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January 26, 2011
Magnificent Mittens 6-5

Magnificent Mittens

Pattern: Magnificent Mittens 6-5 by Anna Zilboorg (my new favorites!!!)- ravelry pattern link
Yarn: Outer Mitten: All leftover from other projects - Elann Peruvian Highland Wool
Lining: 1 28 gm skein (had 2 gms leftover) of lace weight (held doubled) 100% Golden French Angora from Cottage Craft Angora - this yarn is unbelievably soft and beautiful!
Needles: Used DPNs for start of mitten tip then changed to circulars - size 4 for outer mitten and size 5 for liner.
Followed Pattern exactly as written with a 5 stitch band and sore-thumb - I changed the cuff pattern a little bit by eliminating one row of diamonds and making a rolled cuff with a peek of tan after the last ridge.

Magnificent Mittens

From this point on, I think I will always line my mittens - so much sturdier than regular mittens and sliding my fingers into this angora is like a little bit of heaven - feels sooooo luxurious - a gift to my hands!

Magnificent Mittens

Magnificent Mittens

The big wide cuffs fit beautifully over any jacket - and they are such a pretty canvas for colorwork! You can see the tiny peek of light tan before the rolled ending on these pictures - it is in the shadow on the 1st 2 pics.

Had to put this last picture in (even though it is a little fuzzy) just for the gorgeous blue sky!

I will be making more Magnificent Mittens - they are so much fun to knit and they use big enough needles that it is not too hard on my recovering hands. These Anna Zilboorg patterns are all just wild and crazy enough to be a great knit - they unleash a little bit of color creativity, are challenging and on top of that, they are sooo soft, warm and beautiful!

 

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January 18, 2010
Sunshine Quilt #1 for 2011

Here is the 1st of my 11 in 2011 charity quilts for the Sunshine Quilt Guild who donate quilts to Wrap a Smile and Wrap Them in Love. My plan is to make 1 quilt each month and when there is a nice big pile, I will either bring them up to Wells, ME in person or send them out to OR depending on which group needs them most.

brightchildquilt

It won't be hard to make 1 each month because it is so much fun to play with these bright colors and just go a little wild and free in creating them. No pattern, just a simple design that I worked up on the spur of the moment. This little quilt is 35" X 44" and seemed like the perfect size to experiment on my friend's (Thank you Pat O !!!) mid arm quilting machine/frame. I just made swoopy swirls and hoped for the best - not perfect, but fun and so quick and easy. It took about 1/2 hour to quilt this once we got it situated on the frame - I may need one someday :-)

brightchildquilting

In progress....

120 crumb squares
120 3" crumb blocks made - 60 to go and then I have to figure out what to do with all of them. Love this project!

RRBC border
Working on the border of Roll Roll Cotton Boll - a fun pieced border using the scrappy parallelograms.
Bali Skies 4
Block #4 of large and mini version of Stars Over Bali Skies.
Galactic Explosion Binding
Finally sewing on the binding of this one ....

And for you knitters who are about to delete me from your blog readers (which I would totally understand!) I have pulled out these mittens (recycled photo) and decided to finish the linings for Ravelry's NaKniMitMo - My tendonitis is being very stubborn and not getting better despite all treatment, but I have rationalized that it is also irritating to these tendons to empty the dishwasher/cut food/make the bed/iron clothes/work on the computer/tie shoes/etc etc etc, so I can certainly knit a tiny bit once in awhile. One lining is done, so with a few rows/day this one should also be done by the end of January and I'll have a completed project :)

Magnificent Mitten Liners

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January 6, 2010
A Review

Here we go with 2010 in review - each picture is a link to the "completed" post....

Annemor
Vneck
Sawtooth
Ivy Vines
habitat hat
chevron love mittens
faux is fair
Cassidy
Winterscape
Hedera
Skew
Clotshilde
stained glass hat
stained glass hat
turkish rose
dave's socks
Istanbul
pole mittens

A little less knitting than usual, but LOTS of spinning which I'm too lazy to organize - you can see my handspun in Ravelry right here.

A late start to quilting in 2010, so not too many, but I'm predicting many more in 2011 :)

plaid nine patch gone camping spin art very hundry caterpillar

a little peek at at the mystery quilt - clue #7 completed - one more (the borders) to go...

rrcb 7

rrcb center

and the never ending quilting continues on Galactic Explosion ...

galactic explosion quilting
I'm about 1/2 way done.

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