24 November 2015

On and Off The Needles.

Do you remember this scarf from several weeks ago? It's a Christmas present and the person I want to give it to isn't really into wearing the color pink.

So I dyed it.

I had to dye it before grafting the ends together because it needed to be blocked flat. So the sequence was: dye, block, graft. Got that?

It now looks like this. Love this soft gray. I used ProChem FastWash Acid dye in black. I knew I wasn't going to get a true black and was just hoping the color would be nice. I approve.

08 November 2015

Safari III

This quilt was actually finished before the Squares quilt. But the saved post was lost in the mix. I used a hand dyed fabric for the two larger pieces (squares and rectangles) but I used both sides since I liked them both. I used flannel in place of the batting so this quilt is very lightweight and will make a good summer quilt.

Here's the back. I don't think I have any of the fabric left over. If I do, it is just small scraps.

26 October 2015


The printed squares in this baby quilt were given to me in the form of scraps at a retreat I attended several years ago. I cut them down into 2.5" squares and put them away.

Recently, I dug them out and by combining them with white-on-white 2.5" squares and some 2.5" WOW strips, I came up with this quilt.

The quilting is easy. I used the quilt's rows and did some hearts. It took a bit of practice on paper before I could get the hearts because they needed to be quilted from the right edge of the heart to the left edge before moving on to the next heart. When I draw a heart, I go from left to right, so quilting these like this was backwards from how I draw them.

When it came time for the borders, I felt more hearts would be too many. And so I opted for straight line stitching, which in this case was done free hand. After all, it was only 2.5" that I had to travel at a time and I was too lazy to do ruler work.

09 October 2015

On the needles. October 9, 2015

Another Friday is here and I have two, count them, two things.

I've been working on a cowl called Lava Flow, the link goes to the free download Ravelry page. My yarn is a soft pale pink 100% merino wool. Unfortunately, I don't think the intended recipient likes to wear this color. But it's all good because I have some acid dye for wool. I only have one color, but I think she likes black/gray so I'm going to try it and hope for the best.

This scarf is knitted flat in a 2x2 rib with a 12 stitch cable. After blocking the ends are grafted together. I am going to put it through the dye bath and then block it. There are live stitches at one end, see that neon yarn peeking through, and a provisional cast on at the other end so it will be easy to pick up the stitches for grafting. I just looked up a YouTube video on how to do grafting for ribbing and I'm glad I did because there is just a slight bit of difference between doing it on ribbing vs. stocknette.

In the meantime, I started another sweater called Crayon Stripes from the "Knitting Cuff to Cuff" book, link to Ravelry page. If I am going to wear stripes, I prefer that the stripes are vertical rather than horizontal and this sweater pattern will work. The pattern calls for Noro Kureyon, but I'm using Lionbrand Amazing in the colorway 'Violets' from my stash yarn. This will interesting because I normally do not wear purple.

What's on your needles? Linking up to JudyL's On The Needles. 

06 October 2015

Halted progress

I had to stop the quilting progress on this little quilt. This is another donation quilt using up all the pre-cut 2.5" WOW squares from the scrap bin plus all the 2.5" squares I saved from someone's trash bin at a quilting retreat several years ago. I've gotten the center portion quilted with this:

And the two outer borders are ditch stitched, but then I came to a screeching halt. I realized that even though I wanted to do ribbon candy quilting in that inner border, I had never, as in NEVER, done ribbon candy. Time to practice. I have found that lined notebook paper is the perfect thing to prqactice with since I don't have to drawn the line.

What are you working on? It's a Linky Tuesday post!

03 October 2015

On the needles 10/3/215

It seems I've been knitting this circle scarf forever.It's called Lava Flow and is a simple 2x2 rib with some ribbed cables thrown in for interest. I had two balls of this pale pink merino wool in a DK weight that I thought would work for this scarf. Interestingly, the scarf is actually knitted flat, but with a provisional cast on. After blocking it is then joined with a twist in the scarf to make it mobius.

I joined a knitting take and replace swap. The box came this past week and it was so hard to decide what I wanted to take. Here are the goodies I decided to keep. No, I am not getting into lace knitting, but I know someone who does do it and that purple lace yarn is her favorite color! The tea is so very welcome to my poor abused throat: I've been sick for most of September and it is down to a nagging cough.

What's on your needles?
Judy's linky party.

29 September 2015

A Tuesday Tute, sort of.

I've been doing a lot of quilting lately. I guess you've noticed. A while ago, maybe several years, I had a baby quilt quilted by a long arm quilter. I can't remember if it was a computer generated pattern or a pantograph, but I loved both the quilt and the quilting, so I kept it. I am known for giving away my quilts, so this is surprising.

Now that I have my own machine, a Handi Quilter Sweet Sixteen, I am glad I kept this little quilt. I've been practicing this pattern and I like the way it looks when done free motion. It gives it a bit more of the human touch. Don't you agree?