Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Skinny and Fat

First the skinny - I LOVE Blue sky alpacas skinny dyed yarn! I didn't at first:


What a mess, right? But I wound the brown skein and started knitting wedding washcloths last night. The stitches are so beautiful and smooth. I see a nice long table runner in skinny cotton in my future.

Now the FAT - not ME, I've been exercising! I mean the "seafoam" fat quarters I got from purlsoho.com. I started planning some napkins and a table runner, and I have seen many examples with two layers of fabric. But I am thinking that the napkins will be hard to iron if the 2 fabrics are not tacked together. I might make them one layer with bias binding. I would love some tips from anyone with experience in this area.

Now for a FO:

This is the neckwarmer I sent my mom - the yarn is really pretty and warm but light - perfect for the "Summer in San Francisco"!

Love you Mom!

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Spring is here AND I have coffee!

Thank you Cathy!

On Saturday I received a beautiful swap package from Cathy. Along with coffee and yarn, she sent a cute mug, some candles, a mini picture album, a coffee scoop, a cross-stitch bookmark project, and a kaleidescope for my son - he loves it!













But the piece de resistance are the sock blockers made by her husband! so cool - I am a sucker for anything handmade out of wood.
I am inspired now to try knitting socks!

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Done and gone!

I am excited to say that I finally finished the gifts for my coffeeswap pal - hope she forgives me for being so late!!! Anyway, I had a fun time picking out goodies, and sewing - I finally did get a window of time at the sewing machine to finish the needle roll - at 4:30 am!




The green fabrics in the knitting needle roll are part of the cake rock beach collection - very cool prints! I based the pattern for the needle roll on the colored pencil roll in Last Minute Patchwork and quilted gifts. Now to make one for myself so I don't have to dig through boxes to find my needles!

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Actual NEEDLEWORK Content

Okay, here's what I have been working on - yes, I'm behind on my swap package - it never fails. This time I postponed working on my projects because I wanted to find a window of time (when no one was sleeping or hanging on my skirt) to use the sewing machine. Ha! Such windows don't exist! So I sewed by hand and realized how much I missed it. I can't imagine how my grandmothers had time to be so prolific in their needlework! Anyway, here's a little knit bag with some goodies inside for my Spring Fling pal: I adapted the drawstring bag pattern from Last Minute Knitted Gifts. And here is a knitting needle roll, still in process:
Outside:
Inside
Insha'Allah I will be able to send it off tomorrow!