Monday, November 30, 2009

November Schnibbles

How can anyone not love prairie points? They are just so sweet.

I thought they would be perfect for the border of my November Schnibbles quilt. This pattern is called Picnic and it was just that. So fun to make!
My only regret is the red, which is my favorite color, but I am not loving it in this quilt. And I seriously do not know how the only two red baskets ended up right next to each other when that was not part of the layout. Something happened between the living room floor and the sewing machine. So I have decided that I am going to embrace the red and put a red binding on the quilt to (hopefully) make it look like the red wasn't a huge mistake.

My mom and I have been having a fun visit. There hasn't been a lot of sewing/knitting time so I am definitely behind on getting my UFOs done, but it has been worth it. She goes to my sister's house in a few days so I will get back to work then. For now I want to spend all my time with her until she leaves.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

UFO #1 done!

Yay! I finished one of my UFO's for Jacquie's Joy In The New Year! I started this pair of socks for someone special as a Christmas present back in the beginning of October. I am feeling pretty good with a Christmas present and UFO done all in one finish. Yay!

So onto the next pair of socks for Christmas...

This sock (there is only one so far) is for my daughter who told me a while ago how much she would like a pair of knee high socks in her school colors. It took me a while to find a yarn that worked but when I finally saw one I snatched it up. I am writing this pattern as I knit based on the measurements I took of her foot and leg. Oh yeah, one day I walked around the house measuring every one's feet and legs. Now I am prepared to knit my family socks! That funny bump you see on the sock for my daughter is calf shaping, so yes it is supposed to be there. I think the hardest thing about knitting socks for my family is that I can't try the socks on them as I knit them. So I am going to be really nervous Christmas morning when they unwrap them and try them on.

Do you remember this quilt? Well it has sat for a while because I could not find a border fabric that worked.

I was so excited when I was shopping after my block of the month class and came across this great fabric from the new Simple Abundance fabric line. I didn't even need the quilt with me, I knew it was perfect. I was even more excited when I brought it home and laid it next to the quilt. Kismet! Looks like another UFO will be a FO real soon.

I've been in basket heaven since November 1st.

Yep, I am working on my Schnibbles quilt for November. I am really enjoying it and I am glad I picked the '30s fabric. It is happy fabric that casts a ray of sunshine on what have been a lot of gray, rainy days here in the Pacific Northwest.

I should get lots of knitting done in the near future because my mom is coming for a visit and we like to sit and knit together. She is bringing an afghan that she is working on and I can't wait to see it. She will be here for Thanksgiving which will be a real treat. I am happy for my kids that they are going to get some grandma time. They are so excited.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Hooray for hand knit socks!

I finished my mystery socks! The pattern is by Kirsten Kapur from Through the Loops. You can find the complete pattern here.

I can't get over how gorgeous this pattern is. I love how the pattern shifts from the side of the leg to the top of the foot. And what a gorgeous cuff!

I thought about giving these as a gift for Christmas but it is Koigu which is not a machine washable yarn and I am not sure a non-knitter cares to hand wash their socks. So I started a pair of socks about halfway through this pair that will definitely be a Christmas gift.

I am excited about November's Shnibbles pattern for A Year of Schnibbles. It is called Picnic and it is filled with cute basket blocks. So far these patterns have been talking to me (very strange) and this month's told me that it had to be made in 1930's repro fabrics. I am going to the stash again this month.

So I joined Jacquie's finish those UFOs challenge. A little reluctantly because I hope I am not setting myself up for failure. I have so many UFOs it is ridiculous and there is no way I could finish them all. So I picked 13 (a very lucky number in my family) UFOs. Some are knitting some are quilting. Some have to be done for Christmas so that will help. I am excited about the challenge it is just that the timing may be tricky with the holidays. We will see!

I will not bore you with a list but when I finish each one (wasn't that a positive statement), I will reveal that it was on my list.
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