Sunday, February 14, 2016

Year of the Stash Update

I'm not showing any pictures of the sewing room yet. I've stolen a few more hours to dig through bags and boxes and while the mess doesn't look much prettier, I'm making progress!

I've cut the list of things I'm looking for in half.  Those Workbasket transfers haven't made an appearance yet, but I've found other things. And half of what I was looking for? That's pretty darn good!

There are plenty of things that I wasn't looking for but was glad to see --

The light squares of Nancy Drew fabric that wouldn't work for the big quilt were waiting in a pretty and completely forgotten stack. I can think of a few ways to incorporate them into a baby quilt.

I found a whole paper grocery sack of Christmas prints just perfect to be ugly sweater blocks.

A shoebox of fabrics I'd collected for a diffrent project is exactly what I need to make a quilted tote that I've had dancing in the back of my imagination all week.

There were two masking taped bundles of vintage pillowcases that I'm sure must have come from Grandma...and I've never seen them before. My best guess is that they were buried in a box of left over estate sale sheets that I never went entirely through. More than once, those boxes went straight up to the sewing room.

And that's why I'm doing this. I've got to figure out what I've got and get it into some kind of order.

Weekly Stash Report

Fabric used this week: 0 yards
Fabric used year to date: 4 1/2 yards
Fabric added this week:  0
Fabric added year  to date: 1 yard (+2 sheets)
Net used for 2016: 3 1/2 yards

Yarn used this Week: 400  yards
Yarn used year to Date: 1550 yards
Yarn added this Week: 0 yards
Yarn added Year to Date: 0 yards
Net used for 2016: 1550 yards

This post is linked to Patchwork Times.

Saturday, February 13, 2016

Learning to Love Redwork

This project is giving me a whole new appreciation for traditional redwork. It's just so pretty! And easy, since there aren't a lot of decisions to make about colors combinations.

I like some squares more than others. The apron is adorable and the sewing machine is just okay and the little dress is somewhere in between. But once I get them all stitched and put together with the pieced blocks, it's all going to be wonderful.

I'm still saving little ends of embroidery thread for the Totally Useless Stitch Along. There's a lot more in my little measuring cup than I had in last months' post, most of it red.

Custom Socks Knit to Fit Your Feet

I don't know how many books of sock patterns I own. Back when I was reading about socks because I was too intimidated to actually try knitting one, I snapped up every title that I could find and afford. Since then, I've become a little pickier. Does the book teach my something I don't already know? Does it have a bunch of patterns I absolutely can't live without?

Custom Socks: Knit to Fit Your Feet by Kate Atherley fits into the first  category. It covers the basics of sock knitting -- yarn selection, needle choices and methods, how to knit a basic sock for your own measurements and gauge. Then it gets into the complicated stuff, like how cables and colorwork change your gauge and how to work with stitch patterns with large repeats. Each sock pattern in the book includes a design case study, explaining how different elements were chosen and adjusted.  From there, it moves on to adjustments for non-average feet. (I think I found my own problem here -- I haven't pulled out a tape measure yet, but I'm betting that my foot and ankle circumference aren't the same.)

I'd recommend this one for knitters who really want to understand how their socks work or aren't knitting for the most common sizes.

Friday, February 12, 2016

Let's Make Baby Quilts! {2/12/16}

Elle Bence sent me pictures of a bunch of her baby quilts to share with you.
If anyone doesn't blog or have a flickr account and wants to show off their baby quilt progress, just send me the pictures. Just please make it clear whether or not they're supposed to be shared.

Let's Make Baby Quilts Linky Party Rules: 
Link directly to your post or specific Flickr photo. Your post can be about a baby quilt that's finished, or in progress, or you can be writing about what you have planned,  as long as it's about baby quilts. You're welcome to link to baby quilt posts that aren't brand new, but please don't submit the same post or picture more than once. I'd love it if you linked back to my site, either with a text link or the Let's Make Baby Quilts! button.

Thursday, February 11, 2016

The Wicker Socks

The pattern is The Wicker Socks and the yarn is Knitpicks Stroll Tonal, Kindling. I'm just a bit giddy about how that all worked out. It couldn't have been more perfect if I'd tried to match them up.

I love these socks. They conjure up fun memories of the movie the pattern was inspired by, the yarn is yummy, they're nice to look at, and they're the best fitting patterned socks I've knit in a while.

The wicker transitions into flames, which is totally fitting. That end of that movie has always stuck with me. I think I read the book at a kid...unless somehow I did see the original move, which seems unlikely. I know that when I found it on television late one night, I already knew the story. The remake isn't nearly as creepy, but it provided great background noise/watching when I was working on my Endpaper Mitts.

This post is linked to Patchwork Times, Yarn Along, iknead2knit, and Crazy Mom Quilts


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