Friday, October 2, 2015

Blue Eyes and a Brickless Shawl

Our eldest son and daughter-in-law are visiting with their four children. We always enjoy their visits. They spend a big portion of their time while here at Disneyland or the beach. Today, Davis came home from Disneyland with her face painted, just as I was trying to figure out a photo session for my latest knitting finish. I couldn't resist having her be my model. Her gorgeous blue eyes enhanced with the face painting and my Brickless Shawl made for a fun photo shoot.

Brickless shawl

 Yowza! What a Skein Yarn

This shawl is an easy knit and a fun way to make lace without a lot of crazy counting. It's just three row combinations to make the pattern, repeated five times. I sweated it to the very end wondering if I would have enough yarn to finish. I had to cut the last section of lace short and cast off using another yarn in navy. It works and unless I told you, I don't think it would be noticeable. This shawl is huge, measuring over 100 inches from tip to tip and about 16 inches at it's widest point.
I have to admit that when I finished knitting this shawl I was not happy. It looked very "old lady-ish". But YOWZA! After I blocked it, the lace opened up and I just love it. It's soft and squishy and I am looking forward to wearing it. It will look so pretty with jeans and a cute top.

Shawl Stats:
Name: Blue Eyed Brickless Shawl
Pattern: Brickless Shawl by Martina Behm available on Ravelry
Yarn: Yowza What a Skein in Stairway to Heaven-Babette 8 oz. worsted weight
Needles:Addi Turbo 16" circular needle US size 6
Size: 118" long and 16" wide at the point.

Friday, September 25, 2015

Got Scrap?

I have been waiting for a day when Mr. Romance and I could schedule a photo shoot for my latest quilt finish. We finally squeezed it in this week between all the home repairs and other things we have going on at our house. It seems when you live in a home for 30 years, all of a sudden everything but the kitchen sink needs fixing or replacing.
This is my Kitchen Sink quilt.  I got the idea for the name from my friend, Chase, who named her scrap/orphan block quilt the same thing. Since it is made of scraps, practice blocks and orphan blocks, that's everything BUT the kitchen sink.The quilt itself is inspired by all the beautiful projects that Amanda Jean makes. I started this when she had her scrap vortex quilt-along. 

There are some PRECIOUS scraps and there are some FUGLY scraps, too.
I am glad I was able to incorporate the orphan blocks on the front of the quilt.

I pieced the 25 Farmer's Wife blocks that I abandoned several years ago. I didn't like my fabric choices at the time, but they look pretty good all together on the back of the quilt, surrounded in an IKEA Alphabet print duvet cover and a strip of the IKEA Nummers print.

I quilted it on my Bernina 820 using a very random and relaxed wavy pattern, alternating the direction of the squiggly lines to give this quilt some great texture.

A scrappy print deserves a scrappy binding. These are all leftover binding strips, saved from other quilts when I overestimated the amount of binding I would need.

I have to say I am so excited to have found the perfect photo opportunity for this quilt. We have a scrap yard a few miles from our house. I must have driven by it a million times in the last 30 years and finally noticed the sign painted on the wall. How cool is this photo?

Quilt Stats:
Name:The Kitchen Sink Quilt
Fabric: precious scraps, ugly scraps, orphan blocks, and practice blocks.
Thread: Pieced with Aurifil 50 wt. white and quilted with Aurifil 40 wt. White
Backing Fabric: IKEA duvet cover Alphabet print in Black and White, IKEA Nummers print, 25 Farmer's Wife Blocks.
Batting:Warm and White
Size:55" x 77.5"

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

I've Been Roped In

Have you tried making a rope bowl? They are so easy to make. All you need is some clothesline/cotton cording, polyester thread and some fabric scraps.
I'm still working on learning how to shape the bowl. For now I am ok at a flared bowl. 
I've also made a few coasters with a small tray. 
I have a feeling there will be many more in my future. 

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Color Block Socks


Color Block Socks



Color Block Socks

Jumping Jacks Socks {variation}

Fish Lips Kiss Heel



I might have started a little trend when I took advantage of my youngest granddaughter's spunky personality to be my shawl model. It was only fitting that I engaged my eldest granddaughter to model the color block socks made from the same yarn as the shawl.
I knew I wanted to make color block socks but had never made a pair before. I didn't know how or when to change the colors. Through trial and error I figured it out and I am pleased with the finished socks.
I basically used my own pattern with 16 stitches cast on and measurements that I figured out work best for me, along with the Fish Lips Kiss Heel and this pattern for the decorative stitched section on the cuff.
Until this photo shoot I hadn't realized that Makenzie has passed me up in shoe size. It won't be long until she's taller than me too! I am glad I have 4 granddaughters to help me model some of my handmades.

Sock Stats:
Pattern: My Own Socks with a Fish Lips Kiss Heel and the Jumping Jacks decorative stitches.
Needles: Addi Turbo Sock Rockets US size 1 {2.5 mm}, 24"circular
Yarn: Hand Dyed Yarn by The Flying Kettle on Etsy 75% Superwash Merino wool, 25% nylon. Colors: Crush, Tango, Retrograde,  Poolside and Glow Worm.

Monday, September 14, 2015

Let's Get Together

What is your process for making a cohesive quilt out of various sized bee blocks?
For my Bee Sewcial quilt I knew I wanted to add more solids to the blocks to make them fit together.
I started by laying them out in some sort of arrangement. Then I decided to pull out all the 12" blocks and start there.
In the end I just pieced together the second to the bottom row to determine what the width of the quilt would be and then pulled a Tim Gunn moment and "Made It Work".
This is a crazy, busy, modern art piece. Each block could be a mini quilt all by itself, so together they give the brain a lot to think about. My brain is working hard to come up with a plan to quilt it.