Friday, December 2, 2016

One More for the Road

Another quilt done, very similar to another one I did earlier this year.  Soon it will go out the door, probably to a local charity that helps families with domestic violence issues.

Quilted it on my home sewing machine--yippee!

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Metro Sweater Joy

Well, I finally made a sweater that not only fits me but feels good to wear--and you, too, can make one!  It's the Metro Sweater.

It is perfect for the weather here, with 3/4 length sleeves, and an open front.

The pattern is well-written and is just complex enough to be interesting to me without causing mental conniptions.

The only changes I made were when I picked up stitches for the arms.  I could see partway through the first arm that it just wasn't going to be big enough for my big old wobbly upper arms.  So I frogged back and picked up a few extra stitches instead of the number given; there was plenty of room to do so on the armholes themselves.

Then I knit a few extra rounds here and there as I went along to give myself plenty of arm-room.

And it worked!  I've even had a chance to wear it a few times already.  So happy.  Plus, the yarn has been sitting in my stash for a long time, Garnstudio's Angora-Tweed, 70% merino wool and 30% angora.  Feels great to use up most of it.

And it basically looks like faded blue jeans, one of my favorite colors.  It speaks of comfort!

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Yet Another Cupcake

Who could ever get tired of making these Cupcake Beanies?  Not me, obviously.  Go to Debby Ware's website and look for the Cupcake Beanie pattern.

Sunday, November 13, 2016

Clown College?

Here I am with my friend Debbie, clowning around as she teaches me how to use her longarm quilting machine.

I enjoyed trying it out.  It made the actual quilting go a lot faster--especially since I followed a relatively simple pattern and wasn't making it up as I went along, which is my usual (lack of) technique.

This quilt is already out the door, earmarked for the Quilting Angels and the hospital.  The fabric was donated to them, and after I chose to put all these colors together, it looks pretty clownish to me.  A bit garish, but fun.

"Someone'll love it." That's what we always tell ourselves when we're not entirely pleased with the end result!

For a free copy of the block pattern, click here.  Then scroll down to "Tam's Block."

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Two for Two

The Gateway Infinity Scarf pattern now has directions for making a two-color version as well as a single color.

I made two samples for Hearthside Fibers, using their Extravagance yarn.  They already have kits available for both color combos!  Click here to get started.

Really happy with how these turned out!  The first one uses their Spice and Straw colorways, and the one pictured below uses Wingtips and Poinsettia.  They have many other beautiful color options in their yarns as well--so tempting!

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

New Pattern: Gateway Infinity Scarf

My newest published pattern is the Gateway Infinity Scarf, now available on Etsy and on Ravelry.

You can wear this long or wrap it twice around your neck for a cozy cowl.

It's an intermediate to advanced pattern--easier than the Symphony Infinity Scarf.  If you've never crocheted post stitches before, this pattern is a gateway drug (hence the name)!  Post stitches are easier than you might think, and once you get the hang of them, you might find them addictive.

In brief, you are simply crocheting your normal stitch around the stem, or "post" of the stitch indicated instead of into the top of it.  So, if it's a double crochet, you'll double crochet around the post.  So easy!  (I know, easy for me to say!)

I first made a sample with Sublime DK, this purple one.

Then I made one with the wonderful Hearthside Fibers Extravagance, using the color way, "Teal We Meet Again."

You'll need 500 yards of DK weight yarn (2 skeins of Extravagance will give you plenty), a G (4mm) hook, and some optional locking stitch markers if you want to make it easier on yourself when counting your beginning chains.

I also tried a multi-color one, using a small amount of a contrast color for the edging and for Round 7.  So, lots of options here.  I want to thank my buddy, Judith, for posing for photos again.  What would we do without our friends?!

Friday, September 9, 2016

Free and Easy Quilt Pattern Link: Framed Four-Patch

I didn't mean to start another project.  (Where have we heard that before?)

Once again, I blame our Guild.  Last month's Block of the Month looked so easy and refreshing, and the juicy fruit and vegetable fabric rectangles were on offer for free at the Guild meeting.

Since I am the Scavenging Freebie Queen, I took two sets of rectangles, as did my friend Judith.

For the FREE pattern, click on Framed Four-Patch.

I found a good blender and some white scraps from my somehow unshrinkable scrap stash, and one and half hours later, DONE!

I turned these in at last month's meeting, and one lucky quilter won everyone's blocks.  I was actually happy not to win--I didn't want another UFO!