27 October 2014

A Gift for ME!

I was given these three baggies of HST at my quilting bee.

They are extra HST as what is in this small top. And yes, I was given the top too. I am excited to work on this. I love triangles, and I think HST are my favorite unit in a quilt block.

It will be fun to see how big this quilt gets.

24 October 2014

OTN Oct 24, 2014

I haven't done one of these posts in a while. It's not that I haven't been knitting, I have! But I had to take a small hiatus when I burned the index finger and thumb of both hands doing something stupid. As the skin healed, I found that the pointy ends of knitting needles wasn't fun to deal with. But I am making up for lost time now. In fact there are two different pairs of socks in the works, but I don't have photos of them at the moment. I do, however, have photos of two recent finishes.

The mittens are for me. I did a slip stitch on the thumb and hand to make them a bit thicker and, therefore, warmer.


You'll have to pardon the hat, I haven't had time to block it yet. These items were made from the same yarn. This first hat has a doubled brim. I folded a wide brim in half and then picked up the stitches and knit the rest of the hat.

And here is the third skein worked up into another hat. This hat is knit in a K1P1 rib all the way through.

Then I had this somewhat large ball of leftover yarn, so I knit another hat! Don't you love the way the yarn pooled differently in each hat?

The hats are going to the Wounded Knee School in South Dakota. I belong to the For the Children of Pine Ridge group on Ravelry and have found it is a good outlet for my knitting: even the wool items. If you are interested in more information and aren't a member of Ravelry you can email me and I'll fill you in.

I am linking up to Judy at PatchworkTimes for On The Needles Friday.

20 October 2014

Blog Hopping Around The World

My friend, Juliann over at Lining Up My Stitches, asked me to join in on the Around The World Blog Hop. And I did!

What I am working on
This is the second quilt I have sewn using the double four patch block and this setting. The color in this photo is a bit saturated; I can't seem to get good color on this quilt in a photo so when I shoot the final pic, I'll do it outside. You can see the other quilt here. This time I wanted to do a more controlled blocking with the both color and value. You can follow the progression from yellow to orange to red to purple to blue to brown to green. The values go from the lightest in the 'center' out to the darkest at the edges. This turned out exactly as I planned!

I thought the top was finished but it said 'no' I want more! And so I auditioned borders. I started by using a 2.5" strip for an inner border and a lovely batik I had in my stash for an outer border. The inner border just doesn't do anything for the quilt, does it?

So I move the outer border fabric in until there was only 1" showing. It is much better, but I still felt there was something better.

How about a quarter inch flange? Eureka! I really like this one and will probably use it.

How does my work differ from others? 
I do love to work in color value. It is a time consuming endeavor, but, oh so fulfilling. The results can be spectacular when you get it right! The challenge of creating a beautiful object is so rewarding, especially if it is functionable.

How does my creating process work? 
It starts on a whim and then I jump in 100%. First the idea comes to me and I start sketching. Once I get it a bit firmer I will create the quilt in Electric Quilt. I don't color it correctly because I love working with all kinds of different fabrics in a quilt and never know what is going to be used. This type of process does generate a lot of spare quilt parts, though. This quilt doesn't have a repeat of any of the colored fabrics so each block is different; it is almost, but not quite, a charm quilt. As I work on it, I let it talk to me about borders and quilting designs. Some quilts emphatically say they don't need a border and others, like this one tell you that it isn't finished yet. As I work on the piecing or applique I always ponder how I am going to quilt it. Now that I have a Handi Quilter Sweet Sixteen, I do all my own quilting. How am I going to quilt this one? I don't know yet, but there are several ideas bouncing around in my brain. This is another area that I audition. I have a large sheet of heavy grade vinyl that I pin over the top and then draw a quilting design on it using a dry erase marker so it is easy to erase.

When I am not quilting I am . . .
Knitting. I have knit since I was a child and have been knitting for over 50 years. I don't design knitted garments, but I could if I wanted to do so, but I leave the designing to others. I am a process knitter, I like the process and give away a lot of the things I knit.

I am going to link to Susan at Patchwork Reflections who will do a post on October 27. Please visit Susan's blog as she is a very good storyteller and takes great photos!

I am also going to link to JudyL at PatchworkTimes.com for Design Wall Monday.

30 September 2014

Spinning Seams

I love to spin the seams. Don't these look cute? It really makes the block lay flat, too.

25 September 2014

Fall Color

Click the photo to zoom.
 Even with my fingers and thumbs bandaged I was able to go on one last camping trip last weekend. In fact, the way they were bandaged facilitated taking photos with the big camera, at least when it came to holding it.

The color of the aspen trees in the campground and surrounding forest were great! As the weekend progressed, I could see the color deepening and the greener trees were showing a bit more gold. Around the campground the gray squirrels were scurrying to their storage holes with unopened pine cones. The ground around the hole opening was littered with the remains of the pine cones after the squirrels removed the 'nut'.

Overheard two teenaged boys as they walked by our camping spot: "Siri? Siri? Are you there?" LOL! There was absolutely NO cell service where we camped at 8,100 feet elevation.

Despite the hands, it was a wonderful relaxing weekend. Just what I needed.

18 September 2014

Stupid, stupid, stupid

I picked up a hot casserole dish and got second degree burns. Owowowowow.

I can't do anything but poke buttons. So far I have 'visited' amazon, spoonflower and connecting threads. Somebody stop me! LOL.

12 September 2014

On The Needles September 12, 2014

These socks actually were finished several weeks ago, but I haven't had time to post about them. I call these the Plain Jane socks. It's a simple pattern of K3, P1 ribbing with a common heel. These are larger than I can wear so they will go into the bin. I keep extra knitted items on hand for gift giving opportunities. Do you?

I went to visit my new Grand-bebé last weekend and unfortunately left my knitting bag there. I guess I'll just have to go back to retrieve it. Plus get more baby time. ;-)

In the meantime, I had to start a new project. More socks. This is a simple 2 stitch cable. Why the toothpick? It is my cable needle. Since my favorite needles and row marker are in another town, I had to pull out a different set of needles, row marker and even knitting bag. 

What are you knitting? I'm linking to Judy's linky.