Friday, August 26, 2016

SPOUTING OFF

It was the first thing that came to my mind when I thought about writing this post : )

I finished my bulky sweater the other day. I soaked it in some no rinse solution, and it took 2 days to dry.  It smells so lovely and feels very soft.



I started with a very basic top down cardigan pattern and made some changes. For one, the yarn is Cascade Magnum and it's knit on a 10mm needle. This yarn is meant to behave like the buffalo wool we used to see sweaters made from. Then, I googled 'whale chart patterns' and got a whole page full. Once I had an idea,  I drew up a chart to fit my number of stitches.



The rolled collar with be extra cozy in winter.  I haven't had a baby to try this on, but I'm thinking it will fit about a 2 year old


The wooden buttons are from my stash. I just knew they would come in handy some day


I'm pretty happy with how it turned out and would definitely make another.  We will see if someone wants one or not.  Next up -- a hat!

Happy stitching and thanks for stopping by.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

FINISHES !

How is your summer going?  My most recent finishes won't come in useful until winter, but I feel good about being ahead of the game.
I made another 'Gellatly' hat. This time I used yarn from Lichen & Lace from Sackville New Brunswick. Ohhhhh it feels wonderful.


My daughter gets this one.

These socks.  How cute are they?  I can just imagine my little grand babe having toasty toes. The yarn is Zauberball from Germany.


Not to forget the rest of my family, I canned peaches this year! I never crack open a jar until the snow flies.  So worth the wait  : )


I finished my bee blocks I was re-doing.  Now you can see how the first time I made the 'yellow' block, the white wasn't quite white. I feel much better about sending the block now.  Sally, is for another member



Last weekend we had a big birthday bash to celebrate all the family birthday's from the past 3 months.  I'll just show you a few of the littlest people in the family


This precious little guy turned 1 and it called for lots of whipped cream and berries!!


Trying to decide how to best tackle it........


Oh. My. Heart.


His little cousin crawled over to give him a hand  : )


and then it was time to get cleaned up.  Too cute!

Enjoy your week.  Thank you for stopping by.
Hello to Alison who reads from New Zealand, and to Kim who reads in Tasmania, and Susan who reads in Australia!  So fun to connect with people with just the click of a button.

Monday, August 8, 2016

WHEN BEE BLOCKS GO BAD...

.....they can go really bad.  I was running behind last month because it seems someone took out a few of the days.  Last time I checked, it was June : )

This block is (was) for Simone.  She asked for coloured words pieced in different colours.  I pieced this one in a dark purple as requested, and with a white background. Or so I thought.


When I went digging through my whites to piece another block, I discovered that the white I used wasn't really the stark white she had wanted. It's slightly off.  Back to the drawing board : (

Remember these blocks?  I was so happy with how they turned out. Especially my 'e'. They never arrived in Australia.  In all the years I have been swapping bee blocks I don't think that's ever happened.


Susan has been so patient. I have started making them again.


I love me some log cabin blocks. I'm late with these.  These were fun. Fun enough that I made some for myself too. It seemed easier to make blocks than to clean up my scraps. True story


Lastly these blocks are for this month. Yay!  Mary wanted watery colours with a 'white' background.
I think I got these right


I've got to say, running a business takes ALL the time.  I don't have much time for anything else. It's still fun though and I'm glad I took the plunge : )

Happy stitching!

Carla

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

THE FINAL BLOCKS

This is it.  Together we have pieced 75 blocks.  Lots of templates, cutting and a little ripping brings us to the end of our year.  Here are the last two sets of blocks


We had a holiday here so I actually had time to sew.  I started sewing the blocks into rows and I got this far


excuse the clutter---the other side is worse : /
Two more rows of blocks and then borders. Yay!

I had the most gorgeous order of yarn come in last week, and ever since I have been craving cheesecake.  This is Lichen and Lace from Sackville New Brunswick.  I drooled for 3 days, and then I caved in.  It was worth it.


............and this picture is for Karen lol!


Summer!!!!

Happy stitching,
Carla

Monday, July 25, 2016

A FINISH OR TWO

On my last post I showed you a quilt top for my grand daughter.  It's now quilted with beautiful texture but I have yet to do the binding. I love doing binding so I should get around to it soon.


I'm enjoying puttering on the second one now

I finished the slouchy hat and my daughter agreed to model it for me : )


This girl.............love her


The texture shows so well with the reverse stocking stitch.  My daughter wants one now but in a turquoise yarn.  I have just the one!


These little socks are so fun to knit. The pattern is 'rose city rollers' and is free.  The yarn is by Smith and Ewe here in town in the 'liquorice candy' colour way.  I added in the orange

And lastly,  this little hoodie.  Oh my goodness I just love it ! The yarn is Merino and Alpaca. It will be so cozy, soft and warm for a baby


the bubble wrap is kind of creepy but it works : )

Look at all my blackberries!!!

So cute!

Thanks for reading again.  Enjoy your week

Carla

Monday, July 11, 2016

PROJECTS 1,2,3

Happy Monday Morning!  We've finally got us some summer here so I am loving it.
I finished the quilt top for my grand daughter and have blocks cut for the second one. She likes pink so I hope I chose enough for the quilt  : )


I started a slouchy hat for the shop.  This is from the Okanagan Knit Co. in Kelowna and is available on revelry.  She bought the yarn for her sample from my shop, so I thought I would make my sample out of the same Malabrigo yarn


This yarn is so beautiful to work with and shows the texture of the knitting really well.

And, because there is always left over yarn, I started a pair of baby socks


I'm just about at the point of a colour change in the yarn, so the next sock will be different.  Such saturated colours in this Zauberball yarn


Toasty toes for some little guy next winter : )

Happy stitching this week!
Carla

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

A GIRLIE QUILT

With the nice long hours of daylight now here, my evenings can involve some constructive play time : )   The other night, I did a fabric pull to see if I could get together enough 'girlie' fabrics to make a quilt for my oldest grand daughter.  Her first quilt is a bit tattered (which I'm happy about)

I started with these



I pulled a couple of fat quarters from a bundle I had never touched, but the rest came from my scraps


I cut the squares 3 1/2" and rectangles 9 1/2" x 3 1/2"


A couple of evenings playing around and this is what I have.  I tried to keep it quite girlie and found things that I know she likes


Horses, frogs, butterflies and pink!  While I was cutting, I made sure to cut extra blocks because I have a feeling her little sister is going to need one too  : )

It feels good to be playing around in my sewing room just for fun. Here's hoping I can stick with it and get it done this week -- the top anyway

Happy stitching!
Carla