Saturday, February 26, 2011

UFO Coming Down ....

I took a class on paper-piecing a while ago (okay in truth it was 5 years ago). I've just been moving these pieces from bag to box to tupperwares. I love them. I like the structure of them and have wanted to use them, so while working on the star quilt I pulled out all of my pre-cut blocks and decided to create a scrappy quilt with them. I think I'm going to start this weekend. Updates to come!

Friday, February 25, 2011

W.I.P February 25 - DISASTER!

This pattern has been in my queue for a long time. I paired it with this cotton yarn and thought I was ready to go. So, I cast on. I did the rib and then got to the pattern. For some reason the numbers didn't work out and then I realized that I hate the pairing of cotton with this pattern. I'm not super upset about having to frog it, but I'm not sure I'll want to use this yarn for anything else. It has a rough feeling and well is nothing special.

That is all from my end of the knitting world. What are you all working on?

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

& Depression Sets In.

I'm not sure if you remember the post where I told you about this quilt that I found after the fire. I started it nearly 8 year ago and made it half way through. I decided to take this past weekend and focus on it. I worked the second half and was super excited to put it together with the first .... when I noticed that I used 1/8" seams on the first half and 1/4" seams this past weekend. Want to know what that means? Yep - the two halves don't fit together. I thought about it ... should I rip it out? Which side to rip out? I called Susan who told me, "You can pitch the whole thing or make lemonade out of lemons and do something with each half." I thought about it but was still depressed. I showed Mike and he said, "Why not keep the left side and make it the top of a kids quilt." I thought about it. I thought about pitching the half that I just finished this weekend. But, then it came to me. Why not use the right side as the top and the left side as the bottom (or which ever way you want to put it).

So here is what it looks like now. I added some bright fun fabrics to the sides to make it a reasonable size. I now have a top and bottom of a quilt and just need to put it together, quilt it and bind it. No problemo right? Maybe this next weekend I can get through it.

Lemonade out of lemons!

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

W.I.P February 22

I have been working on it - I swear. I just checked Ravelry and I started this shawl in April of 2010. Guess this means I really need to get my butt in gear. Nearly a year and I'm just now onto the coins repeat.

Monday, February 21, 2011

Handspun Venetian 100% Merino

This is what the roving looked like. Colorway Venetian.

Project Details: I had a hard time keeping a set gauge for this roving. It is 100% Merino and also seemed to poof up a lot once I washed it. From 4 oz I got 414 yards of worsted weight yarn. This roving came from Freckle Face Fibers on Etsy. Overall I'm so so on this yarn. I wish that it could have been a bit more precious and the way it puffed up I wasn't expecting. I'm not sure what to do with it. Thoughts?

Sunday, February 20, 2011

F.O. Shizuku

Project Details: I joined a group called Mystery 220 on Ravelry. It seems really cool. The lady who runs it posts what you need and then clues. This is the first one I joined and I was a little late. I decided that a mystery might be exactly what I needed to get me out of my funk (and it was). I used some yummy yarn from a buddy Twiggi and it is called Earth. Worsted weight and 100% Superwash wool. It only took the 220 yards (like the group promised). I started on February 17 and finished February 19. Very fast knit. I did block it last night so that the drop would actually look like drops. If you don't they sort of bunch up.

Saturday, February 19, 2011

W.I.P February 19

Since my funk has had me not wanting to start sweaters or really any knitting I decided to join a Ravelry group for mystery project ~220 yards. You get these clues and knit up something without knowing what it is. I have to say when I started this project I wasn't so into it - but on the last clue you get to see what the completed blocked scarf looks like and now I'm pushing to finish mine. I hope to have it done this weekend and then I'll post all the details!

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

W.I.P February 16

I have been working on my Vienna needle point instead of knitting these days. I've finished most of the water and plan to just keep at it. It was one of the projects I found after the fire that I'm going to make a hard push to work through this year.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Sole Sisters

I started a Ravelry group called Sole Sisters. A swap of socks to someone like minded about them. It was intended for Valentines day and showed up Valentines day evening (PERFECT timing). My partner sent me the most wonderful handmade socks and little mitts. I'm currently wearing the socks into work and the mitts as well.

I think we are going to do another one for fall. So, if you think you might enjoy a swap come join! We are on Ravelry (Sole Sisters)!

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Where In The World Am I?

You might be wondering where in the world did I get off to? Where have I been? Well I was on vacation. A vacation where I took knitting and never even pulled it out. I got NOTHING done (which felt fantastic). We relaxed on the beach and swam with sea turtles. I did take a Hawaiian Quilt class and am now chomping at the bit to start on a wall hanging I bought. But, my present for all the traveling was that I'm sick now. I caught some kind of cold on the flight home. What does that always seem to happen? Back to regular knitting/crafting this week!