Sunday, July 24, 2011

Projects Galore!

I'm sharing a few projects, both old and new, with you today. By old I mean that it has been finished for awhile. It's been awhile since I had the chance to post so I am trying to catch up on a few things whilst I have the opportunity.

This is the "Reading In Bed Shrug" designed by Pam Allen.

I knit it out of some handspun I had around. This is one of my earlier skeins of handspun so it was quite lumpy and rather over plied in some spots, and under plied in others. But it is a nice cheerful green and I thought it would look great with this pattern.

I did change the pattern a little, in that I did a moss stitch cuff on both sides.
I haven't had a chance to wear it yet as the weather has been far too warm! This is another on of those knits that I can look forward to wearing when the cool days of fall arrive.

When I was taking these pictures and weaving in tails, Sadie had to come see what was going on. She didn't find it very interesting because I wouldn't let her lay on my shrug. So she cleaned her paws instead.

I haven't showed you much in the way of sewing these last few months. Over the summer I have had several different quilting projects going on, most are small wall hangings. The flying geese units pictured above are part of a quilt that I designed and am now piecing by hand. I find I prefer hand piecing, it is so precise and relaxing. I also am working on a flannel crazy quilt with all the little flannel pieces we have leftover from other projects.

I went to the quilt shoppe a month or so ago and got 3 sandwich baggies full of flannel scraps for only $1 a bag! My friend and I dug through the scrap tub and found all sorts of treasures. I'll have to go back in to the shoppe soon and see what they have available now. It helps to have a few other options to work from besides just my own stash of flannel scraps. I tend to only have certain particular colors and I want it to be an interesting throw quilt, so supplementing from the quilt shoppe scraps is quite handy.

Up-close on some of the quilting detail my green and red triangles wall hanging.

It is finished, I just don't have a photo of it yet.

I started this quilted center piece around the 4th of July. I made it up in two days but was undecided as to how I was going to quilt it, My Mother suggested stippling the middle which I thought was a wonderful idea. It looks nice and isn't overpowering to the overall design of the quilt in any way. I stippled most of it over a couple days, not I just need to finish a small section and move on to the outside wedges. Right now though I am helping take care of my Grandma who is recently out of a month stay in rehab. I did bring this quilt with me, but so far have not pulled it out to work on it.

This yarn I blogged about here. It is merino top that I purchased at the most recent fiber festival I was at. I was a little disappointed in how it spun up, the outside layer of fiber was slightly felted and I had to really work with it at times. But I am happy with the finished yarn.

I cast on for the Helix scarf the other day. Originally I thought I would try designing a cowl with this yarn. But my sister is knitting up the Helix right now, and I really like the way it looks. Plus with where the color repeats fall in this yarn I feel like the beauty of the fiber will be lost if I do a circular design. The back and forth rows of the Helix Scarf showcases the yarn perfectly. It is striping somewhat, but that is fine with me.

Ah! Knitting on the deck in the cool morning air with a cup of coffee.

I spun up less then 2 ounces of the 4 I had, so I have more to spin up soon. Usually I wait to start a project until I am done with all the yarn, but I was so enthused about trying this yarn with the Helix that I started right away.

I'll post finished pics of my Chocolate Mint Helix soon, Lordwilling!

For now, have a great week my friends!

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