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Monday, August 18, 2014

Presenting... High Cotton Happy Dance!

I picked up the quilt from my quilter mid-week, and then picked up a yard of fabric to make the binding Friday. Saturday I made the binding and attached it to the back of the quilt, since I knew I would be machine stitching it down (which I do on the front). Today I did just that, with the same decorative stitch I used on Ariel's Bullseye quilt (a loopy design with a disc on my Elna). I washed and dried it, and voila, it is ready to give to my father.

Here is a closeup of the quilting design.

Really looking forward to giving it to my Dad. :)

Friday, August 08, 2014

Raglan cardigan back finished

Here is my finished back piece for the raglan cardigan.

And I updated my web site today, trying out some responsive design techniques. Unfortunately, Blogger has gotten overly complicated with its template editing, and I didn't feel confident to make changes to the XML file, so I just chose and modified one of their stock templates for my blog. It isn't as responsive as my web site design, but it complements my updated logo better than the green / brown / tan one did.

I still have some clean up to do on the site for styles that got a little wacky. Hopefully I'll have everything looking normal within the next week. I hadn't redesigned in over 5 years, so I thought it was time (and wow, does time fly!).

Thursday, August 07, 2014

Playing catch up

I've been working on my knitting a lot lately, but I thought I'd catch you up on the other projects I've been working on also.

The first is a new cross stitch start - I'm hoping to finish this before the end of the year, since it's a small design. It's a Mill Hill Buttons and Beads kit, Night Owl.

Next up is the quilt that is now on my design wall, Eldon. I am working on setting in the rest of those log cabins to the strippy stars that I've already pieced. Here are the two I've set in over the past week.

And my blocks on the design wall so far. Only the far upper right block is complete with the background diamonds set in. I wanted to do one to see how it was going to look. Now I need to get the rest of the stars set in with the log cabins and then I'll work on setting in those background diamonds to all the rest.

Finally, my beads came back out to play for just a bit. While I was out west, I visited a bead shop which had little chunky bead sets on sale. I picked up a few different colors and some magnetic clasps. I pulled out my 6/0 bead stash, along with some other spacer beads and came up with this arrangement.

I have two more sets to make, one pink and one purple. They will be hard to give away, as pretty as they are! :)

I am working my way up my knit sweater back, so I should have a photo of that to share next time. Toodles!

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Mini-vacation finish

I took last Friday, Monday, and today off as a mini-vacation. I stayed at home and played video games most of Friday-Sunday. I had a blast playing my new LEGO City Undercover, Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD, and a little Mario Kart 8 (yes, I'm apparently as attention-deficit with video games as I am with all the other things I do). Oh, and CC and I played a little Resident Evil 6, since we can play that co-op offline. :)

Then yesterday I decided to work some more on High Cotton. I got all of the pieced blocks put together yesterday afternoon while listening to an audiobook.

I laid out my solid blocks for the border, but didn't get to piecing those to the quilt until this morning. And here is the finished quilt top!

Now I just need to piece the backing together and get it ready to take to my favorite long-arm quilter. I'm so excited to have this one close to being finished because it's a gift for my Dad. He won't need it for a few more months, but I've been wanting to make him a quilt of his own for a while, and when I saw this one in Kim Diehl's book, Simple Comforts, I thought it would be perfect for him.

Putting those blocks high up on the design wall is not as difficult as it used to be - I still tend to use my left arm more than my right, but I'm getting better with the right one. I'm just over 5 months post-surgery now and the shoulder is getting a little better each week that passes. Which reminds me, it's time to go do my exercises!

Monday, July 21, 2014

CC's new scarf

So, I made it over to Haus of Yarn Saturday and picked up another skein of the Zen Yarn Garden Serenity Silk Single in Bronze Age. I picked up a few other skeins of yarn for gifts I plan to make. I was knitting on one of my current projects Sunday, and CC looked over and said, "That doesn't look like a scarf..." so I put it down, pulled out the yarn for his new scarf and started to work. I had presented him with a couple of options, and he chose the Falling Water Scarf. I finished one repeat of the pattern Sunday, and started (but didn't finish) another repeat tonight.

I think it's going to be a handsome scarf. It has the look of cabling without the cables, and the pattern is actually quite easy as long as I keep up with where I am (thus the stitch markers and a post it note on my pattern). I decided to knit four repeats instead of three.

I've also been eyeing some fancy stitch markers. I know that most are not very expensive, but I also know that I have some beads that I thought would look pretty as such, and I really should do something with them instead of leaving them in a box. So I found a do-it-yourself tutorial on making stitch markers and ran to get a few supplies that I was missing (mainly, the head pins and mini toggles). I made nine of them in a little over an hour. They might be too long for some projects, but I bet they'll be just fine for others.

The ones on the top have little frosted plastic trumpet beads that I got from Beadbox (Janet Coles Beads, no longer in business, sadly). They had some very beautiful beads, and the most wonderful catalogs. Several friends and I would just sit and drool over them, imagining what we might order if we'd won the lottery. They had some very beautiful beads, and I really liked the jewelry models in their catalogs and her Book of Beads. I still have a few leftover beads, so I'm sure I'll be making a few more stitch markers in the future.