Monday, December 08, 2008
Pattern: Easy Lap Quilt from Bend The Rules
Fabric: 1/2 yard cuts of 6 different fabrics
I love the blanket in the book so much that I decided to recreate it for myself. I did not prewash my fabrics so it puckered quite nicely when finally washed.
Tuesday, December 02, 2008
Monday, December 01, 2008
The practice block:
Sunday, November 23, 2008
Pattern: My So Called Scarf
Yarn: Colourmart 2/7nm DK 100% Cashmere
Modifications: I cast on 30sts and knit the pattern for 26". On the next RS row I knit 9sts then cast off the next 12sts. I turned the work and cast on 12 stitches then followed the pattern to the end of the row. I knit for another 7". I bound off with a knit bind off on a purl side row. I did this to prevent the upcurl at the end of the scarf. I then washed it with dishsoap to remove the oil and to fluff up the yarn.
Saturday, November 22, 2008
And so everyone knows, me and all my peoples survived the Tea Fire, no problems. I do know people who were evacuated but no one's home burned. I did have a few clients lose their houses though. And I do have one bitch about the news coverage on our fire. Montecito has a reputation for being a 'hidden celebrity enclave' or so I learned while reading online. The bulk of the houses that burned were regular people. Not celebrities. That's all!!
Sorry, I have no photos to share currently. I am hoping with time off at Thanksgiving I will be able to update, document, share everything I've been working on.
Have a great weekend!
Friday, October 31, 2008
Sunday, October 26, 2008
Friday, October 17, 2008
I am finally able to blog about this! I made this blanket for my friend Cristy and her new baby, Nathanael. She made the baby room in a celestial theme so I chose my version of celestial fabric. Basically, I didn't want cutesy fabric, I wanted powerful colors. Cristy is a powerful woman with a strong, positive attitude. I just love her and I really did make this blanket for her. :) It's final size is 32"x44", and I used the ZigZag Quilt pattern from Purl Bee.
Thursday, October 16, 2008
My second block needed much more dimension as the linen made the bubbles just flat. So, I layered them. Popped 'em with some bright orange thread and we have bubbles!
Monday, September 01, 2008
Due to my prolonged move (never never ever make a move last longer than 2 weeks, trust me!), I didn't do much crafting. I put away all quilting accoutrements and my knitting consisted of the AMS. I am actually at the edging. Which is going to take a darned long time. I did set the Mystery Shawl aside for about two weeks while I worked on my Olympics Knitting (Olympics! I didn't even blog about the Olympics!). I knit the February Lady Sweater for that and almost finished it. I believe I finished it two days after the closing ceremonies. I love this sweater! I used Brown Sheep Cotton Fleece (4 skeins total) on size 8's. Take a look!
Let's back up a second to the Olympics. I grew up loving every moment of the Olympics. My mom was a huge fan. I think even this year she would have complained about there not being enough on tv even though there was over 30 hours of viewing time each 24 hour period. It was a little tough to watch the Opening Ceremonies knowing I couldn't call her up to discuss the outfits of the athletes but I still watched every second I possibly could. I was able to see Michael Phelps' 8'th gold medal race, Misty May and Kerri Walsh win their fifteenth hundredth win in a row (okay, slight exaggeration but those girls are serious about their volleyball!), Jason Lezak kick ass over the French (they really deserved a good ass kicking too, for their trash talk), Mary Carillo's . I was truly sad when they were over. Partly for the Olympics but partly because that's another thing I had to adjust to without my mom around.
But! In another two years we get the winter Olympics then the summer ones again. It's another reason to love them!
In the meantime, I will be working on many projects. I have my Asian Quilt, the Pink Lemonade needs to be quilted, another secret project needs to be finished, etc etc etc.
Whew! Thanks for hanging in there. I am glad to be back!
Monday, July 07, 2008
Needles: Size 8
Yarn: Noro Silk Garden (15 balls)
Pattern: Curlicue Coverlet by Oat Couture
Here it is in Ravelry.
Thursday, June 26, 2008
Sunday, June 08, 2008
Thursday, May 22, 2008
I love the colors and pattern of this quilt. It makes me feel calm when I look at it. I am going to send it off to Lois to quilt it for me. It's going to get polar fleece on the back and become one very warm quilt.
It's a charm pack of fabric by Tula Pink. It contains 40 5"x5" squares. I bought it because it was on sale. And I love it! She designs her fabric in a Where's Waldo style. Each fabric in this line contains a bug. Moths, caterpillars, snails, butterflies, dragonflies.
Friday, May 16, 2008
I love my little red and white quilt so much, I decided to make another one. This next one will be bigger and the colors, less bold. I have always loved the one shown in the book, Bend-The-Rules Sewing, so I am recreating it. I am going a little outside my box this time and not planning ahead. I am just going to cut the fabric into the strips and see what happens! I am a tad nervous... I will keep you updated.
Wednesday, May 14, 2008
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"The Sweet Six! It's down to these great offers that can't be beat!"
Do you get it yet? The whole basketball theme? Let's ignore the fact that in reality, it's March Madness for college basketball. And it's currently...May. Aside from that though, do you see where I am going? Let me give you another hint (accompanied with a photo made by my OhSoWonderful friend, Laura): All day long we have been getting this comment, "Oh, so do you guys work at FootLocker?" That's right!! We are Referee's!!! I even have a whistle. I am so lucky, I get to wear this shirt for the next 3 days. Life is good, isn't it!
*The head in the photo is from my 5k run a few weeks ago. Don't I look like I am scared out of my life??
Sunday, May 11, 2008
I planned out my pattern on paper before I started:
Then I sewed it all together (need to work on cutting, it was about an inch off on one side) and pinned it to be quilted:
I went the easy route and used predone binding. I didn't like the backing I used for the quilt as a binding so solid red it was! The size of the quilt is 39"x41". I really, really like this pattern for a nice simple quilt.
Monday, April 21, 2008
Sunday, April 20, 2008
After the race, I picked up my dad at the airport as he came down to see me get baptized. Also, my Aunt Karen and Uncle Bill were able to make it up for the weekend. It was so wonderful to have my friends and family there to witness, as much as I didn't want to give my testimony. Yes, I had to get up in front of everyone and explain my spiritual journey. And seeing as how it alllll started with my mom's cancer diagnosis, I was nervous to explain such an emotional event. And I almost lost it. I started speaking and whooosh, here come the tears. I was able to pull it together and finish up. I understand now why they have us do that, it's so rewarding to be able to be in a roomful of people that 'get it'. And a friend of mine was kind enough to take pictures for me because, let me tell ya!, I don't remember it much. :)
So, I am pooped. Ready to just hang out and relax the rest of my night away. I hope you enjoy yours!
Tuesday, April 15, 2008
Slightly less than one month after starting, I've finished. And I absolutely love it! It was a well written pattern, I chose a lovely yarn, and it turned out to be a well matched set.
Pattern: Laminaria by Elizabeth Freeman
Started: March 15, 2008
Finished: April 12, 2008
Yarn: MiniMaiden from HandMaiden Fine Yarn
I used slightly less than two skeins of yarn. While blocking, I realized how much I love the ruffly edge that was created during bindoff, so I left it.
Tuesday, April 01, 2008
Sunday, March 16, 2008
Friday, March 07, 2008
Tuesday, March 04, 2008
Tuesday, February 26, 2008
Gathered Pullover from Interweave Knits Winter 2007
Started: January 17 2008
Completed: February 9 2008
Yarn: Brown Sheep Top of the Lamb Sport (cone)
Modifications: I knit the 36" size but I didn't want a boxy sweater so I decreased 3 stitches each side to give a little bit of shape. I also did not do the the decreases in the bust, I felt it unnecessary to emphasize that area more. :)
This was a quick, easy knit. I quite enjoyed all the stockinette! I still need to block it to relax the rolling a bit.
I also bought a skein of Colinette Jitterbug sock yarn, in color Toscana. I've only been eyeing it for a year, I figured it was time.
We also found a booth at the very back of the hall that just had mounds and mounds of yarn. As we stood there, staring at the sign, we asked ourselves, "Can it possibly be true??" The sign said "All Acrylic Yarns $2, Cashmere/Merino $8" The sign said other things but nothing nearly as important as Cashmere/Merino $8. $8??? Yep, we both grabbed 5 skeins (each skein contains 320yds in a DK weight, I think) each. I got navy, Chaun got red. And apparently there was a coupon in some booklet that advertised $2 off each cashmere/merino skein. I know!! So we paid $6 each for this yarn. It was just overwhelming.
And last but not least, my most surreal moment of the day. We had been seeing people walking around all day with these little purple passports. Once we found out that the Ravelry booth was passing them out, we scouted them out on the map and beelined for it. We got up there and were talking to this man and woman, and as they explained what the passport was, it dawned on me. The man...was Casey. Casey, the co-creator of Ravelry. !! And I am such a nerd when it comes to "famous" people that I blurt out, "Oh! You're Casey!" Cause he's only been called that his entire life... Anyway, he was kind and gracious, very fun to talk with and let us take a picture with him.