Pat's Knitting and Quilting
June 29, 2009
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.
Pattern:Uinta Cabin by Nancy Bush from Knitting on the Road
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.
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!!!
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
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.
I'm already starting to plan the borders in my head -my ideas are changing daily.
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 :-)
Uinta Cabin socks are done - just need to take a picture ....the next sunny day.
June 12, 2009
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!
Pattern: Kiila by Yarnissima (presented in 4 mystery clues)
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 :-)
June 4, 2009
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.
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!
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 :-)