Camp Loopy July project status

Quilting is finished so time for a coffee break or lunch or something.

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Not the best photo all piled up on my table but I’ll take a photo once completed of course.  Nothing fancy in the quilting on this one.  All the striped and red sashings were stitched in the ditch, the main blocks have a four-leaf petal shape across them and the border is just a meander.    Now to see if I have enough striped fabric left or the binding.

In the meantime, as I was planning projects to finish quilting (after next month’s Camp Loopy project is done and the wedding quilt quilting is finally completed) I decided to check out one of the online shops that has a nice variety of wide backing fabrics – Backside Fabrics — no affiliation, just a happy customer.  The teal/yellow/green polka dot backing on this quilt, which you can just see a bit of at the top of the screen came from there.  So I check in on the website from time to time to see what’s new and on sale and couldn’t pass up these bright lovelies since I have so many batik on black or other bright colored tops to quilt.   Here’s the screenshot from my order – obviously I loved the one print so much I got it in both colorways.  Can’t wait to see these in person.

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As for my July knitting project I seamed the shoulders and set in the sleeve. Just need to finish seaming the side seams which are just clipped together — another perfect use for those binder clips to hold quilt bindings – they are great to hold knit pieces together for seaming.

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Pattern says to pick up some stitches along neck edge and then bind them off on the next row to finish off the neck edging.  I may just do a row of single crochets around the next to finish it off instead which will give essentially the same look to the edge.  Then just the buttons.  I need to pull some different yarn from the leftovers bind to finish the seaming since this sweater, like the other one I need to seam, are both single ply yarns and don’t hold up well to seaming so need to find something stronger.

Dreamcatcher

I found this in my mailbox last night – the advance copies of Sept/October 2017 issue.  Dreamcatcher is the name of my quilt design in this issue.

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Here’s the original image I sent them.  They stayed pretty close to the colors I used in my drawing when they chose the fabrics to make it in.  I have not actually made this quilt myself yet but it’s on my list once I get a project or two quilted first.

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and I finished off the sleeves for the ESK 3rd Quarter KAL project.  Decided to block it before seaming so got it on the mats today and set it outside where it happens to be a lovely day for a change – upper 70s, not raining and not humid – now that’s a nice change.  So hopefully it will dry a bit more quickly outside since it’ heavy yarn.

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I’ve been doing a bit of cleaning but need to go finish clearing the rest of the blocking mats off of my sewing table so I can get another quilt layered to start quilting on.

Happy Fourth of July

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with taking last Thursday off, working Friday, then the weekend, working yesterday (in a very quiet office since I think more than half were gone) I woke up this a.m. and thought – do I go to work today or not – what day is this?  I’m so confused but quickly came to the realization that no, it is a holiday.

So why, if I was up later than normal did I wake up earlier than normal!  But I thought I’d knit for a bit bright and early on my patio so grabbed some coffee and my project and headed to the patio only to be descended on my mosquitos.  Yep, after the last rain storm yesterday they immediately appeared with a vengeance.  I guess I’m lucky I hadn’t seen any up until this point but sitting outside this morning was out of the question.

I do have the body of a little sweater finished and am working on the sleeves.

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And I’m also on the sleeves of my Camp Loopy project too.  But for this afternoon – since it’s lunch time and I’m still in my jammies sipping coffee – I’m going to work on my camp loopy quilt and see if I can’t get the final sashing/borders added (once I figure out exactly what they might be!).

 

July Camp Loopy Knitting

Where was I at Midnight?  Casting on my July Camp Loopy project of course and binge watching a PBS mystery show on Amazon Prime. 🙂

I knit for several hours and knit a bit more this morning and have the back to the little Kelcema sweater completed.  Isn’t this specky yarn fun.

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It’s amazing how much faster worsted weight yarn and size 8 needles knit up compared to the projects I had been working on previously – fingering weight and much smaller needles with more complex patterns.   Straight garter stitch, a little bit of easy shaping,  and I had this back done in no time – got half way thru the armholes and finished off the top of it this a.m.  If you’ve never done any sweater knitting and were looking or a project to start with this one would definitely be a beginner friendly sweater, yet it will show you how to do some simple shaping, make buttonholes, seam a sweater and baby/toddler sweaters are always good since the fit on their sweaters is far more forgiving.  Garter stitch is really squishy and  stretchy  so sweaters made in garter can usually be worn a bit longer (as kids are growing) as it is stretchy.

I also found some potential buttons in my button tin.

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The fish would be very cute but I need to finish the front side that doesn’t get the button holes  to lay these on in order to determine if these buttons are too large or not.  I likely will need to make the buttonholes a stitch larger which is not a problem but the sweater has pairs of buttons set side by side so just depends on the width of the top of the sweater as to whether these will work.

Dino DNA Finished

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My June Camp Loopy fabric project  – finished sewing the binding last night.  If you’d like to make your own version of this project, scroll down the right sidebar of the blog to PAGES, FREE PDF PATTERNS, and find DINO DNA.  That will give you the link to download some simple instructions.  This was  fun and super easy one to make with all those bright batiks.

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There’s a couple types of meander quilting in it.  The background is actually quilted with a light yellow thread that went well with the cream/tan batik print and the colored sections are quilted in hot pink.

Harvest Bread

Over the weekend I made a loaf of Harvest Bread – recipe is on the King Arthur Flour website which looked like this after being mixed up and then it had to sit out on the counter overnight to rise a bit.

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It has raisins and cranberries and walnuts in it.  The recipe called for pecans – but I was out of them, and yellow raisins which I can’t get so plain old raisins were used.

The only thing I would change is cut down on the amount of raisins, cranberries and nuts in it.  Even tho I baked it until it got to the internal temp called for in the recipe, it could maybe have gone a bit longer due to the denseness of all those goodies inside.  But that would have made it too brown on the outside.

 

20170625_120170625_3So next time I’ll probably use half the amounts of goodies that go into it and it should be perfect.  I had some fresh while it was still warm but I think I need to go toast a slice and test it out with my dinner.

 

Happy Hooker Badge

Yes that’s right – my happy hooker project for the ESK Yarnathon badge is finished  – “happy hooker” meaning crochet project (shame on you for what you were thinking!) 🙂

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I love this Salty Tales colorway.

 

I made the braided sections a bit longer and also lengthened the tabs that join them so the braids hang a bit longer than the original pattern design.  I want it more as a fashion accessory than an actual cowl that keeps you neck warm so longer was better for that – plus I had plenty of yarn.

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Found a button in the button bin that would work and its finished – which is good because crocheting is very hard on my wrists.

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I was also doing a bit of planning for my other Yarnathon projects today too.  One of the badges is for a blanket – which I really don’t want to make one for me but I found a cute baby blanket (which I can use as a gift) called Wild Kingdom.  Checkerboard center and cute reverse stockinette zoo animals around the edges.  I’ll be making it in Cascade 220 superwash in Daffodil – good for boy or girl blanket.

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Now to go finish sewing down a quilt binding so I can call that project done.

Cosmic Rift Shawl Finished

This is a test knit I did for Laura Aylor.  The weather finally stopped raining so I could get some pictures  The pattern is called Rift and I believe she plans to release it on July 1.  I let you know when it’s available.  It’s a fun knit – all squishy garter except for the veins of color.  The test knits are all turning out so fun – some are dark backgrounds with bright veins, some used scraps so each vein is a different color – so many possibilities.

 

I used Madelinetosh Eyre Light – which is a lovely soft yarn in Cactus Flower (the pink veins) and Cosmic Wonder Dust – the specked – hence the name I gave my shawl, Cosmic Rift.

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Dino DNA Quilt

One of my fellow Loopy Groupies asked about the Dino DNA quilt which  reminded me I had written up a cheat sheet of sorts to post to the blog so you could make your own version if you like.    The EQ image of the quilt is below (I still need to finish stitching the binding down on my version which is on this week’s agenda… or maybe the weekend…)

But, scroll down the right sidebar of the blog to the PAGES section, then to FREE PDF PATTERNS, and you will find Dino DNA listed there.  Click the quilt name in that list to get to where the pdf is stored.  And if you make a project from this pattern, I’d love to share a picture of it on the blog.  🙂

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Could I be more indecisive?

I think I have changed my plans for my Camp Loopy July project… well more times than I can remember.  I need it to be July so I HAVE to start on it and can’t change my mind any more.  But this is it – the final plan.

The yarn I had gotten and posted here with the toddler sweater I was going to make, isn’t going to work the way I want.  I was winding some yarn last night and decided to wind that yarn while I was at it.  However when caked, it looked almost like a gradient yarn.  It was decidedly all darker shades of color on the outer third than the colors in the inner part of the cake.  Since my sweater is knit side to side, that was going to be very weird looking.  Hence the change of plans.

I do plan to use that yarn for a different project which is actually designed for a more gradient look and I think it will work well but doesn’t meet the criteria for the July camp project (not enough yardage used and too recent a pattern – camp patterns must be published 2014 or earlier).

So…….new plan, new yarn ordered.  This is the yarn and I’ll be making a super simple garter stitch toddler sweater called Kelcema.  Once the yarn arrives I need to go searching in my button tin  – I think I have some brightly colored buttons that will work.

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Absolutely no more changing my mind.  I love the yarn, I’ve read thru the pattern, and I can’t wait to pick out some fun buttons.  This is definitely my July Camp project!