Pat's Knitting and Quilting
August 27, 2009
They are beauties, but were not a "fun" knit for me - I'm not sure why - twisted stitches don't usually bother me, I love multiple charts, new construction techniques are always intriguing and challenging in a good way, the design itself is beautiful - but all I wanted to do was GET DONE with them!
Yarnissima is a master at making a design flow - everything is thought out and all the patterns fit together like a perfect sock puzzle. A new heel for me - also a new and VERY simple bind off (all you do is bind off in 1X1 rib with the yarn held double.) I kind of wish I had used a slightly thicker or fuzzier yarn since my socks are a bit "holey", but I like and will wear them well!
Pattern: La Digitessa by Yarnissima
August 6, 2009
Here's what's happening in my fiber world ...
The man socks are finally done - only took 5 months :-)
Pattern: My own - cuff down 6 X 1 rib over 70 stitches.
I have wanted to make La Digitessa since the 1st time I saw the pattern - such a beautiful design! The yarn is Lorna's Laces Sock in Lemon Ice. You can see how the gusset is going to flow smoothly from the side cables - SO PRETTY! They are slow, but since this is the only pair of socks on my needles, it shouldn't take forever to finish them. There are multiple errors on charts 2 and 3 of the English pdf download - it took me forever to figure out what was wrong - I have notified Yarnissima, but she is at Sock Summit and will fix it when she gets home. So if you download it before that...beware!
Here are the blocks for a bright fun baby quilt I am designing - this time for a friend that is having a baby in the late fall. I struggled for days trying to figure out how I wanted to use the blocks for the center portion of the quilt and after playing around with many different ideas, I decided to just frame them in bright colors. I'm working out the borders now which will liven it up even more - it's going to be VERY bright and colorful!
A peek at the tent flap on the camping quilt - this one is getting near the quilting phase and is turning out just as cute as I had hoped.
My renewed love for quilting is still in force - besides these 2 quilts, I am working on the Mystery scrap quilt, 9 patch scrap quilt and the scrappy blue stars quilt (which is sandwiched and partially quilted!)
We had a wonderful trip to the Cape and are now headed to Campton, NH for some hiking/canoeing/kayaking -ahhh the life of a teacher and independent contract nurse in the summer :-)