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.