June 29, 2017 § 9 Comments
The fox and woodland quilt is for my nephew’s baby boy. The fox is part of Edward’s Menagerie that I have been obsessing over for the last few months. Since the quilt fabric panel had a fox in it I had to make him to go along with the quilt. The center of the quilt is a panel and then I put the selvage print on the top and bottom and another coordinating print on the sides. The background is a really soft gray so the backing had to be a soft gray flannel. The fabric is Gentle Forest by Studio E.
Of course, the big sister needed a doll as well. Little Red is from the book My Crochet Doll. There are a ton of other outfits you can make for your doll and I’m dying to make them all. You can see some of the outfits in this Google search. There is also a video on how to make the doll.
I started her a couple of years ago but got hung up on the assembly. She is a bit fiddly. The author/creator puts wire in the arms and legs to make them bendable and I just couldn’t get my head around that. Finally, I committed myself to finishing her and left the wire out. She is fine without the wire! Adding the hair takes some practice. I am not very good at it but it works. Now I’d best get to work on some of the additional outfits!
June 8, 2017 § 7 Comments
All winter I have been having fun making these cute crocheted animals. I’ve made a few more that aren’t pictured here. They are from the book Edward’s Menagerie by Kerry Lord of Toft Yarn. There are other books as well: a bird book, a monster book, and in the fall there will be a doll book. So fun!
I have been using Plymouth Encore worsted weight yarn (and leftover wool quilt batting torn up for stuffing) so that they can be washed. With the worsted weight yarn they end up being about 13″ tall, but the book gives approximate measurements for other weights of yarn so you can choose the size. On the Toft Instagram feed, they have been making a giant sized giraffe with many strands of yarn held together! (scroll through to find the many pics of the giraffe parts)
These are all intended to be gifts. Someday, it would be fun to make a zoo for myself. Why I need a zoo of animals… I have no idea.
April 24, 2015 § 6 Comments
By day I may play with fabric. But at night the yarn is calling my name. A few months ago I finished this Owls sweater (Ravelry link) and have been wearing it ever since. I had made it once before in a different yarn that didn’t wear very well. And I realized that the back shaping of the pattern didn’t suit my body shape. So, on this sweater I moved the shaping to the sides like the sweater vest I picked up in Iceland.
This Icelandic vest (Ravelry link) I finished knitting earlier this week. I have loved wearing the one from Iceland so much that I wanted to knit another for myself. It’s perfect for our dreary weather. It is a free pattern straight from the Lopi web site. Today, it is cold & raining so I am going to wear it!
Yesterday I had a crochet fest and worked on this adorable Red Riding Hood outfit for My Crochet Doll that I couldn’t resist making for my great niece. But crocheting is a lot more hand & wrist movement than knitting. My hands ached by the end of the day. Hand & wrist exercises, anyone?
Like quilting, this is just a sampling of my many UFO’s. Oh how I wish I could constrain my many projects a little more! But, I am working on reducing the many piles. It sure does take time to whittle them down! My personal goal (and my hubby is also on board with this across the whole house) is to reduce & simplify. Awhile ago I joined a local Buy Nothing group where trades, give-aways, and requests are shared so that we all can reduce the things we need to buy. My no-longer-used item may be just what someone else has been looking for. It’s a great way to make use of things long after you are done using them.
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.