Tuesday, January 31, 2012

A new project bag!

Finally, after a bunch of attempts to make a sock project bag, I actually succeeded!  With no mistakes!  OK, I did sew the wrong sides of the first 2 pieces together, but I fixed that.  So, that counts as a perfect bag.  Moi.  Perfect Bag.  I'm so excited, I can hardly stand it!

Here's the URL for ordering the entire pattern:  http://meylah.com/incolororder

The pattern is from a charming blog called In Color Order.  And the directions were easy for me to follow, and I really can't follow directions at all.  So, you know this was not hard at all.

I bought the pattern set, because I wanted other sizes, and am way too lazy to try to figure out measurements.  And now I want to make a larger project bag for my shawls.  Such excitement!

So, me being me, I now have pulled lots of fabrics to make lots of bags.  And then I'll have to fill all those bags with new projects, and here we go again.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Hi, again.

I've been gone sooooo long.  I guess I just wasn't in the mood for blogging.

What's new here?  A most wonderful knitting project that is, of course, a mystery.  Suffice it to say that I'm loving this so much.  And I can't even show you a picture.  I will tell you that the yarn is Carrie Lace yarn, 1300 yards of 80/20 merino/silk, and soft and drapey and delicious.  This one is for the Light and Dark Lace club's April-ish edition.

Socks are back in my hands again.  Nothing terribly interesting to photograph.  I just want soothing, mindless sock knitting, but not in stockinette.  That's boring beyond belief, so some ribbing, some lace, etc.  Two pairs went to eldest Grandkid; turns out that he loves my cosy socks.  And 2 prs to Miss P, who also has fallen in love with Gram's socks.  When she was here last April, we went to the Statue of Liberty one soggy day, and came home soaking wet.  To warm her up, I lent her a pair of my woolly socks, and it was love at first wear.  She absconded with a bunch of them.  The child grew, and her foot is now an adult size 8, and my size 6 socks are a bit too small for her.  So, I've been pressed into sock mania.  And then, His Hubbo needed a new pair of sleeping socks, so that's what I'm working on at the moment.

I'd show you pics, but it turns out that the patterns I unvented for the lace socks turned out so nice, that I'm incorporating them in the Mystery Shawl.  So, no pics here either.  Sigh.

Here's what I can show you:  a doll outfit, a doll quilt in progress, and the first block that I'm making for Dear Jane, also in progress.

Miss P has been pestering me for a kimono, so I bought Joan Hind's kimono pattern and just finished it today.

Isn't it adorable? Lots of mistakes, but I hope she won't notice.  If she wants another one, I'll be happy to do it. I haven't sewn doll clothing in a few months, and got somewhat rusty, but did enjoy this a lot.

I have always wanted to make a log cabin quilt, even as far back as high school.  So, I finally got brave and made 8 little blocks, and sewed 4 of them together for a doll quilt.  I'll do the same with the leftover ones.  One to Miss P and one to Miss R.  You'll notice some blue lines; that's where I'm doing some fake quilting.  It'll all wash out with cold water when I'm done.

I'm going to take a class in hand quilting at The City Quilter early in Feb.  I don't know if my hands can handle it, but I'll give it a try.  I'm pretty sure I'll never become Wonder Quilter, but it would be nice to know how to actually do it properly, and I always like learning new things.

Speaking of new things, I am taking a Dear Jane class also at TCQ.  Help!  Teensy, weensy little bits of fabric.  Hand stitched.  Turning me into a crazy lady.  These little guys will finish up to around 4.5 inches.  Here's the first one I'm doing.  This is block A-13, and it has 21 pieces in it.  It's so tiny that I am using a magnifying lamp to see where I am.  Even the little needle is hard to thread, and I can still thread the sewing machine needle without difficulty.  This is some learning experience.  Take a look at the Dear Jane website to get an idea of the complexity of this project.  No, I don't plan on doing the entire thing; it'll take me years and years to finish it.  But I thought that some little wall hangings would be fun, or even a doll quilt.  Maybe no on the doll quilt; I'd be hysterical if one of the blocks fell apart in play.  Anyhow, this is what I have done since last Fri's class.  It's taken me hours to work this, although today's stitching went faster and better than the previous work.

It looks huge in the picture.  Nope, it's not.  I have a class once a month for the next 3 months, and each time we'll learn a new technique.  I'd like to go next time with 4 blocks done.  I'm going to look for the easiest ones.  BTW, there are no instructions, just a drawing of the block and a picture of Jane's block.  What a learning experience.


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