Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Crochet One-Skein Wonders for Babies

I came home from swimming the other day to find a package at my door:  my free copy of the new Crochet One-Skein Wonders for Babies book!

I have two patterns in it.  Notice that my Zucchini Cocoon, a.k.a. "sleep sack," with its matching hat are featured on the cover!  (Bottom right pic.)  Very exciting.

Storey Publishing always does a great job with book design--on the cover and inside--so I feel honored to be included in such a class act.

My Christening Cloud pattern is in here too.  You can get both of my patterns singly on Ravelry or Etsy, but if you shell out a few more bucks, you can get all of these adorable patterns created by a variety of talented designers.

Peek inside the book on Amazon.

And get hooking!

Friday, May 27, 2016

Whale Tails

Every month, our local quilt guild has a block of the month challenge.   They have a drawing and one person wins all the blocks that were made that month.

Way back when, before I even started quilting, it seems the monthly block was whale tails.

Here are a few of my favorites:

Someone won all these blocks, made by various guild members (not made by me.)  The blocks were recently donated to Community Projects, and I adopted them.

Seven were missing the water into which the whales were diving, so I made templates, cut fabric, and added water sections to the squares.

There were 23 whale tails and one lone dolphin.  I added "coping strips" to the dolphin, which was a smaller square than the others, then added the purplish-greenish sashing fabric from my stash, and sewed them all together.

This is one I am not going to quilt myself.  I will be turning it back in to Community Projects, along with some backing fabric friend Sonja gave me ages ago, that has been waiting for just the right project.  We'll pair it with some batting and away it will go to some generous quilter somewhere on the Central Coast.

Finally it will make its way back to Community Projects and then to a worthy recipient.

I hope this quilt doesn't make that person seasick!  There's a lot of movement in those whale tails!

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

New Pattern: Circle Dance Shawl

A simple lace stitch partners with a luscious honeycomb for the main body of this semi-circular shawl.  Another simple lace pattern creates the wide ribbed border.

This pattern is now available on the following fine websites:  Ravelry and Etsy.

I actually made the misty green shawl first, as an experimental pre-knit for the larger version I made using one of my favorite yarns, the beautiful, bountiful BaaBoo from Hearthside Fibers.

The green is a fingering weight yarn called Glimmer, 95% Baby Alpaca, 5% polyester (the glimmery part).  Slightly fuzzy, as alpaca tends to be, but still shows the stitches--hooray!

I used up all of four balls of Glimmer at 183.5 yards each, knitting with #2 (3 mm) needles, 32" circular.  These were Addi Natura needles, btw.  Not as slippery as the Addi metal ones, but nice and smooth with sharp points.

Now for the BaaBoo, also a fingering weight yarn.

My pattern calls for 1 skein of Orchid (the pink), 1 skein of Grape Jelly, and 2 skeins of Wingtips (the grey), at 438 yards per skein.  I ended up using less than a quarter of the second Wingtips skein, though.  Funny how things work out.  The best-laid plans…and so forth.

The finished shawl didn't turn out quite as I envisioned color-wise, but I'm happy that the semi-circle came out truly semi-circular.

This shawl hangs quite naturally over one's shoulders and seems pretty stable there, not requiring a shawl pin or further tying or draping around one's neck.

And the stitch patterns are repetitive enough that once you get the hang of them, they are quite relaxing to knit.  But not boring!

Thanks to my friend Judith for modeling the shawls for me.

Thursday, May 19, 2016

More to Come

I've been knitting and sewing up a storm, and will soon be blogging about a new knitting pattern, but in the meantime, I finished one of the many charity quilts in my queue.  This one is for the local guild's Community Projects, and it will go out soon to a local child.  Hooray!

Thank heaven I'm getting a bit faster at sewing.  My closet is getting overfull with tops ready to be quilted.