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Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Productive

I've been rather busy making things lately. Today I'll share some more recent completed projects...or FOs, if you are hip to the lingo. ;)

First up, a sweet little newborn hat for my best friend's new daughter. Who seems to have missed the memo concerning her due date (Monday)...but we're confident she'll be joining the world of the breathing soon!

This was knit top-down, in the round, using the Pi method. I made it using Cascade 220, which has the distinction of being not only a sturdy, affordable workhorse yarn available in more colors than Crayola (no I did not verify that) but also soft, soft, soft and lovely to work with.

Next up, another small surprise baby gift, for the same baby.
Duckie washcloths!
I suspect that this set will be split between her and her big sister, who loves ducks. I'm cool with that. I made these using Elaine Fitzpatrick's "Quacking Up" pattern, and Lion Brand Cotton-Ease...a cotton/acrylic blend that launders beautifully and stays soft.

These little knitting projects were a good "palate cleanser", as I'm working through a pattern for a prayer shawl. OMG my heart is in a good place but after a while the same 4 rows can get very tedious and I start to get "are we there yet" -itis. 
My recipient, a friend recently diagnosed with breast cancer, loves yellow.
Here it is all balled up...you'll get to see it pretty when I block it. Hopefully within a few days. This has already taken *weeks* longer than I'd forecast when I cast on. Sigh.

I've also been sewing...see recent post about maternity shirts. I've been working on another the past two days that's going surprisingly well, but I have not photographed it because it's my fitting muslin. Turns out it isn't going to require much in the way of alteration. I cannot stress how pleasantly surprised I am by this.

I also made this patchwork table runner for a friend's birthday:

The patchwork design is improvised based on a table runner my best friend made for my birthday in 2010, and altered to compensate for the amount of fabrics available. I am thrilled to report that everything in this project was found in my scrap bin...which justifies my packrat tendencies. I'm sure a few of you out there know what I'm talking about!

This was my first experience with free-motion machine quilting, which I found to be fun but I'm going to need a lot more practice. For example, I adjusted my tension based on a test piece and then realized AFTER I'd quilted the entire piece that the tension was too tight. So the back looks sloppy and amateur, but it's too late to do anything other than shrug and chalk it up to learning. I also believe I made my "random curlicue" design far too tight, but that's just a matter of visual preference.


And finally, trying to get the self-binding corners mitered neatly nearly made me cry. Why I can't just half-ass it and do straight corners is testament to my perfectionist nature. I do love mitered corners. Sometimes I do them very, VERY well (my SIL has the most awesome set of linen napkins and I almost wish I hadn't gifted them, but then again I'm glad I did gift some of my best work, kwim?) but other times it's just an exercise in frustration. Ah well. All told I'm still happy with the general results of the table runner, so yay me.

I've also been making up some of these little darlings.

If you have to ask, you probably don't want to know. ;)

1 comment:

  1. A pre-sigh to my comment on your most current post. :) More amazement. :)

    PS - your last pic? If they were a little stiffer they would be pasties. I'll have to show you mine. Could be an interesting side thing for ya.... ;)

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