I knit these on a long Size 1 circular needle using a toe up, magic loop technique. I like the toe up method because I don’t have to guess how long to make the leg before turning the heel and, in turn, I end up wasting less yarn this way. I have many other knitting projects in progress, but once I start on a pair of these socks, I usually can’t stop until they’re done…it’s that addicting.
The yarn gradually fades from one color to the next, so to get the distinct stripes that you see in these socks, I made 4 equal sized yarn balls (2 for each sock), and alternated the balls of yarn every 4 rows.
Anyway, if you have any questions about how I did this, let me know!
Notice the dog fur that has already been incorporated into them. It’s a battle that we’ve given up on.
Here’s the pattern I used.
I’ve now moved on to trying to finish my Seascape scarf/wrap. I’m using Malabrigo Lace Yarn. It’s amazingly soft and easy to work with. I’m hoping to have photos of the finished scarf up in the next couple of weeks.
vacation has been nice. but with last month’s busy schedule and hurried move, there were several projects (new and old) that needed to get done over the two weeks. a few were required due to the move. the kitchen needed a table to hold the microwave and the craft room needed a table/shelf for the loom. these were quickly built and may not be earthquake proof. also, i had to rebuild the bonsai shelter which was more complicated than it should have been.
more creative projects include a small stool for eunice in front of the vanity in the bathroom and an ottoman for the main room. these aren’t quite done, just picked up the upholstery foam this afternoon and have yet to choose fabrics for the ottoman.
in between all the creativity i have managed to dedicate my vacation to bacon, with blt’s, rasher’s, and pancetta all making an appearance and frequent encores. these last few days may have a few pimm’s cups as well.
I cut out the pieces above for my first couple of squares and I can’t wait to piece them together. The fabrics are Moda’s Hoopla Cross Weave in Green and Kona Jungle. All my solids were purchased from the Simply Solid Fabric store on Etsy, and I was really happy with them.
Below is a preview of some of my other fabric pairings.
Stay tuned for more!
I used Alexander Henry Heath in Chocolate for the binding and I really like how it looks with the rest of the quilt.
Next, spread the quilt top on top of the batting like so…
Then, starting from the top, roll the 2 together and set aside.
Next, lay the quilt back down with the right side facing down. Also make sure that the top and bottom are oriented correctly.
Then, take some masking tape and tape the edges. Pull the fabric somewhat taut as you go so there are no wrinkles, but not so much that it becomes warped. We are NOT trying to channel Joan Rivers’ plastic surgeon here. I find that the best way to do this step is to start by taping the top. Then, I work down the sides together. Then I end by taping the bottom. You will probably want to use enough tape to cover almost all the edges or else it may not stick to the floor well as you’re putting tension on the fabric.
Once your quilt back is taped, starting from the bottom, roll out the backing and quilt top.
Here it is all the way rolled out…
Now the final part of this step is to pin all 3 layers together. I use curved safety pins because they make it really easy to grab all 3 layers.
I like to start in the center and spiral my way out. The key to this step is to smooth out the quilt top as you pin so that you get rid of the wrinkles but not so much that the fabric becomes warped. Again, NO Joan Rivers! It’s ok to sit/kneel on your quilt during this step. This is probably one of the most tedious steps in the whole quilting process, but once you’re done with this step, you can untape the quilt and carefully put it on your lap and imagine what it will be like when you are done with making the quilt. Remember to not go super crazy with your excitement of trying the quilt because it may undo some of that smoothing you just spent time doing. I like to leave a couple of inches of batting and the quilt back extending beyond the quilt top. I think that that makes the quilting process a bit easier.
Next up will be the quilting itself.
To create this quilt back, here’s what I did. I took 2 yds of the Metro Living Lantern, and cut it in half. I had about 3/4 yd of the Quilter’s Linen left over, so I cut that in half and sewed it to each of the halves of the Lantern fabric. I then cut 1 1/2 inch strips from the Kona Aqua, sewed them end to end to create a long enough strip to span the width of the quilt back and sewed that to the Quilter’s Linen. Now I was left with 2 large pieces of fabric (seen at the top and bottom of the quilt back). I placed my completed quilt top on the ground and then I placed these pieces I just created over the top and bottom of the quilt top with about an inch overhanging on all sides. Now I could see how much space was in the middle that I needed to fill with other fabric. Turns out I needed a strip about 12 inches long to fill the gap.
From the leftover printed fabric that I had from the front (Alexander Henry’s Natura Collection), I cut 6 pieces that measured 6.5″ x 12.5″. I also cut 1.5″x 12.5″ strips from the Kona Aqua as sashing between the printed fabric. I sewed these together as shown below. I then figured out how much more fabric I needed to fill the edges with the Quilter’s Linen and sewed these on to the ends. I then sewed this middle strip to the top and bottom pieces. Now onto the quilting and the binding!
For this quilt, I picked the Kitchen Windows Pattern. The printed patterns come from the Natura Collection by Alexander Henry that I’ve had stashed away for a few years. The blue solid is Kona Cotton in Aqua and the tan is Quilter’s Linen in Straw (both by Robert Kaufman).
It’s by no means a perfect quilt, but I am proud of how much better my corners met up on this quilt compared to the last.
Now I just have to figure out how I want to do the back. I’ve got some Metro Living Lantern in Leaf that I want to use, and I think I’ll somehow incorporate leftover scraps from the fabrics above along with it. It may be another few months until I post about the back, but stay tuned!