CTS blocks are still up on design wall 1 — waiting for those two missing house blocks before I can start on the sashing. I also can’t start on the sashing yet because I ordered a new fabric to possibly use for it. Something with a little more color than the navy tone on tone I originally bought. The new stuff may be a bit too pastel but it’s hard to tell from just the online swatch. But in any event it’s a lovely batik so will get used even if it doesn’t work for this project.
Design wall 2 still has the stained glass runner stuck on it tho it is now quilted and binding pinned for final hand stitching. But heck I’ve been too busy knitting to do that hand stitching on the runner or the butterfly wallhanging that just needs the binding done.
Here’s how far I am on the first sock of my third party of Opal Socktoberfest challenge socks – down to the straight-away of the foot. I like how the pattern on the leg broke up the stripes a bit and then the sole shows the stripes. I just happened to have some brown solid Opal that matched the stripey yarn perfect so decided I’d do the heel flap and toes in the brown. I’m always so paranoid I’ll run out of yarn so nothing to worry about when mixing in the solid.
And don’t miss out on the sale at EQ Boutique — they have extended it a day or two. The code for the percentage off is in one of my blog posts from the weekend or on the Eq Boutique site.
I gathered all the Opal yarns from the stash in anticipation of the start of the Opal Socktoberfest Challenge. Click on the button in the left sidebard for the challenge if you haven’t checked it out yet. It’s just for fun but there’s some free yarn involved – can’t get better than that.
So now to decide which one of those I want to use first. It won’t be the couple of solid colors because I bought those to have around for heels and toes on other yarns if I think I may be running short on yarn. But there’s plenty to choose from. If I meet my own personal challenge number of four pairs of socks – that means one a week — that means some speedy knitting to be sure so we’ll see if I can really make it.
And here’s the Houses in the Woods blocks for CTS that I have finished so far. A couple more to make yet.
There was a bit of an earthquake on the design wall that holds the CTS blocks. It was the second design wall I put up when the other one was full and I had the window open because it was such a lovely day and there was a bit of a cross breeze going through the apartment. Right past the buildings — which were on the wall but of course are now on the floor – not all of them but there was definitely a building collapse going on!
I see wordpress was up to it’s old tricks again and posted a photo yesterday – only one of two – and no text. ;-( ( Bad wordpress!)
Nothing on the design wall today but this is quilt is spread on the table since I’m quilting on it.
Full quilt is in pictured in the previous post. I’m one block shy of having half the blocks that are surrounded by pink quilted. The pink triangles are meandered and the floral wreaths have a large freemotion flower in them. The pink border has half feathers. Haven’t decided what I’ll do in the green blocks yet.
There’s been a few emails with questions regarding CTS – which stands for ChristmasTown Sampler – A Collaboration Among Friends BOm which starts next month.
Please read the CTS page (click the button in the sidebar) because I think you will find the answers to your questions there. At least the majority of the questions we are willing to answer at this point. 😉
Like several people have asked if there is applique — you will see on that page that it says there “may” be applique. So there “may be” — but that’s all part of the mystery of those center blocks – you’ll just have to wait and see if there is. 😉
When will you get the patterns for the border blocks. You will get one of them every month right along with all the other patterns you get each month. Remember it’s also a blog hop so EACH month you will go to ALL FOUR of our blogs to collect that month’s pattern that EACH of us had designed.
We hope you’ll join us — it’s going to be a fun quilt!
Just Butterflies is now off the floor and up on the design wall. I still haven’t decided on the fabric for the sashing, cornerstones or borders yet. That will have to wait a few days.
Another new sock has been started – not that I’ve finished all the other ones yet – but I have several at various points to pick up and knit on when the mood strikes. Some are easy ones where I don’t have to pay much attention to what I’m doing (great for working on during the bus ride to work) and others I have to pay more attention to the pattern so they get worked on more on the weekends when I have a block of time to concentrate on them. Here’s the current one I’m working on. I like the subtle color changes.