Showing posts from January, 2017

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…