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Design Wall Monday
Finally, something up on the design wall. This is Continuous Chain BOM and my center blocks are all done and ready to start sewing rows.
A friend and I had been talking about all those little left over bits of yarn that get scattered around in various baskets, bags and other containers and just get tangled up. I’ve got lots of them from socks I’ve made, but what to do with them? Then I remembered this.
It’s a large green (tho the flash doesn’t really show that it’s green) Ball Mason jar. So I spent an evening untangling those left over sock yarns and making little balls out of them to fill the jar. It represents somewhere between 15 to 20 pairs of socks I’ve made. And it even serves a purpose, other than just holding the balls since the whole thing is a lamp my Dad made for me.
The lamp and table really are not on a slant — just the camera when I took the picture. But until I decide to make something out of all those leftovers, (I’ve got some christmas ornaments planned for them – little socks and hats), they are all nicely contained.
I’ve also been working on a holiday themed project but I’m sort of tired of red and green and prefer Christmas themed quilts that aren’t necessarily in traditional colors. The colors in this one remind me of a frosty morning. It’s not done yet, but time to find some dinner!
Knit Along Progress
The sock knit along continues to progress, albeit slowly the latter part of this week since I had some other things I needed to work on too. But I’ve been busy knitting on a couple of projects.
Here’s the knit along socks. The heel has been finished and the decreases done so now I can move along on the rest of the foot. These will be for me so they may get pushed aside a bit to finish off another pair in progress that is for a gift.
Most of this week I’ve been busy knitting on my large Booga Bag. I finished the bag part last night and just have the I-cord for the drawstring to complete. I started the I-cord last night but have many more feet of it to go. Here’s the bag and the I-cord will be the same color as the bottom of the bag. Right now the bag, when laying flat, measures about 22″ wide and 14″ long to where the base of the bag starts. I remembered to measure it this time so I can see how much it shrinks when it is felted.
So the plans for the weekend – at least at this point – finish off a sock in progress, the I-Cord so I can get this bag felted, put the drawstring through the prior smaller felted bag, and start on a new bag for a gift. I’m also hoping to get some quilting time in, start on the pattern instructions for Christmas Charm, and I’ve been working on another design for next year’s BOM project. WHEW! I’m tired already. Then there’s the mundane projects like cleaning and it’s about time to pull out some of the winter clothes since the temps have taken a dive – but I hate the having to switch the wardrobe around so may wait on that a bit longer. 🙂
The November Continuous chain instructions are now available – see the right sidebar. Next month, the final instructions will be posted for that BOM.
But the immediate plans for tonight, plug in a movie, find some dinner, and do some knitting.
Design Wall Monday
I was thinking I had nothing to show today since I’m working on sections of blocks for Continuous Chain. But then remembered – no I did finish a couple of blocks that I stuck up on the wall. So here they are…
The blocks should multiply quicky now if I get some time to sew since I have all the sections made and ready to go.
I also finished a new sock this weekend.
But it was a nail biter at the end. This particular yarn usually uses one skein per sock but I was afraid I was going to run short. There’s only about 3 yards of yarn left over! WHEW! Just made it. And I was good – started it’s mate right away since I need these for a Christmas gift so can’t procrastinate on getting the second one done.
A little bit of sewing and knitting
Finally, I’ve had a little time to sew. So I’ve been working on these.
These are blocks for the border of Continuous Chain.
My little featherweight was happy to be humming along once again.
And a new sock has been started.
I love this yarn. Its from Pigeonroof Studios and the colorway is Ghost Orchid. Light tans, gray and purple. Love the way the sock is knitting up. The flash has washed it out a little but it’s going to be a gorgeous pair of socks. They may end up in the Christmas gift pile.
My Continuous Chain
I finally got the fabrics scanned in for my second Continuous Chain quilt and have been working on that. Here’s the fabrics I will be using.
If I use the dark green as my Fabric 1 in the original layout (where the darkest brown is) and the Paisley as the dark in my second combination (Fabric 3), I get this look
It looks very much like the Continuous Chain cover page — with the dark green chains making a continuous design. What I don’t like about this one – the aqua/white mini print looks a bit too “hey look at me” in the border. The scan of the fabric is a bit brighter than in reality but it’s still trying to be the center of attention in the border. And overall this version is just a bit too “dark green” for what I want.
That paisley fabric is my favorite. So, if I switch the paisley to fabric 1, aqua to fabric 2, dark green 3, little green print 4, I get a totally different look.
The dark green draws your eye to more of a diagonal line than continuous chain, but I like the way the colors are spread though this — a softer look to it and shows off more of the paisley. But in this one, not quite enough of that aqua color – I think there needs to be a bit of it in one of those borders. Hmmmmmm…. so I came up with a third choice.
I swapped out a paisley fabric border and put the aqua in it’s place and added aqua binding. I think those additions balance the aqua out a bit better and I know I’ve got an extra piece of the aqua in case I need it. So coloring three it is.
The reason I want to have the paisley more visible – other that I love paisley – is this quilt will be for my bed – imagine that! But look how lovely that paisley looks against my headboard. I love it!