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September 29, 2008
Bright Bali Stash Quilt

This is probably the brightest quilt I've ever made and on top of that, I waited for sunshine to take pictures - hopefully you're not blinded by the light!

Bali Scrap Quilt

A close up of the machine quilting(click pics for bigger)

Bali Scrap Quilt

Pattern: "Barbed Wire Fence" from Twosey Foursey Quilts by Catherine Wierzbicki
Size: 60 1/2" X 72 1/2 "
Fabric: 2 1/2" strips from almost every piece of my bali stash
Method: Machine pieced and machine quilted by me

A wonderful way to use up scraps - The entire quilt is made from 2 1/2" X 4 1/2" rectangles. I made my own jelly rolls by cutting up stash bali fabric into 2 1/2" strips and separating them into lights and darks. I would make some color changes if I were to do it again (which I'm not - I almost never make the same quilt twice - exception being log cabin quilts) which would increase the contrast between the stars and background. But the kids like it just how it is...

Bali Quilt Bali Quilt

On to the toes...

journey cable socks

These Journey Cable socks will be a good beginning to socktoberfest

I'll give you all the specifics on this beautiful pattern when they are done - hopefully soon! - There are 3 more pairs of socks in the line up, which I'll tell you more about next time too...

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September 20, 2008
Tangled Yoke

Perfect timing! It's 50 degrees this morning- beautiful fall sweater weather. Almost one year after I started it, Tangled Yoke is done! I knew I wanted to make this cardigan as soon as I saw it in last fall's IK. I had a gorgeous (discontinued) reddish Rowan Felted Tweed already in my stash waiting for the perfect sweater.

Please forgive the self timer pictures....

Tangled Yoke

Here is a close up of the tangled back...

Tangled Yoke

Pattern: Tangled Yoke by Eunny Jang from Interweave Knits Fall 2007
Size: 34"
Yarn: Rowan Felted Tweed, color sh149 - 6.5 balls (50g)
Needles: 40" circular sizes 3.75 for body; 3.5 for collar and button bands; 2.0 for neck edge pickup
Modifications: Knit exactly as written except that I lengthened the body and yoke (total 21 ")and adjusted the waist shaping to fit my waist . Also shortened the sleeves (16 1/2" to underarm) - all for a perfect fit!

Superb well written pattern - simple to knit. When it comes off the needles the only finishing is grafting the underarms, making button bands, and sewing on 9 tiny buttons. I'll be wearing this all fall....

My very reluctant photographer took a few outside pictures - only one of which was usable...

Tangled Yoke

When I saw that Nancy Bush's Estonian Lace Book was coming out in October, I knew I had to pull out Irtfa'a and get moving on it. (again - unbreakable rule about only having one big lace project on the needles). I won't be finishing anytime soon, so I'll have plenty of time to dream of Estonian Lace. Luckily this time, I left myself some good notes about where I stopped last January~

Irtfa'a

Next blog post should be a finished quilt - I'm binding it now...

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September 10, 2008
In progress...

For some reason, I just started 2 scarves at the same time - both with natural color yarn - a little boring, but soft, pretty and oh so practical! I saw both of these scarves on Kay's blog (From The Back Yard) last winter and got the patterns, but wasn't able to start them because of my shoulder.

knitpurl scarf

ondeleux

Knit/Purl Scarf in Morehouse Merino sport weight Ondeleux Cables in Classic Elite Posh Cashmere/Silk

I want to knit another sweater, but have an unalterable rule about only having 1 sweater on the needles at a time. SO....I pulled out Tangled Yoke and spent the afternoon trying to figure out where I was when I stopped last January. Of course it wasn't easy - I had stopped right in the middle of a row in the middle of the tangled cable. I now have my bearings and should be able to get this done soon.

Tangled Yoke

I haven't finished machine quilting the bali scrap quilt, but I couldn't wait to try making a few of these stars for the next quilt. Now back to manhandling the bali quilt through my sewing machine...

mothergoose stars

Lastly - I started and ripped some Cat Bordhi Woven Ridge Socks. I love the pattern, but I used the yarn (Artyarns Handpaint Stripes) that she used, and they were way to thick and stiff for me on 3mm needles - since I don't want to abuse my shoulder, I decided it was better to rip and have this beautiful yarn in hand for something else.

woven ridge artyarnhandpaint

I also have the Journey Cable socks going, but haven't made enough progress for another picture - maybe next time!

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