Saturday, August 20, 2016

Dresden Squared Quilt

Finished this about a week ago but I couldn't post pictures until the birthday girl got it delivered to her house.  The pattern is Dresden Squared by Missouri Star Quilt Company.  The fabrics are Moda Laundry Baskets (layer cake and some yardage).  I hand stitched the circles rather than doing it by machine. It requires the Missouri Star Wedge ruler. Here it is pictured in my friend's house.  Her condo is done in neutrals like taupe and shades of gray and in a more modern/traditional decor (not country) so I didn't go with a very traditional pattern.  She likes it...the chickens are ambivalent :) 

Friday, August 19, 2016

Nordic Trail Vest

Finished the Nordic Trail Vest.  I'm happy with it. It's the first time I made something for me that actually fits me.  Really well written pattern.  I'd definitely make this one again.  Here's the link to the pattern on Ravelry:
Yarn is Valley Yarn Berkshire in chunky from Webs. 

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Ireland Bound

I'm going to Ireland next year!!!  In the spirit of that event, I'm making the Stone Walls vest designed by Cheryl Oberle from her book "Folk Vests".  

The pattern calls for an Irish yarn, Black Water Abbey (wool/color Bracken). One of the girls on Ravelry was selling her Black Water Abbey so I bought it.  There was some mention that it may or may not have been smuggled into the United States in the bottom of a golf bag. Shhhhhh what VAT tax?  

As soon as I finish the Nordic Trail vest (progressing nicely), I'll start this one.  

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Cabled Cuff Socks

Glad these are done.  I ran out of yarn and couldn't make them the usual size.  I had to turn them into ankle socks.  The pattern is called "Cabled Cuff Socks" from the book "Knitted Socks" by Anna Tillman.  The book might be out of print.  I found a copy dirt cheap at a second hand book store in Boothbay, Maine.  The cable cuff is knit first and joined.  Then stitches are picked up and worked down to the tow. I reinforced the heel and dropped down a needle size to do it.  Definitely going to make another pair but I'll be sure to have more than 100 grams of yarn.  

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Noro Hitchhiker

Finished another Hitchhiker scarf.  It's a brainless pattern.  I used Noro sock yarn for this one. 

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Maine Quilts 2016

The Maine Quilts quilt show was really nice this year.  The quilts were an amazing mix of antique, traditional, artsy and modern.  The vendors this year were really great too.  

We had a great long weekend up there. Besides the show we hit three yarn shops and the Cottonweeds Quilt shop.  I wish that shop was in my town.  Just adorable.  

Here are some pics of the quilts. 

The picture to this does not do it justice.  She somehow transferred a picture to the fabric and then embellished with silk ribbon embroidery. 
Well it would be a Maine Quilt show without one lobster :)
Absolutely gorgeous....she must have used every possible embroidery and embellishing technique known to man on this quilt.  
There was a special exhibit with a tribute to Fenway Park. 
This was made using the 'potholder' technique. The woman told us all the old quilts made using this method have been found in Maine.

Another exhibit featured antique quilts and their modern counterparts.  

Sunday, July 31, 2016

Birthday Present For a Friend

A friend of mine is a big time Tampa Bay Bolts fan.  I cross stitched the jewelry box for her and found the Tampa Bay necklace on Etsy.  Ben Bishop is her favorite player :)  I have one jewelry box left, a black one and I'm going to make one for me....Bruins designs of course :) 

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Farro and Chickpea Sumac Salad
Dinner tonight.  The hardest part was finding the spice sumac.  Used mint and cucumbers from our garden and backyard honey my step son's bees made.  🐝🐝🐝🐝

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Downton Abbey Quilt

Finished the tumbler quilt made out of Downton Abbey fabrics.  

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Dragonfly Socks

Finished these this morning.  Hot and windy makes for perfect and fast blocking weather.  The yarn is from Knitpicks and the color is "Frozen" which we so aren't right now. ❄️❄️❄️❄️❄️

Pattern is a freebie on Ravelry called Dragonfly.  Mine is heavily modified as there was a mistake in the pattern.  You will end up with 18 stitches after the heel turn not 14.  I also charted the cuff pattern to speed up the knitting.  I prefer chart reading to words.  

Monday, July 18, 2016

Nautical Pennants Quilt

Missouri Star pattern and template used for this one.  Made for a friend's birthday.  She lives on the coast in CA and has a boat.  Her house is very beachy.  

Found the perfect backing at a local quilt shop, The Quilted Crow.  

Monday, July 11, 2016

Cranking out some quilts

My sewing, knitting and long arm machine are in the attic which was sort of half assed "finished" by the previous owners of this house.  We've seen some of their incredible half assed home "improvement" projects since we moved here.  The best was when they decided to add radiator heating to an unfinished bedroom they had two of their children sleeping in.  Our electrician described it as a fire waiting to happen. Some people should just know when to hire a guy. 

So back to the attic.....There is one one small window and a ceiling light/window, no heating or air conditioning really.  Winters are okay though, just put on a sweater and turn on the Amish heater but summers were brutal.  I'd just run up there, grab what I needed, forget longarming in July and August, and head back downstairs before passing out.  Fourth of July weekend the hubster put in a window air conditioning unit. It rocks.  I've been stash busting and quilting up a storm ever since.  Got these two done last week. 

The flag quit was a quilt give away I did among my Facebook friends. I just want to downsize the fabric stash before the next move.  I pulled a name out of a jar and my buddy Tim is getting the quilt.  He's prior Marine so the backing fabric is Marine Corps fabric.  He's in the process of moving to a second log cabin home.  That goes in the mail tomorrow.  The other quilt is a UFO made of blocks from a swap or something.  It was so long ago I don't remember where they came from.  

More quilts to be posted soon.  Loving Missouri Star patterns and templates. Have some cute Lori Holt quilts in the works. Fat Quarter Quilt Shop downloadable patterns :)

Happy quilting! Stay cool❄️❄️❄️❄️❄️

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Current Project....Nordic Trail Vest]

Started a vest two days ago.  The pattern is Nordic Trail Vest.  No sleeves....relatively easy so please please please fit....somebody...anybody :) 

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Birthday Present From My Sister In Law

My talented sister in law (the die hard Nashville Preds fan) made me this for my birthday. She had no pattern or any instructions or anything.  She just went by a picture she saw on Pinterest. Totally adorable!!!  And can you imagine after doing all this work hoping and praying the terra cotta didn't break in the mail. The first picture below is the one on Pinterest.  I think she nailed the gold color on the one she made.  
The two pictures below are what she made me.  She even made me the Captain. Sorry Chara :)  


Monday, July 4, 2016

War Chief Tam

War Chief of the Clan McKenzie or retired Marine Colonel....six of one half a dozen of the other LOL :)  
Pattern is a freebie on Ravelry called Oatmeal Bonnet.  Yarn was Patons 100% Classic Merino Wool.  It's cheap and it felts really easy.

Here is a combination of Dougal McKenzie and.....Popeye apparently LOL :)  

Friday, June 17, 2016

Finished another pair of Lovers Triangle Arm Warmers

Second pair.  Pattern is from the Highland Knits book. I use "magic loop" method when working in the round and I knit continental which speeds up these projects.  This pattern is really fun and very little thinking involved.  Cable pattern is easy to remember so great TV watching knitting :)

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Finished another Miss Winkle

Finished another Miss Winkle.  I started this one in Nov. 2013 so I must have been trying to make it for someone for Christmas.....that didn't happen.  The yarn is Knit One Crochet Too kettle tweed.  Pattern is Miss Winkle by Martina Behm.  Dug it up last week and it just needed about 3 hours more work on it to be done to be finished.  Blocked it today with a dowel in the loops and with the nice weather it was dried and blocked really quick.  I know I have one more of these Miss Winkles in the works but then after that I'm done......I'm sort of burned out on this pattern.  This is the 5th of 6.