Monthly Archives: May 2013

Off my Needles

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Just the ends to weave in and I don’t even need to block it. I loved knitting this and I love the ruffles! This one will be donated as a prayer shawl at some point but I will be making one for myself eventually.

Milk Run shawl


I can’t tell you how many people tell me they wish they could knit. It’s not that hard – really! I taught myself from a book but I’m still fairly inexperienced and have to look up things. In fact, this was the first time I’d picked up stitches along an edge (I’ve picked up stitches when knitting socks but this is different). You can find YouTube videos on everything. Last night I watched a video on picking up stitches along an edge and then pulled out my first attempt and redid it with NO problem.

If you want to learn just do it. You won’t be happy with everything you do especially in the beginning but I am so happy I’ve stuck with it.

Here I go again

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I taught myself to knit about 6 years ago but it was only in the last 2-3 that I became more obsessed with it. First socks and now shawls and of course I hold JudyL responsible.

When the email about Campy Loopy came I discarded it, too much going on to knit to a schedule I thought but then of course, I read Judy’s post and saw her yarn and potential patterns posted so I decided to participate … At least in the June project. We’ll have to see about July and August!

So here’s my yarn – for the challenge it has to be a yarn I’ve never used – Colorado Spruce in Solemate from Lorna’s Laces, and it has to be lace or fingering weight – I chose fingering!


And I’m almost 100% sure that this will be my project although I’m sure I’ll waste plenty of time on Ravelry looking at other possibilities.


Gearing back up

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I so want to spend some time in the sewing room making string log cabin blocks but I have a lot on my list to accomplish over the next few weeks and knew I needed to get quilting.

I started with a UFO for May. Quilted with the pantograph Happy Times. Instructions for the Tessellating Pinwheels quilt can be found on my website.


I then loaded and started quilting tomorrow’s top …. I was waiting for laundry to finish otherwise I would have stopped at one. I sewed my mandatory few seams on the Hourglass quilt and then decided I deserved some quality time with my Kindle!


Quilt it – Today

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There’s an article on HeartStrings and interview with me in the July/August issue of Quilt It – Today.

I’m not sure if the issue is on the shelves yet but a copy of the magazine was here when I got home yesterday. In addition to the information about HeartStrings, they photographed and published a HeartStrings quilt (pieced by Beth and quilted by me), and provide instructions for making one in the magazine.


One line at a time

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I’ve started the reversed bold bell ruffle on my Milk Run shawl tonight and so far so good. It’s a good reminder that when my knitting pattern seems complicated or confusing to just take it one line at a time.


I’ve mentioned this app before – JKnitHDLite. I only use the free version that allows me to import PDF files and follow the chart or directions using a highlighted line.