Time Flew

It’s been a bit since I posted (or did much of anything), I wasn’t feeling well last week at all and basically dropped off the face of the earth. Well I’m back so to speak and have a mess of things to catch up on. The house, laundry, emails, and of course the challenge that was supposed to start yesterday, but I’ve not done anything on. I’ve done some research and have some links ready to go, but that’s it. It’ll prolly take me a week to get caught up around here. But I’m hoping to have the challenge ready to go soon. I hope

I spent last week being a lump on the couch and praying for my friend’s carmen’s safety and her family. They’ve had the threat of a volcanic eruption hanging over their heads and all the other dangers that are associated with sulphur and dangerous gases being tossed in for good measure.

While I was a lump last week I went on a knitting frenzy – heart dish cloths πŸ˜€ I posted 2 of my finishes in my last post and since then have done 3 more .. one of which I designed πŸ˜€ My february KAL is for heart designs .. doesn’t have to be dishcloths, but that was the easiest and required only that my fingers work – minimal concentration, so that was a good thing!!

I did a quilted heart dishcloth, a lacy heart dishcloth (this one is really pretty and I had a LOT of fun doing it!) and my Floating locked hearts dishcloth – this one is more of an abstract design with open ended hearts that float – very simplistic and easy to do πŸ˜€ The directions are on the Fiberbabble Says blog with a link to a pdf file if you want.

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Quilted Hearts Dishcloth

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Lacy Heart Dishcloth

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Floating Locked Hearts

Please don’t mind the green on the quilted hearts – it is the same green as in the lacy hearts dishcloth, but to show the detail, you get to see a nasty green instead. but the green in the lacy hearts is true to life so to speak. All these images are clickable to larger.

I’m planning on getting into gear on severals things, challenge for OST, guest blogger post, website updating, and my 1800 quilt. I’m working on my Kitchener socks again, and have almost 1 sock done .. I’m at the toe decreases and these socks can’t get done fast enough to suit me!

So time to take something for my head and plot my battle at step one for digging out around here. Hope you all had a great weekend and have a great start to your week!

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Quilting 1800 ways …

After consciously stalling for a good week, I finally got the quilting done on my 1800 quilt .. just 2 bloody sections is all I needed to do .. now I did have some valid stall reasons – which presented themselves during the freemotion part – but it was either put on my big girl pants and deal with it, or this would never get finished!

Prolly didn’t help that I was in a mood today .. can’t tell you why, but I was NOT a happy camper – spent all day glowering and grumbling like a bear with a sore tooth .. who had her hibernation interrupted .. betcha want to spend a day with me when I’m like that, eh? So of course being in said mood, nothing I did, I liked .. BUT, I was going to get this quilting done if I had to kill someone to do it!

HPIM2488.jpgOne of my valid stall reasons, was that I no longer had the flow for the quilting for this .. let’s see, the last time I worked on this (which is the last blog post on this), was back on the 27th of Sept with this post, no pics on that one, but I did put the one section totally together on the 24th of Sept with this post. So needless to say, it’s been a bit .. I did parts of this quilt with a free motion design – no stencils, markings, etc .. so the groove for it was definitely gone! Now that I’m no longer ready to rip someone’s head off, it doesn’t look all that bad .. will the average person / quilter notice? Maybe – maybe not. I know I will .. but guess what – it’s my quilt and of course I’m going to notice it. Now if someone feels so bloody compelled to go into my bedroom and flip my bedquilt over, then they have some other issues that need to be dealt with that have nothing to do with me and I’m going to leave that at that!

HPIM2489.jpgMy mood improved just as mysteriously as it declined earlier tonite .. no clue why, just did .. am I going to delve for that answer .. nope .. just accept it and run with it .. I don’t get like that very often at all .. but when I do, I’m miserable and I’m sure my family is wishing they were elsewhere. Cats and dog included .. least the cats can do hide under tables or something .. poor Orion has no choice being 70lbs and highly visible :\ But I did get another dishcloth finished tonite while I spent some time with Reg after his basketball tourney .. This is supposed to be sage green, but didn’t use a flash to try and show the pretty lattice pattern .. I had some serious counting issues with this and actually had to resort to using stitch markers and my fingers and toes … but this is counted as a finish .. I’ll get a daylight picture of it tomorrow .. it is really pretty.

HPIM2491.jpgI know I said I got all the 1800 quilt sections done and I did .. see them all there all waiting so nicely for me tomorrow!! the folded ones were the ones that were done last fall, and the two open were done today.! All I need to do is trim my edges, join the sections, figure out what I’ll do with the borders and then attach the binding .. well trim those edges after it’s all together of course .. but I can’t believe it! FINALLY!!! I’ll have two quilts in the the “sew down the binding” pile .. how cool is THAT!??!

It will be nice to cross this off my list and call it done .. I think I’ll get one more quilted up, then do a binding marathon .. we’ll have to see .. Kyle is waiting so patiently to have his binding finished off.. maybe tomorrow after this is all sectioned up ..

How did everyone else do today?

Daylight pic

Daylight is so much better for showing colours and details in items. Flashes are great, but they just washed out the pretty details in the yarn and pattern.

HPIM2485.jpgBut as promised in yesterday’s post – A finished daylight pic of Feb KAL v1. To be added to my kitchen weaponry πŸ˜€

I’m 75% thru the V2 of feb KAL .. this one has a lot of detail and I’m finding I’m having to use stitch markers and crossing off stitches to keep my place .. I normally don’t have this problem and am unsure why this time, but I would rather take the extra time to put in the markers, count my stitches, recount my stitches than to have to frog again and again and again .. yup – I’ve done this a few times.

February Kal V1

Version 1 you say??? Yup, I’ve picked a few dishcloths to do for my February KAL .. the subject is hearts … and of course when I can’t decide, I just do them all .. and well – these I can knit up in a nite or less .. so I imagine I’ll have a ton of hearts for my feb KAL ..

HPIM2482.jpgFirst one is this dishcloth (it has a matching dishtowel too – which I may or may not get / do) called “Two Hearts as One” Dischloth. Made with Lily sugar n cream potpurri – the as I used in my snowflake dishcloth.

This is a shot with incandescent light (tungsten) with no flash .. otherwise it just overpowers the pattern and you can’t see it .. I’ll take some better pictures in daylight tomorrow

The next one is a lattice heart and I’ll do that in sage green .. more a match to my kitchen me thinks πŸ™‚

Tomorrow I have the house to myself and my intention AND plan is to get moving on my 1800 quilt .. I would love to call that finished .. maybe I’m just to nervous about having the freemotion look to radically different and I’m stalling .. heh .. I’m even working up headband patterns in my head and a dishcloth pattern in my head to avoid this me thinks .. well tomorrow I do this!!

More Knitting

I seem to be doing more knitting lately than fabric / quilt related. I seem to be in tv mode to want to watch tv and do hand work and well I can’t bring my machine and do my stitching / quilting in the living room … to much of a hassle to move it all, soooo more knitting. Also Reg’s been home lately due to lack of snow and the fact that he can’t run practices during exams – so that sets me off my stride a wee bit as he’s a lighter sleeper than normal (if that’s possible (!!)). So no quilting since I did my January Initial Challenge blocks .. **sigh But there is a silver lining – he’s running a basketball tourney again this weekend AND taking kyle to work in the store too πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ I’ll be quilting later

HPIM2475.jpgWhat I have done in the past few days is a matching headband for my shadow mittens. The designer, Tara, sent me over what I needed to do this in worsted weight as the original was for bulky / chunky weight. I got this hpim24741worked up in just a few hours, and voila – matching ear warmer to go with my shadow mittens :D. I think that they look really cool together .. altho I do have an idea perking in the back of my mind for another earwarmer – actually two ..I have 3 more skeins of this fabric and the earwarmers take up such a small amount of yarn, that’s it not even really worth mentioning! We’ll just have to see what I can come up with! HPIM2476.jpg

For my one skein group, we are doing hearts for February .. there are a TON of heart patterns on ravelry – everything from dishcloths, towels, mug cozies, coasters, bookmarks, you name it! I’ve queued up several to do as these projects will knit up very quickly! First one, is a two heart dishcloth, and there is a matching towel for this as well πŸ™‚ – sorry it’s not in pink or red. The whole purpose of me joining one skein kal, was to get rid of my onsie twosie balls of yarn .. NOT add to it … so I’m treating these projects as stash busters.

It’s quiet in the house for now .. no clue how long that will last, but I am sincerely hoping that it lasts long enough for me to get some actual quilting done on my 1800s quilt! I would love to call that one finished! I won’t really be able to take pics until spring-like weather tho. This is a king-sized quilt, and I really don’t have a place to hang it from that won’t involve bumps underneath it from porch / deck railings. My dad has a sunroof at his house and I am going to hang it from the gutters there for a pic. No deck or anything that will wreck the flow of the quilt while hanging πŸ™‚ Lord knows, when I’ll get a pic of it finished.