Saturday, July 28, 2018

Here Comes the Sun

The challenge for our quilt guild this year was Musical Memories.  We were to interpret the title of one of our favorite songs from high school in a small wallhanging.

I guess you can tell when I was in high school!  I used a couple of different "official" Beatles fabrics, a batik fat quarter, and some other odds and ends from my stash.  I only had to go shopping for the binding fabric.  I tried to use something else from the stash, really I did!  But I just couldn't get the checkerboard binding out of my head.

I learned how to do the perspective piecing--something I had wanted to learn for a long time--from a magazine article in the November 2011 issue of American Quilter called "The Altered Checkerboard" by Lorraine Torrence.

I'm really happy with how it turned out.  It's hanging now in my bedroom, to greet me every morning when I wake up.  Let's not say I'm a grumpy, cantankerous, anxious, negative Nellie every morning.  Let's just say I'm not a morning person.  So I hope my wallhanging reminds me to cheer up!

To see the other quilts made for this challenge, click here.  (The link will take you to Flickr.)

Sunday, July 22, 2018

Pink Butterfly Finished

Here is my second Butterfly/Papillon shawl, all blocked and ready to wear--if it ever cools off again!

Sunday, July 15, 2018

New Novel: Holder's Clay

Actually, Holder's Clay is not a new novel.  It's newish, in that I just uploaded it as a PDF to my Etsy shop.

A long time ago in a land far, far away, I had such a vivid and inspiring dream that, when I woke up, I felt compelled to write the whole thing down, almost without stopping to breathe.

Well, okay, I breathed regularly, and I probably had several cups of coffee.  And maybe breakfast, at some point.

But I was very focused.  Really.

That dream became the first chapter of a novella, Holder's Clay.  I guess it took maybe a few months to write.  I've since expanded it into a novel, and I plan to write about that evolution on my new blog,

Holder's Clay could be called "speculative fiction" or "visionary fiction," since it doesn't really fit in the science fiction/fantasy category, although it does take place in a future world.  Fair warning:  there isn't any knitting or crocheting in it.

The first chapter is available free;  you can read it on the new blog--click here.  If you like it, you can spring for the book (at the low, low price to you of $3.95) by clicking here.  (The complete novel is available as a PDF download only.)

Happy reading!

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

New Pattern: Easy Eyelet Cowl

I had some of Koryn's handspun yarn leftover from the cowl I knitted a few weeks ago, so I designed another simple cowl in order to use up the yarn.

I am really going shopping in my stash these days.

This was so easy and fun to make, I decided to do another with some superbulky yarn which I handspun (the lighter blue one.)

This yarn has been hanging around, in a basket full of things I've handspun, for something like six years.  It is one of the first things I spun.

It was interesting to knit with it.  How's that for faint praise?  It is a novelty yarn, in that it is thicker in some places than others.  Which was not necessarily my intention, obviously!  I spin much more consistently these days.  But I still like how it turned out.  It has bits of silk roving, alpaca, and angelica (shiny!) mixed in with the wool.

Anyway, this gave me two cowl patterns in one.

Finished sizes:
Aran Weight: 6”W x 27” circumference
Superbulky:  5.5”W x 40” circumference

Skill level:  Easy Intermediate (or Advanced Beginner, if you prefer!)

If you're fairly new to knitting but are already comfy with knitting and purling, and are ready to add a smidgen of a new technique or two, this pattern is perfect.

To purchase the PDF on Ravelry, click here.
To purchase the PDF on Etsy, click here.

Happy knitting!