Tuesday, September 12, 2017

WI Quilt Expo

This was my first time at the show and I was amazed.  It was HUGE and overwhelming, but I am so glad that I checked it out (and with my Mom no less!)  I came home with some fun fabrics, a pattern for a sweet zipper pouch and grand plans to sew myself an umbrella!  Stay tuned for that adventure.

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Sewing + Beading

This summer I managed to get a bit of time behind the sewing machine.  Currently we are remodeling so everything is mostly packed away, but I had two kits to use and a couple of free days over the summer when I could set up my machine at the dining room table and go to town.

The quilt is Geese on the Prairie by One Canoe Two.  I purchased the kit from Caftsy.  The table runner was a kit (although I did not purchase the online classes) from Craftsy too, this one is True Colors.

Both the table runner and living room quilt are with a quilter at the moment, and I am excitedly awaiting their return to me for finishing.  I am excited to see what Heather of Blue Turtle Quilting will do with these two projects.  Per my request she will quilt and trim the projects.  She will also attach the binding strips (which I made in advance), but I will hand finish them at home.  I also get the joy and excitement of washing and drying them for the final reveal.

I have another kit in the works from Missouri Star Quilts - Merrily Christmas quilt by Gingiber for Moda.  I have many of the pieces cut and a few blocks made, but the rest will likely have to wait until Christmas 2018.  This remodeling project (which we are doing ourselves at this point) will take many more months to complete.

My other summer creative project was the necklace below.  One of my daughters loves pottery and beading and luckily we have the absolutely best pottery and beading studio just down the street from us.  My daughter took a one-week day camp at Fine Earth Studio and Gallery, and I got to come along to play, design, and make for an afternoon.  What a treat.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Hats: Flower + Moose

Somehow Daughter #3 lucked out with two new hats this summer - the first is the Wildflowers Cap.  This was made from a cute kit by Barrett Wool Co. The hat knit up small, but fits my 10yo perfectly. 

The other hat pattern was the Moose Hat by Sisu Designs that I purchased during a quick stop at Sisu Designs Yarn Shop while on vacation in Ely, MN.  What a fantastic store and owner.

The hat fits me quite well, but it was made for my 10yo (she picked it out at the store, along with the yarn and colors), so we'll block it and line it with a bit of polar fleece.  What a great trip memory and project.

Friday, July 7, 2017

(2.5) of (4) French Hens

These adorable french hens are staring to populate our house.  I've completed 2.5 and have them on hold for a bit.  I just might need to give myself until the holidays to finish the last two - wouldn't they make perfect stuffers, though?

Each of my daughters is getting one that is unique, but using the same three colors.  They are just adorable.  Yarn is from my stash; pattern is by Susan B. Anderson, published in Taproot Magazine.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Mind the Gap!

Finished up with just enough time to still wear them a couple times - a pair of fantastically colorful socks.  The pattern is the basic sock (7sts/inch) by Ann Budd.  I knit these a bit on the snug side, just because.

The yarn is a specially dyed, self-striping, fingering weight nylon/wool blend by Trailing Clouds.  It was specially ordered and delivered to me in a matter of days.  Global commerce is incredible.

The colorway is inspired by the 12 colors of the London Underground.  It reminded me of my trip there in January 2009.

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Night Creatures

For my birthday my girls gave me some yarn to make these fantastic Night Creatures mittens.  I was inspired by one of the color combinations I saw in ravelry and went for it with a great red accent.

The pattern calls for a knit lining, but I've had pretty good luck with upcycled mittens and decided to make a quick cashmere lining instead.

I made a quick trace of the mittens, machine sewed them to fit my hand, pinked the edges and then hand sewed them in place. 

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

More Hats...

By my count, I am about three years into about 8 years of helping to sew hats as a fundraiser for our elementary schools.  The fleece selection this winter is exceptionally colorful!

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Sweater Ornaments

I decided to challenge myself to make one sweater ornament per week for the next year.  I am considering participating in a small neighborhood maker fair with some friends and this would be the base of what I would offer.  I've got plenty of sock-weight yarn around the house so my supply is well-stocked.  At about 2.5 hours per sweater I am hopeful I will be able to find the time each week.

Friday, February 3, 2017

Purple Kale


My Mom got a gift certificate to a local yarn store for the holidays, but she doesn't really knit.  So we made an exchange of sorts and I decided to pick out some yarn she would like and knit her a pair of socks.  The colorway is 'purple kale' and they are knitting up pretty funky so far!


Monday, January 30, 2017

Pussy Hat

My Mom really reprsented for our family this winter as we embarked on the solidarity women's march in Madison, WI.  Over 100,000 people gathered to demonstrate their commitment to opposing the new administration.  She sewed pink pussy hats for all of us - and family friends.  Craftivism at its finest. 

As a knitter I did feel pulled to knit a hat, but was unable to find any pink yarn in Madison or online with enough time to actually knit one.  My yarn is on backorder and should arrive sometime in February.  I have a feeling that we'll be wearing pussy hats for a couple more years yet, so there's still plenty of time to knit one up!

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Baa-ble Hat

Each holiday season we spend time with my husbands family during the days following Christmas.  This year I started a hat kit that I purchased at the WI Sheep and Wool Festival.  My nieces watched me cast on for the project and challenged me to knit it on one day.  And I almost made it!  I didn't in a million years think that I would knit as much as I did so I didn't bring my double-points along with me.  The last bit of the top of the hat had to wait, but I got about 90% finished in one day.  Yeah for some selfish holiday knitting time!

I left the babble off the hat for now.  I've never been very good at making pom-poms so thought I would leave this one be for now.  Pretty cute, huh?

Monday, January 9, 2017


It's slow going on this shawl, but the result will be worth it!

Monday, January 2, 2017

Father and Godfather Socks

Then there were these two pair - bringing the grand total for the holiday season up to 12 socks! - that went to my Dad and my Godfather.

The pair above are a lovely blue and the ones below are a mellow grey tweed.  Both are superwash yarns and should hold up well to some hard wearing.