Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Knitting Projects

Last week I told you about the quilting I had been doing. The Treasure Trove quilt has it's blocks sewn into rows and that is where it sits for now. I attend a crafting for charity group on Friday evening so maybe I will take it and try to get the top finished.

As far as knitting goes I have finished a couple of projects. This pastel baby sweater was started way back in November 2006. It has sat on my counter for almost a year with nothing but the sleeves to knit. It is definitely a sad state of affairs when it takes me a whole year to decide to finish a baby project. It is based on the Seamless Yoked Baby Sweater by Carole Barenys. I changed the pattern on the yoke and added the pattern near the bottom of the sweater. I also used ribbing on the sleeves rather than garter stitch.

Pattern: Seamless Yoked Baby Sweater by Carole Barenys
Yarn: LionBrand Babysoft
Needles: 3.5mm

Next is the baby shrug that I started a month or so ago. It is also finished though I am not that pleased with the pattern. I made size 3-6 month and the ribbing doesn't match up when you sew the sleeve seams. Not so good since the seam is very visible when the baby wears the shrug.

Pattern: Ribbed Shrug from the Fall 2007 Knit Simple Magazine.
Yarn: Bernat Softee Baby
Needles: 3.25mm

I am still plugging along on Roam. This is the sweater from Knitty Fall 2007 online magazine. Both sleeves are completed and I have started working the body in one piece. I am really enjoying using the garter slip stitch rather than seed stitch and love how the yarn is working.

Pattern: Roam from Knitty
Yarn: Berroco Ultra Alpaca in Denim
Neeldles: 4mm

And last but not least, I started and finished one more preemie sweater for my friend who is having quadruplets. She had them early Sunday morning and they are doing ok. 3 of them are on ventilators and one little girl is pretty tiny at only 1lb 15oz. I needed to make one more sweater since I had made 2 boys and 2 girls sweaters and she actually had 3 girls and 1 boy. If you are inclined to pray would you please say a pray for these little ones. Thanks!!!

Pattern: Patons Early Arrivals Raglan Cardi
Yarn: Sirdar Snuggly 4 ply (fingering)
Needles: 2.75mm and 3.25mm

Wednesday, October 24, 2007


Yes, that's right ---- I've been quilting. Finished 2 quilts, one that will go to Heavenly Angels In Need (children's division) and the other will go to Encompass.

The blocks for the pink and blue star quilt were made by Kirsten and I have three quilts total made out of her blocks. The other can be seen here and the third still needs to be quilted but looks exactly like this one. Thanks Kirst!!!!It is 36" x 36".

The second quilt that is finished is this square in square quilt. I had meant to make sawtooth star blocks but when I made the flying geese portions I reversed the peach and green fabrics so this is how it turned out. I think it looks good this way too! The fabric has cute pigs in the barnyard that was donated -- in fact all the fabric in this quilt came out of my "donated bins". It is 48" x 60".

And finally, I am starting this quilt called "Treasure Trove" by Nancy Mahoney from the Clothworks website (though I don't see it there anymore). There are quite a few really cute quilts on there that are all free in PDF format. This quilt is also made mostly out of donated fabric, though I did need to add a little of my own. It should finish about 57" x 73".

I will update you on my knitting stuff next time!

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Sunday, October 07, 2007

More Yarn and Projects

The Fana Mittens are done -- yeah!!! I am not sure why it took me so long to finish. Maybe because I had other projects going that were more interesting ?!? Now that the mitts are finished, my package is being sent to Afghans for Afghans on Monday. One pair of socks, one pair of mitts and a sweater.

I received a bag of yarn from a wonderful lady (thanks Paula) at Encompass. This is the organization that Caring for Communities (the charity group I organize at our church) donates their kid sized quilts to. We just dropped off 23 quilts the middle of September. Paula is such a sweet gal that she picked up all this yarn for our group to use for charity.

Of course I couldn't just let it sit around and wait --- so I cast on for a blanket. There are 8 skeins of the beige (called bisque on the label) which should be plenty for a crib sized blanket.
I found this really cute sweater pattern on the Lion Brand website called Standout Stripes and am using it for the blanket. It will go to HAIN's Childrens Division when it's done.

The Roam sweater is coming along. I am almost finished the sleeves. And I really like how the garter stitch V pattern is turning out. Lots of texture!

And I have turned the heal on the first of my daughters socks. So knitting is happening :-)