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Sunday, July 19, 2015

SSK 2015 stash indulgence

I was so pleased to go to the SSK (Super Summer Knit-together) 2015 Market during the time it was open to the public, and I might have gone just a little crazy.

I wanted something from every vendor, but limited myself to these, since I would like to retire one day and probably shouldn't spend every cent of my earnings now...

Left, a project bag in Star Trek: The Next Generation fabric from Tangerine Designs, and right, a project bag in some Tula Pink fabric from Fat Squirrel Fibers, score!!!

Top row, left to right:
  • Leading Men Fiber Arts, Show Stopper base - Venetian Sunset
  • Leading Men Fiber Arts, Spotlight base - Avery
  • Leading Men Fiber Arts, Show Stopper base - You Never Know
  • Must Stash Yarn, Perfect Sock (OCD Skein) - Theory
  • Must Stash Yarn, Perfect Sock (OCD Skein) -  Kama Sutra
  • Knittyandcolor, Dubstep DK base - Sleepy Hollow

Bottom row, left to right:
  • Miss Babs, Yummy base, Pewter
  • Miss Babs, Sojourn base, Berlin
  • Miss Babs, Sojourn base, Favorite Boots
  • Sheep Dreamery, Patapsco base, Ginger and Wasabi
  • Gynx Yarn, Strong Sport base, Pyreflies
  • Highland Handmades, Green Ash Worsted base, Black Cap

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Doodle-head Stitches, Episode 9

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Show Notes

Knitting: I started the Stella shawl! It became an official knit-along just after the last podcast, and the knit-along started in July. It is also a knit-along on the designer's Ravelry group. Both end around the first of August, so the needles are flying fast and furious to knit it within the time frame. I'm 65% complete, and I'm using two colors of Malabrigo Mechita, Ninfas and Impressionist Sky.

I have started on the final of six colors in the gradient Seven Sisters Yarns used in my Sea Dragon Shawl by Ambah. This sixth color is a deep blue with just a hint of green, and is my probably my second favorite color.

Quilting: I figured out the block design and cutting measurements for the quilt I plan to make as a baby quilt for my grand-nephew. It will have 35 blocks total - 18 blocks with a green "border" and 17 alternate blocks with a patterned "border". I've pieced 9 of the blocks together so far, and have the rest of the blocks ready to piece.

Crochet: My Scrappy Sock Yarn Granny Square Blanket now has 51 attached blocks, with many more ready to be attached.

Cross Stitch: The Feathered Friends by Mill Hill (Laurel Burch collection) project saw a little un-stitching, then a little re-stitching, then a little bit more progress.

Miscellany: I'm heading out to the SSK Market session that is open to the public, and I'm looking forward to seeing some of my favorite indie dyers, perhaps buying some more yarn?

I also talk about my fondness for listening to audiobooks while crafting. Many libraries carry them, which is where I discovered them myself. Unabridged audiobooks are my favorite.

Happy crafting everyone!

Friday, July 03, 2015

Doodle-head Stitches Episode 8

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Show Notes

Knitting: I have started on the fifth of six colors in the gradient Seven Sisters Yarns used in my Sea Dragon Shawl by Ambah. This fifth color is a deep teal, and is my new favorite.

My Monkey Socks, saw a little bit of love, and they now have three repeats of the pattern each.

I am going to be starting the Stella shawl as an unofficial knit-along in August with several other stitchers from my LYS, the Haus of Yarn. I'm using two colors of Malabrigo Mechita, Ninfas and Impressionist Sky.

Quilting: I am nearly finished with block 7 of 7 pieced for my Over the Rainbow quilt by Tacha Bruecher and I am still making my green hexies for the next set of blocks. I will crop the blue hexie blocks to square and add the borders before starting the green hexie blocks.

I picked up some more Tula Pink fabrics and some fabrics that I plan to use to make a baby quilt for my grand-nephew. I'm using EQ7 (Electric Quilt) to design my blocks based on a quilt I saw in an email, not sure if it was from a quilt shop or where, but when I searched online, I found a reference to it on Made by Rae. You can see the fabrics I picked up in this post on weekend shopping.

Crochet: My Scrappy Sock Yarn Granny Square Blanket now has 42 attached blocks.

Cross Stitch: Mirabilia's Deco Spirits received a little more attention. I worked on some of the shaded areas of the body (grays), before moving on and starting...

Yes, I started Feathered Friends by Mill Hill (Laurel Burch collection). I couldn't resist.

I also worked on Chatelaine's Desert Landscapes Mandala. I re-charted the section I was having trouble with (the symbols were too similar), and now I'm able to stitch the feathers without frustration.

Miscellany: I also picked up some size 6 beads from my local bead shop and plan to use them for a shawl or cuff (or both), probably for the Laura Nelkin Craftsy class, Knitting with Beads. And my favorite tapestry needles are the Bohin ones - I've even converted several friends to using them. :) And here is a picture of the bags I made for our little get-together. I think everyone was pleased.


Edited to add: I forgot to add the link for the Tula Pink quilt I am planning to make with all of the Tula Pink fabrics I've been collecting. It is her City Sampler quilt. I saw May Chappell's City Sampled on point, and fell in love.

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Weekend shopping

I got together with some friends this weekend and we did a little visiting, catching up, stitching, and shopping.

Yes, I said shopping. Surprise, surprise. :)

We visited a yarn shop, a quilt shop, a bead shop, and a couple of needlework shops. This is what elected to come home with me.


Left, a cute owl fat quarter; top right, a few fabrics from Tula Pink's Saltwater line; and bottom right, a complete fat quarters collection of Tula Pink's Elizabeth line.



Two different views of the collection of fat quarters (right) that I got to make a baby quilt, along with a fabric I'm going to use to tie it all together (the solid green) and the fabric I plan to use to bind it (blue with white lines, and white, green, and black dashes)


Left, several packages of my favorite tapestry needles, Bohin, and right, (continuing my apparent obsession with Malabrigo yarn), Malabrigo Sock in Ivy and Natural


5 different colors of size 6 glass beads for possible beaded knitting projects. Does it matter that I haven't yet started or completed even one beaded knitting project? No, because I love beads, and I love knitting, and I just imagine I will love putting them together. :) And if I don't? I can always make necklaces, bracelets, or find some other use for them.

I also worked on three (yes, I said three!) cross stitch projects. I took another stab at Chatelaine's Desert Landscapes Mandala and finished a feather. I'll talk about that in the next podcast, along with what I did to overcome some of the difficulties I was having with it.

Have a great rest of the weekend everyone!

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Doodle-head Stitches Episode 7

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Show Notes

Knitting: I started and finished a second pair Rip Current Mitts by Melissa Tuttle Sibley (these are for my Mom). They are knit with KnittyandColor's Indie Rock Worsted yarn in the Constellation Colorway.

I am halfway through knitting the sections of my Sea Dragon Shawl by Ambah using Seven Sisters Yarn - I've finished the increases and now I'm working on the decreases, into the fourth of six colors.

And I started a new pair of socks! They are the Monkey Socks by Cookie A., and the Monkey Socks pattern is still currently free on Knitty.com. I'm using my newly-acquired Tweedy Toes Sock Yarn from 2 Guys Yarn in the Across the Bay colorway, along with my new favorite double-pointed needles, Knitter's Pride Karbonz.

Quilting: I have started block 7 of 7 pieced for my Over the Rainbow quilt by Tacha Bruecher and I am still making my green hexies for the next set of blocks. I used my Sizzix Big Shot Pro die cutter to cut the black strips I'll be using in the borders around all of the rest of my blocks. It definitely made the cutting faster and easier with strip dies. The helpful book, The Big Little Book of Fabric Die Cutting Tips, was by Ebony Love. Unfortunately, it may be out of print now. But Ebony has lots of die-cutting video tips on her Love Bug Studios YouTube Channel.

I've also finished block 13 of 16 for Eldon by Edyta Sitar.

Crochet: My Scrappy Sock Yarn Granny Square Blanket now has 36 attached blocks.

Cross Stitch: I pulled out Mirabilia's Deco Spirits for some attention. Will I continue working on her, or will I start a new small Mill Hill project next weekend when I get together with friends? Tune in next time to find out!

Miscellany: I finished the lined drawstring bags I was working on last episode. I also shared a bit of yarn and fabric stash enhancement, and mused about upcoming projects.