Monday, June 13, 2022

A New Flimsy

I finished sewing all the half square triangle blocks (625 total) for the new quilt-

I laid the blocks out randomly. Once I started switching a few around and quickly realized that there would always be similar fabrics close together, so just left them as is.
I stacked the blocks to sew into strips.
The blocks are 4" finished (4+1/2" trimmed), with a 25x25 block layout.
All the pieces are now sewn together (just waiting for batting and backing).

I also finished stitching the little cross stitch picture -

I laced it on to a piece of cardboard to hang on the wall.

Photos from around -

A few mornings ago so many Canada geese were flying north.
A few turned around to land on the pond (I guess they needed a break).
I am so pleased that the vegetable garden dried out enough to be planted by the end of last week.

Caught Miss Maggie mid yawn - she has the greatest whiskers.
Of course Miss Molly looks so pretty too.

 All the best!♥︎

Friday, May 13, 2022

Lots of Projects!

I started a new quilting project -

A simple half-square triangle quilt.
Hard to believe just those two piles of cut squares will make a queen size quilt, but I think my math is right. This will be a long term project for when I just want to sew for a bit. 
I cut 5" squares - 313 of light fabric and 313 of dark fabric.
I am piecing them like this, and trimming the blocks to 4+1/2" (using one of my favourite rulers - one reason I am making a quilt like this. The main reason is because I wanted to use up some fabric so I could justify buying more - soon there will be quilt shows to go to!).
The layout for the quilt will be 25x25 blocks, with 625 blocks. The blocks will be 4" when finished. The quilt should be 100" square. So far I have pieced and trimmed 200 blocks.

I have a few other projects on the go - 

A twill scarf on the loom. This is with commercial yarn (I dyed one of the skeins).
More sock yarn being spun (the last of the bundles for my 12 pairs of handspun socks for the year).
#7 of my handspun socks for the year is on the needles.
I am also working on a cross stitch (using floss that I dyed).
This is a pattern by Brenda Gervais that I modified (I didn't want to stitch over one, so changed the 'O'). It is supposed to say 'Let's Stay Home and Stitch', but I think I might just have 'Let's Stay Home' because those are words that sing to us at our home.

Last week I finished a little knitted container. This is entrelac that I felted, knit from some handspun merino. It was a fun little knit. Works great on my loom to hold some tools. The pattern is Cuppa Joe by Gwen Botner.

Photos from Around - 

Molly found an old tunnel that had been dug in a snow drift earlier in the year, and Miss Maggie had to come and see where she had gone.
The melting snow revealed lots of damaged trees - branches ripped off by heavy settling snow.
So many trees with vole damage.
When every thing is dry (and it stops raining) there will be lots to clean up.

But this week the snow finally all melted!

Everything is so green.
Trees are budding out.
The first little flowers are blooming in the garden.
Molly spotted some geese by the other pond.
Lots of little pine trees growing everywhere.

All the best!♥︎

Wednesday, April 27, 2022

Some Storm Projects

We have had three storms in the past two weeks - two Colorado Lows with an Alberta Clipper in between!
So lots of at home time for crafting - I started a few storm projects.

This is another "Easy" scarf by Martina Behm. Made from 56g of handspun.
I love the pattern - it is perfect for small amounts of handspun, it's fun to knit, plus really nice to wear.

This is a piece of crazy quilting inspired by the snippet scrolls I saw in the Summer 2021 issue of Quilting Arts Magazine.
I had a set of door knobs from our first house (padded out the post with some batting).
When rolled, the outside is "plain", but inside I wanted it to be a bit "more".
"There is always more than what we see."

I also finished knitting a pair of socks - this is pair number 6 of my goal to knit 12 pairs of handspun socks this year.

Photos from Around -

The first storm was supposed to be the worst in decades, luckily for us it wasn't too bad (it did last for days and we were snowed in, but we didn't loose power).

Lots more snow (the skies cleared one afternoon for a bit, and I thought it was over - no).
The second storm was mainly high winds, and just a bit more snow - so sparkly though.
The third storm seemed worse than forecast. 
Lots of rain - we were a bit worried about flooding, but just the internet went out.
Then freezing temperatures and more snow (high winds). Highways closed again.
Miss Maggie was happy to stay inside and watch.
Yesterday the winds calmed down and the sun finally came out!
Today lots of the water has gone down, thank goodness because we are expecting more rain this weekend with another Colorado Low in the forecast. At least the snow is melting and maybe winter is coming to an end (probably shouldn't say anything!).

All the best!♥︎♥︎

Tuesday, April 12, 2022

A Couple of Finishes

I finished a couple of knitting projects recently.

A pair of handspun socks (this is number 5 for the year - my goal is to knit 12 pairs of handspun socks in 2022). More details can be found here.
A handspun shawl/scarf. More details can be found here.

For the past couple of months my husband has been working in Vancouver (on the west coast of Canada).
He sends me pictures like this-

The view from his apartment.
Cherry blossoms.

I send him pictures like this -

The snow is melting, I don't know if we should be worried about flooding just yet.
The snow is off the surrounding fields (drone photos from yesterday evening).

Although the snow in our yard has come down a few feet, there is still lots to melt, plus we are expecting the worst storm in decades over the next three days! We have done lots of preparations, and hoping that it won't be as bad as predicted.

Best friends (although Molly looks a bit surprised that Maggie came to lay near her, she usually just comes to touch noses).

All the best!♥︎♥︎

Friday, March 25, 2022

Shortie Socks and So Many Photos!

I finished knitting a pair of shortie socks last week.

I have tried other shortie sock patterns in the past, but the heel was too loose or there was too much fabric on the top of my foot where it meets my leg. So I just experimented this time.
I am really happy with the results, and they fit great.
I used short rows across the top of the foot to lessen the amount of fabric, plus short rows on the back of the foot to bring the heel up. Then tightened up the ribbing so they aren't loose on the heel.
I knit them two-at-a-time (except for the short rows and heel-flap-and-gusset had to be one at a time), toe-up, 64 stitches, magic-loop on a 2.5mm, long circular needle, from both ends of a ball of yarn.
Knitting from both ends of the ball means I could use up every bit of yarn - not much left!
The yarn is a handspun merino/nylon blend.
From fibre that I dyed. 
I only had less than 80g - the reason for the shortie socks (normally I use about 120g for a pair of mid calf socks).

Photos from Around - 

Sunrise last week.
Amazing frost yesterday morning.
More frosty trees. For the photo I am standing on a tall snow drift (looking over the top a tall willow hedge), and almost as tall as the highway behind our home (the z-dyke built 25 years ago, to protect Winnipeg from flooding - we are on the wrong side).
This pair hit the window the other day - some type of hawk and an Eastern Bluebird (which I have never seen here before).
Molly likes to bite Maggies legs for some reason. Maggie is so tolerant.
We are seeing flocks of geese now(oh no - heading south in the photo).
All the birds, and dirty snow are sure signs of spring.
This one is another sign of spring that surprised us - a skunk under the car. We all thought it was the cat when we came back from a walk, and were surprised when after Molly went to see her she came out growling. Luckily no one was hurt and we haven't seen the skunk in a while.


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