Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Back From Vacation Giveaway!

October was a busy month and it's hard to believe that Thanksgiving is just around the corner!  About a month ago, Greg and I went on vacation to the Smokies.  It rained EVERY day but one but we made the best of it and had a good time.  Our vacations these days are about disconnecting from the world and spending quality time together.  Mission accomplished.  If you've never been to the Great Smokey Mountain National Park, it's truly delightful and you need to put it on your list!  We saw chipmunks, deer, turkeys and even a black bear in the park.  Just the recharge we needed!
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I've not been sewing much but this weekend I managed to get a couple of applique blocks done for a quilt that almost has all the blocks done.  I also clipped threads and ironed another quilt for the quilter.  That part wasn't fun but I did rather enjoy the time I spent in the sewing room today.  It felt rather good.  Even the cleanup I started with felt good.
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Now to the giveaway part!  I've realized I probably won't be using this cute journal from Aneela Hooey.  The first half of this is blank paper and the second half graph paper.  Perfect for notes and sketches.  If you're interested, leave your name (plus email address if your profile doesn't have it) and I'll pull a name this upcoming weekend.  Thank you all for sticking with me.  I know I'm not blogging that much and while I'm not quitting, posts will continue to be infrequent.   I do still read your blogs and enjoy learning from you and seeing what you're doing!  You all are so inspiring!

***Giveaway is closed!***
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Friday, October 3, 2014

How Did That Happen?

How did I finish another knitting project?  I guess I'm on a roll!  I have another project that won't be on the needles long either.  This is the Follow Your Arrow shawl.  I joined the KAL, got within 8 rows of finishing (on time no less!) and put the project down.  It was my first KAL and while I normally don't knit on a deadline, I felt the weekly requirements were attainable.   I'd definitely do one again.   It was fun waking up to see what next on Monday morning before work and then coming home that evening to look at other knitters progress and decide which clue I was going to knit.
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Ysolda Teague, Designer
Clues Chosen:  BABBA (I think!)
MadelineTosh Tosh Merino Light, Venetian colorway
US 6 Needle

I made just one tiny change.  See those stockinette triangles?  They were charted as garter.
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If you're not familiar with this pattern, it's kind of like the books "Choose Your Own Adventure" where you make choices along the way and it affects the outcome of the finished shawl.  I chose the options that would give me a symmetrical shawl.  Fun though and lots of options from one pattern!
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See the arrows?
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It was a fun knit and it showed me how rusty my chart reading skills were!    The color of the yarn in real life is deeper/darker but still very beautiful!  I'm keeping this one for me!  

Sunday, September 7, 2014

No Hint of Fall in the Air

As I've been reading blogs, I've noticed that many of you are mentioning that fall is in the air.  I sure wish it was here!  We're still having hot, humid days.  Though it does look like it's going to drizzle rain here most of the day today.  I love fall but I'm not sure we can say we have a fall season here in Florida because we don't have the glorious color that much of the country gets.

Even though it's not fall, I've been knitting!  Below is my finished Duotone Cowl.  I used a jogless stripe method using this tutorial.  Another tutorial was also helpful regarding kitchner/grafting in the round.   Honestly, this one has been done for ages except the 88 stitch kitchner stitch.  Thankfully, it was summer and it didn't matter.  This isn't a long cowl and I can already tell it's going to be my go-to cowl this winter.  I've found if I keep my neck warm, I really don't need much other than a light sweater or light jacket to go back and forth to work or if I'm not going to be outside for more than 15 or 20 minutes.
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Duotone Cowl
MadelineTosh Tosh DK in Dirty Panther and Dove
Size 9 Needles

I also knit a hat for my husband - surprisingly in just two days.  I never finish anything in two days.  Never.  He picked the pattern and the yarn.  It's just a tag loose but that's how he likes it.  He really doesn't like a snug hat.  I skipped the tubular cast on - I just wanted to knit not a learn a new cast on at that particular moment and used the suggested alternative which was a long tail cast on.  It was plenty stretchy.
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Turn a Square
Lorna's Laces Worsted in Chocolate
MadelineTosh Tosh DK in Buckingham Fountain
Size 7 Needle

I've actually got another knitting finished but it needs to be blocked.  Considering how much I love blocking, don't hold your breath.  It may be a while!

We've been on vacation since my last post.  A very much needed break away from technology (mostly) and all the hustle and bustle of our daily lives.  Greg and I had three picnics in nearby state parks and spent some great time together.    It's my favorite way to recharge and since it's just he two of us, we don't have to go-go-go every second.
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One of our picnic spots

I hope you are having a great weekend full of happy stitches! 

Sunday, August 3, 2014

A Finish!

I've had a finish!  It's a small one but a finish nonetheless.  It was such a fun stitch.  May I present Sarah Seifer 1826 by The Goode Huswife.  Unfortunately this chart is out of print and is no longer in my stash - I know there are quite a few of you that would love to own it!  Sorry!
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The threads were converted to NPI...and I can't find my conversion!  When I do, I'll edit this post.  Adam and Eve are a bit of a different color(not as gray as they appear here) but I rather like it as the color suits the rest of the piece.
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The only change I made was to leave off the bugels that the angels had coming out of their mouths.  They were made of back stitching with 4 cross stitches forming a square and I felt like the piece looked better without them.
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The linen color is more true here.  I love the simple border.
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Sarah Seifer 1826
The Goode Huswife
NPI Silks
Lakeside Linen Vintage Light Examplar

I bound off a knitting project on Friday night and if I can get it into a bath of Soak and dried, I'll be showing that to you soon!

May all your stitches be happy ones!

Monday, July 14, 2014

The Kindness of Bloggers

About two weeks ago, I was scrolling through Instagram and came across a photo.  I left a comment that I'd love to learn to make the item that had been posted.  I'd also said I'd be willing to buy one in the event the poster had bought one on Etsy.  Turns out the poster was Annette of California Stitcher  and she sent me an email saying not only had she made hers but she'd make one for me and send me the pattern.   I had scrolled through so quickly it hadn't even registered it was her photo!

It arrived over the weekend!  What is it?  It's a roll to store my stitching WIPs in and keeps creases from forming.  Quilters can use a smaller version to store quilt blocks.  Scroll down to see more about what it is and how it works.  I cannot tell you how touched I was that Annette made this one.  It's gorgeous Annette!  I've been wanting one of these for a very long time!  Thank you sweet Annette!  
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I love the buttons Annette used!  This one by the bow that holds the roll closed.
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This is the button on both ends.  The "roll" part of this is actually a PVC pipe.  Annette said you can even use wrapping paper cardboard tubes.  I like the sturdiness of the PVC and the PVC will hold up to putting the roll in my bag I fill full of stuff for stitching with my EGA chapter.
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Here it is opened up.
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You lay your project down.  As you can tell, I didn't iron Sarah Elizabeth Brooke for this photo shoot.      I've decided to keep it real and this is what SEB looks like right now.
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And then you simply roll the roll up!  There is ribbon to tie into a bow and then you're back up to looking like the first photo.  Of course, more than one project can be stored in the roll.  I don't know about you, but I don't always finish a project in a timely manner.  This will help keep creases out from  that we typically see from folding linen.  It would be a great way to store your linen stash too.
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Here is the pattern that Annette on which Annette based the construction.  She did change the size and if I remember correctly she used a 22" PVC pipe.  It's a great versatile size.  Most of my current projects will fit this size.
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The blogging community continues to amaze me.  Annette is a sweetie and very talented.  If you haven't visited her blog before, please do.  She stitches, sews, and paper crafts.  Thank you so much Annette!