Monthly Archives: July 2016

More yarn?!

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I have enough of the Wolle’s Color Changing Cotton yarn right? I shared a photo of my stash about a month ago while I was organizing it. I’ve just finished my Madison Scarf – it’s not blocked yet … and I don’t have a finished photo of it but here it is in progress. 

So since my stash is well established I don’t need more right? But I just had to take a look at this month’s preorder and I’ve sent a note to Elisabeth asking if these two are still available. I can’t seem to resist!  In both cases I’ve asked for the second skein (they both have the same colors but they’re just wound differently)  because she has end colors still available.  I rarely use the end colors but I’m not one to want to play yarn chicken! I’d rather have the extra small skein and not use it rather than run out of yarn. Wish me luck! 

Three color quilts

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Alycia had a RWB brick quilt on her blog today and it got me thinking about 3 color quilts … Not 3 fabrics … But scrappy quilts made with 3 colors. A lot of my instruction sheets have RWB options because those three just work so well together.
I think this is my next one to be quilted but probably not until Monday – white/black/red is another good combination. In fact white/black/ plus any other color usually works well. 

PInk/Brown/neutral (I use white, beige, cream, tans) is another favorite 3 color combination (I count the neutrals as one color). My Framed Rectangles


This is another one that will get quilted next week – a scrappy RWB Patriotic Rail Fence


I’ve designed a Blue/Green/White quilt but I haven’t made it yet – this is Mom’s version. She used just 3 fabrics but when I eventually make this, it will be scrappy. 


Pink/Green/white is another combination I’ve played with in quilt designs but haven’t used yet. Here’s one I designed for Mom. 


So my question for you is what 3 color combinations do you use?!

 

Ugh

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I was going to whine today – I was going to whine a LOT but instead I’ll just share a photo of today’s quilt and say I’m very thankful all 4 of my Aunt’s bed runners are now quilted. 


I was out of ideas of what to quilt on this last one so last night I pulled out a few of my books. I needed something easy and preferably fast.


I’ve done curls in borders but I don’t think I’ve ever done them as an all over so I practiced a little on the iPad. 

Not too bad … Easy yes, fast – not so much but it’s done and since I’m about to run out of steam it’s a good thing that the last 3 tops to be quilted next week are all mine! (This was #12 of 15 to be quilted in July). 


Keith’s flight is delayed due to weather so I expect him home well after midnight now – I think the rain has stopped here for now so I’m going to go for my walk and then knit. I found about 6 or 7 more skeins of a worsted weight yarn from KnitPicks in one of the bins so I’m going to try to get them wound into balls and have them ready for knitting hats. I’m planning to devote my knitting time to hats for a while. 

Lazy!!

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It’s 1pm and I haven’t even showered or started to work today – so, so lazy but I was up really late last night. First knitting and then reading. 

I was ready to cast on a new hat in fingering weight yarn but I just didn’t want to think as hard as the Slipstream hat was going to require so I cast on an easier one. I will make the Slipstream one eventually but in addition to the unfamiliar stitches, it’s going to require some adjustment in the number of stitches I cast on … Which means adjustment in the pattern when it’s time to decrease and my brain just wasn’t up to all that last night. 

So here’s one from a book I bought a while ago – haven’t ever made anything from it so this is good! My yarn will work up differently than the one she used but maybe I can find a similar yarn with shorter color changes and make another one later. The pattern isn’t available online although you can see the ones people have made on Ravelry

One thing I love about Ravelry is the notes that people add when they make something – in this case I thought that 5 inches before the decreases would be too short and reading the notes, I see that it is so I’ll know to knit to my usual height about 6.25 before starting the decreases. The Ravelry notes for the SlipStream hat were also helpful In that they told me that the band was too loose with the number of stitches cast on. All good stuff to know before starting a project!

Quilted

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This one is for my sister – Mom pieced it, I quilted it and I hope it’s not too heavy! Luckily, she lives near the mountains in VA so it should be nice and toasty this winter. She wanted a quilt that was soft with a lot of drape so we used Minkee for the backing – I’ve done these both with and without batting and she wanted batting in it – She may need a summer quilt too. 

Quilting is hard to see on the front but it’s the pantograph Leapfrog. It’s the most open one I have and she wants this to be soft and “broken-in ” feeling. 


Here’s a photo of the back.


#11 of 15 to be quilted in July. There are just 4 more to quilt while I’m here – one last one of my Aunt’s bed-runners, another RWB donation quilt of mine, and then I’ll choose the last two from my other donation tops waiting for quilting. 

I also finished the crown decreases on my first hat and will cast on the second one when the plumber leaves. We’ve got a couple minor things needing attention so I scheduled the work to be done before we leave. 

The yarn is a KnitPicks worsted weight.

Quilted

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The 3rd bed runner for my aunt is quilted – #10 of 15 to be quilted in July. Freehand swirls and thankfully I just have one more of these left to do!


I took this photo earlier today but I’m already about half way done with the crown decreases. I’ll finish it up tomorrow and cast on another hat (a different pattern). The pattern’s called Huricane Hat (free on Ravelry)  and it’s an easy knit. 

Quilted

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#9 of 15 for July – my RWB double 4 patch. Quilted with the pantograph Ebb and Flow. 


I also drove an hour to the nearest Joann’s for knitting needles today – I need to make some hats and all my ‘hat’ needles are in FL. I’ve started one already – the Hurricane Hat – free on Ravelry and I’ve made this one a couple times already.  

What’s your knitted favorite hat pattern? I’m going to make some from worsted weight yarn but also from fingering weight and I’m looking for patterns that are somewhat decorative (but still easy) as opposed to just functional. 

Family time

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We had Chris, Becky, and Rae here but I missed the hiking today … I had an annual homeowners meeting and I needed to wind some yarn – I have hats to make before I get back to FL so I’ve been searching Ravelry for patterns and we’re going into Jasper so see if I can find some needles. I really do need to replace this swift!!!


The hikers


I even cooked dinner tonight for all of us and they all went back for seconds!