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Saturday, April 28, 2012

Correcting crochet mistakes

Here are my puff stitch squares, all corrected now.

And, like a lot of things lately, but especially crochet for some reason, I had to rip back the Sweet Dreams doily to round 11. I had gotten to round 16 when I realized that the instructions weren't really matching up with what I was doing. That's when I realized that the pattern had switched from a pattern + 3 repeats to a longer pattern + 1 repeat for each round. Sigh. I really, really must pay attention to instructions more closely. This photo shows the round at which the pattern changes - it starts out with 7 triple crochets in the loop at the top, but then switches to 6 trc in the next loop (on the left), then back to 7 at the bottom and 6 in the right side loop. I totally ignored the pattern and did 7 in each, and subsequently ignored additional changes, because, well, I've done this pattern twice before, so I must know what I'm doing and don't have to pay as much attention, right? :)

So, I'm back to working on this today, hoping to make progress up to at least the point where I had to rip out today. At least I have a decent audiobook to listen to while I'm crocheting. Though I am stopping it every now and then to make sure I'm on track this time so that I don't have to rip out so much again... :)

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Pretty flowers and an oopsie corrected

Our veterinarians and their staff are the nicest, most thoughtful people. They sent flowers yesterday in memory of Rudy Poo.

When I was looking at the instructions for my Puff Stitch afghan the other day, I realized that I have issues with reading the instructions correctly. It's not that they're written wrong or anything like that. I just consistently READ them WRONG. I did this the first time I tried to start this afghan years ago too. Fortunately, I caught it after only about 6 or 7 squares. It wasn't hard to rip them back and re-crochet them correctly.

My problem is illustrated below. In the first round of off-white, I crocheted too many puff stitches. There are only supposed to be 12 at this point. But I made 16. The problem is compounded in each subsequent round. They lie much flatter when crocheted correctly. And I like them better. I'm going to make a few more squares then take a new pic of all of them. I still need to find the first four I made...

I'm so glad tomorrow marks the end of the work week. I don't know where my brain was last weekend (okay, maybe I do), but I totally forgot to do laundry, so I had to do it during the week, and that makes for less time relaxing and winding down before bed.

Monday, April 23, 2012

A few updates

It's been a hard week, but I've been keeping myself busy. My little Rudy Poo was my shadow so often that her absence leaves this huge hole. Stilts and Candy are giving me lots of love, and I really appreciate their closeness. This weekend I finally got back to the placemats I started several weeks (months?) ago. Since mine are a test for the Christmas ones I have in progress, I tried out a couple of different quilting ideas. The first placemat I had made was done with stippling quilting and I didn't bind it, I just stitched it right sides together and turned it, then quilted. I didn't like how the edges were wavy, so I decided not to do it that way again. The second placemat I made, I decided to try straight lines. While I liked this one much better than the first, I still wasn't really happy with the way it looked.

So, I decided to cross-hatch part of the third placemat, and I'm very happy with this one. This will be the design I'll use for the Christmas placemats.

I used all three of my machines on these - piecing and straight-line quilting was done on my Pfaff, the orange bows were stitched on my Elna, and the free-motion quilting (stippling in the colored strips and wedges in the pinwheels) was done on my Bernina. Click the photo for a larger view.

I've stitched the vertical sashing strips to each of the blocks and began piecing them together. It still looks a little wonky on the design wall, and 3 of the blocks are missing because they're in the sewing machine.

On the cross-stitching front, I've been working on Mother's Arms, and I've finished stitching the block and bunny in the lower left corner. Tonight I plan to add some more beads in that section.

And the coolest thing - my mom was at a yard sale last week and ran across this!

There are between 25-35 balls of Cebelia thread, ecru and white. I've started another crocheted doily (a white version of Sweet Dreams, which I've done twice before). I'm going to give it to my mom as a little thank you gift. I'll post a photo of it when finished (I've finished round 15 so far).

Monday, April 16, 2012

RIP Rudy Poo

Today we said good-bye to one of our "first-born."

Rudy Poo, 1999-2012

Not sure if I mentioned it on here, but I've told several friends over the years - she loved to floss her teeth after I flossed mine. Obviously, it isn't that easy to get a good photo, but CC managed to snap a few pics several months ago.

Our hearts are heavy, and she will be missed terribly.

Sunday, April 15, 2012

April block of the month

Chocolate Macadamia Chew - it's a wonder I'm not gaining a ton of weight making these blocks. :)

And while I had my ironing board set up, I pressed the backing fabric (for the Feathered Fantasy quilt) that I received in the mail a few days ago. I plan to take it to Ruth in the next week or so to have it quilted on her long-arm machine.

Then yesterday afternoon, I went to Moonlight Stitching at my LNS, and had a wonderful time with Pat T., Sally, and Susan. I worked a little on Mother's Arms, and I'm convinced that I will finish it soon (as in I'd like to work on it for the next few weeks until it is done!).

Friday, April 13, 2012

Another tower section added

The past week or so, I've been working on Spooky House, and it now boasts another tower section. I started to call it a turret, but when I looked that up, I discovered that most turrets do not actually span to the ground.

The moon has another couple of rows also. I love this design!

Sunday, April 08, 2012

Happy Easter!

We spent a wonderful weekend with family - both C's and mine. I hope that everyone's Easter weekend was just as enjoyable, whatever you did.

I managed to get just a little bit more accomplished on the Pineapple Blossom Quilt. I've decided on the layout, courtesy of my EQ7 design program:

Of course, it is more scrappy than this, but it gives you the general idea.

Here are my blocks on the design wall, with sashing just pinned between one row of the blocks. Obviously I have quite a bit to do to get all the sashing sewn to the blocks and the whole thing assembled, and I think I have about 20 more half square triangles to piece for the upper and lower borders. It looks very messy right now because I just put the blocks up without allowing for the sashing.

And here's finally a picture of my progress on Kitty Litter. I stopped working on it before I went to my quilt retreat, and just now took a photo. A second kitty with some of its backstitching is complete!

Right now I'm working on Spooky House and thoroughly enjoying it, so new progress picture on that coming soon. I really need another vacation! :)