Sunday, March 25, 2012

Stash Report for 3/25/12

No changes to my stash in either direction.  Plus or minuses, hopefully this week I'll be able to change that.  I've had enough slacking in my quilting department and that needsto change.  There are so many projects to process that are so close to completion that I should impose some kind of deadline or perhaps a reward...... humm I like the sound  of that!   

I have been busy though.  The dishcloth where I learned the cable stitch recently  is now totally done, oopps make that  I still need to bury the yarn ends. Well I promise I'll get to that right after I get off this computer.  So I did  print off another free pattern to try a different dish rag pattern called "Knitted Blackberry Cloth" from little house in the suburbs website.   The link doesn't show the blackberry one, it's to a basket weave patterned one instead, I couldn't readily find the blackberry one (sorry).  This pattern has a suble pattern to it so I'm thinking that a solid colored cotton yarn may be more flattering for it to show  than that speckled blend I tried to show the cables on several weeks ago.   With trying to share the cables learned via photo, it was difficult to see and  didn't show up properly, so I plan on using a variety of solid colors from now on.  I'm hoping that will make a difference.

Beading has been my focus recently and I attended a couple of bracelet classes at my local bead shop, A Mano Studio. What fun and such a nice change of pace. 
The "Tila Wave Bracelet" is totally finished and I love how it looks.   This bracelet was a very quick finish.  It took only about 3 hours total to complete.  DHmentioned that he thought I liked the quick turnaround from start to finish that I should do more projects like that than my quilting.  rUmph! I truly believe he is jealous of my quilting time and will speak negatively whenever he can.  I think he believes I say okay one of these times and get rid of my stash,  little does he know!  LOL. 

Tila Wave Bracelet
March 2012

Another class was for the Viking Knit Bracelet class.  That is still a work in progress and it's visible on that oak dowel.  The wire "knitting" represents about 5 hours worth of effort.  No immidiate gratification for this technique.  The braid effect on the knitting reminds me of a braid on an Indian Chief's breastplate.   It looks like 5 rows of chain stitch running up the sides of the dowel.
I am wondering how small I'll be able to make this when pulling it through the different size holes to diminish and tighten it up in the final phase.    I also am not sure I'll be able to do that part of it with my neck, shoulder and back conundrums, but also know that DH or the children will help me  out if it's too much.  I'll continue  knitting while the starter piece is already done  but try a  looser braid stitch. (If you can't tell it is softer and easier to weave that wire through without using an awl each time I go to insert it  like I did on the first 5+ inches of the braid. )   Many of my classmates' knitting was very loose and hard to see a design so the finished results were a bit small and had some ovals wires poking out of their final bracelets.
Devin, the instructor and my friend said mine looked good to continue doing it in the same manner so I did for the 6" base.  But I am questioning how it will look in the completed project.  That's why I figure I'll do another 6" piece of it but much looser so I can stretch it out through  most of the blocks' holes.  We'll see.

Viking Knit Bracelet
March 2012
 Lastly, I wanted to share another package that came in the mail a couple of weeks ago.  These are the Wonky House quilt blocks that were sent to me for the WH Swap Group that Jane started for 2012.  The  bottom row and one block in the next to the last are blocks Imade and threw on the floor to photograph with the rest of them. 
Don't you just love them.  The ladies did such a great job on them and the creativity in this group is amazing. 
Thank you everybody!  I do {heart} them.

While this was a stretch for me to do Uh hum, can you say stressful.... I did sign up to do  Round 2, wonky trees.    I know I am a glutton for punishment but do figure this next round will be so much easier!  [I can only hope.] 



Dar said...

WOW, you have been very busy -- so you are excused for not working on your quilting. I love your zig zag bracelet. The colors are fantastic. The little wonky houses are really cute too.

Lynda said...

These blocks are so much fun! Can't wait to see them joined together.