Sunday, February 28, 2010

More Information on Sock Yarn

I had a couple people comment and ask for some more information on the yarns I used in my socks.

This pair uses Unisono by Zitron.  It’s a 100% superwash merino wool that has aloe in it so it’s very soft!

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This pair is made from Stroll Handpainted yarn from KnitPicks in the Tea party colorway.  It’s 75% superwash merino wool and 25% nylon.  Extremely soft and very reasonably priced!

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This pair is made from Brown Sheep Wildfoote yarn in the Ragtime colorway.  Also 75% washable wool and 25% nylon and soft as well.

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This pair is made from Wisdom Yarns Marathon Sock in the San Francisco 201 colorway.  It’s 75% wool and 25% nylon.  I just love the pattern that knits up as you go along!  Also very soft and bright!!

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I have so many other fun yarns in my stash now and I’m looking forward to using them all!  I am totally in love with sock yarn :)

Saturday, February 27, 2010

A Serious Case of Sox Pox!

Yes, I admit it…..I am addicted to socks!  I started a Toe-Up Sock knitting class 2 weeks ago and have knit 7 socks since the class started!  Today was the last class and I learned how to do a stretchy bind off so I now have 7 finished socks and the 8th (second half of the 4th pair) is on the needles now.

This is my 2 weeks of knitting….

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I love these socks and I promise I’ll be back to quilting again soon :)

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Friday Night Sew In Results….

After dropping my mom off at her Red Hat convention on Friday afternoon I came home and wasn’t feeling too well so I didn’t make it into the sewing room.  Instead I cast on another sock and started knitting.  I made alot of progress on my knitting and I just love this color combo!!

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Now that I’m feeling better hopefully I’ll get the quilt quilted this week and start the binding!!

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Are You Ready?????

For the Friday Night Sew In???

I am!  Tomorrow night I’ll be quilting my Blue Bricks & Stepping Stones top.  I’ll get it loaded onto the frame this afternoon and be ready to quilt away after taking my mom to her Red Hat Convention in Baltimore!!  Tomorrow night we’ll have frozen pizzas for dinner so I won’t be taken away from my quilting for long :)

Who else is joining in??

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Some Quilty Content

Not only have I been having fun knitting, I’ve also been playing in the studio.  I finished cutting out my Too Good to Cut Challenge so there’s another February Goal ticked off the list.  Here’s the cut strips for the top along with the background rectangles:

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And here’s the skinny little strips that I cut off to straighten up the end of each of the fabrics:

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I also ordered one of the Quilts For Kids kits and received it this week.  It’s nice and bright and fun!  I’m looking forward to making this one.  I also have a finished quilt to send off to the project and another one marinating in my brain from some bright and fun orphan blocks.  Here’s the kit I received:

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Later today I might try to get the Bricks & Stepping Stones quilt loaded onto the frame and start quilting.

Saturday, February 13, 2010

First Ever Knitting Class!

So I’ve been knitting off and on for 30 years or so (my mom taught me how to knit when I was in 2nd grade) but I have never taken a knitting class until today.  I start my first of 3 Toe Up Sock classes and what a fun time!  There are only 2 of us in the class so it’s very laid back and I’m having a ball!  We learned a Figure 8 cast on and the Magic Loop method for toe up socks.  I’m using a 100"% Superwash Merino Wool sock yarn and 32” long #2 circular needles.  Here’s some progress pictures…

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We learn how to shape the heel in the next class so i have to knit to the heel this week.

Friday, February 12, 2010

Jelly Roll Sampler Quilt Along…

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I decided to join the Jelly Roll Sampler Quilt Along which starts March 1st.  I have sooo many jelly rolls and needed an excuse to use one of them :)

So I went searching on the pre-cut drawer and after a lot of hemming and hawing I decided on my Maypole jelly roll by April Cornell.  I found a pretty pink that goes with the fabrics for the background.  After all this snow I need to play with some bright springy colors!!

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Yesterday I also bit the bullet and started piecing some of my larger batting scraps into usable battings.  I now have a stack of 6 battings to use in upcoming projects :)

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Sure feels good to be marking things off of my February Goal List!! 

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Pattern Selected and Started Cutting….

….my Too Good to Cut Challenge project.  I finally settled on using these fabrics

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In Darlene’s pattern Between Friends.  I’ve been wanting to make this quilt and I think the FQs will be lovely in this pattern.  Here’s the first cut….

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I’m about 1/2 finished cutting the FQs so that task should be complete before bed.  I’m really enjoying this challenge and I’ll be even happier when the quilt is finished :)

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

It’s a Flimsy & Blizzard of 2010 part Deux!

My February UFO is finally a flimsy.  I started this quilt on Superbowl Sunday 2009 and finally got the borders attached tonight after dinner.  So now all I have to do is quilt and bind it and I’ll have another UFO finish!!!  YAY!!!

Here’s the finished top:

002Today was a work from home day since we had another round of winter weather.  This was the 3rd Blizzard of the season and we got at least another 10.5” on top of the 30” we got over the weekend.  If we ever get enough of a break in the weather I will be able to step out onto the back deck and get some pictures of the big snowy sandbox aka my fenced in backyard.  This is just crazy!  here’s a couple pictures of today’s new snow.  The picture of the snow on top of the trash can is all new snow, it was clear before the snow started falling last night….

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Monday, February 8, 2010

Design Wall Monday & a UFO Finish….

Today is an unexpected snow day from work after our historic snowfall a few days ago.  So between working on projects for work from home, I am sewing a little as well.  On my design wall is my blue Bricks & Stepping Stones top.  I am onto sewing the rows together now and I have a good shot at finishing this top today….YAY!!  Here’s what it looks like right now:

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I also managed to finish my 4th UFO of the year.  The Imperfect Squares baby quilt for my college friend’s new son Finn is finished and ready to mail to Florida when I can get to the post office.  Here’s the finished quilt and a close-up of the loopy meander quilting I did.  I’m so happy to have it finished!!

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What does everyone else have going on??

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Surviving SnOMG! 2010….

We weathered the storm safely and are now in the midst of the great dig out…..  Hubby is our with shovel in hand as I type and will hopefully be finished before the pre-Super Bowl dinner we are having at 3pm.  I want him to be able to sit back and relax and enjoy watching his Colts play in Miami!!

Here’s a couple pictures taken while the snow was falling….

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And here’s some during the dig out…

002 003 I haven’t been sitting by idly…I’ve been working away in the studio.  I quilted the Imperfect Squares Baby Quilt, stitched out the label and attached the label and binding by machine.  I’ll finish the hand stitching during the big game tonight.  I also stitched out the last 12 embroidery blocks for Fresh Squeezed Graham Crackers.  This is what they look like before trimming the threads:

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I hope everyone is safe and warm wherever they are!

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Here Comes the Snow…..Again….

005 The weather peeps have forecasted a “historic” snow event for the mid-Atlantic region this weekend just as we are on the tail end of 2 snow events since last Saturday.  The cupboards are full of food and I have plenty of quilty projects to work on.  So I’m ready to be snowed in this weekend…woohooo!

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Monday, February 1, 2010

February Goals….

OK I’ve found that setting goals is working for me so I’m going to post my goals at the beginning of each month….

Here goes… here’s what I want to accomplish this month:

  • Quilt & Bind the Imperfect Squares Quilt for Baby Finn
  • Finish Piecing, Quilt & Bind Blue Bricks & Stepping Stones Quilt
  • Choose pattern for and cut out “Too Good to Cut” challenge quilt
  • Make 1 block for the Ladies of the Sea appliqu√© project
  • Make love block & label for Dorothy’s Love Quilt
  • Stitch out last 12 embroidery blocks for Fresh Squeezed Graham Cracker Quilt
  • Piece together batting scraps into usable battings

I know it looks like a lot but I have another “Stay-cation” in February so I should be able to get a lot done while I’m home for nearly 2 weeks :)