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!♥︎

Monday, October 1, 2018

Finished Sweater

I finished knitting a sweater with handspun yarn.

It is a simple top-down, raglan sweater (no real pattern, I just do a small swatch to figure out how many stitches per inch, and from that calculate how many stitches I need to cast on for the neck).

For the raglan increases I used simple yarn overs every second round for a decorative effect.
I also knit about 8 short rows on the bottom of the back of the sweater to make it a bit longer in the back (Japanese short rows).

The fibre I spun was about 200g of 100% Polwarth, that I had dyed.

This is the spun yarn (it was really hard to photograph this colour - every picture is so different!).

The only quilt along block that I made this week was the September Antebellum Album BOM from Civil War Quilts blog. This block is called 'Lexington Belle'.

The Temecula Quilt Company 1880 Sampler Quilt along is finished now, and I just didn't get around to making any Moda Blockhead blocks.

At the start of the year when I decided to start making different quilt along blocks, to make an 'Orphan Blocks' quilt, I thought I would make blocks until the end of the year, or until the beige background fabric ran out, or until my storage tin was full - it looks like my tin is pretty full (although I will probably squish a few more in there).

All the best!♥︎

Monday, September 24, 2018

Trip Out East

My husband and I just came back from a trip out east yesterday (to Ontario and Quebec), and I thought I would share some photos.

The main reason for the trip was to take my parents to my Dad's 60th reunion from Military college, in Kingston-
Marching came right back.
It was lovely to see the young students in their red serge uniforms.
We also visited relatives and saw some sights.

Our first stop was Brockville, Ontario. At one time it had the largest concentration of millionaires in Canada.

This is Fulford Place, and at the time of construction (1901) was the largest private home in Canada.

Also in Brockville was an amazing Railway Tunnel (this was Canada's first railway tunnel, built between 1854 and 1860).

It had an amazing light display, and was a real gem to visit.

Here is a link for a short YouTube video about the tunnel (near the 3 minute mark shows the coolest part about the tunnel with a 'train').

We also had a visit to Upper Canada Village (representing 1860's Canada).

Horse and cart outside the bakery
Tow Scow - horse drawn boat
 A beautiful quilt!
 We visited 1000 Islands, and this was the view from the 1000 Islands Tower-

In Gatineau, Quebec we visited Mosaïculture - large sculptures made up of over 5.5 million plants.

People working everywhere.

Houses of Parliament in the distance.
We all had a wonderful time!

The leaves were just starting to turn colour

All the best! ♥︎

Monday, September 17, 2018

Opposing Ply Yarn and Bags

A couple of weeks ago I dyed some fibre to spin for socks.

This is my favourite 80/20 Merino/Nylon sock blend. I decided to spin opposing ply yarn for the first time, since it is supposed to make hard wearing socks.
Normally singles (the individual ply) are all spun with the twist in one direction and then plied in the opposite direction. With opposing ply yarn one of the singles is spun in the same direction as the final plying direction. This tightens up that one single during plying (more twist creates a tougher yarn). I spun a 3-ply yarn, so two of the singles were spun with a Z-twist and the third was with a S-twist, then all three were plied with a S-twist.

This is how the yarn looked fresh off the wheel. The top yarn is the opposing ply, 3-ply yarn - that one ply added a lot of extra twist to the yarn. The small skein at the bottom is a 2-ply with the leftover Z-twist singles, and made a nice balanced yarn.

The yarn relaxed after washing .

You can see in the above photo that one of the plies is tighter.

I started knitting a pair of two-at-a-time, toe-up socks with the yarn. I am finding that the yarn is a bit 'rougher' than regular 3-ply yarn I have made with the same fibre (just a bit hard on my hands). I am surprised how even the knitting looks considering how un-even the yarn looks.

I also have another pair of socks on the go made with the same fibre - cuff-down this time (this is my favourite way to knit socks, but I wasn't sure of the yardage for the red/orange ones, so it was safer to knit them toe-up). They are all 64 stitches on 2.5mm needles. It will be interesting to the effect of the different yarns.

I made a Bendy Bag from Lazy Girl Designs this week. This is the second one I have made. They are a great size - perfect as a project bag for a pair of socks and wonderful for chargers, earbuds and cables for electronics when I travel - so of course I needed two. I have the pattern as part of a Craftsy Class that is no longer available. With the bit of the fabric that is cut out of the bag I made Bendy Bits bag.

I bought the fabric when I went to Japan last year, and I happened to have bought a little rabbit charm that matched perfectly - I love rabbits and came home with a few rabbit items, the avatar for my blog is a rabbit too.

All the best!♥︎