Thursday, February 25, 2016

February OMG finish

I am pleased to say that I finished the kitty quilt using the Elizabeth Hartman pattern. The 18th birthday that I made it for is in ten days time but unfortunately I miscalculated and entered the quilt into the Needlework Section of the Jersey Eisteddfod.

My daughter Lizzie loved the grey background for this quilt so I'm using the same grey for her "Going to University" quilt. I have 22 blocks out of 50 pieced so far for that project.

As well as finishing this quilt, you may just be able to see the lovely new badge that I'm sporting for the Jersey Modern Quilt Guild which arrived in time for our February meeting. The Guild has now reached capacity so we can only invite ladies to join us when there are spare tables.

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Unseasonal finish

Another small finish that has been hanging around since December. I don't like black fabrics in Xmas collections so I put them aside from the Sweetwater layer cake that I used for my Christmas churn dash quilt. There were two designs repeated so I quilted two pairs using Insulbright for the wadding and made some oven mitts. I used shop bought bias tape and all I have had to do for two months is stitch down the tape. They're now done and ready for Christmas.

My cake making has also been unseasonal as I used this heart bundt tin for a stunning lemon drizzle for an event last weekend. My only purchase on our university visiting trip last week and from TK Maxx too.

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

A little finish

I saw this pattern by Susan B Anderson on her podcast and thought it was cute. Then I saw on the Little Yellow Uke and Little Bobbins knits podcasts that they were hosting a Little along. The penny only dropped today that the name of both podcasts contain the word little. Doh.

I purchased the pattern from Ravelry and debated about what yarn to use. I thought that I had nothing suitable until I spotted this wool that I purchased  on a trip to the WI's Denman College, perhaps two years ago. I then borrowed some DPNs from a WI friend. I quickly had the body knit and I needed to buy some eyes, which soon arrived.

I have never knitted an I cord before so that was a new technique. And I think I nailed it. I think attaching the eyes was the trickiest part. Nick couldn't tighten the eyes and suggested either pliers or a small hollow tube to apply consistent pressure. A light bulb came on and I dug in a donation bag and I pulled out my eyelet setter. Perfect.

 Another small finish and I have also got all of my Eisteddfod entries together apart from my framed cross stitch which I will collect this afternoon. I decided not to complete one entry which would have been a rush and that has worked for me. There's always 2017.

Monday, February 22, 2016

Learning new things

I am still a beginner knitter, having only started knitting again a few months ago. I have also become an avid watcher of YouTube knitting videos. One I have been watching is Kristin of Voolenvine and she mentioned that she had a shawl pattern that she would be looking for knitters to test knit the pattern due for release on 1 March.  I offered my services as a beginner knitter and the pattern duly arrived. 

The eyelet section was quick and relatively easy, so long as I remembered to do the increases. Then I had to wait for the beads and crochet hook to arrive for the beaded section. YouTube came to the rescue with a video for doing an applied border. I was really pleased with the mock cables in the border. 

The shawl was knitted in Manos del Uruguay in silk blend fino (30% silk and 70% wool) in the colour flame red. The name is a little ironic as I bought two balls in a fire sale for £5 total. I was a little nervous soaking he project, but it blocked well, but did bleed. All ready now for the Jersey Eisteddfod. I think I wil wear this to the Edinburgh Yarn Festival in March.

Thursday, February 18, 2016

February socks

My February socks for the brown bag sock club are done apart from sewing in ends and soaking, but I have to get on with a test knit and another Eisteddfod entry.

These were knit on 2mm Karbonz which like many have observed are not very smooth. I think I want to try some Addi sock rockets next. Perhaps I might be able to pick up a pair at the Edinburgh Yarn Fest in March. The wool is Crazy Zauberball. And I almost forgot, I tried the Fish Lips Kiss heel for the first time. These are half an inch shorter in the foot than my last pair so I am hoping they will fit better after blocking. At the moment they are a snug fit.

When I got home yesterday, a little parcel from Canada was snuggled in the corner of our front door step. It was this gorgeous Bis-sock from biscotte yarns. The draw on their website closed at the end of January and arrived in just two weeks from the draw closing. And it is so soft, on a 85% superwash merino and 15% nylon base. I can't remember the name of the colour way though and it doesn't seem to be on their website.

Sunday, February 07, 2016

My Secret Garden BOM

I am a sucker for a good Block of the month (BOM). This year I spotted the Pat Sloan - My secret garden over at I jumped in and made the first 16" block last month. I used fabrics from recent I Want her Stash bundles with a dash of red Blueberry Park by Karen Lewis.

Having made good progress on my #craftfor20 tidy up of my craft room, I decided to stitch up a storm yesterday. So I printed off the instructions for February's blocks and stuck down snippets of my fabrics to the instructions. I changed the centre square and eliminated the HSTs.

The blocks look very different from each other at the moment even though I've used the same red Blueberry park print and the dark blue honeycomb print. I have bagged up this month's fabrics along with the blocks ready for March so as to try and tie the colours together. I will also add the January fabrics too.

Tuesday, February 02, 2016

Craft for 20

A podcast that I watch by Little Paper Foxes has an initiative called Craft for 20 for February. I have decided to take that idea and tidy in my craft room for twenty minutes. I feel that an orderly craft room will be liberating.

Yesterday I started by the door to my room and tidied my cart. I was hoping to find a hexagon die in there but no luck so far. I want to put my pliers and poppers in there but that box hasn't come to light yet either and I had it only a few days ago. Strange.

Today I have tidied my desk. I have two baskets to donate and have kept a third which I use to transport pieces to my ironing board. 

Whilst looking at the next area to tidy - the window sill, I spotted a bag containing two mini quilts to bind. Not a big job, so an hour later and the minis are bound and ready to donate to our local SCBU tomorrow. 

I completed two more at our group's all day sewing day last week so I have four to donate. I am sure many of you will recognise the blocks from the book Patchwork Please! I completed these during the sew along perhaps two years ago?

Monday, February 01, 2016

February goals

This month's goal is to finish this cat quilt for a March birthday. The pattern is by Elizabeth Hartman and uses fabrics from the I Want Her Stash programme from Westwood Acres.

This is a very doable goal as I just need to sew down the binding on two sides and it's a perfect project to take with me to my morning Guild.

Where did January go. I completely missed the sign up for the January monthly goal. However I did finish my goal of the cow blanket, more about this later in the week. I broke out my Brown Bag sock club bag 8 yesterday and I have some Crazy Zauberball socks to make. There was also some hand cream and a lipstick to use up this month too. The sock wool is already balled up and ready to cast on.

You can see that my miscellaneous project to complete is my Woodland Sampler which was the 2013 monthly project from The Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery. So I dug out the embroidery, an empty floss box and accumulated my supplies. Hmm, for some reason not all of the flosses are there. I will work around that as the month progresses and substitute if necessary. Yesterday I completed the date panel and inserted 2016, so that is a commitment to finish it this year.