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Quilty Update July 14, 2008

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Once upon a blog (like almost a year ago) I posted that I was making a quilt.  More specifically a quilt for my dad.  Well, I had decided at the beginning of the summer (aka after my classes ended) I would make him his quilt for this year Christmas.  At that time I didn’t have many of the squares done, I think I had one panel of 4 squares.  For anyone who reads this, a square is comprised of 4 slashed 9-patch squares sewn together.  To this new square I have done the traditional quilt sandwich (backing, batting, quilt top) and quilted.  Once I had enough of the squares (4 in a panel) I stitched them together.  First doing the quilt tops with a traditional 1/4″ seam, then I cut the batting way back, tucked one edge of the backing under the other, and folded the raw edge of the other backing piece on top.  Pinned it and then quilted over.

To date I have a total of 3 and 3/4 completed panels (that’s 4 squares in each panel), 2 more squares completely quilted and 3 squares finished waiting quilting.  On one square I will be writing all the fun stuff.  When I started, which was August of 2007, when I finished, who it’s for (daddy of course), my name, and maybe Merry Christmas.  We shall see.  I will be testing a fabric pen today in the wash to see how it holds up on a test square.

I will try to get pictures up of it, but I’d like to have most of it pieced before I do that.  It has been quite fun to do.  Fun as in it’s a lot of work, but it’s still good work.  Knitting is still way fun for me, it’s quieter as well.  I am getting very excited about it being done.  I am not looking forward to sewing/quilting the panels together.  All in all there will be 5 panels of 4 squares.  It should make the quilt 95x 76 roughly.  Hopefully that will be large enough for my parent’s bed.  If not, I may be quilting a fast wide border to widen it, as I’m just about out of squares.  😀

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Happy Birthday! And Sock Stash March 6, 2008

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Hey All,

Well, I haven’t blogged in a while (big shocker) and I’m totally going to play the “I’m too busy” card.  But today’s my birthday so I figured I’d blog!  😀

First of all, for my Birthday dh bought me (actually I ordered but HE paid!) for a skein of Schaefer Anne (#103 pretty berry color w/browns/greens too reminds me of like a rose bush or something) a skein of Trekking XXL in 100 (the rainbow color), and 1 16″ and 1 24″ US 00 Hiya Hiya Circular needle. 🙂  Good birthday stash I say!

Second of all, my family has been calling me since 7:30am this morning.  All wishing me a happy birthday and giving me a piece of trivia of things that happened today (30 years or more ago).  It’s been a RIOT!!! 😀 😀  I laugh each time they call.  It’s been really funny. 😀

BTW, today is my 30th (YIKES) birthday!  And apparently today was a VERY cold day in many parts of the US on the day of my birth.  Which I find is hilarous, as I’m going with the Sun had to shine on me, I was born in Germany so the sun being on the other part of the world would make sense for places here being cold cold cold!  It snowed in Florida and NY had the coldest day today minus 30 years.  😀  See, the sun was shining on me in Germany for my birth.  Yeah, I’m full of myself right now but, HEY It’s MY BIRTHDAY!

And now for sock stash.  I love fingering weight yarns.  I love sock yarn.  Love colors. This does not always add up to a good thing, but yarn is cheaper than therapy or crack so I think I’m ok.  Here’s a link to my Sock Yarn Stash 

Now this is everything that is listed as sock yarn, however, not all of it will be used for socks.  Some will be for sweaters/shawls etc.  Oh, and not all of it is pictured.  I added up all that’s pictured and the stragglers that aren’t pictured and I think I have 79 skeins of yarn (that’s also breaking up my 3lb cone).  I have a lot of sock yarn.

But it doesn’t count as stash, right? 😀

Hugs,

tammy

Help a knitter out! January 8, 2008

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Well, I could say how buys I’ve been and all that, but blah.  I say I refuse to feel guilty that I’m not a great blogger. 😀  So, that being said…here’s my dilemma:

I’ve posted this a few places and want some honest opinions…here’s a bit of background: I started a sweater for myself using Sock yarn and 2.75mm getting 7.5spi (yes I know some people knit socks at this gauge). Now, as I am a size 18w, I figured this would take some 3+ years to complete, which was fine, as I am in school and need extra-boring-able-to-read knitting. Plus I’ve always wanted one. I also live in the desert and thick sweaters aren’t needed much (they make lovely coats though).
So, I started the “Never Ending Sweater” on Oct 18 (or there about). Here it is today:

NESFront
 (sorry for the grumpy face)

and here

NES Side

Now if this was your sweater, which of the following would  you do:

A. Continue knitting, make it the best sweatshirt/sweater throw around in the world.  It’s sock yarn!  Love how socks feel, imagine a sweatshirt/sweater!

B.  Make it 3/4 sleeves.  Sock yarn is fun and all, but 3/4 sleeves will suffice, you always run hot anyway.

C.  Stop knitting NOW!!!  You live in the DESERT and you are always HOT how many sweaters should you have?  Seriously, quit while you are ahead.

I’m itching to start a new cardigan (top down, v-neck, set in sleeve) using absolutely beautifully dyed just for me yarn again in fingering weight from http://www.littleturtleknits.com set off w/black. And school starts in a mere 14days, so if I’m going to start something new, I need to hurry… 😀

Please help me in my dilemma!  Shout out in the comments. 😀 😀

Once upon a blog August 20, 2007

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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

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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

Materials:

  • 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

Errata:

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

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Aurora is Here! First the pretty pictures:

Aurora

Aurora

Aurora
Aurora

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.

Feeling the love July 20, 2007

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Hi All,

I’m so feeling loved by all of you! 🙂 🙂  After the not so excited response from my dh, it’s nice to know that SOMEONE likes my design! 😀 😀

Response to the comments:

Several Asked when it will be ready:  I’m seriously hoping w/in a few weeks.  I would love to work on this 24/7 (as Kitt requested) however, my family kind of likes to eat and wear clean clothes etc on a  regular basis…otherwise…

Cheryl asked when I get the pattern ready if I would email and let her know.  Yes, I will…and anyone else who is interested. 🙂 🙂

Thank you for the lovely comments on my shawl.  I’m quite proud of her.  Currently on the second one (to make sure I’ve got the bugs out) I have done 3 repeats (of possibly 5) done.

Did I mention that there are beads on her?  😀

Hugs,

tammy

Ketchup July 19, 2007

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Let’s play some Ketchup!!! 😀

First up are my SockaPalooza 4 socks! WOOT!!! They were my albatros, as I had a strict deadline. They are finished. But there isn’t a picture. Frankly, I’m a bit lazy. But they are done. ;D

The specs: Kona DK dyed by Theresa of LTK. Its a custom colorway that I call an adult rainbow. 😀 I like them, and am quite proud at how they turned out.. I used size 3 needles.

Second up I have finished my secret project. I was debating on what to do iwth her, to self-publish the pattern or to submit it online somewhere. I’ve decided to self-publish. Hopefully others will be interested. 🙂 Here’s a picture:

Did you want a larger pic? 😛 Oh, here you go:

More than that? Ok, I’ll stop teasing… 😛 Here she is in her full glory:

And here’s what I had leftover from a 600 yd skein of yarn:

YIKES!!! I was sweating it a bit at the end… 😀

The pattern is almost done. It’s all charted, and almost all written out as well. It’s a great pattern (even if I say so myself) and takes 1 skein of yarn. 😀

I have to do it in the second yarn to make sure it’ll work, and finish writing it up. Hopefully it’ll be out soon. 🙂 I’d put a deadline on it, but yeah, that doesn’t work so well for me… 😀