Monday, April 18, 2011

Deconstructing Jeans I have been saving jeans to make a flannel and denim quilt for some time. While I am separated from the projects I really want to be working on I decided to start cutting up the jeans so that I can start stripping them. I am going to make a log cabin from them. I just have to decide my strip width.

I bought these rag quilt snips some time ago at Michael's. I have been putting off this task as I was afraid I would have sore hands and fingers from cutting through the denim. It has been a breeze so far since these snips are super sharp!













Sunday, April 17, 2011

Sweeper Cloths Thanks Paula. I did mine all by machine with purchased flannel. I still get my green points by not having to use disposable pads. I made 16 out of 3 yards of flannel.

















Friday, April 08, 2011

Loom Knitting Socks

The striped "sample" is my needle knit sock that was given me by my friend. The autumn colored "sample" is a swatch that I knitted on my sock loom. I don't know about you but I think I have achieved success!

I bought the book "Loom Knitting Socks: A Beginner's Guide to Knitting Socks on a Loom" by Isela Phelps recently and read the technical part of the book. I am using a loom made by her husband in 2006 but just now got around to using it. These looms are sold on DA Looms but no longer by the Phelps.

There are 4 ways to make a knit stitch on the loom and my goal was to get the same gauge and look as my hand knitted socks. 3 of the 4 stitches look just like those in my sock but I definately have a preference as to ease of creation and the tension of the completed stitch. Now I just need to figure out how many pegs I need to get my size sock and I think I will embark on my first pair of loom knit socks!!



















Wednesday, April 06, 2011

April UFO Done Already!! Woohoo! I got lucky that I had brought this from LA with me. I am still going to be separated from my other quilty UFOs for awhile or I would be jumping into the next one! This was the UFO that Judy L at Patchworktimes drew for April for her UFO Challenge.
























Tuesday, April 05, 2011

Are You a Member of Ravelry?

I joined a little over 3 years ago. Up until this year I have been a light user. But this year I really started exploring the site. I have stashed all my sock yarn plus a few others. I have joined several groups. I have begun stashing my looming, knitting and crochet books. It has been a fun site to search and see how others are using yarns you have or how patterns that you plan to do one day turn out for others with their yarn choices. I even found a yarn I needed to finish that last shawl I just completed.

The thing that I have enjoyed the most is the people. I am an active member of three groups that meet in person. One group is in LA and the other two are in TX in my town. One of the latter groups decided to have a one year anniversary party. I have been the least active with this group but they reached out to me to encourage me to join them. I did and was given the party favor below. Isn't it adorable? One of the members made one for everyone that attended.






To see more pics of the event go here.


Monday, April 04, 2011

A Knitty Finish!



It is not very wide. I am going to test drive it as is. Someone suggested I sew it into a shrug. I thought sewing it into a mobius would be another good option. We will see.




















Design Wall Monday This is my #4 UFO for Judy's UFO Challenge. Yes, that is right I am binding it! This is the third side so I hope to finish in the next day or so. This is Bloomer's by Anima's quilts. Go here to see what others have on their design wall.