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March 19, 2013
Baby Quilt and Chicken Coop

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.

quilt fabric

I used a white on white print for the background and made this pinwheel quilt with prairie points on the borders.

Kendra's Quilt

The pattern is a free moda pattern aptly called 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 :)

Prairie points

and the backing....

back

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!!

coopstart

If you have comments or questions or want to contact me for any reason, just email or contact me on Ravelry. Thanks :)


March 9, 2013
Quick Handspun Spruce Mittens

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.

fckmerino

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?

fckmerino

But I did - 185 yards of regular 3 ply worsted weight yarn - in each colorway (total 370 yards from 150 grams - 5.2 ounces)

fckmerino

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...

handspunsprucemittens

handspunsprucemittens

Pattern: Spruce Mittens from Favorite Mittens by Robin Hansen. (My 8th pair of mittens from this excellent book!)
Size: WM ( 60 stitches) - Mine are 10.5" from cuff to tip and 9" circumference
Yarn: 3.5 ounces handspun merino from FatCatKnits (Mixed Blessing Fiber Club fall 2012 Uranus/Gaia)
Needles: 3.25 mm circular

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)

handspunsprucemittens


If you have comments or questions or want to contact me for any reason, just email or contact me on Ravelry. Thanks :)


March 1, 2013
Handspun Waterville Hat

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 :)

Waterville 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)

Chevalier Falkland Wool

Chevalier Falkland Wool

Pattern: Waterville Hat designed by my friend Marcy of Stepping Stone Fiber Creations - (Webs pattern link)
Size: Medium (148 stitches)
Yarn: One braid of FatCatKnits hand dyed Falkland Wool in Chevalier colorway - split into 4 color sections and spun into 3 ply fingering weight yarn - total 104 grams - 320 yards (only used 80 grams for the hat) - also used leftover handspun cashmere for lining.
Needles: 2.5 mm lining/ 2.75 mm hat
Mods: None - This pattern was perfect in every way!

Waterville Hat

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.

Waterville Hat

and last a peek inside at the cashmere lined band

Inside Waterville Hat

Now I want to make more using all my other hand dyed braids!

If you have comments or questions or want to contact me for any reason, just email or contact me on Ravelry. Thanks :)

 

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