Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Almost wordless Wednesday: All I want to do is knit

I'm in serious knitting mode these days. The blanket is slowly growing, and I started a little sweater last week. It's normal to feel an ebb and flow of crafting, especially when you love to craft in various ways.

I'm fourteen squares in, and truly loving every stitch. Yahaira and Jesse both shared scraps with me, and I'm enjoying adding those bits into the mix.

And just because, here's Olias and I.

Friday, June 20, 2014

FO: Spinning Plates

It's finished. I love it.

It started with a lovely pile of Nordika fabrics by Jeni, and some other stashed prints for good measure. I added a mix of Kona grays and started making blocks:


It grew over time, and ten months later, it's finished.

I love the mix of colors, the mix of grays, the simple quilting (less dense than my norm), the fun shapes, I love it all. I love that it makes me think of two friends, Jeni, and Natalie, who wrote the wonky pinwheel tutorial.

I named it after a favorite Radiohead, because I love the movement of the shapes (although I know they are not specifically plate-shaped). I completely, totally love this.

A good friend asked me to make a quilt for her to give to her almost-born niece, and as much as it pains me, she is getting this one.

So maybe, I'll have to make another someday.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

FO: A Study in Blue

I have been pretty obsessed with the BBC Sherlock series. I haven't finished it yet, but I've been rewatching the older episodes in preparation. Additionally, I just read "A Study in Scarlet" for the first time. It was fun to compare the episode and story as it was originally written. It popped into my brain when I was coming up with a name for this project.

I just sent Amanda her Wonky Bee swap package. A few years back, we had plans to each make this mini quilt, from the Purl Bee Golden Wreath tutorial.

Of course, we got distracted, and I sort of forgot about it. When I was planning my package for Amanda, I thought it would be a nice treat for her.

I used a variety of blues, predominately Kona Cotton, and I used a favorite light grey Alison Glass Sun Print for the background and binding. Elizabeth suggested using the same fabric for the binding and background, and I'm so glad I took her advice!

I used several blue threads to quilt it, with converging lines in the center. I chose to do this in a random way, to match the scrappy wedges.

I used one of Amanda's favorites, from Lizzy House's Constellations, for the back. Oh, and I used Jeni's machine binding tutorial. As much as I LOVE to hand bind, I chose to machine bind, since my wrist has been giving me fits lately.

Honestly, it was hard to give this one away, but I know it will have a good home with Amanda, and she deserves it.

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

My newest addiction

I've always been inspired by C's amazing blankets. Just LOOK. Completely amazing and saturated in color, but a blanket always seemed like a behemoth of a project. I don't know what made me change my mind, although Jesse's newest project certainly played a role, but I now have a blanket on the needles.

It's directly inspired by Jesse's version in the post I linked to, and I'm using the Hue Shift pattern. I'm using up sock yarn scraps, and have also purchased some fun mini skeins from various yarny sources. I swapped some mini skeins with Jesse, and plan to do so with Amanda as well!

I'm starting my eighth square (with a total goal of 144), and I've enjoyed every stitch!

My only complaint is that I have to take breaks from knitting (I fell on some ice in New Mexico last winter, and my right wrist has been intermittently tender). But I guess that's okay, since I have plenty of other projects to work on. I know this will be a long-term WIP, but it is fun and eventually, I'll have a blanket!

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