15 June 2014

Reviving the crafty life

Well, I'm working on a modified monogamy plan with my projects to work through UFOs and unearth my yarn stash. I recently had success finishing the blanket I started for my baby. She's not quite 5 months old and can definitely still use it so I'm counting that as a win.

Additionally, I have recently been exposed to modern quilting and have unearthed my sewing machine. I know, apparently I've been living under a rock. It all started with the QuiltCon lectures on Craftsy and once I started looking up some of the fiber artists, I could not stop surfing the websites. The aesthetic really calls to me.

My plan is to finish a rag quilt I started for my nephew years ago. It's big enough that I can get away with saying that I meant for it to be a quilt for when he goes to college. Plus, it takes up a ton of room since it's made from jeans and fleece. He's planning on going to college in the northeast so it'll get use. All the pieces are cut, I just have to sew it all together and snip.

Once that it is done, I'm going to start doing some blocks. I'm considering either doing each block in Block Party: The Modern Quilting Bee to create a sampler or trying out some of the blocks in Vintage Quilt Revival.

Going through the design process and keeping myself accountable is where ye old blog comes in. Ravelry is great for my knitting and crochet projects but not for quilting. Plus, I can do more rambling here-the project pages make more sense for technical documentation.

Wish me luck on my plan to keep up with my crafting.

19 May 2012

Back for Now

Well, I decided to revive the good ol' blog here because I've been knitting again and need to share to those who will understand. I joined the 12 Shawls in 2012 group over on Ravelry. I was totally psyched to find so many beautiful shawls using just one skein of sock yarn. A few years ago, I joined the sock yarn craze but realized that I didn't really enjoy knitting socks. (Love the sock yarn and sock patterns-just not the actual knitting of the socks.)

The plan was to use stash yarn for all the shawls--2 birds and all that. I have some beautiful Neighborhood Fiber Co. sock skeins that I absolutely lurve. I got them when Karida had a yarn club a few years ago. I think the reason I have knit 3 shawl patterns that I have had to frog is that the label on the yarn says it has 435yds but the Ravelry database shows that her sock yarn has 400 yards. I've been planning and knitting based on 435yds but I think that is where I've been going wrong. My latest effort is Vlad using the Thomas Circle colorway. Love the pattern and so far its looking good.

My failed attempts (Rav links): Old Man of Storr Shawlette, Ethereal Triangular Shawl (I will have to find another yarn for this pattern), and Rough Sea Shawl. All great patterns and all just required a little more yarn than I had. I had a bee in my bonnet about finally using my Neighborhood Fiber Co. yarn so I just kept trying to find new patterns instead of changing the yarn. The yarns a pleasure to knit, and they are especially meaningful to me because I lived in DC and the color names remind me of the years I lived there. (Not to mention, the creator and owner of the company, Karida, is a wonderful person and talented artist.) I'll have to take some pics so that you can actually see what I'm working on these days.

09 December 2008

The blob

I'm on a roll. I finished the first repeat of Chart C.

Here's my current lace blob:

Spider's Web Shawl, half-hexagon version

The close-up:

Close-up of half-hex shawl

The only mod so far is that I went down one needle size so it won't be quite as airy as some of the others out there. I'm a little worried that it may not block out as big as I would like but it is lace and blocking does amazing things to a project.

At this rate, I might actually be done by Christmas. Of course, its just for me. hee hee.

07 December 2008

Finally, photos

For my Tia, who is celebrating her 50th wedding anniversary in a few weeks:

Shawl for Tia
(for reference, the shawl is blocking on a queen-sized bed)

Shawl for Tia
(sorry for the white on white, hopefully you can still make out the shawl)

Pattern: Blue Curacao by Doris Chan (Ravelry link, part of Amazing Crochet Lace)
Yarn: Lily Chin's Greenwich yarn in white, 60% nylon, 22% acrylic, 28% mohair. This was the yarn in the pattern and I happened to have some in my stash. I actually have enough for another one but I haven't decided if I should make the same pattern for my mom.
Modifications: none

I really enjoyed crocheting this project. I was done in a couple of weeks but that was mostly because I didn't have much time to work on it during the week.

For myself:

Cashmere scarf

Cashmere Scarf - kitchener stitched together

Pattern: Tiger Eyes Lace Scarf by Toni M. Maddox
Yarn: Neighborhood Fiber Co. Limited Edition: Luxury Sock Yarn (Cashmere & merino) in Raspberry Truffle. (Ravelry link since I can't find it anywhere else)
Modifications: I split the skein in two (good thing I have that scale) and then knit both ends at the same time. Originally, I used a 3-needle bindoff to join the two sides but it wasn't stretchy enough so I had to kitchener it together.

I've already worn this twice. It's only 8" wide but its ridiculously long, I think it was almost 80". It was too long to block on the queen-sized bed so I put a sheet over the carpet and pinned it using blocking wires.

05 December 2008

Apparently, its no big surprise♦

Because I couldn't resist...

Your rainbow is strongly shaded orange, red, and brown.


What is says about you: You are a passionate person. You appreciate the roughness of nature. You feel closer to people when you understand their imperfections. Others are amazed at how you don't give up.

Find the colors of your rainbow at spacefem.com.

I saw this on Trillian's blog. Uh, apparently its no surprise that I always pick up the fiery orange yarns. Although that nature thing? Yeah, not really. Did I mention I'm a city girl and don't really "do" nature? (For those of you on my one & only camping trip, you can attest to it.)

I have been knitting (& crocheting) and one day I will actually take some pictures.

The holidays...so much to do & so little time. So I decided I needed to start a lace project (Ravelry link). I'm doing the half-hexagon version. I finished chart A (100 rows) in a few days but then had a brain fart when I started chart B. After tinking back a bit (we won't say how much), I'm back on track.

Lace knitting...so much better than thinking about all those things I should be doing.

27 October 2008

Souvenir Yarn

I've been trying to cut back on my yarn purchases but the one thing I haven't given up is souvenir yarn. When we were in Jacksonville, I had to get some yarn.

One of the yarns I purchased was this lovely yarn from J. Knits. Its superwash light sock in the color "Kansas".

J. Knits Light Sock Yarn, Color: Kansas

J. Knits Light Sock Yarn, Color: Kansas
(the true color is somewhere in between)

The vividness reminds me of Kill Bill, one of my FIL's favorite movies. When I mentioned to my MIL that I thought it would make a great scarf for him, she mentioned that she really liked the other yarn I bought at Knit Witz (the one I bought with a stole for me in mind). I think she may be a little jealous that I am currently working on socks for my FIL and am now thinking about a scarf for him. Gotta tread that line lightly.

On a different note, my niece and nephew called me last week and about 5 minutes into the conversation, they were talking about what they wanted for Christmas. My first thought was "eek, I can't believe its coming up so soon!". My niece named 2 video games immediately. My nephew on the other hand, asked if he could come see me (awww, isn't he sweet?). He said if that was too much to ask, then he would like a new blanket. (I crocheted him a toddler-sized blanket when he was about 1 year old.)

OK, if I didn't already love him to death, that boy has now won my undying devotion as well. Really, an 11-year old boy asking for handcrafted work from his aunt? I am currently searching for the perfect yarn/pattern combo so I can get started ASAP. This needs to be a twin-bed sized blanket at the very least. Aack! Will I make it by the holidays? Any suggestions? There are some pretty blankets out there but many seem too girly. I'm leaning towards the Knitted Garter Stitch Blanket but I'm afraid it might be too small. They live in MA so a very warm blanket would totally work.

17 October 2008

"Hot for the Harlot"

That was what one of the signs read at the Yarn Harlot (aka Stephanie Pearl-McPhee) reading last night. I'd always said that if she ever came to FL, I would find a way to go to the reading. If you think her books and blog are funny, let me tell you she is even better in person. (Run, do not walk to the nearest reading, you will never regret it.) I laughed so hard that I cried. Amy (who kindly drove us to Jax and back) and I were one of the last to get our books signed. I told her that "I laughed, I cried, it was better than Cats". She looked up at me and asked me to repeat myself. For a moment there was shear terror that I had offended her. It was too late, I'd already said it once aloud, there was no turning back. So, I repeated myself ("I laughed, I cried, it was better than Cats") and she said that was the best thing she'd heard all day. She said I should put it on my blog. (She even remembered the photo I sent her of my snowdrop shawl. It was my first lace project ever. Did I mention that she totally rocks?)

I only wished I had remembered to bring her good beer. Next time, Stephanie, I promise you will not have to drink beer-flavored water in FL.