Friday, June 30, 2006

Personal Work Day and Shopping

Today I worked on mostly my own stuff ... after shampooing the carpet because the dog pooped on it. What a yucky, stinky mess! I think he will be relegated to the laundry room from now on!

Ok, on to more fun stuff ... as I was saying I worked mostly on my own stuff and had to go to the local fabric/yarn store for more supplies ... yippeee ... the best thing was my girls wanted I mean really wanted to go. It may have to do something with "If you come and behave I will buy you some new knitting needles and some fabric for your projects" but ssshhhhh, don't tell Dad. I am sure he won't be impressed. Now, instead of only spending money on my stuff I am also buying my kids fibre stuff too! AND encouraging them to take up the hobby!

So, what did I buy. That quilt that I layered yesterday ... well I realized that I didn't have any dark green thread to quilt it with and the boys knit outfit that I want to design ... I didn't have any baby blue yarn so had to buy some of that too. And the pink yarn was pretty nice, so bought some of that. Both are Bernat's Softee Baby ... so soft! And I "needed" some more ribbon in blue and white for ties on the preemie outfits I "plan" on knitting.

Alright, back to the project I was working on. In October I started a year long project. It involves 52 (and more if you want to add more) women of the bible. There is a study book and a 6" quilt block that goes with each women.

The project is designed and moderated by Carol Honderich. You can find an article about her project here:
She also has a couple of yahoo groups.

I am very, very behind in making the quilt blocks. I have made 17 and the group is now on women #36. My goal this summer is to "catch up". Hah ... with two kids, vacation, hot lazy days I am not sure that is a reality. These blocks are tough! I am currently working on Ruth which has 28 pieces sewn together using English Paper Piecing, pretty daunting if you ask me. It has been a challenge, but one that I am enjoying and will be thankful for when it is complete.

Thursday, June 29, 2006

Finished and Started

I finished up the knit preemie dress that I had been working on. I think I made the skirt a little bit too long but it should still work. Babies come in all sizes so I am sure the dress will be used. I think I will make a bonnet to go with it.

Here is a great webpage that shows different measurements for different size preemie babies.
I am using these measurements to design a boys knitted burial outfit. I can't seem to find any free patterns that I want to make on the net.

Quilting Projects:
I am currently working on layering quilt tops that I have made (and others have made but did not want to quilt) so that I can get these finished and off to some good homes. Here is one made by Anna that is layed out on the floor. I use masking tape to hold the backing down on the floor while I pin baste the layers together. So far I can still get up off the floor once I am done. Three more to go ...

Wednesday, June 28, 2006

Welcome to my blog!

Welcome! I will be posting different crafting items that I am working on for charity and probably a few that are for my family or gifts.

A bit about me ... I am a SAHM of two girls. Married to a wonderful caring guy who puts up with all my ongoing craft projects for 10 years. We currently live in western WA where it has been very very hot for the last couple of days! I enjoy quilting, knitting, and sewing. You can find my website here:

Current Knitting Projects:
Currently I am working on a preemie burial dress created by Mary Glynn for Heavenly Angels In Need. You can find the patterns here

I also have a wool cardigan sweater on the needles size 5-6. This will be for Afghans for Afghans. This organization sends wool sweaters, hats, mitts, vests and blankets to the people in Afghanistan. The pattern for the sweater I am making can be found here
I love all of Patti's knitting patterns ... the directions are very clear and the project turns out beautiful!

Recently Completed Items:

The hat and sweater set (newborn size) was designed by Patti at P2 Designs. I used Patons Astra yarn. The label says it is a DK weight but it seems more like a worsted weight to me. Anyway, I am happy with how it turned out. The set was donated to HAIN. You can find the pattern (with socks to match) here:

The dress and bonnet were made with Patons DK yarn. This yarn seems more like a DK weight. The dress is only 10" long to fit a 1 - 2lb preemie baby that has passed away. The pattern is designed by Mary Glynn of HAIN. You can find the pattern here:

Hope everyone has a blessed day!
Cheryl :-)