Friday, 28 August 2015

Friday Finish

I needed a quick baby gift for a shower at church so this week I whipped up these cute little hats. Each one takes me a day to knit.

Top left is a Flour Sack hat, right is an Accordion hat and the bottom one is a beret that I can't remember the name of!
The beret turned out more newborn size so it will be donated to the nursery at the hospital, where every baby born receives a hand-knit hat.
All three hats are from the great little book Baby Beanies

Yesterday was my 4 year blog-aversary and with 227 posts and and almost 46,000 page views from all over the world it has been a great ride. Thanks for continuing to visit and comment, I really appreciate it!

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Wednesday, 26 August 2015

WIP Wednesday

Making progress!
Two rosettes prepped and ready to sew.
Time has been taken out to quickly knit up a baby gift tho!

Rosette 5

Rosette 6

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Monday, 17 August 2015

Hexie-aholic update

I am so far behind on my Millefiore project!

This is April, Rosette 4, finally done! I do like it a lot more than I thought I would when agonizing over choosing fabrics back in June. 

All four together but not in their final positions on the layout.

I am done painting my sewing room but am awaiting delivery of new shelving, lighting and a second table for my second machine. In the meantime if I can resist casting on another pair of socks I will get the next one or two prepped and ready to sew. I hope that process will go a little faster as I have already chosen piles of fabric for the next three. May just need to add a few here and there from my stash. 

I joined Mad About Patchwork`s Cotton and Steel FQ club, which includes 6 shipments of 10 each of the line from this spring`s market. 
This is delivery one, love those sloths, such cool creatures we had the opportunity to see in Costa Rica last year. 

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Sunday, 9 August 2015

A Little Catch Up

Realized the other day that I finished this before vacation but forgot to share it with you. 
It is a wool wrap that I did take with me to Alaska and was happy to have it the chilly day we cruised Glacier Bay. It's the Yowza Weigh It Shawl 4 from Ravelry. I really enjoyed this knit, with lovely Miss Babs yarn in the Funny Papers colourway.

Just a few days late I finished my July shorties, and while the patterning was a bit challenging, they fit great. This is my second attempt at knitting socks two at a time with a much more satisfactory result this time. This pattern, Castaway Socks, is also from Ravelry. 

We were barely home from holidays when we decided to go camping over the long weekend. It gave me a chance to not only knit on my socks but get this round of Rosette 4 finished. 
I am just getting to the holiday pictures now but after that, nothing will be cast on in favour of finishing this rosette and moving on to 5! 

While camping at a new to us site, we went on this lovely boreal forest interpretive trail walk. Originally developed in 1994 by the local Junior Forest Rangers.

Was a lovely surprise to come across this towards the end of the trail. 
The campground manager said he had not seen any bears this season, but we sure saw evidence that they were around. 

And this loveliness is my current WIP! Finally, finally getting to the painting in my sewing room. The itch to sew is very motivating at this point!
I now have the ceiling painted and the first coat on all the walls, tomorrow will be the second coat and first coat on the trim. Tuesday will be the second coat on the trim. Back to work Wed/Thursday so Friday I will begin to put the room back together. 
Only to move on to painting the two other rooms after that!

Have a great week!

Wednesday, 29 July 2015

Work in Progress Wednesday

I am safely home from our fabulous cruise to Alaska and just getting photos sorted out. My editing program is being very uncooperative so I apologize for the the poor quality of some of my shots.

Rosette 4 did not come with me, but it is going camping this weekend so hope to make some noticeable progress.

This is the second pair of socks I started while travelling.......the first pair were done up to the beginning of the patterning and it was just not the right wool so I ripped it out. I started over with more of this lovely cotton yarn. I am working away at learning two at a time cuff down and feel better with this attempt. I have turned the heel and am working on the gusset decreases, always a sticking point for me.

Had to show you my lovely Alaskan yarn! Far left is a sock weight marino hand dyed  in a crockpot in Homer Alaska. The second and third are also hand dyed in Alaska but the second skeine is a yak, silk, marino blend. The last is a sport weight marino blend. All purchased at Aurora Yarns in Skagway. 

This amazing laser cut applique kit came from their sister store Rushin' Tailor's Quilt Alaska shop. 

And a glam shot of the Marjorie glacier in Glacier Bay. Will have to see if I can find a shot that better shows how blue the ice and water were. 

Must get back to packing the camper for the weekend, hope you all enjoy your weekend however you get to spend it!

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Friday, 10 July 2015

Finish it Up Friday

I almost forgot I promised to post about my only 2015 quilt finish today!

So here it is, affectionately nicknamed "the beast", got a little carried away and it measures 98 by about 120. Somehow got it in my head that I had to use ALL the rows of strips I had sewn.

It was made for a couple who is very special to me and worth every. single. minute. It was a joy to make this as a gift to celebrate their marriage last weekend. I know they treasure it dearly.

I started this quilt back in January with the sorting and pressing of my scraps, then probably spent a month or so cutting strips. After that I sewed and sewed and sewed to assemble the rows. Was SOO happy when that part was done and I could start assembling the rows. It was challenging to get it squared up for the quilter but somehow I managed to do a pretty fair job. You can see the method I used and where the pattern is from in this post.
I used up ALL my blue scraps and made small dent in the green and neutral.
I think I am crazy but I am already contemplating another one in another colour way, but I will stick to a lap size this time me thinks!

My lovely friend Carole did her usual bang up job quilting it, even with my backing miscalculation!
I inset some extra rows to make the backing long enough, just did not assure it was wide enough!

While we were in Vancouver to celebrate the wedding, we attended a birthday BBQ for my sister-in-law, on Canada Day. This guy was kind enough to come into Kits Beach and show off for us!

We had a lovely Sunday brunch with our daughters across from Stanley Park the day after the wedding. 

And this really creepy giant bird lives in the square across from where my oldest daughter works. There are two of them actually, not sure exactly what the city was thinking here...............

Have a great weekend every one!

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Wednesday, 8 July 2015

WIP Wednesday

Hey readers, long time no post!

Life has been full of work, gardening, graduation and retirement parties, as well as a trip to Vancouver to see family and attend a very special wedding.

We are only home for about 10 days then we head back to Vancouver for our 25th Anniversary trip, we will be cruising the inside passage up to Alaska with Holland America.
Very excited for this special anniversary!

I have a big quilt finish that I will post on Friday, my only one so far this year, I have been working on it since January!

Since that is finished I am now making another tinker tote for a friend who requested one.

Still a pretty rough draft!

My travel project has been this shawl 

And I am making progress on my Rosette 4.

It has been quite hot here and we only have a small AC unit in the bedroom so I hang out on the bed, sewing, knitting and binge watching Grey's Anatomy on Netflix.

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