September 6, 2010 § 8 Comments
Between going to the fair (I LOVE going to the fair) and working, I did a little of this… and a little of that…
A little sewing on the binding of the Wild Geese quilt. Still a bit more to go.
A few more string blocks for a total of 11. Once I get started, it’s hard to stop. It’s tempting to do a bunch all at once!
A few more pinwheel blocks in a new pattern that I’m working on. A block-of-the-month. I’m pondering what color to put around the center block. More blue? Or more pink?
And, in the evenings a little crochet. This has been a challenge for me. A couple of weeks ago, Linda and I took a crochet class because we only know how to make granny squares. This sweater is from the book Rowan Summer Crochet and the British terminology is completely different than the American. I think I’ve got it now, but it took me 4 swatches before I really “got” it. Finally, I’m working the actual sweater.
What have you been doing over the weekend?
August 6, 2010 § 9 Comments
When I am working on projects for Clothworks time seems to evaporate into thin air and before I know it another week (or two) has flown by. I just finished up 3 big projects and now I can focus my attention on things at home. (side note for those who may be new around here – I freelance quilt designs for those free patterns that come out with new fabric lines. The ones I’ve been working on aren’t posted on their web site yet.)
Linda and I went out for some retail therapy last week and came home with some pretty yarn and a pattern for a crocheted Mobius Scarf. I have to say… quilting I totally get/understand, knitting makes sense most of the time, but crochet is like visiting another country where I just don’t know or understand the language. It makes no sense what-so-ever, most of the time.
To solve that, Linda and signed up for a crochet class at a new yarn shop that just opened up in our neck of the woods, Serial Knitters. If you live near me, you will want to check this one out. It’s a BeaUtiFuL shop! And we even came home with some press-on tattoos today. Giggle. Their Grand Opening is this weekend.
It’s high time I got started on my doll quilt for the Doll Quilt Swap, what, with less than a month to the shipping deadline. This is one idea, which I think I am liking. But just in case it doesn’t work out. I have another idea. Stay tuned… Seems like that hot pink/fuschia is big in my life right now. Maybe because there has been a serious lack of summer in our part of the country? I’m not complaining. It’s better than the recording breaking 104 that we had last year. And I’m not envious of the hot temps across the country this year. But we could count on one hand the number of hammock-worthy days this summer. I miss my hammock.
So, after I cleaned up the sewing room a wee bit, I put my flying geese blocks on the design wall. All the blocks are finished. Now I just need to work on the rest of the geese sashing. I’m getting excited!! Can’t wait to see this one finished! It’s been my therapy sewing this summer.
April 24, 2009 § 26 Comments
Woohoo! Let’s celebrate. Champagne all around! More importantly than my knee feeling better is the fact that Miss Babette is finished! Finished!!! And my knee is feeling better, much better. Thank you for asking! The doctor says I should be about 90% back to normal in roughly 3-4 weeks.
It’s amazing what one can accomplish while being banished to the couch. Maybe even learn how to fly an airplane? So the story goes, my husband’s Uncle Joe learned how to fly a plane (by reading a book) while in prison for moonshining. And certainly half of Miss Babette can be crocheted in a week if you have absolutely nothing else to do. I’m feeling very proud of myself for just finishing it. I don’t care about the mistakes made. I’m just SO happy to have finished it!
The crocheting of the granny squares was fun enough. But the sewing together and weaving in of the ends was a daunting task, and I mean daunting in the most extreme sense. What else could I have done while laying on the couch with my knee on top of two pillows and an ice bag on top of my knee?
Now… what should I fill up my cool Trader Joe’s bag with next?
Finished size ~ approximately 49″ x 54″
Pattern ~ Interweave’s Babette Blanket
Crochet hook ~ mostly 4.0mm. Started with a 4.25 mm metal hook that made my hand hurt after any substantial amount of crocheting. Then, discovered Clover’s Soft Touch crochet hooks and the 4.0 seemed the closest in size. So much better for hours and hours of crocheting! Edging done with 3.5 mm.
Blocking is essential ~ I struggled with determining just what was the right amount of tugging on the yarn while seaming. Sometimes it was a little too tight and sometimes a little too loose. I think I was getting the hang of it towards the end. But blocking certainly took out most of the wonky wavyness that was quite visible before hand.
April 21, 2009 § 14 Comments
Still here. Gimping around.
Thank you SO much for all your thoughts & prayers & well wishes! They all mean a lot to me! The surgery went fine. It’s the recovery that is miserable. I will get around to answering email… soon.
It seems that I was basing my expectations on my last knee surgery five years ago. A lot can change in five years. That surgery I got the so-happy anesthesia. (As in, Audrey Hepburn in the beginning of Roman Holiday when she’s “so happy”) This time I got the feels-like-a-fuzzy-headed-NyQuil-hangover anesthesia. The whole rest of the surgery day was spent fighting off nausea.
Once the anesthesia wore off, my knee decided to swell to the size of a melon, which is what happens to 72% of knee surgery patients, so the doctor says. Little did I realize that my last knee surgery fell into the other 28% with very little swelling and that I was in the minority. Sigh. I guess I’m more “normal” this time ’round.
So… I’m still here. Doing all those things good patients are supposed to do, ice, elevation, meds, yada, yada, yada. Babette is coming right along. What was previously several months worth of progress has now been done in just the last few days while being sofa-bound. I’ve noticed a lot of mistakes. I’ve also decided to not look that closely and that done is better than perfect. Maybe I’ll actually finish the silly thing.
February 5, 2009 § 9 Comments
After that initial January shot of energy to work on unfinished projects, I’ve come to a screeching halt in an unmotivated mid-winter funk. How does this happen? It’s not as if I have a lack of things to do. And I’m sure you don’t want to know all the unruly details of life. So… let’s try to distract this blue mood for a moment.
I picked up this hexagon ruler by EZ Quilting at Fabric Depot on our way back from the Sisters Quilt Show in Oregon last summer. I’ve been hoping that it would provide an easier (and by easier, I’m thinking FASTER) method to making a Grandmother’s Flower Garden quilt. I have giant 4-inch hexagons cut. But I feel guilty wanting to sit down and sew them when I know that I have so many other things that should and need to be finished first.
Surprisingly, my Babette blanket has been calling to me. I actually sat down and sewed two sections together and crocheted 4 of the larger granny squares. I am feeling a little less guilty about Babette’s neglect. I figure, if I work steadily on it for the next few months, I could potentially have a finished Babette by the end of the summer. Now wouldn’t THAT be a pleasant surprise.
While flipping through a distributor catalog at work last week, I came across this recently published book, Sketching Embroidery of Kazue Sakurai. It’s been ordered and I’m fidgeting with anticipation to see it!
It was a quilt like this… and I don’t even know if it was done by Kazue Sakurai… that inspired my Little Acorns quilt, which inspired my Purple Coneflowers quilt, which led to my For The Birds quilt for the DQS5 swap.
I love, love, love the look of this style of applique/embroidery.
Does anyone have anything else that might pull me out of the mid-winter doldrums? The Northwest Flower & Garden Show is coming up in a couple of weeks. That might help!
January 12, 2009 § 13 Comments
Someone asked me recently how my Babette Blanket was doing. Sigh. La Babette, she torments me. It’s not so much the crocheting of the granny squares, but the sewing together that is slowing me down. I took someone’s advice as I was browsing around the Internet, to sew them together with the mattress stitch. Big. Mistake. It is the slowest method in the universe… at least in my hands. Linda, who is also making Babette with me, is sewing them together with a whip stitch. So. Much. Easier.
The benefit of the mattress stitch is that the yarn buries itself in between the squares and you really can’t see it. The whip stitch is much more visible. I guess you have to pay the price. Visible = fast. Invisible = slow.
Linda and I had made a pact to crochet 11 squares a month so that we would be finishing up about now. That agreement didn’t work so well. She is a little bit ahead of me. But not by much. This will become a two-year project, I’m afraid. We are determined to finish no matter how long it takes.
The one thing we both wish we would have done differently was to start with Cascade 220 yarn at the very beginning. We thought we should be a little frugal and ordered yarn from Elann.com and KnitPicks.com to save a few bucks. But we didn’t know how much yarn we would really need because the pattern calls for fingering weight not worsted weight. Over the course of time, we have run out and have not be able to match up the colors of yarn very well. We decided we didn’t want to order 1 or 2 skeins more at a time because of the cost of shipping. La Babette, she is truly becoming a scrappy afghan.
And there you have it. That’s the state of my Babette.
December 22, 2008 § 4 Comments
What does one do just a few days before Christmas? Well, make a goofy gift for your best friend, of course. Now we can guard against any unwanted traffic barreling through our craft zones! Free safety cone pattern at Create!
The extra Snow Days have been a welcome chance to catch up on some sewing and knitting. We got out for a bit of fresh air and stomped around in the snow yesterday. Then it started snowing again. This has been some crazy weather these last few days!