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When I made my new banner, I included sewing as one of the subjects of my blog. My mom taught me how to sew when I was about nine years old, and I loved it. I made a large quilt about six years for my bed, and I still use it today – it’s the best bedspread I’ve had. It was a very simple quilt where I took squares, sewed them into strips and sewed the strips together. I’ve never actually done quilting – for this quilt I took lengths of yarn threaded through a needle, and tied them through the three layers of the quilt to keep the batting in place (I know this method has a name, but I don’t know what it is). So, last summer I started a ‘real’ quilt.

It’s taken so long for the simple reason that a sewing machine just isn’t portable like knitting is. But, I’m hoping to get back to the quilt, and sew some clothing this summer, also. I got a few patterns for a skirt and blouses last weekend, and now I’m on the hunt for some fabric. Any references for a good on-line fabric source would be welcome.

With regards to knitting, Glee is coming along nicely.

The sleeve stitches are now on scrap yarn, and I’ve joined the body for knitting in the round.

Lastly, I finally got a skein of Noro Sock yarn.

It’s color s164, and I can’t wait to cast-on.

I probably won’t blog again until next week, so I hope you all have a great Friday and weekend!


WIP Wednesday

The Katharine Vest failure took the wind out of my sweater-knitting sails, so to speak.

It’s been good for sock knitting, though.

And for the Babette Blanket.

I did finally cast on for a sweater last night, though.

The beginning of Wicked, in Rowan All Seasons Cotton.

Knitting Update

Well, I did finish (or nearly finish) the Katharine Vest last weekend.

All it needs is the neckline edging. But, I decided to try it on before knitting the edging. And it doesn’t fit. I overlapped the front edges by about 6″ instead of the 2″ specified in the pattern, but it still fits much like the photo in the magazine. I was after a much more closed look, and I really don’t want to knit this pattern again, so it will be frogged and turned into a shawl.

I also need to frog this:

Yes, that’s about 7″ of the Woolen Twinset Cardigan on size 3 needles. I put it onto two circular needles and tried it on – it’s about 2″ – 3″ too big. I will be making this again, but I’ll wait a few months until it’s closer to fall. At least I’ll have less stitches per row next time!

So, I’ve been working on my toe-up socks:

They’re ready for the heel turning now.

And more Babette Squares:

For Project Spectrum, Phase 1: Fire

For Project Spectrum, Phase 2: Earth.

The blanket’s coming along really well, and I’m looking forward to it being finished. I’m getting nervous about whether I have enough yarn for it, though.

New Projects and Yarn

I hope you all had a great holiday weekend.  We had a very nice one.  It snowed on Sunday, but none of it stayed, and we’re having beautiful weather so far this week.

I finished the Stained Glass Scarf last week and it’s blocking now. Because it’s double sided it’s taking a loooong time to dry. I hope to have the FO post this week.

After finishing the scarf, I started seaming up the Babette Blanket. It was a lot of fun, but I wasn’t making any progress on my knitting.
But then I remembered that I wanted to have the Katharine Vest done for a trip we’re taking to Chicago, so I cast on last Thursday.
What you can’t see in the progress photo is that this is my third attempt at the vest. I got about five rows into the pattern the first time, was making mistakes and ripped. I was up to the point shown in the photo above and was making multiple mistakes so I ripped a second time. Things are going much smoother this time. The actual lace pattern is very easy, but because of the decreases and two selvedge stitches kept on each edge, you have to read the pattern and count your stitches constantly. It’s been a long time since I knit lace and I’m enjoying it quite a bit.

You probably could guess what I got in yesterday’s mail. Yup, you’re right – yarn.
Two skeins of Louet Gems Fingering Weight in Aqua for some socks.
And four skeins of Peace Fleece DK in Olive for Cherie, from Rowan Vintage Knits.

Even though I did purchase yarn for a wool sweater at the beginning of spring, I do have plans for several spring/summer knits. See you next time with those plans!

FO: Mitered Square Blanket

The Mitered Square Blanket is finished!
Pattern: Plymouth Pattern 1063
Yarn: Noro Kureyon, 20 skeins of various colors, Auracania Nature Wool and Nature Wool Chunky (leftovers), Malabrigo Worsted (leftovers)
Needles: US 8 (5 mm)
Finished Size: 48″ Wide x 60″ Long
Mods: Several. First of all, I substitued Noro Kureyon and some yarns from my stash in place of the Plymouth Boku. I used size US 8 needles for the entire blanket instead of using sizes 7, 8 & 10.
I also added an extra row of squares to the width and height of the afghan, and worked two extra rows on the edging.
I really like the red and pink in this square.
I’m a bit fascinated and pleased with how the lines from the center mitered stitch on each square make diagonal lines across the blanket.
The wrong side of the blanket. I’m very glad I wove in the ends as I went along and didn’t wait until the blanket was completed. I’m sure it would have been quite a bit longer before it would have made it to finished object status!
A great pattern, great yarn and a fun knit – I’m very pleased with it!

The Weekend Can Really Help Your Knitting

If you do almost nothing but knit, that is. Of course, you can also end up with a sore thumb, but that’s of no importance compared to the progress you’ve made 🙂

Anyways, here’s the progress I made over the weekend.

On the Woolen Twinset Cardigan, I finished the second ball of 4-Ply Soft and now 6″ of the body is done.

The first of the Oak Ribbed Socks is done and the cuff is finished on the second sock.

The Katharine Vest was swatched for.
I’m itching to start this project right away so I can wear it on a trip we’re planning in a few weeks, but I’ve decided to hold off on it until I’ve finished the Stained Glass Scarf.
I finished the third ball of Aurora 8 and started the fourth and last one this morning. I can finally see the light at the end of the tunnel with this one – it was feeling like it would never end.

I’ve got the Babette Blanket in progress too, but it’s been moved to the back burner. I’m hoping that’ll change soon, though. After all, sewing the squares together is one of the best parts, right?

Lastly, The Mitered Square Blanket is blocking and is almost dry. I’m hoping to do a photo shoot this week.

WIP Wednesday

I’ve pretty much ignored all of my other projects in an effort to finish the Mitered Square Afghan before spring arrives.
The squares and the edging on three of the sides are done. I’ve just got one more side of the afghan to knit the edging for and it’ll be done! I’m so glad because once this is finished I can get back to my spring knitting.
Two edges needing to be seamed. Noro Kureyon looks very different in garter stitch. To me, anyway.

The other project that has been worked on is the Oak Ribbed Socks.
I’ve turned the heel on the first sock and am just about done with the instep decreases. I really like the colors in this skein of Trekking.

Ron Paul 2008

Current Projects

  • Babette Blanket
  • Toe-Up Socks
  • Meida's Socks
  • Bird-In-Hand Mittens
  • Josephine Top
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Future Projects

-Tangled Yoke Cardigan
-Refined Aran Jacket
-Swan Lake Cardigan
-Cable Down Raglan
-Dollar and a Half Cardigan
-Henley Perfected
-Venezia Pullover
-Ivy League Vest
-Autumn Rose Pullover
-Tilted Duster
-Equinox Yoke Pullover
-Cobblestone Pullover
-Hourglass Sweater
-ZephyrStyle Tree Jacket
-Enid Cardigan
-Union Square Market Pullover
-Top-Down Arwen Cardigan
-Counterpane Pullover
-Colette Pullover
-El Sol Pullover
-Tweedy Aran Cardigan
-Gathered Pullover
-Printed Silk Cardigan
-Hemlock Ring Blanket
-Flower Basket Shawl
-Noro Striped Scarf
-Arctic Diamonds Stole
-Entrelac Socks
-Roza's Socks