Monday, November 12, 2018

Lots of Little Blocks

It is nice to be keeping up with a quilt along! This one is Secret Santa Sew Along from the Temecula Quilt Company blog.

These are Step Three blocks. 48 - 1+1/2"x3+3/4" units.

And these are Step Four blocks. 48 - 1+1/2" Four Patches.

These have been really enjoyable blocks to make - lots of cutting but the sewing is so quick because the blocks are so small. It is also time saving not having to decide which fabrics to use for a block, just cut strips and sew them together.
I am really looking forward to seeing how they are all going to come together - the fun of a mystery sew along!

I finished knitting a hat. The pattern is Langfield by Martina Behm. This one is made from some hand spun BFL wool I spun last year. It is the third one of these hats I have knit (this one for my youngest son). The squishy garter stitch makes such a cozy, warm hat. The pattern can be knit out of any size yarn, for any size of head and is perfect for hand spun yarn.

I also finished spinning a skein of sock yarn (this is a BFL wool/Nylon blend).

This picture was taken on the trail cam last night - we think it is a mink(?).

The picture was taken outside this hole on the edge of the (now frozen) pond.

Speaking of frozen pond, today we cleared off all the snow.

We still don't think the ice is quite thick enough to walk on so we used some boards, a heavy piece of concrete, a long rope and the help of the tractor to clear it. The snow acts as an insulating blanket, clearing it should help with freezing. Tonight the temperature is supposed to go down to near -20ºC (-4ºF) - hopefully we will be skating soon!

The ice is thick near the edge, and so clear (the off white 'bubble' on the left is a golf ball)

All the best!♥︎

Monday, November 5, 2018

Finished Fabric

I finished weaving the piece of fabric I started last week.

It ended up being about 3m (over 3 yds) of 58cm (22.5") of fabric. I am so happy with it!

There are lots more photos and information on my Ravelry project page (here) if you are interested in all the details. I am planning on sewing some type of garment with it, but I haven't quite decided on what yet (although it would make a really nice blanket if I cut it in half and sewed the two pieces together...).

It all started as this raw fleece.

I also finished sewing the 68 Nine Patches from Step Two of the Secret Santa Sew Along from the Temecula Quilt Company - these are 2.25"! All the blocks were made much quicker than I thought they would be.

Here are all the blocks I have made so far.

We are still seeing lots of wildlife around here -

A Bald Eagle landed on one of the trees today, we tried to get a close up look, but scared it away (right in the centre of the photo).

Caught a glimpse of it flying away.

The large flock of Grey Partridges is still around - they are so funny to watch - there seems to be lots of squabbles and chases.

There are also lots of tracks around the pond (the trail cam has been moved and hopefully there will be pictures of the animal next time) - we think it might be a raccoon.

We were surprised how many shells there were there too.

More tracks at the other pond.

Couldn't resist some photos of a beautiful sunrise -

All the best!♥︎

Monday, October 29, 2018

A New Weaving Project

During the summer I spun some yarn for a weaving project.

This is about 700g of fingering weight yarn made from one sheep's fleece that I had cleaned and combed for spinning.

This past week I dyed it. The top 4 skeins were dyed in a pot with all the same colours to make tonal yarns, and the bottom 5 skeins were 'painted' with dye to make variegated yarns. 

The variegated skeins were used in the warp (the yarn on the loom), and the tonal yarn is for the weft (the yarn being used in the bobbin to weave with). I am weaving this to make fabric to make something out of (I'll have to figure that out after weaving - so far it has come out different than I had originally planned).

This past week I also finished knitting a couple of pairs of socks made from the same fibre blend (80/20 Merino/Nylon), but each one spun a different way. The blue/purple pair are made from a regular 3 ply yarn and the orange/red pair are made from yarn that I spun with an opposing ply (I talked about it here).
It was an interesting experiment for me. Each one knitted differently (the opposing ply yarn was a bit unruly to work with - it seemed under spun but was twisty, the yarn was splitty, and it was also rough on my hands, but didn't feel rough), so it will be interesting to see how they wear over time.

The last two pairs brings my total of socks that I have dyed the fibre, spun the yarn and knitted to 8 pairs (that I can wear - I have made others from pure wool that ended up being too itchy for me, these ones are all a super wash wool - mainly Merino and a couple pairs with BFL, and nylon blend). When I first decided to start spinning over 5 years ago I imagined that I would make yarn for socks, and it took quite a while until I could make a consistent sock weight yarn.

All the best!♥︎

Monday, October 22, 2018

Another Quilt!

After moving I realized that I didn't need any more quilts, but I have fabric, love sewing and can't seem to resist the Temecula Quilt Company sew alongs! Last Friday I finished unpacking boxes and organizing my home, plus the TQC started a new sew along - it was just meant to be. A new sewing room and a new project!

This one is called Secret Santa Sew Along (I also love Christmas quilts). These are 12, 4" blocks from Step One.

Some people have asked me questions about the farm we bought - it is 12.5 acres. The previous owners were grain farmers - that is why there is a large machine shed, gas/diesel tanks and grain bins. They sold off the farm land years ago. We hope to start our hobby farm with bees, then chickens and hopefully a couple of sheep, and of course a large vegetable garden.

This is a panoramic photo my son took from on top of the tallest grain bin
It is lovely to walk around the on the dike surrounding the property (we are on the prairies and it is prone to flooding in the spring), the other day I scared (and they scared me!) 3 deer -

they quickly ran off -

I have scared a few more since then, but I am getting used to them.

Last week there was a Downy Woodpecker hanging around -

The sky is always amazing -


The moon reflected in the pond outside our property.

Moon reflected on our pond

One day last week it was quite warm and my son decided to have a very quick dip in the pond (it was frozen just a couple of days before) - 

This last photo was taken on the way into town -

The sky was full of geese!

All the best!♥︎

Monday, October 15, 2018

New Sewing Room

I am still unpacking but I sewed my first seam in my new sewing room today! Fixing a pillow case, but so nice to sew.
The house is slowing all coming together, it is lovely here!

We have been seeing lots of wildlife - we have seen a duck, a heron and a pelican on the pond.


These three photos were taken on my son's trail camera set up at the pond -

This last one is a bit gruesome but a real surprise to see, it was taken last night.

All the best!♥︎

Monday, October 8, 2018

We Bought a Farm!

No sewing or any making for me this week - we moved!

We had been looking for a place with a bit of land for a few years and this one fit the bill. It is only about 20km from our old house.

It has lots of great out buildings,

a pond,

and lots of room to garden.

The house is a bit smaller than are old house (good reason for a proper clear out!), and it needs lots of renovations.

It is surrounded by farm land.

There is the nearest neighbour.

We even have a tractor!

You can tell that I am a quilter from my packing boxes - scraps of fabric make great, reusable packing material.

Hopefully by next week my crafting area will be set up.

Every one is really excited (just exhausted from moving). We were all ready for new projects.

All the best!♥︎