Wednesday, April 16, 2014

The Mystery Grows

Two more blocks added to the Mystery Quilt for April. It is so hard not knowing what it will look like in the end.

Another first is finished!

I finished up my first shawl last night with this wonderful 50% silk 50% wool shawl. It is soooo soft! Since I can't find a new dress for Easter (whatever happened to dresses in the stores?)I will probably wear my new shawl for something new over an old dress. It works for me. Those last couple of rows were really long and seemed to take forever.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Marietta's Double Wedding Ring

Here is a special DWR quilted for Marietta. She even fussy cut the little ring pieces. She has tons more patience than me. I quilted a rose in the center blocks.

Friday, April 4, 2014

I just have to praise my new Addi Turbo Lace knitting needles! At a ridiculous "twice the price" for needles, I have got to say it was worth every penny. The points are so pointy and easy to use, the yarn glides over the needles, and no more perpetually twisted cables that are always in the way. And now I can make mistakes twice as fast. The Addi's are the gold ones. Notice how relaxed the cables are. The needles themselves are so smooth and though they are metal, they do not make a lot of clicking noise. If you are a knitter and haven't tried these, you don't know what you are missing.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

A Couple of All Over Designs

Here are 2 of the latest quilts I finished up, the first one is done with Surf and the 2nd is Oodles of Doodles. The first one is the customer's very first quilt. Can you imagine making a quilt like this on your first try? I was amazed.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Mystery Blocks for March

Unfortunately, because I can't wait for anything, you have to see my Mystery Blocks twice on this blog, once, as soon as I get them done and again when I need to post them on the 1st of the month. So, once again, here they are. The blue looks pretty vivid in the picture, but it is really softer and more dusty. It is so much fun doing a mystery, especially when you can trust the creators to come up with a lovely finished product and be free to boot. Thanks Judy and Vicki.


Monday, March 31, 2014

Finally off the Needles

Finally finished! The first sweater I did from this pattern took less than a month to finish. This one I have been working on since January 1 and I probably unknitted more than I knitted. That just doesn't make any sense. Aren't you supposed to get better as you go along?

Now I am knitting the Lala's Simple Shawl from Handmaiden yarn of 50% wool 50% silk. Unfortunately, this is going the same path as the sweater. I have spent so much time unknitting and reknitting this silly thing. It isn't that it is a difficult pattern, I just always manage to be a stitch off when I check the count. I have been using needles that a friend gave me that she bought at an auction but my new needles arrived yesterday that I bought after reading a knitting blog post about needles. The new ones are Addi Turbo Lace needles. I have the shawl transferred to the new needles, which have wonderful small points, and hope to give them a good workout this evening.