23 January 2015

Finishes finishes

I have several finishes to share with you.

It hasn't all been knitting and crocheting. I actually have a quilt done. This is for my grand-niece, Jordan. She loves pink and purple, can you tell? I cut some leftover Cuddle fabric (left over from making jammies) into 10" squares and put it on the back. Oh, never again! I just did not enjoy that process.

This quilt was made TOTALLY from stash. I am so proud of myself for that accomplishment. Because of the stretchy quality of the Cuddle I put the quilt under the sewing machine needle and tacked it down using a bar tack. There was no way I was going to try to quilt this.

The Skyp Socks are finally, finally finished. I started these in Sep 2014 and finished them today. This pic shows them blocking. What can I say? I got extremely bored with them.

And one more finish. I had two skeins of off white acrylic yarn, so I cast on for an enlarged version of Grandmother's Favorite dishcloth, only this is a baby swaddling blanket as it is 30" square. Easiest knitted baby blanket EVEH!

And on the hook is one more crocheted baby blanket. It's the last one for a while, I swear! Honest.

I'm linking up to Judy L's Patchwork Times.

16 January 2015

And another afghan finish!

Here is another finish of the Project Linus blankets.
This one is a larger blanket that will suitable for a boy-child, don't you think? This ripple pattern is my go-to crochet afghan pattern. If I can't figure out what to make, I make one of these.

Here's is what is on the needles today. It is another Project Linus blanket. I had two skeins of this off-white so I just expanded a dishcloth pattern. This blanket will be 32" square and is a good size for swaddling a baby.

What's on your needles? I'm linking to Judy L at Patchwork Times.

05 January 2015

Retiring an Old Friend

Back in the dark ages, when I was a teenager, I taught myself to crochet. I went to the library and checked out a book on beginning crochet. I stopped at Ben Franklin 5&10, my town still had one in those days (are those stores still around?), and bought a skein of acrylic yarn and a crochet hook.

I still have that hook. It still works, but the finish is worn off on the head of the hook, the shaft where my fingers grip it and on the side where it rests against my hand. Because the finish is gone, it doesn't move smoothly through the loops and so I think it is time to retire this faithful old friend.

Enjoy your retirement. You deserve it.

02 January 2015

OTN January 2, 2015

I really DO have a finish already this year! I finished up this crocheted afghan on New Year's Day. Do you remember that big ole sack of acrylic yarn I picked up at the thrift store? I am making a very noticeable dent in it! In fact, there are only two afghans left to make. If you follow the link in the last post you will see how many I have already made. All but two of the crocheted/knitted blankets will be donated to Project Linus.

Here is yesterday's finish.

Of course, I started a new project immediately. I just can't sit around with idle hands and I want to get all these blankets completed and washed and then donated.

This batch of yarn made me really think about what to make since it is a brown and not very child-like. There is 5 skeins, which is really unusual coming from the thrift store. It seems very masculine to me, so I started a chevron afghan with it.

This is my go-to crochet pattern for afghans. I have lost count how many of these I've made. Am I in a rut?
There are several ways to make these, but I prefer the single crochet over the double crochet.

I am going to link up with JudyL's On The Needles today.

31 December 2014

Finishes of 2014

I am being lazy tonight and rather than paste all these pictures I am just going to supply you with a link to my Pinterest board of 2014 Finishes.

Paula's board Finishes of 2014 on Pinterest.

I wish you a Happy New Year!

27 December 2014

Alphabet Afghan

This crocheted Alphabet Afghan used lots and lots of yarn! But isn't it sweet? It measures about 50x50" and weighs about 3.5 pounds. No joke. Do you think it would be a good candidate for Project Linus?

22 December 2014

Clara's Quilt

Clara's Quilt is done! This is another barter quilt and at the end of this post is the item I got in return. The quilt is a Double Four Patch that has the color melding in a spiral. I did the quilting on my Handi Quilter Sweet Sixteen.

This first photo is a close up of the quilting in one block. Doing ruler work, I first laid down straight lines in the white squares. I think this was the SLOWEST part of quilting this quilt. After that was done, I quilted back and forth lines from one square to the next.

There is a center formed on this quilt by the blocks, so I did a variation of the quilting pattern that I used elsewhere. The fern-like vine that you can see in the colored portion on the left in the above photo, was modified to look like a peacock feather in that middle section.

The outer border was quilted with a piano key design. See that white inner border? That is only 3/8" wide and it is pieced into the quilt. I just ditch quilted on each side of it. I used the tutorial here, go about 1/3 of the way down the page.
Here's the photo of the back again.
And here is the over-all quilt. It was a very windy day today (wind gusts up to 70mph!) and I NEEDED to get the photos taken this morning before handing the quilt over. So the only place that works is my bed. At least with the low light, the quilting shows up.

I traded the quilt for this bronze sculpture. He is life size and I move him around the house. I call him Kitty Gato.

Linking to Design Wall Monday.