Wednesday, August 24, 2022

Tour de Fleece Results and More

Tour de Fleece was last month and these are my results -

I spun everyday for 24 days. 
I spun 784g of fibre and ended up with 2,506m of yarn

I am currently knitting a Nightshift with some of the yarn.

I recently finished #9 of 12 handspun socks for the year.

I also finished knitting another Easy (my 4th - love these).

Photos from Around - 

The garden is doing well - canning and freezing season is well under way.
Honey is also flowing- we are up to 27 litres of honey so far and expecting one more harvest before settling the bees in for the winter.
Morning walk.
Fresh vegetables from the garden always impress me with their beauty.
Miss Maggie has her favourite spot (can you see the 'J' on her belly - I think she was destined to be my first pet).
She comes for walks - panting away in the heat.
She doesn't take any nonsense from her best friend.
She also didn't like when this little one came.
After watching our security camera footage we saw that a lady had shaken this little cutie from a box into the ditch along the highway behind our house. I had seen a car slowly drive up, turn around, and stop, then speed off. I assumed that they were lost and checking the map. When this one caused such a commotion for our pets I checked the camera (it has a better vantage point).
He was only slightly harmed by Miss Maggie, the dog is gentler - found him and laid down beside him until we came. He has since been taken to a shelter (cost me $100 - shelters are overrun after the pandemic), and he has been adopted. I hope life is better for him now. 
I already look after one cat that someone dropped off, and can't take them all in.
I don't know the people's circumstances, but I still can't believe they thought leaving this little cutie to fend for itself was the only option.
Miss Molly running in the tall grass yesterday morning.

All the best!♥︎

Sunday, July 3, 2022

Half Square Triangle Quilt

I finished the half square triangle quilt -

I made this with 4" HST (squares cut to 5", HST trimmed to 4.5").
The quilt is 100" square, with a 25x25 block layout, using 625 HST blocks.
I used wool batting (Hobbs Tuscany), and free motion quilted it on a domestic sewing machine with Essential Pro thread, in an all over meander pattern.
Our bed is an old double bed that has been modified and now fits a queen mattress.
I wanted a "plain", old fashioned quilt that I could use with some smaller quilts.
This was a really nice quilt to make. Before starting I had thought parts of the process would be tedious (trimming HST), but every step was enjoyable.
I am really pleased with how it came out.

I sewed a dress -

I have made this pattern a few times and am always amazed how well it comes together (odd shaped pieces, and very few instructions).

I am still working on knitting 12 pairs of handspun socks in 2022 -

This pair (#9 for the year) is simple stockinette.

Tour de Fleece started on July 1st (and ends July 24th)-

TdF is an online spinning event held at the same time as the Tour de France.
I am hoping to finish spinning some BFL wool for a sweater (the two bags of fibre at the bottom of the photo), and to spin the five bundles of Targhee wool for a Nightshift Shawl.

Photos from Around -

Wildflowers are blooming
Bindweed
Wild roses
Storm clouds
The garden is growing well. The bees seem happy there too.

Drone photos taken by my son -

Vegetable garden
Interesting patterns in the neighbouring field
Our yard is so green, makes a nice change from the last couple of years of drought (the drought and gravel road dust had a bad effect on the shelter belt trees as most are dead).

All the best!♥︎

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!♥︎

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