Tuesday, March 20, 2018

FO: Bearly bonnet

With the Wildflower cardigan off the needles, and the socks set aside for travel knitting, the only thing I had on the go was the Empire Line cardigan. But I wasn't quite ready to dive back into that one yet.

So.... I cast on for something quick and fun
This sweet little thing is the Bearly bonnet. It's a fun little free pattern - almost all garter stitch and knits up quick.
I used some Stray Cat (colour is brown sugar) I had kicking around the stash. I just love semi-solids for projects like this. The subtle shading gives a simple project such depth.
I did the three month size, but there's no baby lined up for this one. I'll probably knit up some matching booties and tuck them away for the fair. It's only six months away!

Monday, March 19, 2018

Travelling socks

As promised, I cast on a pair of socks for Dave for my travel knitting.
Nothing fancy, just a simple Vanilla. I got it started on the way to class last Monday, so it was ready for the trip. With two days of at least 6 hours travel (airport waiting + flight), I figure I can get quite a bit accomplished.

The yarn is our (now discontinued) Tabby Cat. I decided to hold this one back from the shop because the dye went all funky. I don't know how well you can see, but some of the green has an orangish tinge to it - it's actually kind of on the barfy side. Definitely not one of my better creations. But Dave is colour-blind, so he probably won't even notice!

I hope to have some good progress to show you when I get back. Who knows - maybe as you read this, I'm stretched out on a lounger by the pool... knitting away...

Sunday, March 18, 2018


As you read this, I will hopefully be on my way, or already in, sunny Mexico (as opposed to stuck at Toronto airport due to flight delays).

Hopefully this one doesn't hate me too much for leaving him behind.
Mom will be taking care of him (and the other babies of course) while I'm gone. It's only four days, but he gets mad when I leave him for more than an hour.

Since it's just a short trip, I plan to stay away from the computer, and maximise our time in the sun. I've scheduled posts to keep you entertained, but reading your blogs will probably have to wait until I get back.

And of course, I'll have tales of our Mexican adventures then!


Saturday, March 17, 2018

Double Cup

I recently took a little time to make another mug for the wall-hanging - which I am calling Three for Tea.
This mug is a little taller and there were a few more pieces and fiddly bits, but went together just as well as the first one.

A few of you have noted that the background fabric looks a little like steam rising from the cups. But that was just luck. The fabric is leftover from the solid blocks in the Spearmint Sticks quilts (it looks beige here, but it's actually a soft green) and I thought it would work well with the fat quarter fabrics.

So, now I have two cups,
 With just one more to go. Then I can put them all together and decide on borders. I've got some leftover brown from the Chocolate-Covered Pinwheels quilt, which is a nice match. And of course, there's a fair bit left over from the fat quarter bundle - these little cups barely use anything - they'd  be great for using up scraps!

Friday, March 16, 2018

Friday Felines

"What's it going to take to get you to throw this darn ball???"

Thursday, March 15, 2018

FO: Wildflower

After an evening of ripping and re-knitting, the Wildflower cardigan is finally done.
In the end all it took was a smaller needle and some plain ol' garter stitch to pull that neckline up to where is needed to be. I'm a little sad to lose the lace, but I'd rather it fit right, so I'm not going to complain. Sometimes simple is just better.

When I started this project back in the middle of July of last year, it was suppose to be a quick project I could get off the needles in no time. And I should have been. By the end of July I was already onto the lace edging. But then it got set aside and didn't get picked up again until February of this year.
Admittedly, the miles of knit-on lace edge can be a bit of a slog... but it's worth it. Especially once you get it all blocked out.
There's also a row of eyelet flowers around the yoke, and the bottom, just above the edging. Sadly, they don't show all that well in the handspun.
But I don't complain too much, because that handspun is beautiful. I love the range of stripes. Another thing to note about that handspun - it was, of course, spun by Mom. In fact, this whole little cardigan is a bit of a family affair; Mom spun the handspun, Miss Rowan dyed the edging yarn (Alley Cat in Larkspur), and I, of course, designed and knit  it!
And one last thing.... I had the perfect buttons for it! These pretty little copper flowers were bought years ago for my second Tea Leaves cardigan, but they ended up being too small. I put them away knowing I'd find something to use them on. And did I ever - the warm copper echos the warm tones of the handspun, while contrasting beautifully  with the coolness of the edging yarn.

I may take this to Mexico for a few modelled shots on the beach, but my photographer will be Dave, and his skills are hit and miss... so no promises.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Starburst square dance

On the weekend I decided to tackle piecing the Starburst top. As complicated as the pattern looks, it's actually not that difficult to construct. It's really just the same placement of 16 HSTs, repeated four times, with each quadrant turned a different way.

I always get in trouble once it's time to start piecing all my blocks together, so I thought sewing one quadrant at a time would be ideal to keep me on track.
I still managed to sew a couple blocks wrong, but in the end, it took me just over an hour to get this quadrant together.

This quilt does have a deadline, but it's not for many months, so I have time to take my time on it.
So I focused on getting my intersections line up just so! This is a big thing for me... usually my intersections are a mess!

And a question for you quilters out there:

Do you press your seams to one side, or open them. When I was taught to quilt, it was ALWAYS press them open. But when I got back into it, I noticed that Jenny of MSQ presses hers to the side. I like doing that because it's much quicker... but I find on something like this, with a lot of triangles coming together, it can make the intersections super bulky.
I'm playing it safe with this one, taking my time, and opening them up. But do you have a preference? And why? Or do you make a decision based on the quilt design?

Anyway, only three more quadrants to go, and this top will be well on its way to completion. I considered doing a second one right away...
But someone else had other ideas. So I packed it all away for another day, and settled into a good game of fetch.