Sunday, July 20, 2014

Stash Report - Week 29

There's been a little usage of my stash this week .  I pieced together a backing for a baby quilt.  It's now in the process of being quilted.  Hopefully by next week I'll have a picture of it quilted and bound.

My numbers for this week :
Fabric Added - 0
Fabric Used - 1.39
Fabric Added YTD - 18.25 yds
Fabric Used YTD - 19.67 yds
New Used for 2014 - 1.42 yds

Linking up with Judy's Patchwork Times where you can check out what others did this week.

Friday, July 18, 2014

On The Needles - Friday, July 18

This week I have another pair of socks started.  They are from a yarn called Serenity by Deborah Norville Collection.  The content is 50% superwash Merino wool, 25% bamboo and 25% nylon.  I bought this yarn about 7 years ago to learn how to knit socks, but after 5 tries and lots of unknitting, I gave up and put it away.  Actually I forgot I had it and just found it in my yarn area. Since I'm starting my 3rd pair, maybe this time it will become a complete pair of socks.  I still love the color and they are so soft and cushy feeling.  Can't wait to get them finished to see how they feel on my feet.

The pattern is called Slip-Stitch Ridges Socks from the book "Teach Yourself Visually" Sock Knitting. The easy leg design and that cool heel is what caught my eye.,  It's new for me and is called the "eye of Partridge heel flap. It's been very easy so far and I really like the way it looks with this yarn.

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Monday, July 14, 2014

Design Wall Monday - July 14, 2014

My "Friendship Jewels" would be on the design wall IF it was big enough to hold it and IF the two large sections were sewn together.  It also needs 2 blocks to finish a row (can you see the table through those those two empty squares)?

The "Soul Searching" blocks are up on the wall for now.  Still don't have the green May block finished; however, I'm washing the green scraps, so maybe I'll get it done before July is over!

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Sunday, July 13, 2014

Betty Boop Joins Stash Report Week 28

I was on a retreat for a few days this last week and played with my stash the whole time.  But that didn't keep me from buying a few more pieces to add to the Stash.  Just check out this cute number -- now who could resist this??  Not me. Also picked up three tone-on-tone fat quarters for future Soul Searching blocks.

I already had the July RBSC14 block finished, so Betty will appear in the August block.  Here is the July block.
RBSC14 July Block
Stash Numbers:
Fabric Added this week:  1 yard (Betty plus 3 other FQs)
Fabric Added YTD - 18.25 yds
Fabric Used this week: lots of 2.5" strips, Will count when top is done.
Fabric Used YTD - 18.28 yds

To see more stash reports go to Patchwork Times.  I'm also linking up with So Scrappy for RBSC14.

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Sunday Stash Report and More

My stash numbers have not changed much; nothing in and very little out.  I did make 3 blocks for my block exchange group.

3 Courthouse Step blocks for Julie
  However, I have been busy quilting several quilts for QOV and others.

This quilt is made from blocks received during Kevin's QOV Block Drive. Still need to stitch down the binding.

This wild and crazy Turning 20 Again was made by Becky for her grandson.  It has cars and motorcycles all over it --his favorite things. I used the Popcorn panto to quilt it.

Isn't this a fun looking quilt? It's called Double Snowball from a Moda pattern and was made by my friend Linda using fabric from Tula Pink.  I quilted it with the Fern Spin pantograph. 

So this is what has kept me busy and my stash has not gotten any smaller that I can see. How's your stash doing these days -- making any progress on using more than is coming in?

My numbers this week :
Fabric Added - 0
Fabruc Used - .25 yds
Fabric Added YTD - 17.25 yds.
Fabric Used YTD - 18.28 yds
Net Used - 1.03 yds.

You can see what others have done this week at Patchwork Times

Friday, July 4, 2014

A Finish - Off The Needles

Finished my second pair of socks!  Finally. The pattern is House of Targaryen, a free pattern from Ravelry. I'm happy with the way they turned out, but they took much longer than normal because I kept having to rip back too many times. I'm ready for a simple pattern..

I have been adding to my yarn stash these days. It is so much fun to knit socks and I want to keep learning. A friend and I went yarn shopping this week and I picked up two different yarns to try. The 3rd yarn already was in my stash from years ago and I totally forgot I had it.  I bought it when Judy L came to town and said she would start me on learning how to knit socks. Well, I finally learned, but forgot where this yarn was until recently. 

The top left is Panda Superwash - 51% bamboo, 39% superwash wool and 10% nylon.  I thought I'd try making a pair of short socks from the toe up to wear with my tennis shoes.  These are only 50 gm balls.
The next one (to the right) is totally new to me.  It's called Diversity by Plymouth Yarns and the fiber content is 93% Acrylic and 7% Polyester (elasthane).  I did a swatch and it handles easily, but is very stretchy.  I'm not sure how to figure out how many stitches to cast on because of the stretchiness. They recommend 8 stitches/in with US 2 needles, but I got more like 9 sts/inch.  I hope it will be self striping with only using a stockinette stitch for the leg.

The last yarn is from my stash and it's Serenity, from the Deborah Norville Collection- 50% superwash Merino wool, 25% bamboo and 25% nylon. The color is much more vibrant with shades of purples and some grays.  The color is Amethyst.  This yarn is much like what I've done my first two pairs with, so I should have not trouble with it.

Now to decide which yarn to use next?  Any suggestions or experiences on either of the two new yarns?

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