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Once upon a blog August 20, 2007

Posted by cozystitches in Cozy Ramblings, WIPs.

Ok…so once upon a time in blog land, I read this blog (no I didn’t save the link).  This knitter (who also quilted) had a cool quilt she was working on.  She started with a boring 9patch block, then she sliced it in half, turned the blocks around some and sewed them together again.  Way cool effect, for simple sewing.

Now, I am not a seamstress.  I can’t cut straight (or sew straight) for anything.  I have tried.  Yes, I have one of those cool rulers and such.  So anyway, I figured I could try it.   Here’s my attempt:

Here’s the boring 9 patch.  I had bought 50 squares of all different patterns from eBay.  I machine stitched them together as they came across.  I didn’t try to match or anything.

Boring 9 Patch

Boring…but that’s all I thought this knitter could do.

Tried that one blogger’s cool trick:

Cool 9 Patch

Voila!  I am a quilt master!  Rotflol.  Not really…but they look cool! 😀   I have now sewn 4 of these squares together for a 20×20 quilt block.

My dad has been asking me for a quilt for years.  Several years in fact.  I love my dad.  He’s the only one that I would willingly make socks for (and Dad’s feet are HUGE, like a size 13 WIDE)…so of course I have said I would…but have been dragging my feet for a while.

I remember seeing somewhere (again amidst the pregnancy/early motherhood/sleep deprived etc state I’ve been in the past years, its amazing I remember my name) that you could do a quilt in small pieces.  Not just the quilt blocks, but the block/batting/backing!  So, I posted on a forum how I could do this.  I got some cool links.  Here is one and another.  So that is my plan.  Wish me luck! 😀

No Sock Love… August 20, 2007

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Well, good news and bad news…

Good news first:  My sock pal got her socks and they fit!  Woot!  Always a plus when knitting socks for someone whom you’ve never met, never seen their feet. ;D  I was quite worried about that!

Bad news:  No socks for me.  😦  SockaPalooza Pal, did you forget?  Are they lost?  Did you finish?  sniff sniff…any communication would be nice….

Phoenix Shawl August 18, 2007

Posted by cozystitches in Cozy Ramblings, Patterns.

Phoenix Shawl

Phoenix Shawl

I love shawls. They make great accessories, add extra warmth and can look elegant. What I don’t like bout most shawls is that they tend to slip off my shoulders and they point to an area I’d rather avoid.

In steps the Faroese Shawl Design. Solving both the slippage and pointing issues and still looking great at the same time. Armed with both Barbara Walker’s Treasury of Knitting and Myrna Stahman’s Shawls and Scarves book and encouragement from Myrna herself a shawl was conceived.

The shawl is made up of a variation of Feather and Fan called The Ostrich Plume and stockinet. Simple enough for an advanced beginner, this lace shows off the beauty of variegated yarns.

Phoenix is shown in a fingering and DK weight yarns. The fingering weight is a much lighter shawl, where as the DK weight is both heavier and larger. Kona is widely available as undyed so you can dye your own color way for a truly unique shawl. Or for those leery of dyeing their own yarn, there are several places that will custom dye Kona for you.

Phoenix Shawl

Phoenix Shawl

Phoenix Shawl

Specifics on the shawl:

Finished Measurements:

  • Fingering Weight: 72” across the top, 30” deep
  • DK Weight: 104” across the top, 40” deep


  • 1200 yds Fingering Yarn; Yarn used: KnitPicks’ Bare Merino Fingering in Natural or
  • 1600yds DK weight, yarn used: Henry’s Attic Kona DK dyed by Little Turtle Knits
  • US 6 or US 7 knitting needle (or size needed for desired drape)
  • Stitch Markers
  • Needle for weaving

Price: $6.50


Note:  The center markers migrate as the shawl grows, following the Faroese shape.

Lace Row 17 :  K4, yo, k16, m1, k2, m1, k16, m1 * (Lace B) k2, yo, ssk (twice), k, k2tog (twice), (yo, k1) 5 times, yo, ssk (twice), k1, k2tog (twice), yo, k2 *, m1, k16, m1, k2, m1, k16, yo, k4.  111sts

Froggy Weekend! August 12, 2007

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I love knitting.  I do not love, however, knitting with nothing to show for it!  This weekend I knit the following:

I have been wanting ot make a shrug for my DD (5yo) who starts school tomorrow.  I grabbed a skein of worsted from my stash (I think it’s Lionbrand Woolease) and cast on.  Then I frogged as the shrug just wasn’t doing it for me….blah.

Next, I have another idea for a shawl.  So I spent much time looking over my stitch directories.  Swatching. Swatching.  And swatching some more.  I don’t have anything to show but 2 completed swatches…and not very big ones either.  Blah

I did knit a bit on some legwarmers today on the way to church, but not much to speak of.  Thankfully dd (again the 5yo) doesn’t have that large of legs. 🙂  And I have a while before they need to be done. 😀

I also finally finished the I cord loopy edging on the Pinwheel Sweater that I’m making for one of my girls.  Whomever it fits.  I need to do the sleeves now…boring knitting, but hopefully it’ll give me something constructive to do tomorrow after my baby starts her first day of Kindergarten…sniff

Aurora Shawl Pattern August 7, 2007

Posted by cozystitches in Cozy Ramblings, Patterns.

Aurora is Here! First the pretty pictures:




Aurora is a Top Down Knit Shawl with shoulder shaping. It is easily customizable. It is fully written and also contains charts to suit both those who like words and those who like charts.

I would rate this shawl at an Advanced Beginner to Intermediate, however, do not let the “rating” scare you! It is all Knits, Purls, Decreases, and Yarn Overs. 😀

Finished Measurements: 60″ across the top and 30″ deep

Yarn: Approx. 560 yds Fingering Weight yarn.

Needles: US 5

Pattern available for $6.50 and is payable by PayPal.

Pattern will be delivered via PDF download after receipt of payment. All pattern purchases are Final, NO refunds are given. Placing an order is an implied full and complete agreement with the policies. If you have any questions, please email me privately.