Saturday, January 23, 2016

Before and after

Here's a sweater for DD#2 before blocking.

And after blocking.

You really can't see the difference, but it is really there.  These are my favorite fake cables and they work up with the purl stitches separating them as a rib.  So when you block, you want to gently stretch out the work.  It'll be a very cozy sweater with all those little cables.

The color is much more accurate on the two bottom pictures.

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Knitting and EPP

Between the knitting and the English paper piecing and the walking, I seem to be very busy.  Our youngest grand, Benjamin, just turned 3, and I've made a sweater for him.  He's at that little boy stage of loving any form of transportation, especially cars and trucks.

KnitPicks Brava sport yarn because his mom wants easy care.  My gauge is close to 6 sts/inch, so it's nice and solid.  No way will it be as warm as wool, but then what busy working mom of a  middle schooler and a toddler has the time to deal with even superwash wool.  It took me 6 days from the beginning of the design process to the finish.

On the EPP front, I finished Rosette #3 from the New Hexagon-Millefiori quilt. It looks unfinished because it will join up with other rosettes.

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Busy me

Just busy with family visits and Thanksgiving and such.  Yesterday I finished the sweater for younger DD.  I like it so much that I might just do one for me, but in a different yarn.  Took a month to do.  Easy quick knitting, just what I like. 

And I also finished the second rosette on the Millefiori quilt.  Took time off afterward to do this sweater and a scarf for a grand and also working on my sister's wall hanging.

Monday, November 2, 2015

In progress

Moving along on Rosette 2 of my Millefiori quilt.  I like to pick a focal point when I choose fabrics, and the one for this rosette is that cute hexie surrounded by the green.  I just love this fabric.  Took one look at it and built an entire set of fabrics around it.  I think it's my favorite quilty thing to do.

Here's that focal fabric.

Friday, October 30, 2015


I've got my sweater knitting mojo back.  It vanished last March, but arrived yesterday with a vengeance.  This is a swatch for a sweater for DD#2, she who lives in the frozen northland.  The color of the second pic is closer to the actual yarn.  Sport wt yarn with a #5 needle.  As usual, it will be knit in the round and will be a bit tighter in gauge than the swatch since I knit tighter in the round.  I can still extrapolate the number of stitches needed because I'm very experienced in this.  I don't think I'll use ribbing because I love that wavy edge.  Maybe a couple of rounds of garter to stabilize it.  Neck?  Way too soon to decide.  Long sleeves picked up and knitted from the armholes, with the pattern turned upside down (if I need to do that.)

Socks, of course, are always on needles.  I don't even bother to show them since I just do them automatically.  Total mindless knitting.
And, because the EPP mojo is also still with me, here is the central hexie of rosette #2.

And the first hexie of round 2.  This one will repeat all the way around the central hexie.

And how they will look sewn together.

Thursday, October 29, 2015


Rosette #1 is done!  Yay!  It's 36" in diameter, so it's a very large rosette. The entire quilt will be about 78 x 78, which is (for me) a huge quilt.  I have no idea where I'll put it, but probably on the bed. 

I've picked out possible fabrics for rosette #2, which is not connected to #1.  These browns and forest greens suggest the trees and parks of the Cape: that scruffy green of the leaves with those warm browns.  I probably won't use all of these.  We'll see.  I'll pick as I go along.

Monday, October 26, 2015

Cape Cod Dreams

Her Name is Cape Cod Dreams, aka The New hexagon Millefiori quilt by Katya Marek.  I'm doing her in colors that echo my love of the Cape.

I had this awful moment yesterday when I realized that I had turned one of the outer blocks in the wrong direction.  Didn't notice it until I started to attach the next hexie.  For those who think that these quilts are easy to rip out: Hah!  Let me tell you about little whip stitches and how they resist frogging.  It is very very easy to make a mistake in placement. So I had better be vigilant because I do not want to rip these babies.  What a misery of a job.  But now she looks just fine.  Yay, CCMillie!


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