Friday, May 29, 2009

Make Your Own Variety Pack

congratulations!you have both won a Variety Pack. send me your info so i can drop it off at the Post Office. i plan to do this again next month and i've already started.but in the meantime. if you remember. i did promise you details.

Dish Cloth. pattern from Debbie Bliss Knitting Magazine. Spring/Summer 2009. i used size 5 needles in lieu of size 6 needles. i used Lily Sugar'n Cream stripes cotton(120 yds.) in lieu of Debbie Bliss Eco organic cotton(100 yds.). mine measures 10 in. x 8 in.Face Cloth. my own pattern. well not really. Broken Rib. one of my favorites. easy to follow. any combination of 4 stitches plus 1 will work. size 7 needles. cast on 41 sts. just slightly loose. K2 P2 repeat until end K1. repeat this row 54 more times. cast off in pattern just slightly loose. after pressing mine measures 9 in. x 9 in.Pretty Cloth. used Nanette's waffle dish cloth tutorial. after cutting squares i sink-washed the waffle cloth pieces and hung to dry before sewing on binding. this made mine measure 8-1/2 in. x 9 in.Wavy Wiper. this is my own pattern for a cloth that i sell on Etsy and that i am sharing with you. please do not use my pattern for anything other than your own personal use or for gifts that you are giving. size 5 needles. cast on 15 sts. Wave #1: knit until last 2 sts. K1inc1. K1. repeat this row 7 more times. stitch count is now 23. knit until last 3 sts. K2tog. K1. repeat this row 7 more times. stitch count is back to 15 sts. Wave #2: repeat Wave #1. Wave #3: repeat Wave #1. EXCEPT when working last row. the row with your last K2tog. you will ALSO be binding off purlwise. (another way of saying this is. when working this last row. bind off purlwise until last 3 sts. P2tog. bind off last 2 sts. purlwise.) mine measures 4 in. x 5 in.Scrubbies. used Berlin's knitted kitchen scrubbie tutorial. also read her scrubbie update. size 9 needles. i cast on & cast off tightly for a tighter scrubbing edge. & i found it easier to cut the netting with a rotary cutter at 2-1/2 in. then cut up the middle with scissors.Basic Cloth. this one is not part of the Variety Pack. but i'm making one from each colorway just-because. size 5 needles. cast on 50 sts. work garter stitch. until you have 53 bumps on right side. cast off purlwise.drop me a line if you have any questions. or let me know which knit or crochet pieces you love to make.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Variety Pack

1 Dish Cloth.
1 Face Cloth.
2 Pretty Cloths.
3 Wavy Wipers.
4 Scrubbies.leave a comment.
leave it here.
a Variety Pack could be yours.

i love the Scrubbies.
knit your cotton leftovers with some Shiny Tulle.
i'll pick two names on Friday.
and let ya know who gets a Variety Pack.
i get up early.

and i'll also give you details on how to make your own.

Saturday, May 23, 2009

One More Color

just had to show you.sorry. that's all i have right now.

Monday, May 18, 2009

A Little Stitching

for my Christmas In July swap i decided to do a little stitching. not too much.last week at the beach i spent time reviewing the instructions. when else would i have time to do was a gorgeous day. i never stitched a gift. so i am practicing on this pretty Shabby Roses BOM from might recognize the fabric i am using. the background is linen from an old dress that belonged to my sister.i also picked Aviary fabric and soon realized choosing a neutral thread for applique would have caused the words and flowers to stand out. so i might try this one again. just to see the difference.i used a Mark-B-Gone pen and to my amazement the blue lines washed out. my tracing wasn't that accurate and the fabric kept moving around. so i would like to try transfer pencils. do you have a tried-and-true method for transferring? or a stitchery fabric that you like?

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Scrappy Sunday

i still have scrapper's block. so why not fill the in-between-time stitching on the sashing.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Star Spangled Banner

we appliqued the stars using Steam-A-Seam and just a straight stitch.wondering if i should change the cornerstones from red to yellow. and whether i should make the ribbon border green with blue. or blue with green. pieced borders take time. i want to cut it up now. decisions. decisions.the 6 in. blocks are still the cutest. oooh. don't look at those points disappearing into the month we're making Fala. Fala is a Scottie. the First Pet of President Roosevelt. in real life. grey and black. in my quilt. red or blue or green or yellow. decisions. decisions.

Monday, May 11, 2009

AQB1 - for Chen

update - Chen has posted her completed quilt top here.this is my block for Chen at Mushyhed's Sweatshop. i went to Border's and sat in the quilt-section browsing through some fantastic books. i'm thinking about making another block. i'm also thinking about buying the book i found this in.and here it is on Flickr for AQB1. you can also check out Flickr for AQB2.

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Scrappy Sunday

Block #32