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July 24, 2009
Andes Socks Done/2 Quilts Begin

This pattern called loudly to me - as I've said previously, all the motifs, but especially the Andean birds and dancing ladies were too wonderful to pass up! After pulling out all my sock yarn stash, I came up with what I think is a perfect yarn combination.

Andes Socks Pattern: Andes by Robyn Gallimore of Red Bird Knits
Yarn: 56 gms Trekking Pro Natura (Wool/Bamboo) color 1601 and 40 gms Lorna's Laces Shepherd Sock in Chino
Needles: 2 socks on 1 2.25 mm 40" circular needle.
I followed the pattern exactly as written except for the toe shaping - perfect pattern and chart!

I've also started a few more quilts - I saw this pattern and knew I wanted to make it for a child - either a donation quilt or hold on to it for a child in my future. I bought the central tent panel here and went through my stash to find matching fabric for all the borders.

Gone Camping

Gone Camping Fabric

I have also joined round 2 of Crazy Mom Quilts - One a Day Nine Patch Quilt Along - making one 9 patch block each day - I have a huge bin of plaid/woven fabrics and I am limiting myself to this pile of fabric - there should be more than enough for 70 unique 9 patch squares!

9 patch along

We are headed to the Cape for 4 days - another short break from summer life at home - the boys are hoping for big waves - I've got good reading and knitting - ahhhh!

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July 12, 2009
Daughter of the Regiment Tsocks

I am finding time to knit and quilt this summer, but blogging/reading blogs/Ravelry are are all falling by the wayside! I will try to at least get up some pictures of my projects throughout the summer, but the next few months are very full and weekly blogging might not commence again until fall :-)

Now here are some NOT everyday usual socks!

Daughter of the Regiment Socks

Designed by the Tsarina of Tsocks herself - they were inspired by Marie - Daughter of the 21st Regiment in the opera La Fille du Régiment. Starting from the toe up - there are boots with little laces, trousers, pleated skirt and and linen stitch military jacket with working brass buttons - My feet are dressed quite well, I must say! This is the 1st time I've ever had to button up my socks - I love it!

There were 2 rows on these socks that were the most difficult knitting I think I've ever done. I could not let my mind wander even a little - It was these 2 rows - the skirt hem - crazy knitting!!! Once I figured it out, it took forever to actually execute - but I sure felt like an accomplished knitter when those 2 rows were done!

Daughter of the Regiment Socks

Pattern: Daughter of the Regiment by Lisa Grossman - the 2nd Tsock Club kit for 2009
Yarn: Jennifer's Flock Sock yarn (gray/red) - overdyed by me for a deeper real red and leftover blue stash yarn.
Needles: 2.25 mm circular
I followed the pattern word for word - such an entertaining learning experience!

blueberries

Our morning cereal is much more tasty at this time of year ~

Be back in a few weeks - My Andes Socks are almost done, the blue stars quilt is layered and waiting for it's machine quilting on the next rainy at home day....Hope all of you are having a great summer!

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July 3, 2009
Clue 1

Mystery quilts provide JUST enough quilting stress to make it fun :-)

In a few frenzied sewing days, I have completed clue 1 of the QM Christmas Lights Mystery Quilt by Bonnie Hunter.

Since I am only using stash fabric (my stash is HUGE, but the pieces are small - I rarely get more than a fat quarter of any fabric), I have opted to use multiple fabrics for the greens/reds/golds - I sure hope this works. At this point I have no idea where this is going - and now I have to wait for the next issue of Quiltmaker...

In the meantime - Dave and I are off to Portland, ME for a weekend BY OURSELVES!! Yes, Kate is watching the boys - one of the many benefits of having an older daughter!

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