Pat's Knitting and Quilting
March 19, 2013
Here is a bright spring quilt I made for my friend's 1st baby - so simple, but fun little details too. I started with a charm pack and pulled stash fabric to augment it - charm pack on top row - stash on bottom.
I used a white on white print for the background and made this pinwheel quilt with prairie points on the borders.Pinwheel Baby Quilt the link is to the free tutorial/pattern- I followed the directions exactly as written then quilted with the feed dogs UP (I am not good at free motion quilting yet, so always do gentle enough curves that I can have the machine help me!)
Here is a close up of the prairie points around the edge - I LOVE the look of these and imagine the baby/toddler playing with them when wrapped in this quilt :)
and the backing....
I hope it is threadbare by the time she is done with it!!
On another note - I am spending almost all of my computer time here instead of Ravelry lately :)
Yep 7 baby chicks arrive on May 8 so I'm obsessed with chickens and coop building at the moment - really OBSESSED! I have every chicken book out of our whole state library system. I had chickens in the 1970s, but it's been a looooong time and I am learning all over again and am SO SO excited :))
Here is the start of my chicken coop - all framing lumber is cut to size and I'm ready to go as soon as this new snow melts.... I've never built anything except a bookcase and a bird feeder, so this should be interesting!!
March 9, 2013
When I received my fall 2012 Mixed Blessing Fiber from FatCatKnits and saw this gorgeous combination of Gaia and Uranus, I knew I would spin them separately for some type of colorwork.
Although at 1st I thought I could make this fiber into a REAL QUICK project - oh such soft soft merino - why bother spinning and knitting?
But I did - 185 yards of regular 3 ply worsted weight yarn - in each colorway (total 370 yards from 150 grams - 5.2 ounces)
Knit very quickly into this super soft warm Spruce Mittens that fit everyone in our family :)
We had a nice big snowstorm yesterday and it's beautiful, sunny day here in MA today, so I interrupted snow shoveling and coerced Dave into being my hand model...
Pattern: Spruce Mittens from Favorite Mittens by Robin Hansen. (My 8th pair of mittens from this excellent book!)
This is a mindless 4 stitch - 2 round repeat - easy as can be! (except for the weird thumb directions int this book - which I'm never sure if I do right)
March 1, 2013
I've been gone awhile, but have continued to knit/spin/sew/weave and have quite a backlog of projects to get up here!!
1st up is my new favorite hat :)
I used just one braid of hand dyed fiber to make this hat by splitting it into color sections and spinning them separately into 3 ply fingering weight yarn. (lots more fiber yarn pictures on Ravelry)
Pattern: Waterville Hat designed by my friend Marcy of Stepping Stone Fiber Creations - (Webs pattern link)
The hardest part of making this hat was deciding color placement - I love fun decisions like that and am thrilled with my choices. Here's a kind of weird view from the top and front.
and last a peek inside at the cashmere lined band
Now I want to make more using all my other hand dyed braids!