Audra Released

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The Audra shawl pattern I was one of the test knitters for designed by Ambah has now been released and is on sale until the end of the month  which is coming up right soon!  The pattern is very easy – even the lace – and if made using the yarns called for, is garter stripes alternating mohair and sock yarn which makes for such a lovely, light and airy wrap and then the lace sections.  I used Hedgehog yarns, both sock weight and kidsilk haze that were dyed the same color so my stripes are not obvious in the garter section unless you are looking at it in person and then you can see the mohair versus the other yarn.   If you look at the other testers’ projects in Ravelry you can see examples where the stripes are more pronounced – I love both looks and  I do love the Hedgehog yarns that are dyed to match.   Ambah’s designs are fun to knit and very well written.  I highly recommend this one.

And that shawl pin –  which I have been coveting for quite a while and then a gift card came along so I finally decided to buy it – that is Ambah’s logo for her knit designs.  It is a gorgeous shawl pin which I know I will wear a lot.

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A bit of fabric

I love nearly every fabric in every Charley Harper line of fabrics.  His illustrations, especially of birds, are my favorites.    So when I came across these I decided I needed a little bit of them.

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I do especially love the swallow print with the dots.  I’ve used that in a couple different colorways but I’d never seen this one – it’s a very light blue background – not as gray as it looks in my photo).   And I couldn’t resist the panel which will likely get cut apart and sewn back together into some sort of wallhanging.

20180428_5  The color palette and simplicity of the birds just call to me.

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And then The Loopy Ewe got in a new dinosaur fabric line and I don’t know what it is about it – the colors or the prints – but it was just so darn cute.

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It will likely go in a gifting pile or I may sell it but I really wanted to make something with the Rex line.  You can see the rest of the fabrics (the ones I didn’t get because I really didn’t buy every print/color) here at The Loopy Ewe.  Ordered Friday and will arrive Monday – I love their customer service  (and rewards program, and yarns and camp loopy, and the way they package their items that are shipped in plastic in side the box/envelope so even if it’s pouring rain and he mailman leaves the package outside my door, what’s inside won’t get ruined.

ANYWAY –   I was playing in EQ8 for a bit today – I know I want a simple quilt so I just picked some simple blocks to start with . Don’t know that this will be the finished design I use – I usually go back and make changes several times but here’s one idea for those Rex fabrics.

(oh and check out the middle fabric on left column above – I love that it looks like a squiggly lacy print but it is actually dinosaurs.  Hopefully the Kona solids on the right will play nicely with the prints.

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Now to get some things done around here.   But I’ll be back  — in addition to  “a bit of fabric,” there might have been “a bit of yarn” – very unusual yarn direct from Sweden – that arrived this week.

 

Electric Quilt 8

Since whenever I upgraded to Electric Quilt 8, I haven’t really had much time to play with it.  Whenever a program updates it takes a bit to figure out where that thing you want has gone now or what it is now called – it’s those little changes.  But I’ve done some playing with it today and once I get used to the new layouts, I’ll be just fine.

I’m trying to plan yet another wedding quilt. Don’t know that any of these will make the cut but I had fun playing with them.  From the simple:

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To the not so simple – but I do really love this one and the sort of greyed tones of the fabrics.

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I’ve got a couple other ones but I’ll save those for some other day.

Sunday Stuff – 4-15-18

This “Sunday Stuff” I could have done without but it could have been much worse.

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What’s on the ground is mostly ice pellets – feels like walking on sand outside since it started as rain, then freezing rain/sleet coating things, and then frozen ice pellets so at least when it changed to pellets it wasn’t coating things –  the lights were flickering  every so often last night since it was so very windy.

This morning it is snowing – regular flakes – which hopefully will stop soon.  I have a sneaking suspicion that my boots are at work so it needs to stop snowing so everyone gets the sidewalks cleared up before I have to head to the bus tomorrow.

But in all that cold gloomy weather – I spied a bright spot

Here’s the progress so far on my CustomFit Burnish Cardigan – both fronts and the back.

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And I’m partially done with Clue 3 to the MKAL – I’m starting a simple striped section so it will be great tv knitting but boy those rows are getting long.

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A second sock

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No I have not finished the second to the pair of Peacock pattern sock I am working on but I had started this pair a day or two after starting the Peacocks (which I left at work so needed to cast on these one day so I had some bus knitting!) 🙂

Anyway, this is the Evergreen Socks pattern – called that due to the lace design on the leg that looks like, what else?, evergreens.

I wasn’t paying attention the day I started these and grabbed larger needles than I would have normally used.  I didn’t notice that until I got to the heel.  I adjusted the decreases on the gusset a bit to make it down to a tighter fit around the foot.  The loose leg – that doesn’t bother me so much since I like them loose around my legs.  I was more concerned that I had used up too much yarn on the first sock but after weighing the sock and the left over yarn ball, I have plenty left for the second sock.

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First I’m going to finish off the Peacock pattern pair tho, since that second sock is now at the heel turn, before starting the second sock to this pair.

Speaking of pretty yarn (well we weren’t but I’m always thinking about pretty yarn and pretty fabrics) – Madelinetosh is creating new colors and retiring other colors of yarn.  (The sock above is in South Pacific which is retired).  I fell in love with several new TML colors:

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Tripwire (the two in the middle) I absolutely love and the one on the right which is very dark with very dark hints of other colors, is Bittersweet.     Esoteric – the color on the left just needed to come along – I don’t know if I will use them all together but that was my plan in ordering them.

Then there were the new Under The Sea colors and the SweetGeorgia sale so these arrived also.

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The two on the left are April Under the Sea Colors and those will be used together for a future ESK QKAL  project that requires use of any of the ESK exclusive colors.

Last night I finished the back on the Burnish CF sweater.  So fronts and back are done and just a few rows of the first sleeve knit.  And today the next clue for the Impressionist MKAL came out so I’ve got that to work on as well.

Many yarny things going on here.  I saw this pattern today – its called a poncho but I don’t really think of this style top as one.  I have a store bought one similar shape that I love and this one with the lace, etc. – gorgeous in my opinion. I haven’t bought it yet but I love it and added bonus, I have the perfect yarn (or at least I think it’s the perfect yarn) in the stash just waiting for that perfect project.   But need to finish off a few other things first as usual.

 

Barn Dance Revisited

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Some of you may remember the Barn Dance BOM I presented here on the blog back in 2016.  It was a simple quilt to piece and a great way to use up a wide variety of fabrics.  So many different style of fabrics would look good in this design.  (We won’t mention the state of finish/unfinish my own version is in.)   Mine is in batiks, I’ve seen versions in 30’s repros, civil war fabrics, stripes, and dots.

I’m very happy to now share with you this floral version made by Linda Minga which she calls Smell the Flowers.

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The mix of florals and other fabrics make it such a fun, fresh looking quilt.  Seeing this has energized me to finish the quilting on my own…soon, very soon.

And check out this close up photo Linda sent of the quilting.

Minaga - Smell The Flowers - SmThe quilting is absolutely stunning.  Linda said the quilting was done by Dorie Hruskra at Forever Quilting.

I’m sure you will agree, the fabric choices, excellent piecing and stunning quilting all make this an absolutely gorgeous quilt.

Thank you Linda for sharing this with me and allowing me to share it on the blog.  And on this cold, dark, gray, raining/snowy morning where I am, it’s nice to see something that screams “SPRING!”

Impressionist MKAL – Clue 2

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Just finished clue 2 for this shawl.  It’s a bad night photo of course and doesn’t really show off the lace well but it’s the best photo I could get tonight.  The photo is sideways – rather than top to bottom of shawl because sideways that lace section at the end looks like a pair of butterfly wings to me. Don’t now what it will be come with the next clue to be released this weekend but time will tell.

My bus ride knitting project has been the second sock to the one I recently finished.  I’m working my way down the heel flap so making progress.   And now that I’ve gotten the MKAL caught up, I’ll be working on my green sweater until the next clue.  Still slogging my way up the back on the sweater.

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Goodness it’s been a busy week.   I’m not happy there’s been snow and winter temperatures are back but not totally unexpected either.  I am happy that the sun has been shining even tho that makes it look like it should be warmer outside than it is.  Those poor crocuses and tulips I had seen sprouting their heads up here and there may have gotten frozen off – time will tell. And I have finally seen some robins so maybe Spring is headed this way – not this week exactly but I can hope.

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I did finish some of my cleaning I was working on last weekend (and some I didn’t finish).  If you scroll down that old green bookcase I was going to empty is now sitting outside along the side of my patio.  It actually is the perfect length to make my own little privacy wall along the side of my patio and I think I may fill it with pots of flowers come spring – or eventually it will end up on the curb – but it’s out of my living room , Granny’s treadle sewing cabinet (minus treadle machine) is now the tv stand, and I finally put all the thimble collection back into the little cubbies they go in (they’ve only been sitting in a box for a year or two or…. a long time).

New revolving bookcase is put together and I love it.  It’s the perfect size for the space I wanted to put it.  I sorted through all the books, DVD, VHS, magazines and have several boxes packed up to get rid of.

 

The Second Quarterly ESK KAL project is socks.  I just finished off my first sock yesterday – the pattern is called Peacock Socks and I like the texture in the pattern on the leg.

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I changed the texture a bit on the top of the foot since texture inside my shoe sometimes bothers my foot.  I do love the way the yarn knit up.  Need to get the second sock cast on today – have I mentioned I’m totally loving doing magic loop socks now which I thought I’d never say.  it all finally clicked.

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Clue 2 of the Impressionists MKAL was released yesterday so I finished up clue 1 last night and got a bit of a start into clue 2 which added in my third color.

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Today’s task may be to tackle some stuff in the sewing room after my grocery delivery arrives which should be sometime in the next 45 minutes.  Or may be cleaning the bedroom – both rooms are in need so maybe I’ll just flip a coin….or knit until I decide……

Audra Shawl Test Knit Completed

 

Fresh off the blocking mats this morning.   This is my version of the Audra shawl pattern by Ambah O’Brien.  The pattern has not been released yet but I’ll let you know when it is available.   I totally enjoyed knitting this.  It’s a very relaxing knit and even if you’ve never knit any lace before, this would be a great beginner lace project I think.

I particularly love the garter striped sections which use a mohair yarn alternated with a fingering weight yarn.  The mohair makes it feel so soft and gives it a fuzzy halo.  And it makes it so light an airy.   I’m looking forward to wearing this tomorrow.

Somewhere I’ve got some bright multicolored mohair that I can envision in this pattern as a bright and fun version.

The ESK Yarnathon is on to the second Quarterly KAL which is socks.  I have three pairs planned and cast on the first pair at midnight.  I’m working on the heel flap.  I’m doing them magic loop method – now that I have finally mastered it – and realized I’m able to knit socks faster than with double points.  Plus the double points were starting to hurt my hands and the needles I’m using don’t seem to do that – must be the way I hold circular needles versus dpns that makes the difference.

In my cleaning I found a pair of fingerless gloves I had started and forgot about – had the project bag buried – so I think if I finish that pair I will have all 12 pairs of mitts done that I needed.   I also have a Loopy Knitting Challenge scarf to finish before the end of May.

Its a sunny Easter day here but like most Easters in Wisconsin, the sun is deceiving – I was surprised how cold it felt when I walked out the door but then realized it was only 25 degrees.

 

And around it goes

It’s the new bookshelf I’m talking about – it spins in circles.  I’m going to be moving this old, big ugly bookshelf out of my living room.

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Yes it’s a disaster right now because I started pulling stuff off it and sorting through DVDs to get rid of most of them and also get rid of all the VHS tapes.   So a large box and reuseable grocery bag full of movies I’m getting rid of and another large grocery bag of DVDs to see if my parents and/or sister want to watch.  Also two bags of books I’m done with so cleared out a good bit so far.   The rest of what is on the shelves is quilt books/magazines to sort through and some of the DVDs I’m keeping. Of course I also need to clear out the corner in front of the shelf where I knocked stuff when I was “sorting” which is mostly knitting type stuff and the stuf below – mostly knitting stuff like little balls of yarn left over from past projects.

The books and DVDs I’m keeping will move to this new revolving bamboo bookcase which I just finished putting together.

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Ignore the mess in that corner – I’m always very messy while “cleaning.”  The little cabinet next to it will get moved from that spot and get repainted once the weather gets nicer and the rest are all boxes to be broken down and recycled.  But the bookcase will go farther back into that corner which is just sort of a dead spot behind where the door opens.

My spring cleaning has started.  My first goal is to box up all the stuff to donate to St. Vinney’s or Easter Seals (someplace that will come pick it up) like books, dvds, vhs, some kitchen items I’m getting rid of and some clothes – and then I need to hire a junk removal place to come remove my couch and the chair from my living room.  Not that I’ve found anything to replace them yet but I’ve got my recliner so I have a place to sit in the meantime.  🙂

But for now, back to knitting on my test knit.  I’m on the last striped section so hope to finish it off in the next day or so.