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Saturday, October 22, 2011

Progress, But Slow Going

Forgive me, but the blog templates are driving me crazy. I wish I could find a simple craft blog template. Until I find one that's easy to use, I'll be changing the format often.

I'm making progress on the Grandmother's Flower Garden quilt, but it's taking forever. So far, I have two full strips (of 10 complete flowers) made (see picture above). I haven't sewn those together yet, but just laying them out gives me an idea of how it's going to look. I measured the width against the comforter on my bed (which may be a queen or a king, I'm not sure - too lazy to get up and check). I'll just keep making hexagons, flowers, and strips and until I'm finished. I've decided to embroider before I machine quilt it, which I've also decided to machine quilt with clear transparent monofiliment thread, so as to not clash with the vibrant embroidery floss. It's still all handmade... whew. I tried sewing the flowers together on the machine, but the corners are too difficult to maneuver, and it's much easier hand sewing it, plus, it's portable, so I can take it anywhere and work on it.

Onward I march, through the garden of hexagons!

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Big Things Happening!

First, on a non craft slice of my life, I am totally obsessed with anything Pan Am. I ordered this bag about two weeks before the tv show first aired (such a yummy show). I am in love with this bag. Taking this bag out of the shipping box was almost an orgasmic experience. This is the Pan Am Hat bag, listed at 89.00 + s/h. They're out of stock on this model (I think I may have gotten the last one). Before I ordered it, I was wondering if my iPad2 would fit inside. Boy does it fit, along with everything else and the kitchen sink! If you can believe it, my GFC quilting project is inside the bag in the above picture (along with my iPad2 sitting next to it for perspective). I'm so in love with this bag. Very happy with this purchase. My next bag is the 70's Original Bag.

So the scarf/cowl/infinity scarf is finished (last night). This is TWO skeins of the Sashay yarn. This is strictly an embellishment, novelty yarn, not a main yarn to use. This is making me rethink the infinity scarves for my daughter and sister. I may use a regular cashmere yarn and go over it with the Katia Ondas and Knitting Fever Flounce yarns.

I've started the Crosstown Convertible shrug.

Will keep you posted.

Last night, I finally began to join the hex flowers, just to see how easy it would be. I still have a looooonnnnggg way to go with even finishing the six petal flowers. I get bored with just making flowers, so I have to shake it up for myself to persevere to finish this quilt. That's what I love about this quilt, that I can pick it up at any part (making flowers, sewing the flowers together, making the hexes, etc), and keep it interesting. Maybe if I was machine sewing everything together, I'd be finished sooner, but so far, it's still all hand sewn. Haven't put thought to how I'm going to machine quilt it. There's no way that I'm going to hand quilt this beast. My hands already look like a construction worker's hands.

You know I'm itching to start embroidering on the blocks!

Happy crafting.

Saturday, October 1, 2011

The Knitting Season Has Begun!

So the knitting brigade has begun. It's Fall, and I'm from Missouri. It's a tradition for me to begin knitting. Eventhough I'm in California, the weather is never truly cold enough for a sweater, or hand knit socks, but gosh darnit, I'm knitting something. Based on the last post, I got the Flounce yarn in red, fuschia, and rust (for my daughter, who changed her mind because she doesn't like variegated yarn), and the Katia Ondas in Violet for my sister, who also doesn't like variegated yarn). So I have to get a solid teal for my daughter, and the only teal I've found was the Cha Cha yarn by Trendsetter. This yarn is tres tres expensive, so she may be getting just a regular soft yarn for her infinity scarf. I found a bargain priced yarn, Red Heart Boutique Sashay in Jive, at Beverly's. I was surprised they carried it, but I got two balls to practice on. I'm so glad I did. There is no way in high heaven that I will be able to make the wide infinity scarves they want. Yes, they want infinity scarves. I found some wonderful patterns at my favorite pattern site, Garn Studio.

So I figured I'd practice on the Sashay yarn. This yarn may be the hardest yarn to knit with, next to the Sugar n' Cream cotton yarn. The picture above is just one ball of the yarn, at 3.5 oz, 100 grams, 30 yards, knit on a size 9 circular needle, 20 cast on stitches, knit in garter stitch - 12 inches of scarf. I'm thinking the finished scarf will just barely make it around my neck, in which, I'll sew a button on one edge, and make a button hole on the other edge. I tried a traditional knit on one side, purl on the other, which left the ruffles all on the purl side. It was pretty cool, and gave me the confidence to actually try an infinity scarf, but the weight of it was too much. Now I see why this is considered an accent yarn.

For my other project, I'm going to make the Crosstown Convertible. I saw it on Knitting Daily TV last week, and was mesmerized. Here's the link: Crosstown Convertible. I'm going to use the Lion Brand Homespun yarn I've been knitting on for the past 10 years (the yarn I was going to make my Carrie Bradshaw sweater with). Instead of ribbing (which I hate), I'm just going to use a stockinette stitch to keep it simple. I'm going to use the new bamboo needles (in picture) on it. I hope the Homespun isn't too bulky for them.

All the while, I'm still hexing, especially while I'm at work, when it's slow. I'm determined to finish that quilt. I can't wait to start embroidering on it. I'm also sad, because my cats have stolen my floral handkerchief.... damn cats!