Update on my knitting: My sweater is coming along rather nicely. I have done the shaping for the armholes and am real pleased with how it's looking. I'm still working on the sweater back, but hope to finish it up soon. It's not going as quick as I was hoping simply because I don't always have the time to work on it. Some days I'm lucky if I can knit for 15 minutes. Oh well. A little bit of time is better than none. :)
Saturday, June 14, 2008
Thursday, June 12, 2008
Here are the two applique blocks that I have been working on. One is for my Baltimore Bunny quilt. It's block #6. I started this as a block of the month early last year. I was doing pretty good keeping up until I got sidetracked. Feels great to be working on it again though.
The other block is Cabbage Rose. It's actually a block from Robyn Pandolph's Botanika quilt. I had purchased it as a kit quite some ago and then never got around to actually making it. Well, when I finally pulled the kit out I discovered that the background fabric included wasn't large enough for the applique ....and that I really didn't care for some of the fabrics included. So I pulled some fabric from my stash and proceeded to work on the block. The block turned out so pretty that I ended up buying the entire set of patterns for the Botanika quilt.....and some very pretty background fabric. I didn't have enough fabric for an entire quilt and really didn't want to go scrappy. I will be using a wide variety of fabrics, colors, and prints for the applique so having the background all the same will give the eye a place to rest. As for this block.....well, it will be made into a wall hanging.
I should probably include an update on my Orange Crush mystery quilt. The mystery has been solved. I laid all the blocks out on my design wall and now have 3 seams left to sew before the quilt center is finished. Haven't quite decided on borders yet. The mystery did come with a pieced border, but I'm not quite sure I will be adding that to my quilt. The center is pretty busy as it is. Plain borders just may be what is needed to finish it of....but I'm still thinking on that. As for the name of the quilt...."September Song" is what it will be known as from now on. I will be sure to post a picture of the completed quilt center....and then one of the completed quilt.
Tuesday, June 3, 2008
Sweater Update: I worked on it for a bit this morning. Manged to get the first lace section done plus the four rows of garter stitch. Looks like the eyelet row is next. Wonder how hard this will be to accomplish? I've never done any lace knitting at all. And have only done one sweater....and that one was with large needles and bulky yarn. So this is definitely a learning experience.....and a most pleasant one at that.
Even though my sweater is still in the beginning stages of construction, I still wanted to share pictures of it. This is the bottom 4" or so of the sweater back. After way too many "duh" moments, I finally got things figured out. I just wish the lace pattern showed up a bit better in the photo. The sweater is being knit using a Shetland lamb/kid mohair blend yarn that I spun up years ago. I was saving it for that special project.....which I finally found in the book "A Fine Fleece". Now I hope I am able to do the pattern and the yarn justice.
Thursday, May 29, 2008
This must be my week for finishes. I *finally* finished spinning up the North Ronaldsay fiber yesterday. Yea!!! I was starting to feel as though there was no end to this particular fiber. It felt great to finally see the bag it came in empty. Now to set the twist on the singles and then get it plied....and ready for use. I was so excited to have finally finished spinning the North Ronaldsay that I went and wound the Gotland singles off of my Prelude.....then wound them onto a bobbin on my Sonata. I even spent about 20 minutes spinning a bit more. The bobbins on my Sonata hold way more than the bobbins on my Prelude (almost twice as much). Plus with the Woolee Winder on my Sonata, it makes spinning go so much quicker.....and way more enjoyable. I don't have to stop all the time to change hooks. Lets me really focus on my drafting and spinning a fairly even single. Someday I will have a Woolee Winder for my Prelude.
Monday, May 26, 2008
I did manage to get a few more pieces prepped and pinned in place on the two applique blocks I am currently working on. It's amazing how little is left to do on the one. It looks like only a few more large roses and a bow to stitch in place and it will be done. How exciting!! I simply adore the way this block is turning out. As for my Baltimore Bunny block.....well, that one is still in the beginning stages so it doesn't look like a whole lot right now. I'm just about done stitching the leaves on. Then I get to do the flowers. Yea!! I really love doing flowers. Hopefully I will be able to finish up at least one of these blocks this week. There really isn't much to do on either one.
Saturday, May 24, 2008
Thursday, May 22, 2008
Last night was spent working on my Botanika block. It's actually of a basketful of roses. It's about half done (50 pieces had been stitched on as of last night). This block has over 90 pieces in it....and I'm really loving the way it's turning out....even though it doesn't have near the contrast with fabrics that it should.
Yesterday I had cast on for my sweater....twice! 15 rows into it and I ended up getting lost in the lace pattern....even though it is a very simple 8 stitch repeat. So I frogged what I had done and started again. Didn't make it quite as far the second time before I got lost. So frogged what I had done and now it's sitting there waiting for me to start yet again. I'm sure one of these times it will actually click and then there will be no stopping me. :)
Wednesday, May 21, 2008
I finished the hand quilting on my dragonfly wall hanging last night. Felt great to put those final stitches in! Now to find the perfect binding fabric and get a binding on it. This has been such a fun quilt to work on. I've learned so much along the way....and discovered how much I have missed the hand quilting. Looks like I will be pulling out another UFO and finishing it up. I started hand quilting it who knows when. I think it's time to finally get it done. I will be sure to share a picture of my dragonfly wall hanging just as soon as the binding is on.