Friday, October 2, 2015

A Share (or Two)

I wanted to share this link for an 'All Access Class Pass' on Craftsy.
I don't have any affiliation to Craftsy (I don't get anything from sharing this link), I am sharing it because I first found this on someones website for $19US, but the link I am sharing is for $9US ($12.71 Canadian today). I bought it for the higher price believing it was a good deal (I don't know why Craftsy has different prices for the same thing, they do this often). The pass is for unlimited viewing of all the Craftsy classes (over 800) for the month of October - plus all the downloads (patterns, recipes....).

Just because I can't blog without a photo, I am sharing a photo of some boxes my husband and I recently made from the wood of an old tv stand we took apart (older style that didn't fit today's flat screen tv's) - perfect for holding quilt tops waiting for quilting and fibre waiting to be spun. The images are from The Graphics Fairy, transferred with wax paper.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!♥︎

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

About Time I Blogged!

Almost a month has gone by since I blogged, I am still making things - life is good! Picture heavy post.

I machine quilted a quilt top that my Mother pieced - 

The pattern is Emma by Bella Moon. It is a great fat quarter pattern.

This quilt is a fraternal twin to a quilt I made earlier in the summer (these will be gifts).

I have a few knitting finishes -

Hand spun socks,

and a bulky cowl - this is the Tanis Fibre Arts Year in Colour project for September.

I also started spinning again (I took a month off after the Tour de Fleece) -

This is Polwarth wool that I spun lace weight.

It is from this wool top that I gradient dyed.

Now I am working on a blended yarn - 
I started with Merino wool that I dyed shades of pink, purple, red and black, natural Gotland Grey wool and black silk.

I blended it on a blending board.

The above photo is of the rolags (the cinnamon bun shaped fibre), spun yarn and knitted sample.

Fall brings a bounty from the garden, and I have been doing some preserving - yum! 

Fruit Chutney
Tomatoes ready for roasting
After roasting and being pureed into tomato sauce
Lots of Canada Geese in the field behind our home - a sure sign of fall too-

This was the best photo I managed to take of the lunar eclipse on Sunday- it was a perfect evening to watch it.

butterfly in the garden
freshly unfolded poppy in the morning light
Have a great day and thanks for stopping by!♥︎

Thursday, September 3, 2015

This Week's Finishes

I finally finished quilting this buffet runner - 

Hot (32℃, 41℃ with the humidex), windy days are perfect for staying inside and quilting.  The fabric and blocks are so 'busy' that I kept the quilting relatively simple (radiating lines and continuous curves mainly).

It is 22"x49". I used a thin poly/cotton batting, and Bottom Line thread for the free motion quilting (top and bottom).

The block patterns come from this book by Judy Martin - Knockout Blocks and Sampler Quilts. I am a huge fan of her books (the Courthouse Steps quilt I finished this summer was based on her Log Cabin book) and this one has lovely blocks. I had pieced these blocks years ago and they just sat around waiting for something to be made.

The book has so many blocks (mainly stars), and the rotary cutting measurements are for different sizes of blocks - a great reference book.

I also finished knitting this scarf -

The pattern is Lintilla by Martina Behm. I made this with hand spun yarn - merino, bamboo, and sparkling Angelina that I blended, and spun during the Tour de Fleece this year.

Now I am knitting a cowl with yarn all the way from New Zealand (thanks Raewyn!)-

The yarn is a Cashmere, Possum Down and Silk blend that is lovely and soft. I thought that I simple pattern would show it off best. The pattern is a 'feather and fan' cowl - a free pattern from Knitty called Ice Queen by Rosemary Hill. I decided not to add beads (they are too cold for our winters), I also did a picot cast-on instead of a provisional cast-on (much easier).

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!♥︎

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Ready for Free Motion Quilting!

First thing I want to mention is that I am hoping to teach another Free Motion Quilting class at our local school. If you are in the Winnipeg area and are interested in learning to free motion quilt your own quilts here is the LINK. Thanks!

I am ready for more free motion quilting! This weekend I finished piecing two projects.

This first one is a table runner that is about 22"x49". The blocks (15" and 6") are ones I pieced about 4 years ago and had set aside - I thought it was about time I did something with them.

This next project is 3" tumblers I cut with the GO! earlier in the year, when I was stash busting. I thought I would make a lap quilt - about 55"x74", but now that it is finished I am tempted to add some more borders and turn it into a twin bed quilt.

It is not like I don't have enough fabric.

I am also knitting with some more hand spun from the Tour de Fleece. This is a lovely scarf pattern called Lintilla.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!♥︎

Thursday, August 13, 2015


Since the Tour de Fleece I have been doing other things than spinning (cleaning my house was probably the best!).

I knit a cowl with yarn I spun from rolags (more photos on an older post here).

The pattern is from the Craftsy class Innovative Openwork Scarves. The class was good, and this was a fun, quick project to make.

Another cowl with yarn I dyed and spun during TdF. The pattern is a free pattern on Knitty called Dragon's Breath by Nim Teasdale. It is a lovely, easy pattern.

This is the first thing I have knitted with lace weight yarn that I spun, and I was so thrilled with the results. I have only started spinning such fine yarn recently when I bought a new spinning wheel - I think it is because it is a double drive, and has a more gentle pull than a Scotch tension wheel.

I also finished a pair of socks with yarn from Tanis Fiber Arts Year in Colour Club. This is the May colour called Willow. The yarn is so nice - her yarn is my favourite commercial yarn.

The pattern is Jaden Socks.

I have been sewing, but for a change it is practical sewing.

A pair of pyjama shorts for my son.

A little bag. The pattern is Bendy Bag by Lazy Girl Designs.

It makes a nice project bag (hand dyed and spun socks I am knitting).

I won a couple of prizes during Tour de Fleece and they came this week - from Fibre Detours (a Canadian online store) - where I buy my fibre for spinning (my new spinning wheel comes from there too). The owner, Samantha is so nice!

 It wouldn't be a summer post without pictures of my garden - I love gardening!

view from my bedroom window
looking down from the bedroom window - love this view!

flowers in the vegetable garden
tomatoes, peppers and cucumbers

One of the lilacs is blooming again, on this years growth - I have never seen this before.

I also want to mention how well two of my nieces (my twin brother's twin daughters) have done at the Western Canada Games - way to go Maddy and Emma! Cute article here.

Have a great day and thanks for stopping by!♥︎

Monday, July 27, 2015

Tour de Fleece 2015 Results

The Tour de Fleece ended yesterday and these are all the yarns I spun in the past 3 weeks.
I spun almost 1.5kg/52oz (over 3 lbs) of fibre and ended up with 3,491 m/3818 yds (almost 2 miles) of finished yarn (with singles and plying that adds up to 13,858 m/15,155 yds of spinning!). I have enough yarn for knitting projects for the rest of the year.

I showed the sweater yarn last post and here is the rest of the yarn I spun -

The BFL I dyed a gradient (all these next yarns are ones I dyed too),

ended up being 54g, 366m (about 2oz and 400 yds) of lace weight yarn.

Dorset Down wool,

96g, 370m of fingering weight yarn.

This fibre I blended into rolags-

and spun into this yarn -

143g, 484m (about 5 oz and 530 yds) of fingering weight yarn.

 Black merino and pink BFL,

spun into - black merino - 53g, 170m, pink BFL - 55g, 126m of 3 ply fingering/sport weight yarn for a fair isle hat.

I couldn't resist dying another gradient, this time Polwarth wool,

it came out to 54g, 466m (about 2oz, 500yds) of lace weight yarn. Probably the finest yarn I have ever spun - I was thrilled with the results, it is so soft.

The last one is Shetland wool,

101g, 325m of fingering weight yarn.

The TdF was a good experience but I was glad to put my spinning wheel away yesterday! I will be glad to get back to some variety in my creative time.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!♥︎