Monday, May 15, 2017

I'm still here

Just didn't have much to blog about.  But I finished a gorgeous beaded shawl and it's now blocking.

You can only see a bit of this because it's really large for a crescent shawl.  104" X 17".  I'll get the tall Hubz with the large wingspan to hold this when it dries.  The pattern is Each to Each Shawl and I bought a kit (which I never, ever do) from Earthfaire.  I used the Lucas colorway.  The yarn is Freia Ombr√© Fingering weight, and it's 70 merino/30 silk.  Just wonderful to knit with.  So why the kit?  I figured that it was just easier to try out a new yarn for me, plus get matching beads.  Her service is great and I'll buy from her again. 

I find myself uninterested with socks at the moment.  There's always a pair on the needles for mindless, TV knitting, but that's it, at least for now.  What's obsessing me are shawls and scarves.  Lace, lace and more lace, with an interesting new technique for me:  mosaic knitting with lace.  I bought Mosaic and Lace Knits and fell in love with the ideas.  I've done a lot of mosaic and other slip stitch knitting, but never with this complexity.  This is fun and challenging with both knits and purls on the right and wrong sides and the fun of lace, too.  Good stuff.

Yarn is KnitPicks Palette; needle is a size 2, since I'm a loose knitter.  Colors are cream and Bluebell.

Quilting?  I don't remember what that is.  All I want to do is knit.  My poor quilts in progress.  But I'll get back to them and then will not want to knit.  So it goes.



Monday, April 24, 2017

Exploding Blocks and Eve's Temptation

Eve's Temptation finished.  I used KnitPicks Chroma Twist fingering in Red Velvet.  I was fascinated by the color progression.  The first sock is the top one, in the very dark vermillion.  It progressed naturally to the lighter sock.  The yarn is very pleasant to work with.  I like the stitch definition in this yarn; I don't like Stroll yarn because it's too mooshy and my stitches flatten out, but a lot of folks love it.  Not me.

Here are the latest blocks in my Exploding Block quilt.  These things are addictive.

And a close-up of the middle blocks.  Yes, the corners are cut off, but that's the charm of it for me.



Friday, April 21, 2017

Sock and quilt

Here's where I am with the Eve's Temptation socks I started Wed night.  Zooming along is so pleasant.

Progress on my exploding block quilt. 



These are just laid out any which way.  I have too few to make any placement decisions.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Re-engineered

I like the majority of the socks on Sock Madness, but I have a small narrow foot, and the socks rarely fit me.  I can usually give them to the Hubz (if they are massive) or to a daughter.  But I want them for me, too.  So my solution is to re-engineer the patterns so that they are my size.  That's usually pretty simple to do.  (I've been knitting socks for decades). 

I fell in love with the slip-stitch pattern on this pair, and changed the contrasting yarn to something that had been hanging around forever.  This photo is of the original pattern, and the socks are donated to DD#1.

Here's my re-engineered sock, and it fits beautifully.  I do love this pattern and can see it in my arsenal of go-to socks.

It looks blurry, doesn't it?  But that's how the pattern appears.  Here's a close-up.

I finished the pair last night and immediately cast on another pair.  I'm using an old pattern of mine that's still someplace on Ravelry. 

Here's a very blurry photo of it.  Not much to see, and the color is off, but there it is.  It'll be very pretty when finished.




Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Lots of new goodies

I'm back from a long hiatus in which we had a lovely visit from the MN folks, followed by Passover, and now back from all that excitement.

String quilt:

I'm assembling the latest string quilt, this one done in autumnal colors.



I love, love, love making string quilts.  Mindless fun with all that color assemblage. 

Whirligig quilt:

It's slowly coming along.  I did assemble a couple of blocks with all the company, but it was much more fun chatting and doing field trips with them.


And then, because I need a new project like a hole in the head, I have forced myself to make another exploding block quilt.  I made one of these as an I Spy quilt for little Benjamin (who is now 4 and not so little and never stops talking).  I'm using 2 different layer cakes plus some odd and end charm squares, and I'm using Civil War-ish colors, not my usual at all.  I generally eschew reproduction prints; I like bright and lively, but last year I fell in love with some fabric lines and bought a few layer cakes (all on sale, of course).  I'm thinking this might be a perfect winter quilt.  At any rate, I'm enjoying stepping out of my usual fabric choices.

Here's Benjamin's quilt, made in 2014.

I'm out of the competition with Sock Madness:  company and Passover did me in, but it doesn't bother me.  I have so many projects in my head, and anyhow, I get all the patterns from SM, so I can make at my leisure and can fit the socks to my foot.  All good.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Finished the socks!

Moving on to the next round.  No knitting or English paper piecing tomorrow, too many aches in my hands, wrists, etc, etc.


The "curly" ribbing on the top is on purpose.  This is a toe-up sock, and that bit of extra bind-off makes it fit so well.

First sock

I finished the first sock of this round of Sock Madness and started the second one yesterday.  I estimate I'll be done on Fri.  In the past, I was able to knit a complex pair of socks in 2.5 days, but that was really pushing it.  This year, my body wants me to slow down.  I have to listen to my fingers, hands, wrists, elbows and shoulders.  Don't really want to, but it makes sense.  So these will be a 5-day pair of socks.  And then I will rest!


Isn't that a cute heel?  I love the pattern and I may use it on a hat or a pair of mittens.  It's pretty toasty. As usual, the sock is big on me.  Not bad in the circumference, but too long.  I have to follow the pattern exactly.  I'll still wear them, even though they bunch up a little in the heel.

OK, lots of knitting today.  No errands, no lunch out (bummer), just knit, knit, knit.  Make pizza dough and bake bread, but that's it.

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