – only 26 more blocks to make and then I’ll see where I’m at on size and can start moving blocks around to get them were I want them.  Right now they are just on the design wall in no particular order just to keep track of them.  The photo was taken after dark in my sewing room so the colors are not nearly as vivid in the photo as in real life – there are some real eye-popping color combinations.

Back to the bit of knitting…

A couple projects finished since the weekend.

Another DaVinci Cowl for the KAL- which is still ongoing.  This is my sixth one.  It is also my The Loopy Ewe March Mixer project.  And the prior finished DaVinci Cowl I showed a post or two ago was my April Mixer project so I’ve completed the first four monthly mixers this year but haven’t completed any of the sewing ones yet – although I do have a few plan for them.

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DaVinci Cowl #6 – S4-1-17 F4-8-17

The yarn color is Canary Island – very bright and springy looking.

I also finished the KISS Shawl Joyful.  This was a fun knit – I changed up the striped areas just a bit and used all my various colors in the slip stitch colorwork at the top.  This shawl still needs to be blocked.

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KISS Shawl Joyful S-3-21-17 F 4-10-17

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This shawl is also for one of my ESK Yarnathon projects and will earn several badges – one for colorwork, one for having to weave in over a certain number of ends (I think I had 27-28 on this one to weave in but it went super quickly with this thicker yarn)

I’m moving along on my ESK 2nd Quarter KAL project – the fan and feather shawl.

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I’m at just about the half way point so need to find where I put the other two hanks of yarn.

I think this will be very pretty when blocked and the lacy pattern opens up.

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So over 2,000 yards added to my “yards knit” totals.  I’ve been working this evening on a second sock I’d really like to get finished this week.

 

 

A bit of sewing and a bit of knitting..

Yesterday it was a lovely day here – sunny for the most part and warmer than it had been – so I actually got to crack open the door and sewing room window and let some fresh air in.  It was a nice change.

I may actually get around to doing the Spring cleaning I need to do – closets need cleaning out, dusty cob webs vacuumed from the corners of the ceiling – you know, fun stuff like that. Since I’ve taken the week off, it seems a fine time to do it.  Or, you know me, I may just knit and sewing and do a bit of weaving and ignore that stuff.

The groceries were delivered yesterday so I’m planning some baking and cooking — since weeknights I’ve been a bit lax in the cooking department – just grabbing something I can make quickly or heat up.  I’ve been so hungry for asparagus quiche and the price of asparagus has finally come down to a price I will pay for it so that’s on my list of things to make.

In the meantime, yesterday I sewed.   Not on either of the two projects that are top of my list to get finished/started, but a totally different one.  As I was piling up some charm packs to put away in the sewing room another piece of fabric I had recently received was sitting there and it went so well with the charm packs in my hand.

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The white background with the leaves and snail are my background fabric.  I just love that print with all the springy colors in it.

I haven’t decided where I’ll go from here – I need to see how much background I have let but I think this will get turned into a baby blanket and I’ll just add to the top and bottom.

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In the meantime I change my mind yet again on the wedding quilt I need to get started on.  I was not looking forward to cutting and marking and sewing a gazillion stitch and flip corners on all the rectangles I had cut – boring.  But then I remembered a pattern I had seen on Craftsy for the Belle Wave Lap Quilt.  I of course will be making it much larger but the rectangles I cut – although larger – will work just fine and no flip and stitch corners.  Since I only cut four rectangles of each batik fabric, I plan to just mix them all up rather than making individual blocks of 5 rectangles like the pattern calls for.  It will just be a riot of color across my quilt.

I’ll save the “bit of knitting” and my  finishes for later – I need to get busy around here. 🙂