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June 29, 2009
Uinta Cabin and More Stars

Uinta Cabin socks are definitely not for summer - more like nice wintry wooly socks! I made these using all leftovers from socks and mittens - You'll recognize some of the colors from Maimu's Mittens - another favorite Nancy Bush pattern.

Uinta Cabin

Pattern:Uinta Cabin by Nancy Bush from Knitting on the Road
Yarn: Leftovers including, Mountain Colors Bearfoot, Lorna's Laces Sport, Silja Strompegarn, unknown white.
Needles: 2 socks together on 40" circular needle. I used 4 different size needles to complete these for a perfect fit - c/o using 3.5 mm; cuff 3 mm; leg 2.75 mm; foot 2.5 mm.

Uinta Cabin

The patterns on these socks are all ranch brand and logo designs from ranches near her cabin in the foothills of the Uinta Mountains. I like the plain foot on these - I may do that with future colorwork patterns - not as bulky in shoes, but still all the prettiness of color and design on the legs.

Uinta Cabin Uinta Cabin

I always seem to drift toward quilting in the summertime. I'm perusing lots of quilting blogs, looking through my magazines, planning future quilts - the pendulum has swung - at least for the summer! I think I might make this Christmas Lights Mystery Quilt by Bonnie Hunter using only scraps from stash - it's a little scary and goes against all my control/perfectionist tendencies, but that might be a good thing!

When I planned the center of this quilt I forgot that there would be 504 star points to match up!!!

blue stars

After a weekend of playing with EQ6, this is my final border plan ... eq6 blue stars

Click the mini picture if you want a nice big view. I wanted a pieced border, not only for the beauty, but for practicality since all my fabrics are small pieces. I came up with many border plans that were discarded - some more intricate and some simpler - I like this one! Now to execute it.... So much fun to watch this starry quilt come to life!


June 21, 2009
Stars and Dads

I couldn't decide what to do with my blue fabric, so finally I just started making 6" stars and I'm loving it! The plan right now is for 63 of them (7 X 9 blocks) - 25 more to go. I started with mostly blues, but have ventured toward the purple and aqua and have reversed some light/dark background/stars for a little sparkle. Scrap quilts are so much fun - picking out the fabric for each star and seeing the result is like making a tiny quilt.

piecing stars
flying geese units
piecing stars
attaching geese to center/edges
piecing stars
one side
piecing stars
the other side

 

piecing stars

I'm already starting to plan the borders in my head -my ideas are changing daily.

piecing stars

Here are the wonderful dads of my 4 children - They are great friends and 2 of the best men in the World~ Here is a picture from last night - they thought they both looked dorky, so I didn't put it up :-)
Paul is here visiting from Alaska this week, so we are having an extra special Father's Day today! (Picture below is from last summer in AK)

2 Dads

Uinta Cabin socks are done - just need to take a picture ....the next sunny day.

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June 12, 2009
Kiila

This was a fun simple mystery sock by Yarnissima - "Kiila" means "gusset" in Finnish and that is where the fun was in these socks. The small side foot cable cleverly increases in dimension for the widening gusset. But my favorite thing about these socks is the beautiful sky blue yarn - "Heavens Above" is the perfect name for this colorway!

Kiila

Pattern: Kiila by Yarnissima (presented in 4 mystery clues)
Yarn: 1 skein Colinette Jitterbug in Heavens Above (with 17 gms left over)
Needles: 2 socks on a 2.5 mm 40" circular
Size: Small
Modifications: Minor changes - I played around with the chart to make the back and front meeting of the cuff/leg curve symmetrical - I think it looks prettier this way from the side - I also decrease one stitch in the front before starting the cuff so it continued in the K2, P1 rib pattern all the way around. Cast off using the new suspended bind off that I just learned making the Alpine Lace Shawl which made a pretty and very stretchy edge.

Kiila

I started a new pair....Uinta Cabin by Nancy Bush from Knitting on the Road. I'm unsure of my color choices and placement (dictated by yarn supply since I am using only leftover sock yarn), so I've been working at warp speed on these just to see "how they will look after the next row..." This picture was taken a few days ago - I'm almost to the toes :-)

Uinta Cabin

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June 4, 2009
Alpine Shawl

Alpine Shawl

Pattern: Alpine Knit Scarf with Double Rose Leaf Center Pattern and Diamond Border (that is the actual pattern name!) by Jane Sowerby from Victorian Lace Today.
Yarn: Exactly 1/2 skein (112 gms - 875 yards) ) Blue Moon Fiber Arts Corvid Laci (that means I have a whole shawl's worth of yarn left over!!!
Needles: 3.5 mm circular
Size: 22" X 60"

Alpine Shawl

Alpine Shawl

A beautiful soft, light and airy rectangular shawl - which I tend to wear more often (though still not too often) than triangular shawls. I enjoy knitting fun shaped shawls, but love the wearability and drape of large rectangles. The Laci is gorgeous to work with and wear - such soft beautiful extra fine merino - heavenly next to skin! The color of this shaded black with green/purple is PERFECT - I love it!

Alpine Shawl

Alpine Shawl

You can tell I don't often wear a shawl - I look a little stiff and awkward and have no clue what to do with my hands. The jeans and vneck tshirt don't quite do it justice either!

My mornings now feel a bit empty without a lace project - SOOOO as soon as Alpine was blocked, I ordered this book and it arrived today :-)

Lnitted Lace

But 1st there is a sweater and 4 pairs of socks to finish!

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