Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Change of Heart Cowl

A few months ago I was listening to a podcast and found out that you can do an advance search on Ravelry for projects that use a certain weight of yarn and how many yards of the yarn you have. This has quickly become my favorite feature on Ravelry. I love being able to find the perfect pattern when I get a luxurious skein of yarn as a gift, or to start a project using yarn from my stash. I love Knitty so I'm sure I must have seen this pattern when it came out in August, but at the time I wasn't looking for a project that used a small amount of fingering yarn so it didn't catch my eye. Last Tuesday I wanted to cast on a Christmas present that night so I searched on Ravelry for a cowl using 400-500 yards of fingering yarn. I'm so glad that I found Change of Heart

I'm really surprised by how quickly this thing is flying off my needles. I normally am a fairly slow knitter, but I'm almost half done already. It's a fairly simple project, but I absolutely love the lace and cables that keep me wanting to do one more row to see the pattern grow. I definitely have to recommend this pattern if you're looking for a quick project that will make a great Christmas (or any other holiday) present.

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Monday, September 29, 2014

September Supernova

I love how my block for this month turned out. This blue fabric reminds me a lot of Medusa's hair. It's a bit hard to tell from this picture, but in person the contrast in the nine patch blues is more obvious.

I'm so impressed by my partner's talent with strips. I struggled a lot with the one block I did that had directional fabric.

Since I now have two complete rows of this quilt I decided to lay them out on my kitchen floor today. I've laid the blocks out in the order we exchanged them so this probably won't be the final layout. I'm really amused by how frequently our blocks have the same fabrics for the month. (We decided on our fabric bundle together, but get to choose what fabrics we want to use each month, in what order, and what other fabrics we want to mix in.) I'm still not thrilled with last month's block, but it works rather nicely in the quilt as a whole. I'm so excited for our last row of blocks next month. I think this is going to be a really great quilt.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Farmer's Wife Friday 30

Holy cow! I can't believe this is actually my 30th post on my Farmer's Wife quilt. While I'm enjoying working on this quilt I'm really getting excited to see the end of this quilt coming on the horizon. I've got a vision in my head of how this quilt will look, but I can't wait to see how close reality comes to my vision. Unfortunately these blocks were made before the stomach flu descended on our house so I don't remember much about them other than I like how they turned out. Thankfully I'm feeling better so I should be able to make a few more blocks this weekend.

#15 Buzzard's Roost

#55 Linoleum

#71 Puss in the Corner

#89 Steps to the Alter


Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Christmas 2014 Knitting has Begun

My facebook feed has been filled with frightening posts of "14 weekends left until Christmas" or the really scary one that I saw today "91 Days Left!" (Cue ominous music now.) Thankfully yesterday I finished the Father's Day Christmas socks! I was talking with my sister about them this weekend and she reminded me that Dad loves my knit things and will show them off to anyone who will look at them (which as a pastor is a lot of people) so I don't think he'll care that these have changed holidays.

I was debating between Hermione's second sock, a cowl for myself using some yarn I got last Christmas, or the first Christmas present of the year. (There are a couple works-in-progress from previous holidays that will find their way under the tree this year, but this is the first new thing.) My husband gently reminded me of last year when I was furiously knitting on Christmas eve and encouraged me to start early. After looking on Ravelry for a pattern that used yarn I had in my stash and could be finished in a couple of weeks I found Change of Heart. I love that this is a fairly easy project, but has a touch of lace, a cable, and even an i-cord that will be interesting enough to keep me working on it.

Monday, September 22, 2014

August Supernova Blocks

August was a weird month for my partner and me. I knew she was going to be travelling so I sent her my block in July. Between remaking the first block and making July's block she wasn't able to get August's block done before leaving. Since she was in contact with me I wasn't worried. (It actually takes off a lot of the pressure of the deadline and let's me enjoy working on the blocks. I'll share her September block when I finish mine.)

Here's my block for August. I'm realizing I really need to build a stash of solids. I bought a bundle of blues for this quilt and wish I had the option of a bit more variety. When all of the blocks sre together it works, but it means I have some blocks like this that are a bit weird.

This block shows what the addition of a few more colors can do. I will say I'm learning a lot from this project, but I feel a bit guilty that my partner is getting blocks that I'm learning color theory on. 

Hopefully I'll get September's block done this week and can share those next week. 

Friday, September 19, 2014

Farmer's Wife 29

It turns out my plan of easing up on myself has worked out well. Last Saturday I made 4 blocks and then on Sunday I decided to make 4 more. Since this weekend is going to be another busy one I'm saving 4 of the blocks for next weekend.

In the book Honeycomb is shown as a two color block. One of the members of the Yahoo Farmer's Wife group posted pictures last week of this block made with four colors. I loved how vibrant it made the block and decided to do a similar thing for my block.

#49 Honeycomb

I really love the Postage Stamp block. I don't know if I'll ever have the patience to cut enough pieces for an entire quilt with these 1" squares, but this block is cute enough to have me thinking about it.

#68 Postage Stamp

Rainbow Flowers is another one that has me thinking of possiblities. Not sure what's going to happen with this block either, but I've already started playing with it in EQ7.

#73 Rainbow Flowers

After finishing Steps to the Alter (I'll share that one next week) I realized I messed up on my Strawberry Basket block. When I was sewing it I was one light grey square short. I should have double checked if I really needed another light grey square, but instead I blindly cut on. The block looks okay, but the basket is lost without the dark grey triangle underneath all of the squares.

#91 Strawberry Basket


Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Back to Knitting

The past couple of weeks I haven't been very excited about my knitting which means I've been focusing on quilting. Ordinarily this isn't a big problem, but in the fall is when I start most of my quilts. Since I don't have a big stash I've been ordering lots of fabric. While waiting for the fabric to arrive I read quilting magazines which results in shopping for more fabric. It's a wicked cycle, but since it's all been ordered with a plan I know that it will all get used. Once the fabric arrives I'll do a post of everything so that I have a record some where of my plans. Yesterday I was a bit shocked to see a post on facebook that Christmas is 100 days away. Eek!!! Since Christmas usually means lots of knitted gifts I've been focusing this week on finishing up those languishing projects.

The fronts of Blueberry are done! (Even better is the fact that they look nice and are the right size so I won't have to rip those out.) Has anyone had to rip back an entire piece of knitting before? I'm trying to figure out if I'll need to wash/soak the yarn from the back piece before I reknit it.

I've finished the heel flap on my "Father's Day" socks. My sister invited me to go to the Renaissance Fair in Minnesota this weekend so I'm looking at several hours in the car on Saturday. I should be able to turn the heel before then and this will make some great car knitting. Who knows, maybe I'll even have time to cast on a mate for Hermoine's Sock.