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!