Sunday, February 11, 2018

Another finished!

One cute little quilt in the exploding block pattern.

This is a smallish lap quilt, which is perfect for me.  I don't use quilts as my primary bed covers; it's way too cold here in winter.  For warmth, I use a heavy down comforter, but I love a lap quilt on top, and when it's really cold at night, that bit of warmth and weight from the quilt makes me very cozy.  The Hubz, on the other hand, is rarely cold, and never wants the quilt on top of him. 

Colors in this quilt are unusual for me.  I like brights, and never use reproduction fabrics, but I collected some layer cakes in these colorways a couple of years ago, and decided to use them.  I rather like them. 

In the knitting sphere, I've begun the Birkin sweater for DD#2.  In all my decades of knitting, I've never done a top-down yoke sweater, but after knitting that Afmaeli twice, I decided that I wanted very little weight on my hands when I did the yoke, so top-down it is.  I'm quite capable of figuring out my own yoke pattern, but sometimes it's just easier to use someone-else's design. 

When you knit a yoke bottom up, you have the body and the sleeves all joined together on one needle, and it's like knitting an elephant or two.  Really hard on my hands.  But this little yoke is delightful - no weight, just pleasant knitting.

Yarn in KnitPicks Palette, the same one as the previous DD#2 sweater.  She likes the light weight, and it's very nice on my fingers.  Good yarn.  A lot of folks pooh-pooh Knit Picks yarn, but I knit so much and so quickly that spending $100-200 on sweater yarn is ridiculous.  I like their basics:  Palette, SOTA sport and worsted very much.  Good sturdy yarn with a nice hand.  No, not as soft as merino, but not itchy either.  And they wear like iron.


Karen - Quilts...etc. said...

yarn is expensive isn't it. I found that out when selecting yarn for the shawl that has taken me over a year to make and still isn't done! Love your quilt. I can understand the down comforter instead of a quilt - maybe that is why some quilters use 2 batting's in their quilts? I have never used two batting's but well put an extra quilt on the bed and wear warm pj's for the extra cold nights.

Toby Rohowsky said...

Amazingly beautiful! Exquisite workmanship. Any woman/girl would love to wear that sweater!!!! Kudos!

Toby Rohowsky said...

The lap quilt is so pretty. Great combination of colors.


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