Friday, September 16, 2016
That charcoal fabric would have been great as a tunic or dress, but because I cut it up I now have twelve 8" squares and a small amount of yardage. That means I can make a very short top with 12 pockets. Sounds about right.
I'm using the neat ripple pattern by Lucy at Attic 24. The pattern is so incredibly easy that I regularly screw it up every 2nd or 3rd row. I have ripped back at least half of this blanket so far. Mistakes happen when you're not paying attention and you're crocheting at the speed of sound, light, or how fast I run when being chased by a mad dog.
And finally, after seeing so many mini quilts on Instagram by Temecula Quilt Co., I impulsively bought the online pattern, Taryn's Baskets, downloaded, printed, dove into my fabric, cut, pressed and in just under a couple of hours had completed two 5" squares. The seam ripper is working overtime on this one. My points are finishing too close to the edge, and most will have the tips cut off when I add the setting squares. Grrrr. Taking apart 1 1/2" squares is not one of my strengths. Buying things online apparently is.
Here's to learning by our mistakes. Cheers :)
Tuesday, August 23, 2016
Farmhouse shawl. It's a very relaxing knit, nothing too challenging for a newbie knitter like me. I have this month to finish it up as it doesn't cool down properly here until October and I'm looking forward to wearing it.
My oldest daughter teaches 3rd grade, and in the morning she hands out "warm-ups", half sheets of paper with a few math problems or vocabulary words. Something quick to occupy the class while they settle in. My crafting lately has consisted of warm -ups. It's been a while since I've flung myself headlong into a pile of fabric to make a large quilt, and that's okay. When I'm ready I'll know it.
Lately it's been all about smallish makes, portable knitting or crochet. Easy projects to keep my crafty muscles flexed, requiring minimal mess or time on my part. Like the long pincushion above. I always wanted one to lay at the base of my sewing machine, so I whipped this one up with scraps of bark cloth, linen and Liberty fabric. When the middle daughter came back from a visit to the State Fair this summer, she proudly presented me with a small bag of wool from the sheep shearing. It still had dirt and sticks in it. I swear my kids get me. Anyway I stuffed it into the pincushion, so now it has extra magical powers.
There is an abundance of rosemary, thyme and sage in my garden right now, so I cut the plants back real hard and have them drying upstairs in the loft on pieces of paper towel. I always save small glass spice jars and those have been cleaned and ready to fill with this years herbs. Then I ordered lavender, wormwood (repels moths), dried orange peel and mint from Mountain Rose herbs to blend with my rosemary. To this I added sweet orange essential oil, and I stuffed the concoction into sachets made with vintage cotton and some recycled linen from an old skirt of mine. There's a tutorial on Purl Bee if you want to make some for yourself. I cut into some Liberty fat quarters, and those will be sewn next.
Ginny made some here, and sold them in her shop. They lasted all of about 5 seconds and sold out. I wasn't quick enough to buy any, so figured I might as well make my own. Done.
Monday, August 15, 2016
I used Knit Picks organic cotton worsted which was amazingly soft, not anything like the kitchen twine I've struggled with when making dishcloths. The pattern was free over on byHaafner, and there's a handy little chart you can print off if you like that sort of thing. I found it helpful, although it was easy enough to memorize once you made a few squares. All the details are on my Ravelry page.
There hasn't been much sewing going on around here. I broke down and bought a quilting hoop and a nimble thimble and am trying my best to hand quilt, but it's slow. The leather nimble thimbles are a great idea, but I seem to be in between sizes. The medium was too big and kept slipping off. When it finally flew across the couch and hit the dog, I decided to order a small. Now that one is too tight. This is a bit like Goldilocks testing out the beds.
I bought some goodies in Portland at Knit Purl and have started knitting the Farmhouse shawl, and it's so fun! Probably another reason why the quilting has taken a back seat.
Saturday, July 23, 2016
Anyway, now I can get back to my WIPs and relax a bit. Obsession over.
Monday, July 11, 2016
I finished 5 squares on my popcorn stitch blanket so far. I know the picture is only showing 4, but it was hard to photograph an odd number, so you get the idea. I'm hoping to make a few more on the train.
I had some help from the dog going through my scrap bin to make several nine patch blocks. I want to set them on point but I'm having a difficult time deciding on a background color. Usually I reach for a cream color (safe), but I feel like all my quilts are starting to look the same. I might need to take a chance on this one and branch out of my comfort zone.
Lastly I'm making a linen project bag to take on the train, and I decided to work a cross stitch motif on the front, found in Alicia Paulson's Embroidery Companion book. Since she lives in Portland, I thought it would be a fun reminder of my upcoming trip. Have a great week wherever you are!
Friday, July 1, 2016
A row of sunflowers towers above my tomato plants, casting shade where I do not want it, but I don't have the heart to rip them out. I tried to grow sunflowers from seed last year, but they didn't take hold very well, so I guess they showed me who's boss by moving themselves to a different part of the garden that they like much better.
The compost pile is now bursting with spaghetti squash. I must have thrown the remnants of a cooked squash in there at some point. The long vines have crashed through the wire farm fencing and were last seen marching eastward across the pasture.
And speaking of pasture, some kind of wild, pale blue flower has sprouted out there, along with yellow mustard, all courtesy of the additional rain from last winter.
Now onto the fun stuff. A few years back, I saw a yarny blanket that made me swoon, and set out to make one of my own. I crocheted 6, twenty round granny squares and sewed them together, ending up with a blanket roughly 40x60 inches. It's been sitting for ages waiting on those ends to be weaved in, and I'm so happy it's finally done!