25 July 2014

OTN Friday July 25, 2014

One photo, three projects.

There is the pair of trail socks that are finally finished, well, other than weaving in the ends and blocking.

And I started another Sunny blanket. Remember that other light green one? It was the yarn...I just hated how much it felt like a trash bag, especially right out of the dryer. This yarn is 'Comfy' sport from knitpicks.com in the color way Honeydew.  This is much better to work with as it is 75% cotton and 25% acrylic I like the 100% acrylic.

And then there is the ball of yarn for the next pair of socks: red, white and blue. Once I get started on them I'll tell you about the yarn.

For more yarny goodness, visit Judy L's On The Needles Friday.

21 July 2014

Denver Botanic Gardens and Dale Chihuly

On Friday, I went to the Denver Botanic Gardens where the Dale Chihuly exhibit is installed until November 30, 2014. To say the glass and plant combination was stunning would be an understatement. Here are some of my favorites in no particular order. Click on the photo to make it bigger.
Such lovely shades of blue in amongst the plants.

These looked like wintergreen candy with the yellow hollyhocks.

Black and white in front of the Indian Blanket flower.

There is almost an alien feel to this one. It reminds me of frog 'hands' reaching over the side of the boat.

I ♥ ♥ ♥ this red and yellow glass and pink single hollyhocks together.

A boatload of colorful glass balls.

It was a perfect day to shoot the water lilies. Not too bright with just a bit of overcast.

I had a grand time in the gardens.

12 July 2014

Here I Am!

I am still here, but haven't had the time or desire to blog. Has that happened to you? I have been keeping occupied, thought, with knitting and quilting and gardening and, of course, work.

DH and I are doing a garden redesign, and knowing him like I do, I realized that it probably wouldn't be finished this year. So I planted my garden in containers. The yard is dotted with blue containers: the bell peppers are over there, and the tomatoes are here. Oh and let's not forget the squash and pumpkins. Lettuce and basil are hiding under the row covers over in the corner. The plants don't mind as long as they get water and food.

Today was designated quilt basting day. My feet are telling me that I basted two baby quilts and four table runners. Next step is to quilt them.

At any given time there are two different projects on the knitting needles. There are the ever present socks that I carry in my bag for those waiting moments. I save the bits of sock yarn and then knit up some squares when I get four or five in the basket. The squares measure 7.5" and will eventually be combined into a blanket. It is a visual record of all the socks I have knitted. So currently, it is just a pair of socks and the squares. My Sister's Sweater is still waiting to be blocked.

I recently finished this ripple baby afghan. No, it isn't knitted but crocheted. I love the ripple pattern and believe it is my go-to pattern for crocheted afghans.

30 June 2014

Sewing on June 30, 2014

It started with this charm pack that was purchased several years ago on a shop hop. It has been marinating in the stash long enough.

I had a plan to start, but it was a major fail and I ended up trashed some of the fabric squares. It broke my heart, but I re-thought it and came up with this one. Those blocks measure 8" finished. I can see that they need to be shuffled a bit more to break up that concentration of yellow in the upper right and the blue/greens in the lower right.
There is plenty of the WOW fabric and with the addition of sashing (2" maybe?), I think it will make a passable child's quilt.

There are some units left over, see them on the left?, that can be used either on the back or in something else. I can always add them into the parts department.

I'm linking up with Judy L. for Design Wall Monday.

23 June 2014

Ziggity Zaggity

Lately, I have been having fun playing with fabric. Have I shown this? Yes, I have, I just checked. However, it now has two borders on it. Plus, the binding is made. Bonus! I'm not happy with the right edge, but it is what it is. 

It is now hung up, along with the backing fabric and binding and awaiting it's turn in the queue.
How's it going with you? 

13 June 2014


This is the Sunny Baby Blanket I am knitting. I just love this pattern and have made several of these blankets. The link leads to the Ravelry page for the free pattern. I am using a very soft acrylic yarn in the color 'Menthe'. Some nice back lighting going on in the photo, isn't there?

My Sister's Sweater is about finished. It is just a matter of stitching up the seam in the sleeves and then blocking.

What are you working on? I'm linking up to Judy L.

09 June 2014

Yes, sewing has happened

Are you sitting down? I actually pieced a quilt top! I know, right? Craftsy recently had a free pattern of a heart, Pieces of My Heart, that I thought would make a darling baby quilt. After downloading, I realized it was only 22"x22". So I made 4 and put them together with sashing.
I think something stretched when I put the blocks together. So I am going to unstitch the center sashing and redo it. I know, I know. Sometimes I leave things be, but I couldn't stop thinking about this mistake and so I need to fix it before it goes any further. It is not something that can be hidden in the quilting stitches. And I really like the way this turned out other than that center.
If you download this pattern make sure to read it before starting (famous last words!). I didn't and realized that the HST at the top of the heart aren't really HST. I took the first batch out and made proper HST to insert in place of the funky ones.
The Zig Zag quilt is a WIP. I still need to add borders to bring it up to a good size. Both of these quilts will be about approximately 45" square.

I have a lot of this Riley Blake fabric left along with the background fabric. My background fabric is a soft dotted fabric that plays well with the more vibrant ones.

There is more inspiration at JudyL's blog.  

Updated 6/10/2014:  the hearts quilt is all fixed and in the pile of flimsies.