Friday, July 3, 2015

On the needles

The heel is turned. I'm using the heel from the Bunny Hop Pattern.  It has five segments of short rows.   I'm going to knit until I am out of yarn,  they may be short socks they may be tall.
I knit a girlfriend market bag for my very dearest girlfriend for her birthday then I wrapped it and taped the package shut and on the way to the post office I thought oh darn I didn't take a picture. She sent me a pic with fresh peaches.  I ran out of yarn shortly after I started the handle so had to make due. I knit it with cotton yarn so it is washable. --Ann--

Thursday, July 2, 2015

out of the cupboard Pastel Series I

Another very small quilt out of the cupboard.  This is frequently mistaken for 1930's fabric but it is not.  All of these fabrics are from the late 1980's and early 1990's. I think that when quilt designers took over the fabric industry we lost "the feel of the era" with fabrics.  We can't glance at a quilt anymore and know from which decade the prints and colors came. Some of these  scraps are from dresses I made for my daughter. The pin wheels were sewn with some goofy technique using rectangles, I think it involved marking a line, sewing on either side of the line then cutting. I much prefer the easy angle for half square triangles.  It is 16 inches square, the pin wheels are 1 3/4 inches square so the HSTs are 7/8 inches. This begins a month long series of pastel quilts from fabrics of the late 1980's to 1990's on the "T" days.  --Ann--

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

What is the fluffy white stuff?

I haven't made these for a couple years but since we are going to the lake I did.  They are so much more tasty than grocery store marshmallows.   They are very easy to make, the recipe is from the Joy of Cooking cookbook. Very important to dust the pan better yet dust parchment paper with cornstarch or powdered sugar so they don't stick and stick they will.  Let them dry for at least 12 hours 24 is better.  I used my nylon pizza cutter to cut them into squares, I have tried various knives and a couple different scissors, the pizza cutter works the best. Do not put in the safe spot in the oven so curious individuals don't stick their fingers in the goo. I did that then forgot I made marshmallows and turned to oven on and oops what is that heavenly aroma? a whole pan of toasted marshmallows.  

Hoping your 4th of July celebration is sweet! --Ann--

Monday, June 29, 2015

Kayakers finished!!

Big finish over the weekend!  I'll get to enjoy it for a couple days before I wrap it for my cousin.  Her dad passed away in February,  he was 94 and lived at the lake until the end.   He brings the composition together the eye goes from kayak to kayak and instead of going off the quilt the eye goes to Vernon up to the island  across to the sun and back to the kayaks.  If I would have made this 11 years ago when the fabric was new I don't think it would have looked like this.  Looking forward to a weekend at the lake.  
Linking to Patchwork Times Design Wall Monday. --Ann--

Friday, June 26, 2015

On the Needles

 I was sitting outside the other evening finishing another pair of reading mitts, enjoying a beverage in a bottle and after ever sip I had to wipe my hand on my pants before I could resume knitting.  Damp fingers and yarn just don't work.   Hmmm I wonder how these reading mitts would fit on the bottle!?!?? 

It fit like a glove or maybe a sock. With the left over yarn from the pink, blue and purple reading mitts I cast on 44 stitches and knit some ribbing then stockinette then decreased 4 stitches as I started the ribbing at the other end and the bottle sock was born. And only 15 inches of yarn left from those 2 balls of yarn.   Isn't that the greatest feeling using up all the yarn??!?!?

Another pair of socks using left over yarn I'm about ready to start the gusset.  I need a little go project for a road trip to the lake next weekend.  Linking to Judy's OTN.  --Ann--

Thursday, June 25, 2015

FMQ Kayakers

Everything is fused and starting to fall off.  I wonder ??  does fusible have an expiration date?  The stuff I was using was from several years ago and some was coming off the paper backing or maybe my iron was too hot or too cool or too much steam or not enough steam.  Maybe I should read the instructions again, I will next time I buy fusible.  All the black has been stitched around with black thread. The sky is done!   I used a pink and yellow thread and will use the same for the lake but I will use a yellow thread coming out from the sun reflection. I'm just getting warmed up.  Away I go. --Ann--

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Kayakers Design Wall

The silhouettes are cut, I must have drawn and cut at least 6 of the smallest kayak before I was happy with it, and and then I traced it wrong on the fusible not once but twice, time to quit for the day and take a walk.  I came back from my walk and fused the background last night and decided to wait with the kayaks and look at them with fresh eyes today.  Now to fuse everything in place, its always tricky to pin parts in place on the design wall and not take the flannel down with it.  An "aha" moment!! tape things!!!! Why don't I place it on a flat surface?!?  well then I would have to clear a flat surface to make room, tape is quicker and slicker and the perspective is better on the wall.  Borders and layering next then the fun begins.  --Ann--