Sunday, December 20, 2015

Doodle-head Stitches Episode 20

Finishing Frenzy

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Show Notes

Knitting
Quilting
Miscellany
Happy crafting all!

Sunday, December 06, 2015

Doodle-head Stitches episode 19

2015 Countdown and 2016 Planning

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Show Notes

Knitting
Quilting
Crochet
Cross Stitch
  • Magnificent Wizard - I pulled this existing WIP back out and stitched a little on the wizard and backstitched some of the dragon.
Miscellany

Happy crafting all!

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Doodle-head stitches Episode 18

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Show Notes

Knitting
  • Josephine shawl - finished! This is a project I kept at work mostly to knit at lunch, or took to waiting rooms for doctors' appointments or car services, etc.
  • Hiro sweater - the first sleeve is making progress.
  • Be With You shawl - Clue 4 was finished, working on Clue 5.
  • Maize Mitts - finished!
  • I started a new pair of mitts for another recipient, this time the pattern is Vancouver Fog, and I'm knitting them with yarn from Australia indie dyer Toomuc Valley Yarns.
Quilting
  • Eldon gets a little love, still quite a lot of inset seams to do to finish this quilt top.
  • Jungle Baby quilt - 7 blocks left to quilt. One block to re-quilt a portion.
  • Chateau Hexagon - working on block 4.
Crochet

Cross Stitch

Update on the Prairie Schooler ABC Charts giveaway: Since I never heard from the original winner and had no way to get in touch with her, a new winner has been chosen. Random Number Generator selected #10, Margaret! Please contact me with your address so I can get your charts out to you - congratulations!

Happy crafting all!

Sunday, November 08, 2015

Doodle-head Stitches Episode 17

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Show Notes

Knitting:
Quilting:
Crochet: I started making more squares for my Sock Scraps Granny Square blanket. I got some sparkle rainbow mini skeins from Canon Hand Dyes to sprinkle in among the other squares.

Cross Stitch: I finished the bottom left corner of Spooky House. I also worked some more on Feathered Friend and may have a happy dance there by the end of the year.

Happy crafting!

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Doodle-head Stitches Episode 16

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Show Notes

Knitting:
Quilting:
  • Jungle Baby quilt - All of the interior blocks are quilted. Next I will start on the exterior blocks.
  • A Rainbow Garden - block 10 of 13 is complete.
  • Eldon - the bottom left blocks are pieced together.
After Eldon is pieced, I plan to get back to Smith Mountain Morning by Bonnie Hunter, and after I finish A Rainbow Garden, I would like to either start Wind in the Whiskers by McKenna Ryan (link may expire) or re-start Hop To It by Edyta Sitar.

Crochet: I added 5 squares to my Sock Scraps Granny Square blanket, bringing the total to 80 attached.

Cross Stitch: I stitched more of the greenery at the bottom left area of Spooky House.

Happy crafting!

Sunday, October 11, 2015

Doodle-head Stitches Episode 15

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Show Notes

Knitting: I've worked on 6 different knitting projects since the last time I updated - a little bit of each.
  • Monkey socks - the legs are finished, and I'm working on the heel flaps
  • Be With You shawl - I've worked a little more on clue 2, a different color of lace, with more beads
  • Voodoo MKAL - finished Clue 1
  • Hitchhiker shawl - 37 of 42 teeth now, so I met my goal again of 1 pattern repeat per week.
  • Hiro sweater - I've made it through the first body increase.
  • Cupcake Mittlets - finished one mitt except for the thumb, and started the second mitt
Quilting: My first green hexie block of the Over the Rainbow Quilt is finished.

I'm also working a little each week on quilting the Jungle Baby quilt. I've included a photo for a closeup view, since the video camera not showing it very well.

closeup of quilting of the Jungle Baby quilt

Crochet: I added 3 squares to my Sock Scraps Granny Square blanket, bringing the total to 75 attached. I also continue to crochet new granny squares.

Cross Stitch: I finished-finished (with the small exception of sewing closed the little hole I used to stuff it) my Pumpkin Patch pincushion.

I filled out more of the far right pumpkin on my DVG Pumpkin Patch Pillow.

I also started stitching the greenery at the bottom left area of Spooky House.

I shared another older WIP that I want to get back to, Around the World in 80 Stitches.

The Autumn Mosaic pillow I showed was from an issue of Cross Stitch and Needlework magazine, not Stitcher's World as I mentioned.

My favorite tapestry needles are Bohin needles. They carry them at 1-2-3 Stitch if you can't find them at your local needlework shop.

Giveaway: The winner was announced at the end of the podcast. Congratulations, and thanks to all who entered!!

Audiobook: I'm currently listening to the Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas and highly recommend it if you're into that sort of story.

Happy crafting!

Saturday, September 26, 2015

Doodle-head Stitches Episode 14

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Show Notes

Knitting:I've started working on clue 2 of the Be With You shawl and there are beads!.

My Hitchhiker shawl has 35 of 42 teeth now, so I met my goal again of 1 pattern repeat per week.

My Hiro sweater has a little more progress - I've made it through the waist decreases and am working my way up the body towards the increases section.

I am planning to participate in the Voodoo MKAL with BooKnits that starts October 1.These are the yarn and beads I'm planning to use.

Quilting: My first green hexie block has 4 of 6 rows now for my Over the Rainbow Quilt. It was the only project which saw even a small bit of progress this time.

I mention a blog post by Leah Day in which she suggests more frequent, but shorter practice sessions.

Crochet: I added 4 squares to my Sock Scraps Granny Square blanket, bringing the total to 72 attached.

Cross Stitch: My kitty's head is fully backstitched, as is the bird in Feathered Friends.

I also worked on Mirabilia's Bluebeard's Princess, my DVG Pumpkin Patch Pillow, and the crewel project Textured Floral. I use finger cots such as these to grip the needle when pulling it through the fabric.

Apparently I forgot to talk about starting multiple similar projects in cross stitch, but I was referring to my project start frenzy of 2001 with all of the TW projects I mentioned in an earlier blog post. I just don't want to go crazy and do that again.

Giveaway: Enter the Prairie Schooler ABC Charts Giveaway here! The winner will be announced in my next podcast.

Happy crafting!

Sunday, September 13, 2015

Doodle-head Stitches Episode 13

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Show Notes

Knitting: I finished the Vineyard Lace Mitts. One holiday gift down, several more to go!

I'm still working on clue 1 of the Be With You shawl.

My Hitchhiker shawl has 33 of 42 teeth now, so I met my goal again of 1 pattern repeat per week.

My Hiro sweater has a little more progress - I've made it to the second waist decrease.

Quilting: I added 3 new hexagons to my first green block of the Over the Rainbow Quilt. I'd like to finish this block before the next podcast.

The Jungle Baby quilt is sandwiched, ready to be machine quilted. Now to practice some machine quilting and figure out how I want to quilt it.

I finally finished hand-quilting the center block of Fall Frolic. Hand-quilting takes a while to do, so I'm not sure when we'll see this quilt on the podcast again, but I plan to work on it again soon.

I finished piecing in the background diamonds for the final block of Eldon. Piecing the quilt top together has commenced.

I started and finished a new set of Cotton Theory reversible placemats - Fall colors on one side and Christmas colors / fabrics on the other.

Crochet: I added 5 squares to my Sock Scraps Granny Square blanket, bringing the total to 68 attached.

Cross Stitch: My kitty has a feathered friend-in-progress in Feathered Friends.

Happy crafting!

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Doodle-head Stitches Episode 12

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Show Notes

Knitting: I finished weaving in the ends on my Sea Dragon Shawl and I love, love, love it!

I also finished Zuzu's Petals.

My Hitchhiker shawl has 31 of 42 teeth now, so I met my goal of 1 pattern repeat per week.

My Hiro sweater has some progress - I've made it to the first waist decrease.

I started two more new knitting projects! Some Vineyard Lace Mitts that will be a holiday gift, and a Be With You shawl for me (with beads! yes!).

Quilting: The Jungle Baby quilt backing is pieced. Now to sandwich it together with batting and the top and get it ready to quilt.

I also finished piecing in the background diamonds for block 15 of 16 of Eldon. So close to piecing the top together now!

Crochet: I found my crochet hook that I had misplaced! I also added 3 squares to my Sock Scraps Granny Square blanket.

Cross Stitch: My kitty has a face in Feathered Friends. It was in its project bag where I found my lost crochet hook too - absolutely no idea why I put it in there.

Miscellany: My favorite coffee ever comes from Bean Central coffee roasters. My favorite flavors (I get the decaf) are Vanilla Nut and Pumpkin Spice.

Happy crafting!

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Doodle-head Stitches Episode 11

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Show Notes

Knitting: I finished my Sea Dragon Shawl except for weaving in the ends. Ends are my nemesis it seems... I have to force myself to weave them in so that I can actually wear my beautiful shawl!

I also shared my progress on my Hitchhiker shawl and Monkey socks.

I started not just one, but two new knitting projects! A new sweater called Hiro, and Zuzu's Petals, which is a cowl / shawlette hybrid and uses a pretty gradient sport weight yarn.

Quilting: The Jungle Baby quilt top is pieced. Now to figure out what I'm going to do for the backing.

The borders of the blue Over the Rainbow hexagon blocks are finished, and I'm on to piecing the first green hexie block.

I also finished piecing in the background diamonds for block 14 of 16 of Eldon.

Crochet: No crochet progress this week.

Cross Stitch: I'm still working on Part 4 of Chatelaine's Desert Landscapes Mandala. I stitched some of the beaded snake and I love how it looks.

Miscellany: We are slowly introducing into the household a new kitty, Pepé - she's an indoor / outdoor cat, and she belongs to a neighbor but spends a lot of time at our house. It's a challenge with the existing girls, but I'm hoping we can work it out. :) And CC and I are spending time playing a new-to-us game called Borderlands. It's one that we can play local co-op, and I'm getting used to the first-person-shooter gameplay. It's another good stress-reliever.

Happy crafting!

Sunday, August 02, 2015

Doodle-head Stitches Episode 10, Two Happy Dances

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Show Notes

Knitting: I finished my Stella shawl! I also started and finished a beaded knit Pioneer Cuff.

I have knit over half of the final of six colors in the gradient Seven Sisters Yarns used in my Sea Dragon Shawl by Ambah. I'm hoping to finish it before the next podcast episode.

Quilting: The Jungle Baby quilt blocks are pieced, and now I just need to lay them out and start sewing them together.

I also finished piecing all of the blue hexagons for the 7th block, and have trimmed all blue blocks square. I'm now adding borders before I move on to the green hexies.

I broke down and purchased a new appliqué die - I want to make a Butterflies quilt. I also got some Batik layer cakes which might be used to make the butterfly quilt. Edyta also shows in a video how to use the die to make a butterfly block.

Crochet: My Scrappy Sock Yarn Granny Square Blanket now has 58 attached blocks, with many more ready to be attached.

If you're interested in the Susan Bates crochet hook changes, there is some interesting information at Ultimate Crochet Hook Review: Susan Bates controversy. Ambassador Crochet has a good write-up of the differences on the Change in Susan Bates Hook Design blog post. Susan Bates silvalume crochet hooks have been my favorite, and I am definitely not happy to learn that they have changed them. I will be much more careful with the ones I have (not to lose them).

Cross Stitch: I'm working on Part 4 of Chatelaine's Desert Landscapes Mandala. I really want to finish this section before moving on to a different cross stitch project.

Miscellany: Mom and Dad stopped by the Fiestaware outlet (Homer Laughlin China Company) on a recent trip they took, and they brought us some souvenirs - this is perfect!

Spooky House mug with Spooky House project

Happy crafting everyone!

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.

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.

Friday, June 05, 2015

Doodle-head Stitches Episode 6

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Show Notes

Knitting: I finished the ninth Age of Brass and Steam kerchief, my Enchanted Isle Socks, and I'm still working in the second color on my Sea Dragon Shawl.

Quilting: I finished block 6 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. Her interview with Alex Anderson is on YouTube. I also started and finished block 9 of 13 for my A Rainbow Garden wool felt and flannel quilt by Heart to Hand that was a block of the month by Primitive Gatherings Quilt Shop.

Crochet: My Scrappy Sock Yarn Granny Square Blanket now has 30 attached blocks, which is 10% if I am going to do 300. I am still loving this project!

Cross Stitch: Spooky House by Sandra Parlow for X's and Oh's saw a bit of backstitching this time around. I finished backstitching all of the tree branches and the fangs around the front door.

Miscellany: The tutorial I used for the lined drawstring bags is by In Color Order. I love her blog, and she has quite a few useful (free!) tutorials. I found my new colored pencils on Amazon, but I'm sure you could find them elsewhere as well. I splurged and got the set of 72 Prismacolor Colored Pencils since I had some points built up.

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Doodle-head Stitches Episode 5

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Show Notes

Knitting: I've been working some more on my ninth Age of Brass and Steam kerchief, and I've gotten to the second color on my Sea Dragon Shawl.

Quilting: I finished block 12 on Eldon by Edyta Sitar. I have about 2/3 of block 6 of 7 pieced for my Over the Rainbow quilt by Tacha Bruecher and I am steadily making my green hexies for the next set of blocks. I also finally finished block 8 of 13 for my A Rainbow Garden wool felt and flannel quilt by Heart to Hand that was a block of the month by Primitive Gatherings Quilt Shop.

Crochet: My Scrappy Sock Yarn Granny Square Blanket saw no progress, but I did do a little bit of crochet this week. I finished 2 new coasters using the book 101 Small Doilies book by American School of Needlework. I mistakenly gave credit for the book in the video to Leisure Arts.

Cross Stitch: I'm still working on Spooky House by Sandra Parlow for X's and Oh's. I've finished the cross stitch on the front door and will be backstitching that section next.

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Doodle-head Stitches Episode 4

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Show Notes

Knitting: My classes were wonderful at Stitches South, and I learned a LOT! In my last post, I showed off my Stitches South 2015 purchases, and it was quite a haul. I also worked on my Enchanted Isle socks while I was at there, in between classes. After the convention, was over I finished my High Plains Poncho! And I started two new projects, a ninth Age of Brass and Steam kerchief, and a Sea Dragon Shawl. The Sea Dragon Shawl pattern can be seen on Ravelry. You can also see the multitude of Sea Dragon Shawls that have been stitched in all different colors and yarns. I love Ravelry for putting all of this information (and more!) in one place so you don't have to go looking all over the web to get ideas and information.

Crochet: I've connected 22 squares on my Scrappy Sock Yarn Granny Square Blanket. I got some more mini-skeins from one of the vendors at Stitches South The Amy Lee Show (Canon Hand Dyes), who is also on Etsy.

Quilting: Eldon by Edyta Sitar didn't see any progress this week because I had my sewing machine in for service, but I have the next block picked out, ready now that I have my machine back. I have about half of block 6 of 7 pieced for my Over the Rainbow quilt by Tacha Bruecher.

Cross Stitch: I'm still working on Spooky House by Sandra Parlow for X's and Oh's. I've worked a little more on the front of the house where the flames are and the windows / front porch.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Doodle-head Stitches Episode 3

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Show Notes

Knitting: My Joyful Joyful hat is finished! I've also finished the back panel, seamed the two panels together, and started the edging on my High Plains Poncho. One of the videos I used to help me figure out the seaming was How to Graft Live Stitches to a Cast On Edge. The other was Vertical to Horizontal Seam.

Crochet: I've connected 12 squares on my Scrappy Sock Yarn Granny Square Blanket. Some of the mini skeins I am using were purchased from Mermaid Knitting on Etsy.

Quilting: I've finished piecing another block (11 of 16) on Eldon by Edyta Sitar on the machine. I also finished blue hexie block 5 of 7 and started #6 for my Over the Rainbow quilt by Tacha Bruecher.

All of my Eldon blocks so far

Cross Stitch: I'm now working on Spooky House by Sandra Parlow for X's and Oh's. I've finished the moon, I've been filling in the backstitching for the tree, and I've worked a little on the front of the house where the flames are and the windows / front porch.

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Doodle-head Stitches Episode 2

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Show Notes
I'm wearing my knitted Age of Brass and Steam kerchief.

Knitting: I've finished the front panel and started the back panel of my High Plains Poncho and I share my progress on my Joyful Joyful hat, which is getting close to being finished.

Crochet: I've connected a few more squares on my Scrappy Sock Yarn Granny Square Blanket. Some of the mini skeins I purchased were from Mermaid Knitting on Etsy.

Quilting: I've finished piecing two more blocks on Eldon by Edyta Sitar on the machine and I'm working on blue hexie block 5 of 7 for my Over the Rainbow quilt by Tacha Bruecher. I also started making some green hexies. And I shared my happy dance - the Waterlily Pond Quilt (Chatelaine Designs) is finished!


Cross Stitch: I'm still working on Pumpkin Patch Pillow by Donna Vermillion Giampa, and I've finished the top right corner.

Stash Enhancement: My final shipment in the Vampire Romance Club came in from Voolenvine Yarns. The shipment contained a cute fangs stitch marker from One Geek To Craft Them All. And I received 4 skeins of self-striping sock yarn that I had ordered from Desert Vista Dyeworks. I also got one of each of the Laurel Burch cats Mill Hill kits (the evenweave versions).

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Putting it all out there

I made my first video podcast today and posted it to YouTube. I hope you enjoy!

Edited to add some show notes!



Show Notes
I'm wearing my most recently finished object, a knitted Ombré Infinity Cowl

Knitting: I'm currently working on the High Plains Poncho and my Enchanted Isle socks.

Project bags: I made the ones shown on this episode using the Open Wide Zippered Pouch tutorial by Noodle-head. I extrapolated her measurements a bit to get the bigger bag.

Crochet: I've started a Scrappy Sock Yarn Granny Square Blanket, and I'm using the tutorial that Kay Jones of the Bakery Bears podcast demonstrated at the end of their podcast, episode 17.

Quilting: I'm currently piecing Eldon by Edyta Sitar on the machine and Over the Rainbow by Tacha Bruecher by hand.

The craft boxes I use to store my hexies are Darice Bead Organizers. I got mine at either Wal-mart or Michaels.

Cross Stitch: I'm currently working on Pumpkin Patch Pillow by Donna Vermillion Giampa.

Stash Enhancement: I bought a skein of Dream in Color Jilly in the color Brilliant from my local yarn store. I plan to make Antarktis by Janina Kallio.