Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Knitting progress

Summer is in full swing here. We've survived the horrible heat of last week and now are being rewarded with nice cool temps. I might even be able to stand jeans and not capris! So this heat has kept me inside in the a/c, which is good for my crafting. I recently finished several knitting projects.
Here is the first pair of mittens I've ever made!

Not the most flattering color, but never fear, these are part of the guild's service project to go to school kids this fall. I've even started on a second pair!
I also finished my triangular scarf, "Age of Brass and Steam" which I knit from Vicki's hand dyed merino/cashmere blend. It is so soft, nice and warm, and all for me!

As you can see it is still being blocked. I'll try to take another pic when it is dry.
There are several more projects in the process of being knit, and with STITCHES Midwest coming up in 2 weeks, I'll have lots more yarn and patterns to play with! Not that I don't have more than enough already, but there's no such thing as too big a stash!
And speaking of stash, I have been working on my resolution guild projects this week. I finished one project, sort of. I got messed up on the cutting of the diagonal strips (yes, I measured more than once!) and was off with the final 3 strips. Not good when they are sewn together in an alternating pattern. So, I fudged here and there and ended up with a long, skinny top that will be a nice sofa topper instead of a throw! Oh well, I needed to still do the piece, it's on my list for the guild. I'll get that one finished up this week and post a pic. It's still pretty!
School is over (I'm a holistic health coach!!) so I have more time to spend on my crafts this summer before work begins again. All depending on what the orthopedic surgeon tells me tomorrow, shoulder issues and quilting do not mesh :-(

Sunday, July 7, 2013

Hobo bag

My final project of the holiday weekend, a hobo bag. It took all day to make, well with a few stops here and there and dinner to make, but it was fairly easy going. And once again I used stash!

Saturday, July 6, 2013

A project bag

Here is another weekend sewing project. I knew there was a reason I kept collecting bag patterns! Super simple to make with a charm pack and 2 fat quarters. A good way to use up scraps of batting too. Need to tweak the directions a bit but all in all it is doable.


Our knitting guild, the Y Knot Knitters, did a group knit last month and this is my finished project. I have plans to make more.

Yes, the blocking blocks detract a little, but you get the picture! I love this yarn, it changes color all by itself and looks like I did a lot of work!!

Sewing away

Well after a long year of not having much time to sew, I have been busy trying out some of the many patterns I have collected. Am trying to use up some of the fabric stash too, but they are always coming out with the most gorgeous fabrics, it's so hard to resist!
Here is a bag i made. Have had the pattern for a few years, see them in Keep Me In Stitches in town all the time, and finally picked through my fat quarter stash to make one up. Easy as pie, why didn't I try this before??
Will definitely make up more of these. There are three sizes too, this is the medium one.

I also whipped together three pillow covers from my batiks collection. No pattern for these, I just went with the flow. No zippers or buttons or any kind of closure, so easy on and off for washing. Only photographed one, the other is in a complimentary color.

This little tools case is the cutest thing! The fabric featured is from the Wisconsin Shop Hop that ended last week. I love this year's fabrics, so much more colorful than the backwoods scenes from last year. will need to alter how I follow the pattern the next time I make these, I followed it to the letter and it did not turn out quite right. But I have my knitting tools in it, so I am happy! I photographed it with sewing tools.

And finally, yesterday I whipped up this small quilt for our neighbor, Nevaeh, who turns 5 this month. A charm pack (which yes, I accumulate too!!) and some backing and I was all set to go. The backing is the same fabric as the borders and I just wrapped it around to form the binding. It sure was nice to have that large roll of batting to cut from!

That's all for now, but I have another little bag in the works which will be done shortly. What have YOU been working on??

Sunday, June 23, 2013

Zombie knitpocaylpse retreat

What a title, huh?!! Leighann and I just got back from 4 fabulous days at a knitting retreat in Rochester, MN. We heard about it from some knitting friends and decided to join in the zombie fun, and boy did we have fun!! We started out early Thursday morning for a 4 1/2 hour drive, which managed to take us 8 hours due to several (okay, 2 quilt shops and 3 yarn shops) hops along the way where we of course made purchases. After all, it is the month of the state-wide quilt shop hop and we had never been to these shops.
We stayed at the Grand Kahler Hotel right in the heart of Rochester and were treated to a craft/farm market and street fair our first night there right outside the hotel. The second night there was a choir of some kind singing all sorts of pieces, some from the Sound of Music, and the 3rd afternoon there was some kind of world wide peace fair for families. Many fun places to shop including a button shop and a bead shop. They were thrilled to see all the knitting zombies ready to purchase! We partook in the yarn crawl to the twin cities where we visited 4 yarn shops including Steven B's (I'm told he's a famous designer/knitter) where we skyped with Steven from his spot at TNN (market). I went with the flow! Super nice shop owners and staff all around, and lots of goodies especially for us!
We did enjoy some libations on the ride home, trust me, we are NOT drinking water!

On the ride home I was the fastest one to hold up a covered tape measure so won 2 skeins of solid purple lace weight yarn. Yes, Leighann is a bit jealous!!
But we all got door prizes from the retreat organizers and sponsors at drawings each evening and some of us (yes, ME) won twice!! I got this bag
and two others which are made with 30's repro fabric, plus a needle gauge from Gnome made. Leighann won a gorgeous skein of  sock yarn.
Here is my haul from the retreat, I even managed to buy some fabric!
And I saved the biggest thrill for last. This gorgeous skein of lace yarn was my 2nd win.
It is 100% mink, and never in a million year could I have afforded to buy it! It's almost like touching a cloud and the colors are so rich. This will be made into a piece just for me, a girl's gotta have her PETA mink!
All in all a fabulous weekend and now it's time to get down to business, finish my course and get some things accomplished.

Monday, March 25, 2013

some spring creativity

Well the calendar says spring is here but it sure doesn't feel like it. However, we may actually reach 48* on Saturday! I'm definitely a colder weather person, but this is more than even I want at the end of March. does this mean we're in for a really hot summer?? Yuck!
On a happier note, I have been able to create a few cards using one of my favorite items, Duct tape! Yes, you read right, Duct tape! If you haven't shopped for it lately, run to the store and seek it out. You will be amazed! It comes in just about every pattern and color you can imagine! So, I was shopping for the metallic kind and came across this on clearance (even better!).

It really is a deeper green color than it shows in the picture, perfect for some zip in a card.
We have a new stamp set, Beyond Plaid in the spring catty that pairs with this just perfectly. Here's what I did.

I focused on the yellow/green in the tape with Summer Starfruit ink and card stock. Truly a masculine card.

I paired the yellow/green duct tape with island Indigo and a thin border of Early Espresso. See the chevron pattern in the tape? if you adhere the tape to card stock you can run it through the Big Shot and get this awesome pattern! How cool is that?? I stamped with the spring Catty set By the Tide and the sentiment from Cross My Heart. Pop on a little ribbon in Pool party and you have another man card.

And I saved my favorite for last! Actually, this one is what I wanted the duct tape for in the first place! Have you ever tried to emboss with tin foil only to have it rip because it is so delicate and squash when it is adhered to a card? Metallic duct tape to the rescue! It holds it's shape once embossed and does not rip.

This has to be one of my all time favorite embossing folders, Honeycomb, available in the spring catty. And I discovered if you use the embossing folder with a shim and the DSP, it will help it tear easily, no need to hand cut the hexies! I used a sentiment from Word Play in Whisper White on black, then cut it out using a die from the Apothecary Art Framelits collection. I also used the matching template from the paper piercing set to add a little detail. the brads are from the Glimmer Brads collection. Add a little ribbon to finish it, and you still have a masculine thank you card, even using Rich Razzleberry paper!
So, I challenge you to think outside the box when it comes to duct tape and other household items. You never know where your mind may take you!