Friday, September 30, 2016

One Down, One to Go

The socks are taking a long time because I want knee-highs, but I don't mind. Working magic loop makes it mindless knitting as I go around and around, watching the self-patterning yarn unfold its magic. What was difficult has been made easy.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Wonky Stars Renamed

I pulled this out again and decided to turn it into a donation quilt. I was calling them Wonky Stars... but when I showed them to my quilting group they said they're also called Maverick Stars. I think I prefer that name.

I got the lattice strips on... with some help from Spunky, of course. I like it a whole lot better already!

It often amazes me how a collection of random blocks can come together into a nice quilt.

Pacific Coast Iris Quilt

I quilted this one on my domestic machine, working an iris blossom silhouette on the purple and green, and stippling the background areas.

It's too bad the quilting doesn't show more. 😏

Friday, September 16, 2016

Summer Flowers

These are all part of the Brooktrails Community Garden. Everyone plants and nurtures and we all get to enjoy the color and later, the harvest.


Black-eyed Susan
Ensign Royal morning glory
Zucchini blossom

Photos by my husband, Frank.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

More of Those Split Nine Patch Blocks

I'm continuing to work on these. They're so quick and satisfying; I find myself popping into the sewing room and knocking out a couple each day. I love working with the array of prints, a wonderful mix from years of collecting.

I find myself thinking a bed-sized quilt for us would be lovely; how could I part with all these fabric friends? But with a finished measurement of four and a half inches, I would need a boat-load.

Saturday, September 10, 2016

Two at a Time Toe-up Socks

Turning the heel. That step in sock knitting that so many find either intimidating or fascinating. After all you're taking a plain tube of knitting and creating a nifty bend in it.

Well I had a LOT of trouble figuring out how to work the heel extension using the magic loop. I searched the project page on Ravelry and wrote to Knitlynn, who has made these socks many times. She said the pattern wasn't originally written for the magic loop method. I ended up knitting the heel extension on dpns, then going back to the magic loop for the rest of the sock(s).

I'm sure I've said it before, but every knitter needs a mentor.

Tuesday, September 06, 2016

October BOM

I found a nice pictorial for this block here.