Monday, December 15, 2014

Merry Christmas :)

Sampler Scarf

For my father in law...finished just in to UPS today.  It's a sampler scarf with 8 different panels.  Pattern is the You Can Do It Sampler Scarf on Ravelry.  Yarn is Baritone by Jojoland.

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Friday, December 12, 2014

Christmas 2014 Countdown

12 days of Christmas......the chest pains and hyperventilating should begin at any moment.  Still have things to finish....But this one is done :)  Hitchhiker pattern by Martina Behm Frog Tree Alpaca Sport Weight Yarn (3.25 balls) on size 6 needles. This is my go to "get r done" pattern.

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Christmas Cowl

Two skeins of Cascade 220 Superwash held double.  Garter Stitch only on straight needles.  Knit till the yarn almost runs out and do a modified "three" needle bind off using just two needles.
Size 15 needles.

Christmas panic is starting to set in!!!

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Birthday gift

Size 15 needles
One ball of Queensland Collection Kuma

Friday, November 21, 2014

Second Guest Room Change

 Have a house full coming in for the holidays and can't really expect a big guy to sleep on a little twin bed so I had to change the second guest room around a little. Turned the two twin beds into a king size.  Cost: $15.00 for the sponge insert wedge thingy and the cost of a set of king size sheets. To quote the Quiet Man "Is that a bed or a parade ground?" :)

In the middle of everything as usual

Friday, November 14, 2014

Ruby Ombre Seed Stitch Cowl

One ball of Queensland Collection
Kuma Yarn (Super Bulky) on size 15 needles circular needles.
Seed stitch so it doesn't matter if any of the under side shows.  
Very loose bind off so that the bottom does not pull

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Gray Seed Stitch Cowl

Double stranded with 100% wool mixed with a novelty yarn. Size 15 needles 

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Meat Pie

Tried a new recipe tonight. Memere's Boudreau Toutiere ...also known as meat pie.  Turned out really really good.  The recipe is a keeper :)

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Happy Birthday :)

My sister in law where one of the Lemon Lime Bling Bling Cowls :)  Happy birthday Sis :)

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Outlander Knitters

We're everywhere :)

Outlander Claire Rent Shawl

I bought way too much of this yarn for this project.  I had was on sale in the back room of Webs. I made mine a lot bigger than Claire's. I was thinking practical and warmth. I did not make mine a triangle shape either.  I used the "Mini Weaver Shawl" pattern by Peggy Pignato.  I just kept going and going and going so mine is more of  "Maxi Weaver Shawl."  The hell with Claire!! Where's Mrs. Fitzgibbons?  Mrs. Fitz could wear my shawl :)  

Here's the link:

I like this shape better than a triangle because it drapes more naturally and stays on easier for me even without my shawl pin.  I am working on a more exact duplicate of the Rent Shawl and will be posting it soon.  For this one, I used brown, blue and black Schachenmayr SMC Soft Tweed. I think if you spun up dryer lint and turned it into a yarn, it would be Schachenmayr Tweed. Could explain why it was discontinued and priced really low.  But I wanted texture...I got it :) But not a fast yarn to knit....sort of nubby and grippy on the needles. You're going to need 40" long circular needles to hold all those stitches.  I used a size 7 needle.

I've seen numerous versions of the Rent Shawl on line.  If you make this pattern or any other basic triangle shawl pattern, when it's time to change colors, BE SURE YOU ALWAYS ADD THE NEW COLORS BEGINNING AT THE SAME SIDE OF THE SHAWL.  I've seen one where the knitter added one color on the other opposite side so you can see something like this on her outside/good side.

You don't want to see this on the outside of your shawl.
If it looks like this, it's the inside!

You don't want's a rookie mistake.  So even if you have to, tie a ribbon or yarn on the outside of your shawl, do it.  It will remind you that you want that ribbon facing you when you add your additional colors.  You'll look like a pro  :)

Monday, November 3, 2014

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Quilt Shop Etiquette

I rarely post anything more than a picture and comments about how or what I made with a link to the pattern.  Once in a blue moon, something needs saying.  Oh look a blue moon :)

I want to publicly thank Linda Hahn, a professional quilting teacher, author, quilter and designer.
Hind sight being 20/20, the best thing I ever did was take Linda's class for professional quilters. Her information on how to be a professional quilting instructor and insight into the professional standards and ethical issues encountered in the teaching field are invaluable.  I highly recommend the book she co-wrote with Merry May---- "Insider's Guide to Quilting Careers".   No matter how long I've been quilting or teaching, I still take classes because I can always learn from someone else. Thank you Linda!! 

I have taught quilting classes for many years in various forums (quilt guilds, quilt shops, military community centers, etc.).  I'm still waiting for that invitation to teach at more exotic locations like Ireland, Scotland or some tropical island paradise preferably in February but until that invitation arrives in the mail, I happily teach at my local quilt shop.

For the most part I really enjoy teaching.  I love to see the mystery removed from a new quilter's eyes as she starts to figure out "hey I can do this".  It's not rocket science people! It's quilting!  I love knowing at the end of the class that I helped create another quilter. A quilter is born!  Score one for us!! :)  Hearing a simple "thank you" at the end of a class makes my day.  A student saying she intends to go on and make bigger and better quilts means I did my job well. 

That being said, I will now list how you can become the LEAST favorite student in a quilting class in very little time.

1)  The first thing to do when you sign up for a quilting class at your local independently owned quilt shop is to announce (and insult) the shop owner by telling her you do not intend to buy any of the class supplies in her shop.  Tell her you intend to purchase all your class supplies at Joann's Fabrics and Walmart.  Ignore the discount the shop owner gives her students.  Go one step further and tell her you intend to drive two states away to Maine to make your purchases at Marden's.         

For those of you who do not live in New England, Marden's is a liquidation store that gets its merchandise from (in the words of their own website) "unlikely sources such as closeouts, bankruptcies, insurance losses and more." Basically their merchandise is obtained through someone else's misfortune.  Marden's buyers swoop in to pick over the remains of failing quilt shops.  This is how they can occasionally manage to sell quilt shop brand fabrics (along with other lesser quality fabrics) at rock bottom prices.  While this is good business from Marden's point of view, do not expect your local independent quilt shop owner to do a cartwheel when you announce your road trip to Marden's.  In fact, you should be grateful she doesn't kick you out of her shop and cancel the class. 

If you intend to buy your quilting supplies at Marden's and Walmart, plan on getting your quilting lessons there too. Best of luck!! 

2)  Arrive at your 10 a.m. class a little after 10 a.m..  Students wishing to get the most out of their classes set up and ready to sew at the class starting time. Your money.  Your call.

3) Don't take notes especially if you already know it all.  Instead make the teacher repeat herself three or four times.  Teachers really enjoy that.   If a teacher says something like "hey everybody come over here and watch me demonstrate the next step on Mary's quilt," ignore her.  Just keep doing what you're doing because you are just that special and deserving of your own private demonstration.

4)  If you really want to score bonus points, argue with your teacher.  Even if your teacher tells you in the beginning of the class that there are always more than one way to do something, argue with her. This will endear you to her forever.  Repeatedly tell her how somebody you know who has never taken a quilt class does something differently than her.   

5)  Get visibly pissed off if you make a mistake. Vent your anger at your teacher.  All quilters make mistakes.  We all have to unstitch at times.  If unstitching upsets you, quilting is probably not the hobby for you.  The teacher's purpose is to offer you as much guidance and expertise as she possibly can in the allotted amount of time.  If you wish to continue to do something the same half-assed way you always have, it's your time and money.  Have at it.

6) If the instructor is helping another student with a problem, interrupt.  Your problem is much more important and should come first. 

7)  Ask the quilting instructor teaching in a quilt shop if she plans on opening her own quilt shop.  Unless you are being taught your quilting lessons in a subway station, a rest stop or a pub, this question is entirely inappropriate.  At the very least, a quilting teacher respects the shop owner and has a professional relationship with her. At the most, they are friends. It is also tacky to discuss other shops when you are taking a class in another shop.  Have some class and refrain from discussing other shops, other quilt teachers or chain stores.

8)  Ask the instructor if she is willing to teach classes out of her home instead of the quilt shop.  I mean why not.  It's not as if you bought anything at the shop you're sitting in.  Let's just remove the quilt shop owner from the picture entirely.  Treat the local quilt shop as merely an "idea factory" or "quilt museum".  A quilting instructor with a fat quarter's worth of integrity is not going to screw over the shop owner, her employer or her friend.

8)  Ask the quilting instructor if she's willing to teach a crazy quilt class because you'd really like to buy those old ties you saw at the Good Will store.  The quilting instructor teaching at quilt shop is there to promote and support THAT QUILT SHOP not Good Will. Refer to page 23 of Linda's book.

9) And finally at the end of your class, after your personality has totally tested and drained the life out of your instructor, leave without saying a word.  As far as you will ever know, it was your instructor's pleasure just to be around you because she is a professional.

And now I'll go back to my regular programming/posting of just patterns, projects, yarn info, recipes and quilts.....until the next blue moon. :)

Nameless Idiot

To the anonymous idiot who emailed me to stop posting my versions of the Claire Cowl on MY blog:

1)  There are millions of blogs on the Internet, I suggest you find another one to follow.
2)  Nameless idiots won't be missed here.  
3)  Stop wasting your time attempting to dictate what I post on MY blog.  You will fail.  
4)  There is such a thing as the First Amendment and the last time I checked my knitting projects didn't fall into the category of unprotected hate speech.  
5)  Your crazy is showing!

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Lemon Lime Blingy Cowls or Bling Bling Claire

Two strands of of them blingy.  One knitted in the round, the other not. 

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

More Outlander Claire Cowls

So I had a wee bit of yarn left over after I made another human version of the Outlander Claire Cowl so I figured why not :) I think she actually likes wearing it and looks quite bonny :)

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Angora Merino Scarf

Went on the NH Farm and Fiber Tour last weekend and purchased some angora rabbit and merino wool blend yarn.  The yarn on the skein didn't look as fluffy as the sample. The lady told me that as the yarn is touched and knit, it fluffs up.  The older the scarf gets and the more touched, the fluffier.  It's working so far.
The New Math

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Outlander Claire Capelet

Cape is based on a pattern by Cassidy Conners called Claire Inspired Knit Capelet done in Paton's Classic Wool (two strands together).

Made using a pattern by Cassidy Conners called "Claire Inspired Knit Capelet"
Yarn is just Paton's Classic Wool.

Yeah it's blocked and looks so much better than unblocked :)

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Blocking Day

Three projects blocked today...hopefully I'll have good pics of finished projects tomorrow.  I wish they would dry quicker :)

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Another Outlander Claire Cowl

One night project.  Knitted with two skeins of Berroco Alpaca Tonal held with two strands together.  32 cast on. Stitches bound off and ends joined at the same time.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Outlander Claire Cowl Pattern

Claire Cowl
Pattern removed.
Tired of the complaints and criticism.

All I could do is tell you all what I did.
And now I'm done.

Outlander Claire Cowl #2

I like the way my second Claire Cowl turned out.  Bonnier than the first one :)  The first one was okay if ye spend your time in a castle but this one I can actually wear to the grocery store. :)  The color is closer to the one in the show too.  I used two skeins of chocolate brown Berroco Vintage Chunky 6179 knitted with two strands together on size 15 needles. The next challenge is to make the capelet. Hopefully I'll be posting that soon.

Free pattern no longer available.