Monday, April 14, 2014

Bee Blocks for March and April 2014

For March, the Cheer Circle of Do Good Stitches charity quilting bee did blue wonky star blocks and nine patch squares. The tutorial is pretty well known online: Silly BooDilly's Wonky Star Tutorial.

For April, we made scrappy green X and + blocks. The popular tutorial (here) from the Badskirt blog was inspired by a Japanese quilter, Setsuko Inawaga.

Friday, April 04, 2014

Malvin Socks

I wanted to make a pair of uncomplicated "vanilla" socks after my run of several highly patterned pairs. I bought some yarn with pretty colors to keep me entertained but it gave me some trouble with pooling. I tried a couple of different fixes but eventually I just decided to embrace it. They are what they are.  

The yarn is Manos del Uruguay Alegria; the color is Malvin. I have a fair amount left over so I may make another pair of socks with Malvin; maybe stripes!

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Possibly Maybe Socks

Hazel Knits Artisan Sock Yarn - Woodland

This is the second pair of socks from the February shipment of the Cookie A. sock club. The pattern is called Possibly Maybe, named after a song by Bjork, a favorite singer of the designer. 

The sock club has been interesting, in that the patterns and yarn are all prepaid and arrive without any preview on a predetermined schedule. I have only received the one shipment; the next package is due in a couple of weeks. There is an element of surprise, of course, but there are "spoilers" on Ravelry so you don't really have to wait for the mail delivery to see what the yarn looks like. The patterns are all delivered electronically so everybody gets them at the same time.

What has been interesting is figuring out how much surprise I want (yes, I peeked at the pictures a couple of days before I got my package) and how my first impressions have evolved. I did not immediately love either pattern but I liked this one less than the Bjork socks. Now, after finishing both pairs, I love these and don't care all that much for the pink Bjorks I made. It's okay; I will find them a home. My friend, Luanne, had the opposite opinion, I think. She loves the Bjorks and could take or leave the Possibly Maybes. 

We both love the Plucky Feet yarn but Luanne has gone a bit Plucky crazy and has a big pile of it now. She was sweet and brought me a skein from California. We're both looking forward to the next installment of the sock club!

Monday, March 10, 2014

Stalagmite Socks

Needles - 2.25 mm

Hazel Knits yarn - Bloom

Wound into two balls

Knit two at a time on two sets of needles

The pattern design creates a mirror image

A custom fit! Cushy and warm.

Friday, February 28, 2014

19 Hats

I went on a hat making tear and the pile grew to nineteen before it was over. I combined leftovers from lots of other projects and chose sizes according to how much I had of each color. Most are for babies or toddlers. These are headed for donation; probably I will give them to Navy Relief or the Soroptimist Thrift Store here in town.


These two are made from the Little Scallops pattern. I like this hat best when the lighter color is on top. Because of my supply, I only made two of these but this hat is so cute, it would be worth buying yarn just to make it. 

I also made seven or eight Barley hats (shown in picture at top of post). It's another great pattern for leftovers as it is easy to memorize and is very adjustable for different weights of yarn and head sizes.

Stripes are always fun!

Friday, February 21, 2014

Gloves for Patty

I made a couple more pairs of gloves - this set is for Patty. She is always outside, taking care of the goats and the chickens and the dog so she needs to use her fingers and keep her hands warm.

Needles: US 3
Yarn: Lavender - Rowan Felted Tweed
Leaf Green - Rowan Baby Merino Silk DK

Even though I have the formula figured out for making these gloves in all weights of yarn, using a different yarn usually requires a little tweaking of the numbers. I've learned to make both gloves at the same time with two sets of needles so I can make adjustments as I go. Baggy gloves do not work!