Monday, July 6, 2020

July heat wave

I am trying to finish a collaboration piece. The Heart is what I received, I quilted it. I plan on slashing it and adding the brown piece between the slashes. Stayed tuned, I hope to show it completed next week. Just getting my nerve up to do the slashing.






Baby hat and mini mitts
My friend's daughter is expecting a baby girl, due in the next couple of weeks. I send baby hats for the new babies. Lately I have also been including mitten ornaments.  They are simple knits and use up the last bits of sock yarns. Pattern is here. 

Sample fibers

A finished yarn!
These last couple of weeks I have been spinning for the Tour de Fleece event. I bought a spinning wheel two years ago. I spun a bit the first summer and then only every great once in a while. Then I had some issues, I needed to buy a new drive band and it took longer than I thought it would to arrive. And the wheel needed some adjustments.  I did a small, practice spin the end of May. Yesterday I plied it an got a finished yarn. Might be enough for a hat. My dear friend, Karen, got me hooked into spinning. We used to knit together and drink coffee. I moved 3-1/2 years ago and she just moved to Washington state. I have missed our get togethers. I was able to go up to see her last year and have a spin lesson. Of course, since I didn't practice, it did not take. Karen has also gotten into weaving.  Her yarns are beautiful and her cotton towels are wonderful!  You can see her stuff here

I have noticed an improvement on my spinning since I have been practicing almost every day. Karen had given me a large box of fiber when I got my wheel. A lot of it was samples that she had and didn't want, along with some other treats. I also have bought a few braids on my own. I have enough fiber to keep me busy for a while.

Canoeing on Jackson Flats Lake
And here is my pretty photograph for the week. Sweetie and I took the canoe over to the little lake nearby. We went early, so very few people out there. It was calm and peaceful. And bonus! Sweetie caught 3 fish!

I had hoped to get more things listed in my Ebay crafter's yard sale this afternoon. I found some fabrics that need a good home. I still need to photograph them, so it might be tomorrow before they go live.  Thanks for looking! I am still trying to downsize my craft supplies.


Linking to:

Nicole

Beth

Cooking up Quilts

Judy


Friday, June 26, 2020

Lazy June


I am having a hard time getting back to the sewing machine. But I have been knitting! I finished a pair of socks, but lost at yarn chicken.  Plan B is the pattern.

Plan B
I also finished a colorwork hat! My Ravelry group did a KAL for this pattern. It was hard for me, colorwork is not my strong suit. Katie's Kep is the pattern.

Katie's Kep
And next on the needles is Diamonds in the Fluff.  This is a memorial KAL for the Sock Madness group. One of the designers died this spring.
Diamonds in the Fluff

And last of all is a pretty photograph. Sweetie and I drove to Cedar Breaks National Monument recently. It is about an hour drive from our home. It is a less visited park, so we felt it was safe to go and visit. We did wear our masks when at the viewpoints and when anyone was near us on the hiking trail.

Cedar Breaks

Still clearing out stuff from my sewing/craft room. My Ebay yard sale. Thanks for looking! 

Linking to:

Jen


Friday, May 22, 2020

Progress? Eh, not really.


I sewed on my scraps. Got a lot of parts made and put on the wall. I keep moving them around. I couldn't see anything working, so I emailed to some friends for advice. I need more yellow spots. And I need some more light contrast. Maybe next week you will see a finished top.

Red Knoll Scraps

Plan B socks

Unusual gusset decreases.
I am still working on my Plan B socks. The colors are brighter than what the photograph shows. I have both heel flaps finished and did the first gusset and decrease. It is a bit different, the decrease is on the bottom of the foot. I am enjoying knitting this design.

Blooms on a weed

Cow tongue Cactus 

Getting ready to bloom

Prickly Pear
I am trying to post a pretty photograph every week. Just for something positive in these crazy times we are living in right now.  It will be interesting to see the cactus blooms next week. Frequently we are out of town when our various cactus are blooming and miss the show.

Linking to:

Tish

Nina-Marie

Sarah

Friday, May 15, 2020

Mid May



Red Knoll Scraps
 I have a ton of projects I could be working on, so instead I started to play with the scraps from making "Saving Red Knoll". These are parts that I have so far. Still a pile of strips and what not on the cutting mat. Stay tuned, hopefully next week there will be a top.

Plan B
Still working on my Plan B socks. I don't knit my socks two at a time but decided to do so this time. I had 2 balls of yarn and just wasn't in the mood to work on the heel so cast on the second sock. I love how the yarn is striping.

Zion
We did a drive this week. Drove the road through Zion National Park. As it was not open yet (just the road, Highway 9) we obeyed the rules and did not stop or park while driving through. I shot this as we were driving. The park opened the next day with limited services. I hope people won't go nuts. We have had some problems with visitors to the local state parks the last few weeks. No social distancing, destruction of petroglyphs, and there was an incident where the crowd would not step aside to let first responders through to help an injured woman.  With limited staff and a lot of the amenities still closed, people have been acting like idiots. I hope that it will calm down.

I am adding some more items to my "clean out the sewing room so I have room to work" yard sale on Ebay this afternoon. Thanks for looking.

Linking to:

Nicole

Judy

Cooking Up Quilts

Beth

Sarah

Madame

Nina-Marie

Friday, May 8, 2020

Another finished quilt!


Courthouse Step
I finished a quilt! Wahoo! It is a Courthouse Step block. I used 3 inch finished size strips. The piece measures 39 inches square. It was a sample for a class I taught at the local guild.



Lacy not Lazy
 I finished my round 4 socks of Sock Madness. My team was fast and I did not make it through to round 5. Which is fine for me, it has been fun. I chose not to knit the round five pattern, it was another colorwork design. Very lovely, but I was so done with colorwork.


Plan B
Instead I cast on our team socks. This year's team names were patterns from Belly Button Knits. She died recently and it was a memorial to her. She has contributed patterns to previous Sock Madness competitions.  I really love this pattern. It is fun to knit.



The Lake

Sweetie and I took the kayaks to the little lake nearby. It was nice. We went early so there were very few people about. Most were on the walking path that circles the lake. The path is about 3 or 3 and a half miles around the lake. It is a nice place to go and unwind.

Linking to:

Nicole
Cooking up Quilts

Judy

Beth

Becca

Nina-Marie

Sarah

Friday, May 1, 2020

May Day

Just a few things I have finished in April. Happy May Day everyone!

Baby Hat
 My cousin's daughter is expecting a boy in the next couple of weeks. Here is a little hat for the new guy.
Saving Red Knoll
 Finally have a finished quilt to show. Saving Red Knoll is for Stretching Art Challenge. The theme is Community.
Lacy not Lazy
 I did not make it through to the next round of Sock Madness. My team (Q) is fast! I have one sock finished and am halfway through the second. I will still be able to knit the next sock pattern, but I am no longer in competition. The new pattern will be out sometime this week.

Iris
My Irises are blooming beautifully right now!  A friend gave me some starts a few years ago and this is their best year so far!




Friday, April 10, 2020

On to the Next Round!

Braidalot
The next pattern for Sock Madness came out late Saturday night. I knit like crazy for the next 5 days and was able to move on to the next round. I was 26 of 30 on my team. The team is full now. There is still a week to go until the next round, only 2 teams are full today.

But since I knit on these socks, I did not get my binding tacked down like I had hoped to do this week. Now I am free to work on the binding, so maybe next week's post will have a finished quilt!

Linking to:

Sarah

Nina-Marie