Thursday, February 11, 2016

Project Bags

I finished a few things this week, a couple of them are project bags for my knitting.

The first one is a bag using an old tutorial I posted almost 6 years ago (I am so glad that I blog, it was handy to have the pattern). The pattern is Little Drawstring Bag Tutorial. I made a larger version -

The original bag is in the above photo.

I used much larger rectangles of fabric (the lining one is pieced because I didn't have enough of the darker pink for the whole thing - the pieces are 11"x25" for the outer fabric, and 11"x15" for the centre of the lining and two pieces 11"x8" for the ends of the lining - so about 11"x37" for a one piece lining). I also wanted to add a simple pocket, and the join of the two linings was the perfect spot.

I just sewed two small rectangles (these were scraps about 3"x4.5") to the centre of two ends of the lining,

and then I joined the two pieces of fabric, sewing around the pocket, just like a pocket in a side seam in clothes.

 This became a lovely little pocket for holding stitch marchers etc.

The side seams are sewn.

I left 1/2" opening on the sides for the drawstring (last time the opening was too small and I had a hard time finding something that would thread through the casing).
For the bottom I sewed a 4" line (2" on both sides of the centre seam) across the corners -

This made a nice wide base that stands up well, and the top folds down easily (you can see the pocket in the above photo too). I didn't add any interfacing or batting to this bag because I wanted a project bag that could squish easily and not take up too much room.

My other project bag is a felted bowl, with two openings for yarn (for knitting two-at-a-time socks - I always have a pair on the go, and I thought they should have a nice home).

This was from yarn that I dyed, carded and spun last week.

This was before felting. More details of how I made this can be found on my Ravelry project page.

I finished knitting the Lintilla scarf.

This is from fibre I dyed, blended and spun too, it has lots of angora and is incredibly soft. My son called this my 'classic red and pink blend'.

These are my 365 Challenge blocks this week.

There was a blizzard last week that created some great snow drifts in the yard, although the "drift" that is taller than the fence was created by my oldest son so that he could drive his snow mobile right out of our yard and into the field behind the house (that is a 6' high fence).

cleaning time
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Friday, February 5, 2016

QAL Blocks and Dizing

I am still sewing 365 Challenge blocks (although I was tempted to leave a few out this week - 1/2" half square triangles are a real challenge!). There is an extra one this week because the pattern was published by mistake.

My blocks so far - all 3" blocks.

The third instalment of Circa 2016 blocks is 28 half square triangles.

The number of these blocks is growing fast - all 2+1/4" blocks.

I also tried 'dizing' this week.

It is a way to prepare fibre for spinning by pulling the fibre through a small hole (I used a button for this, but there are special diz tools).

This is how the fibre looked before spinning.

These are the odds and ends of wool fibre that I carded - some I dyed and some were commercially dyed (they are from a bag of Ashford mill ends).

I spun it into a bulky yarn,

for another felted bowl (this is the base).

I am almost finished knitting my scarf,

and I turned the heel of the socks and started the gusset.

Little visitors
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Friday, January 29, 2016

Making Blocks

These are the blocks I pieced this week!

This week's 365 Challenge blocks - 3" blocks. Still lots of fun to sew (I am a bit surprised that I am still making them, I have done twice as many as I originally thought I would).

This week's Circa 2016 blocks (12 Nine Patches) - 2+1/4" blocks.

Plus this week was the start of the Westering Women BOM. This is a 12" block - it was so nice to work with big pieces of fabric for a change.

These are the 9 Pineapple blocks I made this week. I also figured out that I cut 2,597 pieces for this quilt (53 pieces per block, and 49 blocks total), so only 2,120 pieces left to sew! These are 14" blocks.

I also did some knitting this week -

The Lintilla I am working on is progressing nicely.

I started another Moebius knitting project. This pattern is Knitting in Nature Beaded Moebius (I am knitting it without beads). I am pleased to be using up some left over hand spun yarn.

This week I also finished spinning some yarn - some Polwarth wool that I dyed and spun as a gradient from light pink to dark purple.

It started out as this fibre. My plan is to used it to knit a stranded colour work hat, with some black yarn.

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Monday, January 25, 2016

Old and New Blocks

I finished piecing the Flowering Snowball quilt blocks (42, 12" blocks). I just need to play with the layout a bit more and then sew the blocks together.

It was time to cut out another piecing project. This is all the fabric cut for a 98" square Pineapple Quilt (49 blocks).
I chose the Marti Michell Pineapple ruler because other ways I saw of piecing pineapple blocks involved piecing large strips of fabric and trimming off the corners - which seems wasteful to me. This method I was able to cut all the pieces out ready to just be sewn together.

These are 1" finished strips, and the blocks are 14" square.

First 4 blocks so far. They went together beautifully - all the pieces are trimmed perfectly with the ruler, to make piecing so easy.

I plan on this being my year project, for when I just want to go sew for a while.

3 rabbits in the yard seems to causes problems!
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Friday, January 22, 2016

Another Year of BOM's

I like to start the year off with a plan, and since it has been a few years since I have participated in long term blocks of the month (or little quilts of the month), I decided to try a few for this year.

I am still working on the 365 Challenge blocks. All 3" blocks so far. The blocks seem to be following patterns in piecing  - straight lines, squares and now we have been making half square triangles, so it is interesting to see what the next day brings.

Today is the start of the new quilt along from Temecula Quilt Co. This one is Circa 2016. There will be new blocks each Friday 'until the quilt is finished'. All the blocks will be either 2+1/4" or 3", these four pinwheels are the small size. This will end up being a small quilt (48"x55"), and seems like a great way to use scraps.

Next Wednesday is the start of another year long, quilt along from Barbara Brackman, on the Civil War Quilts blog - this one is called Westering Women. There will be twelve, 12" blocks, posted on the last Wednesday of every month (plus a little history will be included with the pattern).

Here are some other things that I have worked on this week.

I dyed some fibre - merino wool, alpaca, tencel (a rayon silk), plus some icicle (a sparkly fibre),

and blended it will some white tencel and some silver angelina (more sparkly stuff),

to make this yarn (155g, 410m, about fingering weight).

With blended fibre there are still different colours without being too 'stripy'.

I tried Moebius knitting for the first time! Much easier than I imagined it would be. This is a Felted Moebius Basket, the ingenious pattern is from Cat Bordhi. It just took a few hours to make. I knitted it with some of my first hand spun (originally a scarf that I didn't wear, so I took it apart). This only has one edge and one surface - true Moebius knitting!

Before felting.

It makes a perfect, light weight yarn bowl for my current knitting project.

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