Thursday, January 27, 2011

Sweet Pea

This last weekend I hosted a baby shower for one of my best friends.  She's having a little girl.

When I started trying to nail her down on a color scheme or theme for the baby room, she told me "oh, I don't know... I was thinking maybe mauve and brown and cream and maybe some sage green for contrast... and nothing too babyish.  I want it to look old-fashioned."

My mom had picked these out for me on her own and when I saw them I knew they'd be perfect.  I just tried to keep the pattern as simple as possible.

I used an all-over meandering quilt pattern to soften the look of all those squares...

Here's the label... sorry for all the "blur."

I based the name off of the colors of the fabrics rather than the fabric patterns.

I hope it will keep her baby warm and bring her comfort.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Hat & Scarf

I finished the hat that I knit to go with this scarf... now I have a set!

No pattern.  I just looked at a bunch of patterns of hats and just sort of winged it.  At one point I realized it was going to be too huge so I had to go out back and rip out a few rows to reduce it, but now it fits me perfectly.  It just covers my ears and fits loosely enough that it doesn't destroy my hair for the rest of the day.

Love, love, love this yarn.  I have one ball of it left.  Still not sure what I'm going to do with it...

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Knit Cowl

So I've been a little behind with blogging lately, but here is the cowl that I knit up with that lovely Spring Garden hand spun yarn I bought from Zibeline Knits.

I love the way it turned out.

No pattern, as usual.  Just knit in the round on circular needles, size 15.

Just love the texture and feel of this yarn.  Couldn't be happier with it.  And not only is Keya's yarn fabulous, but she's got a great blog too.

Monday, January 10, 2011

1930's Prints

Someone must have thought I was a good girl this year, because I got this for Christmas. 

It's a bundle of 50 (that's right, fifty) feedseed fat quarters.

I've been wanting to start a collection of these for a while and now VOILA - here it is!

I'm thinking something bed-sized.  Like another 100 inches square.  And, clearly, scrappy.  Really scrappy.

AND, I got a snazzy new camera.  These pics aren't even in decent lighting conditions... hopefully I can show off its abilities better soon.

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Ruffly Scarf

I finished this ruffly scarf that I started for myself.  I made a matching hat for it as well, but haven't had a chance to get pictures of it yet. 

I found this yarn at a knitting shop in Breckenridge, Colorado and it was love at first sight.  I'll get picks of the finish set soon.  I may even knit up a pair of wrist warmers too... I think I might have just enough left.

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Calico Cats Under Paisley Stars

This is a quilt I made for my mother-in-law as a Christmas present.  It's been in the works for a while, mostly because I got distracted by other projects.

It was inspired by two different blocks from the Quilt Maker's Gift.  The nine-patch block is called Puss-In-The-Corner and the star is called Friendship Star.  The names of the two blocks were what guided me to the seemingly complicated name for the quilt - Calico Cats Under Paisley Stars.  "Calico cats" for the the puss-in-the-corner block made of varying colors and "paisley stars" for the friendship star block and the multitude of paisley prints in the quilt.  We'll just chalk it up to "creative liberty."  :)

I quilted it myself on my machine with a puzzle-piece design everywhere except the stars, which I just outlined.  I used a variegated thread in similar colors as the fabrics. 

Here's some of the quilting from the back.

A folded shot...

... and the label...

More details...

Here is shot of the back of the quilt with the sun shining through from the other side.  Just kinda liked it.

And the totally gratuitous rolled-up shot.

Hope you all had happy holidays!  Linking up to lots of fab parties including Met Monday - check out my Link Parties Tab.