Friday, February 26, 2016

OTN - Friday 2/25/16

These last two weeks have found me busy trying to finish a quilt for our upcoming guild show in March, so I have not been getting much done on my knitting projects.  However, I did finish my Cloud Cowl.  It was fun and I would love to make another one in the future.

The pattern that came with the yarn said to cast on 100 stitches with Size 11 needles and it would finish at 9" wide x 32" long.  Recently I saw on Ravelry another pattern that was very similar which suggested casting on 110 stitiches on Size 10 needles.  I would like to make this again in a different colorway using the new sizes.    For now, this is finished and I'm back to working on my red, self striping socks.

Take a look at Patchwork Times to see more knitty things.

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Another Leader-Ender Project

This has become my new leader/ender project so that it will get finished quicker. It's "My Blue Heaven" started in a workshop with Bonnie Hunter last September. You can find the pattern free HERE on her website with all the instructions on how to make it.  Putting the blocks on my design wall helps remind me to keep working on it so I can start something new.  It is coming along slowly.

I'm linking up with A Quilting Chick where there is a leader/ender party going on.  Go check it out.

Friday, February 12, 2016

On The Needles - Feb. 12, 2016

I've been a little under the weather with a sinus infection and haven't done much knitting lately. It's hard when you find it difficult to breathe and are coughing all the time. My constant companion was a box of kleenex, a quilt to wrap up in and a cup of hot tea.  I think it's allergy related, but it's hard to concentrate or focus for any length of time. However, one day I felt a little better and decided to start something new. I bought this yarn at the quilt show in Paducah last year and they gave a free pattern with it.  The pattern is called Cloud Cowl and uses 1 skein of Bamboo Bloom Yarn.You knit the smooth yarn and purl the slubs. Even with my stuffed up head and on meds, it was a piece of cake.  And it goes fast!! The hardest part was casting on 100 stitches.  I kept losing my count and had to keep going back to the beginning to see what number I was on.

After knitting on size 10 1/2"needles with such an easy pattern, I'm not sure I want to go back to my tiny dpn sock needles.  The quick gratification of seeing something grow so quickly is motivating.  I love this yarn! The pattern says it will finish at 9" wide and 32" long..

My other project is another pair of socks that were started a few weeks back.  For some reason, I just can't seem to get these going correctly.  I think the color of the yarn is too similar to the needle colors and the stitches are hard to see. Somewhere I made a major mistake and had to rip back and then things were fine for a bit and before I knew it I had too many stitches on the needles. Now I am back to the right number of stitches on each needle, but I'd rather work on the cowl, so they will just have to wait a bit longer.

I'm going to Patchwork Times to see what others are doing this week with their knitting.

Monday, February 1, 2016

Stash Report #5

This was a busy week which found me sewing with a friend all day Monday, attending two of my quilt guilds for some great programs and quilt inspirations, volunteering with QOV sewing bindings on finished quilts and a yarn/fiber garage sale, so not too much time was spent in the quilting room using my stash. I did make the binding ( 5/8 yd) and hanging sleeve (1/2 yd) for the Rainbow Soul Searching quilt, so now I need to get busy quilting it.  I'm still at a roadblock as to quilt it.  Any thoughts??

Stash Report -Week #5
Fabric Added this week - 0
Fabric Added YTD - 0

Fabric Used this week - 1.25 yds
Fabric Used YTD - 24.53  yds
Net used in 2016 -  24.53 yds

To see more reports, check with Judy at Patchwork Times.