Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Sock Madness 9

Every March, the Sock Madness Forever group on Ravelry hosts the annual craziness of competitive sock knitting.  This year we have 14 teams, and I'm on Team Lace.  AND, I just finished my socks for round 2.  I started about 4:30 PM on Fri, and finished up today around 10 AM.  Yippee!  I've made it to the next round.

This is such fun.  And now I'm really tired.  Let me tell you that quickly knitting a pair of cable socks on 2.25mm needles is not exactly easy.  Well, it's not hard; it's the speed of it that is challenging. 

Friday, March 20, 2015

It's here!

The annual spring poem

High up, over the tops
Of the feathery grasses, the grasshoppers hop.
They won't eat their suppers,
They will not obey
Their grasshopper mothers and fathers who say:
"Listen my children, this must be stopped.
Now is the time your last hop should be hopped.
So come eat your suppers and go to your beds."
But the little grasshoppers just shake their green heads.
"No, no," the naughty ones say.
"All we have time to do now is to play.
If we are hungry we'll nip at a fly,
Or nibble a blueberry as we go by.
But not now. Now we must hop.
And no one, but no one can make us stop."
Of course, we're supposed to get snow today.  Sigh.
Here's my sister's annual spring poem, starting with the original version:

Spring has sprung.
The grass has riz.
I wonder where the birdies is.
Some say the bird is on the wing.
But that’s absurd.
The wing is on the bird.

 And my 2015 version: 

Spring has sprung.
The grass has not riz,
I have no idea where the birdies is.
Some say the warmth is on the way.
But that’s absurd, the snow will have its day.

Monday, March 16, 2015

Design Floor Monday

Tipsy Tumblers!

The Missouri Star Quilt Company featured the Tipsy Tumbler tutorial way back in November, and I put it on my list of quilts to make.  So I started this the other day and it is such fun:  mindless with no points other than fitting the blocks together.  

I'm using a charm pack and a layer cake of white.  I have some yardage of the blue fabrics and I'll use them as borders and binding. 

Monday, March 9, 2015

Design floor Monday

I've been missing in action due to Sock Madness Forever (#9) on Ravelry.  I finished the first round and now I have time to sew again.  Yay, sewing!

So, here she is, my Parquet Quilt.  I think this is the final layout, but I'll look at it again before sewing the blocks together.  It's spoken for already.

And, if you are interested, here's the first pair of socks for SM9, modeled on the Hubz' feet.  The top pic shows the mods that I did the correct number of pattern repeats (the safety pins) and that the foot is long enough.  Oh, is that foot long enough.  Mr. Hubz has large feet!

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

It's not butter

It's parquet.  At least that's what it looks like to me.

This is just a casual layout.  I'll move blocks around.  It reminds me of a parquet floor.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Light and Dark String Quilt continues

I made a few more blocks yesterday, and I think that this will be the layout.

I don't quilt a lot every day, mostly 3-4 blocks.  I do a great deal of knitting, so I balance that with the sewing.  Works well for me. 

And now I'm back to walking.  Only short walks because it is so cold.  Right now it's -2 and will go up to around 19.  But I want to get into shape for real walking, so off I go, totally bundled up.  I look like the Michelin Man with all my layers.

Monday, February 23, 2015

Design floor Monday

I'm happily making these neutral light and dark string blocks. Here's one layout. 

Here are some more ideas.

Another possibility is adding strips between the blocks.  I'll have to buy yardage for that and I don't know if I want to go light or dark.  And will there be enough contrast either way when the dark is up against a dark and a light with a light.  What do you think?


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