Tuesday, January 29, 2008
Monday, January 28, 2008
Tuesday, January 22, 2008
I did start on the second sheep in this mobile. His name is Timmy and he's a baby. So far I have the body knit up. I hope to work on him a bit more tonight. While the knitting is simply, it's a bit fiddly due to the small size. Still makes for a very fun project. Gives me a nice break from the illusion scarf....which I'm still working on.
Update on the alien illusion scarf: alien motif #4 is finished. I will start on alien motif #5 in the next day or so. Tihs is definitely one of those projects where it's nice to have something else to work on. For me, a break is needed every now and then or the knitting becomes monotonous.
Saturday, January 19, 2008
Update on my Shaun the Sheep and Friends mobile: Finally finished Shaun the Sheep. Finished up the "fiddly" things this morning. I knew that I wasn't real crazy about the wiggly eyes and will be replacing them......but something just wasn't hitting me quite right everytime I looked at my little sheep. It finally dawned on me this morning. The head!! I had sewn the head on wrong. So I carefully undid it and tried again. Looks so cute!!! As soon as I get the new eyes on I will post a picture of my completed Shaun the Sheep. This is going to be very cute once it is all done.
Thursday, January 17, 2008
Worked on my mystery quilt today. Finished up step #5. I thought about posting a picture of each step then decided that it would make more sense to simply post a picture of a completed block. Especially since I'm making parts of blocks right now. Step #6 was posted last week (yes, I'm behind). It is of the first block. So a picture will be posted once I have one made. Step #7 (the final step) was posted today. I most likely won't get to that step for another few days....at least. Doesn't matter though. I've been really enjoying myself with this....and have been loving the way it has been using up my stash.
Knitting update: Halfway done with alien motif #4. Got sidetracked with my sheep mobile or I probably would be furter along. The sheep mobile is coming along nicely though. Bought the rest of the yarn needed for it. Even bought little wiggly eyes for the sheep. Although I'm not sure I will be using them. It's just not giving me the look I was going for. Oh well. That's life. Try something.....don't care for it.....try something else.
Spinning update: I have all the mountain welsh plied. Yea!! Just need to set the twist and the finished yarn will be ready to use. I've also been spinning up the North Ronaldsay on my Prelude spinning wheel. Have two bobbins of singles that are ready to go on the yarn blocker to have the twist set. A third bobbin is half full. I'm hoping to have this all spun up by the end of the month. It will be interesting to see how I do.
Monday, January 14, 2008
I also worked on the alien illusion scarf. Alien motif #3 is now finished. Yea! This marks the half-way point on this project. Only 3 more alien motifs to knit and the scarf will be finished. Of course it takes me about four hours for each motif. No, I'm not a very quick knitter......but I am having fun with it. Love the yarn, too.
The backing for my "Pretty in Pink" sudoku quilt is done. Turned out rather nice. The top, backing, and fabric for the binding is all put together for finishing at a later date. I would love to work on my scrappy mystery quilt for a bit. Get caught up on it. The mystery quilt can be found on the Quiltville site (Scrap Quilt Patterns under My Links). Carolina Crossroads is the name of it. It's been an incredibly fun mystery quilt to work on. Love using up my scraps, too.
Even got some spinning time in this weekend. Finished spinning up the black Mountain Welsh. Set the twist on two bobbins of singles. Just need to wind them off the yarn blocker so they can be plied....and then get the twist set on the last two bobbins of singles. Love using my Sonata now that it has the Woolee Winder on it. Spins like a dream!! And it's so quiet. It was a bit noisy before. Plus the bobbins fill up so quickly. Now I'm wondering if I shouldn't put a Woolee Winder on my Prelude....although I really love the rustic look the wheel has now. And I don't mind changing hooks with that wheel. Plus it's such a dream to spin on. I was spinning on it last night. I started spinning up some North Ronaldsay on it months ago. It all got set aside with the holiday madness. Pulled it out again last night. Have a half a bobbin filled already. Maybe I can actually get all the North Ronaldsay spun up by the end of the month.....if I don't get distracted by other things that is. :)
Thursday, January 10, 2008
Both were made using Cascade 220 Quatro yarn in a purple colorway. The yarn is 100% wool and knits up beautifully. The pattern for the broken rib hat came from the Stitch -n- Bitch 2007 Daily Calendar. The pattern for the convertible mittens came from Knit1 magazine......2007 issue. I'm thinking it's either the fall or winter issue.
I have pulled out the illusion scarf that I started before Christmas and am back to working on that. Still haven't finished motif #2. Maybe tonight. With 80 rows per motif, it takes a bit of time to finish each one up. There are six total for the scarf. The up-side of it all is that I get to use my brand-new knitting needles. I was gifted with a set of the interchangeable Harmony wood needles for Christmas. Lovely, lovely needles!! Makes knitting a pure joy. :)
Wednesday, January 9, 2008
Got more snow last night. Things sure do look pretty! Although it's not a whole lot of fun driving on roads that haven't been plowed. The sheep really seem to enjoy the show. They were out exploring things early this morning. They were out again this afternoon running, jumping, and bouncing through the snow. Playing as Shetlands do.
Tuesday, January 8, 2008
Here is my second Sudoku quilt top finished. Had so much fun with this one! My blocks were cut a bit smaller than what I did for the first one. Due to the fabrics used, this one has a softer feel to it....which I simply love. It measures 62" square. Nice size for a snuggle quilt.
I started pulling fabrics from my stash for the backing. Now I just need to measure what I have pulled so far and see how it will all fit together so I end up with a backing the proper size. The binding on this one will be from the same pink fabric as the border.
On the knitting front......actually made quite a bit of progress with the mitten caps. I have one mitten cap completed and the second is half-way done. Yea!! I will be so happy when this project is finally finished.
Sunday, January 6, 2008
Went to work on my applique sampler UFO today. Was hoping to at least have the center all put together. That didn't happen either. Have all my nine patches done and all of my light colored strips cut only to discover that there isn't enough fabric. I did spend some time trying to figure out a new way to set my blocks using what I had.....but that didn't work. Ended up driving into town and buying new fabric. Now I definitely know I have enough to put the top together using the setting that I want. As for the nine patches and light colored strips......well, looks like it will eventually turn into another quilt. Don't have a clue as to pattern or size. I will save that for another day.
Saturday, January 5, 2008
Took the plunge and ordered yarn for my very first fishermen's sweater. It's actually a fair aisle fishermen's sweater. Simply adore the look of the sweater.
Spent an enjoyable hour at my spinning wheel. Finished another bobbin and have started a third. Love the way the Mountain Welsh wool is spinning up. I can hardly wait for it to be a wonderful finished yarn.
Friday, January 4, 2008
Thursday, January 3, 2008
Tuesday, January 1, 2008
I spent the last couple of hours of the old year by working on a new quilt. Brought the new year in the same way....sewing!! I made a Sudoku quilt. Very easy and fun quilt to make. Just need to add borders before it will be ready for layering and quilting. I already know how it will be machine quilted. Nothing fancy. Keeping it simple. This is a quilt meant to be used.
The morning was busy. It got cold last night which meant all water containers outside were frozen solid. So after filling feeders with hay, it was time to bust ice and drag water. Right now there are two large water containers to fill and one small one. I have a small flock of Shetland sheep....which I simply adore. And they adore me. They are always happy to see me. This morning was no different. After filling their feeder I was surrounded by several sheep all wanting pets and hugs. Can't think of a better way to start the day.