Friday, August 29, 2014

Knitted Gifts

My niece's birthday was in August, so it was time for some more knitted goodies.


This is Pierre. He's knit using a Rebecca Danger pattern (rav) and some of my fatcatknits panda handspun in Mon Ami. The name is what made me decide that he was French. The mustache was my own added flair. Apparently my niece opened the box around naptime and then refused to put Pierre down, so he had to take a nap with her. This made my heart grow three sizes.

Tomboy Cardigan

Less fun but more practical, I knit the Tomboy Cardigan in the 4T size (rav) using some of my naturally dyed worsted yarn. I alternated skeins on the body but the lack of pooling on the sleeves makes me think it wasn't really necessary. I made quite a few changes: the body is one inch longer, the sleeves are 3/4 length and the collar is a simple crew rather than folded, and I added a faux side-seam. This was my first successful attempt at the contiguous construction and i really liked it except that the shoulder seam pulls a little bit strangely (closer view of the shoulder). Hopefully it looks ok when worn.

I only had 2 skeins of yarn and after selling all of my dyeing supplies I had no way to make more, so I held my breath the entire time hoping I wouldn't run out. I had just a tiny bit left at the end so that was a huge relief. Now that fall is coming I'd love to use more of my hand-dyed to make myself a cozy sweater. hopefully i can squeeze it onto the list.

Monday, August 04, 2014

Stripe Study Shawl

Stripe Study Shawl

A miracle happened when I knit this shawl. I didn't get bored! correction: i didn't get too bored. I don't think that i made it through all 4 inches of the border, but there's at least a respectable 3 1/2".

Stripe Study Shawl

Pattern: Stripe Study Shawl (rav)
Yarn: Malabrigo Sock in Black and Natural, 1 skein each
Needles: US #6 hiya hiya sharp interchangeables
Started: July 5 2014, Finished: July 19 2014

Stripe Study Shawl

I only had enough yarn to do 11 CC stripes. The pattern doesn't start with a garter tab but i really wish it did. the lack of a perfectly clean beginning bugs me a bit. i used jeny's surprisingly stretchy bind-off. as with other garter shawls, i did not see the point to aggressively blocking it so i just soaked and laid it out flat to dry.

As I kept arranging and rearranging this shawl for the photoshoot, i realized that i have no clue how to wear asymmetrical shawls like this one. the point seems to want to be off to the side and it's kind of weird. that is all.

i could actually see myself knitting another one of these someday. but i probably won't. part of my Q3 FAL goals, yo.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

do. good stitches quilt

#havendgs #dogoodstitches quilt finished

Just checking in with a quilt finish. My month for do. good stitches came up and I asked the group to do blocks for a sampler quilt in rich jewel tones with a white background. i received so many lovely blocks and each one was different. I wanted to showcase them using an atypical layout, so I made some large HST blocks and added solid blocks with white on white prints for a twin-sized quilt.

#havendgs #dogoodstitches back

The backing is a hot pink wide solid and the binding is a tone-on-tone riley blake chevron. I free motion quilted each block in its own pattern with white 50-wt aurifil thread. some of the blocks are more successful than others, but i feel like i really learned a lot by practicing quilting. my pebbles are downright respectable now.

This quilt is one FAL 3rd quarter project I can cross off the list. It has been sent to ABW Rochester, a local shelter for abused women and children.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Q3 FAL Goals

Finish Along 2014

I did a poor job during the second quarter of the Finish Along 2014 so the list is going to be very long this time. I'm just going to throw everything at the wall and see what sticks.

WIPs and UFOs

  1. The rows are getting so long #stripestudyshawl #knitting #knitstagram
    Stripe Study Shawl: I started this last weekend on a whim. I have completed 10 CC stripes. now it will be a race against time to see if I can finish it before I get terribly bored.
  2. #havendgs #dogoodstitches quilt top
    do. good stitches bee quilt: I still need to finish my bee quilt this month.
  3. Traditional fabrics for a gift quilt
    Gift Quilt: I've been working on a secret gift quilt from Fabulously Fast Quilts.
  4. Rainbow lace #crossstitch #xstitch
    Rainbow Lace Cross-stitch: Doing a little cross-stitch on a dishtowel. The pattern is in A Rainbow of Stitches and i'm using DMC Water Soluble Canvas.
  5. Top is finished! #artgalleryfabrics
    Desert Flower Medallion: I'm handquilting this one and I know it will take awhile but it is a small quilt.
  6. Postage stamp #quilting
    Leaders/enders quilt: All of the blocks have been made. I was going to make one gigantic postage stamp quilt but after I saw this quilt from s.o.t.a.k handmade i've been aiming for something similar. I think I have enough blocks to do both. I'd like to finish at least one quilt with these blocks.
  7. Scrappy Block Swap R1
    X & + swap quilt: i have all my swap blocks but I still need to finish my own blocks and make it into a quilt.
  8. Not a very productive #15minaday  the darn #spindle kept dropping
    Corriedale Spindle Project: I was spinning for 15 minutes every day but then I got sick of it. Maybe I can pick it back up again.
  9. Wonky Bee Round 3
    wonky bee solids quilt: I didn't touch this one last quarter. I still really want to finish it this year.
  10. Just red and blue left #scraprepublic #quilting
    scrap volume: Ditto for this guy. I'm sick of looking at the quilt that hangs on our bedroom wall. I'd really like to replace it with this one.

New projects

  1. Elf Sock MCN -  Bronze
    Spicy's 3rd quarter socks: I have lots of sock yarn from my dyeing adventures. I just need to pick out a pattern and get going.
  2. 2nd DGS quilt: my turn is up again in August and I think I'm going to combine blocks with another swap I'm in. i haven't started my blocks yet but here's what they look like.
  3. #fatcatknits spinalong Mon am I #spinning #spinnersofinstagram
    Fatcatknits Mon Ami: One of these braids has already been spun, but I'd like to finish the other 2 as well.
  4. Pulling for patchwork #quilting
    I pulled this stack awhile ago and I'd like to make a simple patchwork baby quilt.
  5. Some sweet finds from the craftsy sale
    I got these 2 beautiful shot cotton bundles and I'd love to use them in an improv quilt.

It's summertime and I am not in the mood to blog but I'll check back in periodically.

Wednesday, July 02, 2014

knottygnome yarns on clearance


Just a quick note: I have decided not to continue dyeing yarn. There are several aspects of the process that I just do not enjoy so I decided it was better to quit now rather than later. The stock that has already been added to the shop is on clearance at 40% off for the remainder of the month. Whatever doesn't sell will go into my personal stash after that point. I will continue to sell my handspun yarns in the yarn shop.

I'll also be selling my stock of dyes and mordants. Give me a shout if you're interested in anything--otherwise I will be posting it in destash groups on Ravelry soon.

Thank you for your support. It's embarrassing to admit to being a quitter but life is too short to spend time on things that don't make you happy.

Monday, June 30, 2014

FAL 2014: Kaleidoscope


After failing to finish this quilt in the first quarter, I was determined to get it done in the second.

The top uses several graphic b/w prints and text fabrics and kona salmon and candy green plus mm cotton couture in black. I also used several Posy prints from a layer cake and a bonnie and camille sundae stripe for the thin border.


I FMQ feathers on the kaleidoscope blocks and solid border with white Aurifil 50-wt mako, and handquilted in the flying geese border with #8 perle cotton. I used a diagonal stripe from Bonnie and Camille for the binding and solids for the back.


It was a relief to finally be able to cross it off my list. It is listed in the shop.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

A little patchwork quilt

I pulled a stack of my naturally hand-dyed fabrics and made a little patchwork quilt. I used organic cotton, some white-on-white prints, essex cotton/linen, and natural linen. The dyes are indigo, cochineal, annatto, and walnut. The backing is a length of dip-dyed organic cotton.

Naturally Dyed Patchwork Quilt

I did a dense stipple with Aurifil 50-wt in white. For the binding, I used a Julianna Horner fabric from Joanns plus a little hand-dyed strip and some Joel Dewberry. I machine stitched the binding by SITD from the front, which is my new preferred method.

Naturally Dyed Patchwork Quilt

This little quilt measures 34" x 38" post-washing. It's listed in the shop.

Naturally Dyed Patchwork Quilt
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