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Sunday, October 31, 2010

Happy Dance #12 of 16

Which means that my Waterlily Pond Quilt stitching is 75% complete! Here is square #12.

In honor of Halloween, I'm going to work on Spooky House the rest of today. Happy Halloween!!!

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Productive Saturday

Every once in a while, things just get so out of control (i.e., messy) that I have to set everything else aside and clean up a bit and reorganize. I spent the morning doing that with my closet. But then I got to go in my craft room this afternoon, and I finished up the quilt top for my other Beth Ferrier class earlier this month - Sneaky Piecing Tips and Tricks.

And then I finally pieced together the backing for my Figgy Pudding Quilt top (which has been finished for months). I'm going to take it with me to the quilt guild next month so I can get it quilted by my favorite long-arm machine quilter, Pam Thorne.

I've also finished 8 of the 16 blocks for clue #5, so I'm getting there on my afghan! Tonight, I think I'll stitch a bit. I've been working on square #12 of the Waterlily Pond quilt, and that square should be finished this weekend. I love a productive Saturday!

Friday, October 29, 2010

Clue #6 (Bernat Mystery Afghan)

I finished 3 of these one night and the fourth the next night, and now I have to get back to clue #5. I liked how these worked up, and they're nice and square! :)

Thursday, October 28, 2010

A lot of grey

But I'm not tiring of it yet! Here is my latest progress on In the Garden.

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Clue #5 (Bernat Mystery Afghan) aka One of these things is not like the other...

Clue #5 has given me the most fits of all the clues so far. No matter what I try, no matter how I loosen my tension, it just doesn't come out square. Even starting with one size hook and going up a hook mid-block didn't help. And I'm definitely going to have to re-do a block that looks to be about an inch smaller than the rest. There are 16 blocks total, so I have 13 left to go (counting that do-over block).

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Hand appliqué by machine

I finally got the chance (and had the energy) to finish the appliqué from one of my Beth Ferrier classes earlier this month. I still have to quilt it, but here is the top, done!

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Clue #4 (Bernat Mystery Afghan)

This one makes me think of Halloween because of the colors - the lime (grass), purple (dark mauve), and light orange (bronze). I like it!

The thing I hated about this block was all of the ends weaving in - it is my absolute least favorite part of crochet.

Monday, October 11, 2010

Because I can

I received my new chart in the mail over the weekend, and had a good look at it. There are some confetti stitches, but not too many, so I decided to go ahead, cut my fabric, pull my floss, and start stitching on my new project. Even though I have a lot of other projects already started. Because I can. :)

Saturday, October 09, 2010

Clue #3 (Bernat Mystery Afghan)

Here is my clue #3 in Pumpkin. I started out with a K hook, thought it was going to be an inch too small, so changed over to a different brand K hook, which was turning out an inch too big. I changed back to the original K hook, altered my tension a bit, and lo and behold, squares that were the correct size (yay!).

Sunday, October 03, 2010

Random musings

I just looked through the new Herrschner's catalog last night, and yet another fantasy design jumped out at me and made me buy it. In the Garden, a Kustom Krafts design adapted to cross-stitch by Natalya Romanova from the artwork of Susan McKivergan. I opted for just the chart, since I would be swapping out the medium blue aida for some evenweave anyway, and I have plenty of floss stash.

Has anyone stitched a Kustom Krafts chart? I'm just wondering how they are - I don't have any of their kits or charts in my stash, and I'm hoping this one isn't a ton of confetti stitching. I guess I'll see in the next week or so, but I'd love to hear from anyone who has stitched one of their designs.

Playing in the crochet-along, I've been following a lot of the discussions on both the Bernat blog and Ravelry, and I discovered that Bernat did a knit-along that ended earlier this year. The charts are still up, so I've downloaded them and decided to try them out to get some more practice on my knitting. Unlike some of my friends, who can knit anything and everything (and the projects always turn out beautiful), knitting does not come naturally to me. Or at least not as naturally as crochet.

It may be that I've been crocheting for a much longer time, but I'm not 100% convinced of that. You see, I can pick up a crochet pattern, and work it up, and rarely have to rip it out unless my gauge is really off. Knitting, not so much. I can tell the difference between a knit stitch and a purl stitch, and I can do those, but if I drop a stitch, it's really difficult for me to pick it back up. If I do manage to pick it back up, it may not have been put back on the needle correctly.

The other thing I struggle with is charts. I have no trouble reading charts for crochet, and in fact, I prefer them. I have some issues of crochet magazines from several years ago that use charts, and I love those. For knitting, I can read a pattern generally correctly. A chart? Not so much. Actually, not even close. So I plan to use these patterns to understand charts better, since they give both the pattern instructions and chart for each of the designs.

If you're interested in the knit-along patterns, even though the KAL already over, you can find them on Bernat's blog using the category Mystery Afghan Knit-Along. They're in reverse order, so you'll have to go to the end of page 2 to get the first clue. I'm using Caron's Simply Soft, since I have enough stash of that. I plan to use a bunch of different colors (and that way it doesn't cost me any extra, though I'd like to try the Bernat Satin sometime). Hopefully I'll gain some confidence (believe it or not knitting a couple of socks and scarves hasn't gotten me there yet - it's still not yet as natural as crocheting), because I WANT to get there. I think that knitting and crochet are both beautiful and it shouldn't have to be 'one or the other' for me. :)