Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Seeing Red...

... but in a good way.

 Cascade yarn for my Derica cardigan

Binding on a baby quilt for my nephew and his wife's new son:
Logan Wade Roberts, born 7-30-12

A woven heart block for a quilt friend. Her 45 yo husband is scheduled for
 a triple bypass and will be recovering for several weeks. She asked the guild 
ladies if we'd be willing to make heart blocks so she can give him a special quilt.

The start of another cotton market bag

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Red, Red, Red

Seems like red is the color to use at my house lately!

Here are the yarns for the next market bag, tomato red and vine green.

Here's the inspiration: CMarch31 on Ravelry. Love it!

Knitted Market Bag

We've been using canvas grocery totes at our house for several years. So when I saw this pattern for a market bag on Ravelry it seemed natural to make one. You can never have to many totes and bags. I keep a few in my car so I can skip the plastic bags at the check out.

Lion Brand 100% Cotton 

The base knit from a closed circular cast on on four dpn's

It stretches a LOT!

The strap is knit in garter stitch and stretches too. I think I'll line it with the same colored fabric for strength. I can't wait to start another one!

Get Your Red On.

I was going through the scrap box for something entirely unrelated to red and my eye fell on a stack of vintage red calicoes. They called my name and I started a quilt.

So this is for my quilt friend(s) who tease me that my quilts are always blue-green and never red.

I don't NEED to be starting another quilt. Yikes! I'm up to my elbows in the wedding quilt, but when inspiration strikes, what's a girl to do?

I've decided it can be my leader-ender project while I sew blocks for the wedding quilt.

I didn't choose this quilt, it definitely chose me. But I think it might make a nice Christmas wall hanging.

Thursday, July 19, 2012


After all the dinners, festivities and celebratory brunches it's hard to come home to the old routine. It reminds me of a quote by Anne Shirley of Green Gables - Anne with an 'e' - "I'm positively certain this will spoil everyday life forever..." I agree Anne.

So I've been putting my feet up, going through the pictures on the laptop a little at a time and trying to recharge. Handwork seemed like a good companion. You can find the free pattern here. The Cal King quilt for the newlyweds is well under way but of course I can't show pictures just yet. Stay tuned...

Mr and Mrs

The ceremony was beautiful and the reception went by much, much to quickly. I'm glad I have the pictures to remember the day. My husband took 300+ photos and we haven't seen the professional ones yet, so here is just a sample. Best wishes to the happy couple!

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Best Wishes




My youngest is getting married Saturday. Best wishes to my favorite #2 son. Love ya!

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Felted Hot Pad

Every knitter ends up with remnants, little dribs and drabs left over from projects. That's bad enough; but I've started buying other people's remnants! I browsed the Senior Center Thrift store again and came home with a bag of worsted and bulky wool, perfect for felted hot pads.

I felted it in the washing machine in a zippered pillow case to catch the lint; on a hot, heavy duty setting for extra agitation, one complete cycle. It’s thick and still soft and works great!

Then I tried it with these yarns, but there was a lot of variation in yarn thickness. Sometimes I held two strands together, sometimes three.

I wasn't surprised when it felted unevenly, but I love the colors. Fun exploring fibers and felting.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

And Now We Are One

We celebrated Evan's first birthday with a BBQ in the park.

Evan meets Rudy Bunny

Yaaaay, cake! - His cousin Katlyn thinks so too.

Rudy Bunny

I found this adorable knit bunny while browsing Ravelry last month. Then the idea struck. My grandson's turning one soon, perfect!

Meet Rudy Bunny.

Knit from two strands of reclaimed alpaca and stuffed with corriedale roving. The pattern is also available on Etsy.

When a friend of mine saw the pictures she said I should write stories to go along with the gift.

The Adventures of Rudy Bunny.

When the gift was opened, he was oooo'ed and awww'ed over. My grandson seemed to like him and Rudy almost went home in the pocket of one of the party guests. She said he could come live at her house anytime...

The End