Showing posts from 2017

In By A Whisker.....

These four started their lives as quilt blocks, but during their "teenage years" decided that they would rather be couch pillow covers.  All the fabrics are from my stash.  Two are gold dots on a cream background and two are from my civil war reproduction stash.  The blue and green are William Morris reproduction fabrics. I'm continuing to shop my stash.  It's a lot of fun rummaging through looking for the "perfect" fabric.  
A couple more rounds of blue and green logs and they will be ready to finish the applique and be backed.  I think my quilting mojo may be on the way back, which I am very happy about!

Between spring cleaning and the shop being open six days a week, there is not a lot of time for crafting.  I took the opportunity of a Sunday at home a couple of weeks ago to dye some Dragonfly Fibers Djinni Sock yarn.  This is one sock's worth.  It's a bit hard to see in the ball, but it goes from dark to darker to darkest.  I'm really pleased …


Castonitus can be a wonderful or terrible thing....depending on whether you see your needles as half full or half empty!  I'm in the wonderful camp.  Having a blast casting on projects whenever I fancy.  Over the last few days I've cast on a pair of mitts and intend on following Arne and Carlos' tutorial for how to cast on a pair of mittens.  It's different than the Tin Can Knits tutorial....expanding my technique base can only be a good thing! 

I'd only got as far as 12 stitches into the rib on the wrist before I was struck by a burning desire to cast on Stephen West's Boneyard Shawl.  This is my all time favorite shawl to knit.  I found some Noro Silk Garden Sock, which had been maturing for about four years and cast on.

It's really any excuse to use these stitch markers.....
After frogging and reknitting a few times, I'm going up in needle size from a US 8/5mm to US 10/6mm.  It was just too tight on the smaller ones.  I will see how these go!

She Bo…

A Finish and a Mystery

These are my first finished socks for the year.  It's my vanilla pattern, which is based on the Yarn Harlot's vanilla sock pattern.

A few days after posting....the socks are the third pic down!

Of course, since I finished one pair of socks, I had to immediately cast on another pair.  The cake of mystery yarn has been recaked.  You wouldn't think they were the same weight would you?   This pair is going to be knit cuff down, with an afterthought heel with matching toes in Valley Yarns Huntington (mustard color).  This will be the first time I've knit an afterthought heel or different colored toes.

Fast forward a few days..... Knit until the color changes, then swap to the other set of needles....repeat.

I was very glad to get this pair of socks finished.  I found the Kroy yarn very splitty and knitting black on fingering weight yarn is not something I aspire to doing ever again! LOL  I'm sure I will like them soon enough.

Startitus continues.  Last night I did the c…

More Portable Than My Sewing Machine

The Evil Second Sock is almost finished.  Been battling SSS and making silly mistakes on it doesn't help!  It will be done soon, then on to the next pair, which are going to be a pair with after thought heels.

This cowl is fun to knit.  The box stitch pattern and stripes continue to play well together.  The first ball of yarn is almost done and it will probably finish up somewhere between 8 and 9 inches wide. 

This Louise Harding Grace Hand Dyed has burst out of deep stash and is beginning a new life as a pair of fingerless mittens.  The pattern is The World's Simplest Mittens by Tin Can Knits.
I've got my fingers crossed that everything will settle down enough by the end of the week for me to get back to quilting.  Knitting is getting all the attention because it is more portable than a sewing machine!

Deep Stash

This cowl is my lazy Sunday knitting.  It's King Cole Riot DK in the colorway Bling.  The stripes are four stitches wide, which is absolutely perfect, as Box stitch is a four row repeat.

This morning I made a set of progress markers for my knitting projects.  They were fast and fun to make.  There will probably be more on the way soon.

WIPocalypse Check-in

I'm taking part in the 2017 WIPocalypse, which is being run by the lovely Melissa.  Thank you, Melissa for taking the time out from tip toeing around barefoot mines to run the SAL.
I'm trying to get ahead with my cross stitch Christmas ornament this year.  I changed the white in the Joy ornament to green, as I don't have any white threads in my stash.  
Melissa is posing a question of the month and this one is "What Stitch-a-Longs (SALS) are you participating in this year? 
Up to now, just two, this one and Heather's 2017 Smalls SAL.  I'm aiming to have a finish for posting in that one next month!
The picture on the left is of the "socks that shall be nameless"....nasty little buggas! lol  I'm half way through the second sock and keep making the most crazy mistakes...I will have a new pair of socks by the end of next week, even though I feel like taking lighter fluid and a match to them! lol  I've made a mental note of no more black, splitty…

Endless Possibilities

Endless possibilities with this hand of Dragonfly Fibers Fingering.  It's 80% merino, 10% cashmere goat and 10% nylon.  It's going to be dyed as a gradient.  

I made this pair of socks with it in the Aurora Borealis colorway last year.  The colors look faded in the pic and do not do the yarn justice.  It was 100F when I took the photo, so I was not spending a lot of time in the sun, especially wearing socks! lol

Like hand knit socks, one can never have enough hand knit hats.  I'm having my hair cut short tomorrow (it's past my shoulders now and I'm sick of the knots!) and I'm hoping to have this one finished.  A new haircut needs a new hat!

On Board The Knit Train

I received a gift voucher for Barnes and Noble at Christmas and when I saw this utility bag there I immediately knew it was my new travelling knitting bag.  It's sturdy, love the color (and it won't show the dirt from doing things like sitting on the floorboard of the truck as I passenger knit), plus will hold a ton of sock/hat/glove project bags and other knitting paraphernalia.

I've cast on Helen Stewart's Spindrift shawl again.  We had a short break up in September last year, as I knit to the second last row of the eyelets before I realized that I was knitting it back to front.  It looked fine, but was missing all that lovely texture.  
The yarn is Tarte in the (discontinued) colorway Bullfrog by Miss Babs.  I chose it because it's a 500 yard fingering weight; 75% merino, 15% nylon and 10% tencel.  It is smooth, and shows stitch definition really nicely.  

I've also cast on another slouchie for myself.  It's in King Cole's Riot DK and the colorway i…

This and That

This started as a leader and ender project, but rapidly became the snow weekend project.  Only nine more blocks to make before I can start putting the top together.  The colors are completely washed out because it was such a gloomy day.

The quilting is just about finished on this little wall hanging.  The cat's face is foundation pieced from a purchased pattern.  The hearts are foundation pieced, too.  I had drawn up a pattern, but it seems to have gone for a walk.  Which normally wouldn't be a problem, but....

This fabric with teeny roses is screaming make me into hearts.  Looks like it is time to get the pencil and graph paper out.

This is the original cat quilt.  The quilting on the left is wobbly, but Wolf Man says he wants it anyway.  There's about 1/3 of the sleeve to be stitched on the back, add eyes and then it will be finished.

I'm down to embelishing the winter tree wall hanging with snowflake buttons.  I have 49 buttons to play with, but that may be a bit m…

Leaders and Enders

It took me a while to decide what I was going to make for my leaders and enders project.  It's such a fun way to make a project.  I dug through my stash and pulled out Michelle's Backyard by Michelle Marvig for Charles Parsons.  I bought it in Perth three or four years ago at Quintessential Quilts without any real plan of what to make with it.

Fast forward to New Years Day and it's being sliced, diced and is on its way to a new life as a little quilt.  It's named Purple Patch after the gum tree of the same name.

Making progress on It's Snowing!  I wasn't happy with the binding, so I unpicked it and have almost finished sewing it onto the back.  A sleeve and little snowflake buttons are next.

I've signed up with Stitching Lotus' Smalls SAL 2017.  I think between this and WIPocalypse I will get back into the habit of cross stitching regularly.  Jo of Serendipitous Stitching is taking part in a SAL where you choose a project of about 3, 600 stitches an…

WIPocalypse January 2017

Happy New Year!  I hope you enjoyed your celebrations.

I've joined Measi's Musings WIPocalypse for the first time.  I'm excited about it, as knitting socks and hats seemed to take over last year and it's cross stitch's turn to shine!

I'm from Australia and live in North Carolina with my lovely husband, Wolf Man, two dogs, a snake and a veiled chameleon.  I've been a cross stitcher for thirty something years, a quilter for about twenty and a knitter for about sixteen.  My taste in cross stitch is fairly eclectic.  I like everything from tiny traditional ornaments to Teresa Wentzler designs.  Biscornu and Christmas ornaments are my favorite things to stitch.

Wolf Man asked me if I would stitch this for him a couple of years ago and I said I would, but didn't tell him how long it would take! HA!

*sigh!*  Please excuse the poor quality of the photo.  Late night snapping and camera phones don't mix!  Moving to a new country and also being newly married…