Tuesday, July 7, 2015

WIP: Exploration Station

I've been more interested in knitting than anything else lately.

Exploration Station WIP

This shawl is partially to blame for that.

Exploration Station beginnings

After purchasing some Hedgehog Fibres sock yarn in the amazing Dragonfly colorway, I chose three stashed skeins to complete the plan. The short row section was enjoyable, but then I stalled out for a few weeks before attempting the brioche. I watched a few videos, and was gradually getting the hang of it. Unfortunately, I skipped a stitch somewhere, which threw off the brioche pattern. I ripped out the section and restarted. Now, the brioche feels more comfortable and looks amazing!

Exploration Station brioche

It's so squishy and awesome!

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

FO: Strippy Strings

Back in December, I shared a quilt top.

strippy strings quilt top

I really can't tell you how much I loved this quilt top. Maybe it's because I made it among friends at a small retreat in the woods.
Or maybe it's because fabric is a medium for time travel, each scrap reminding me of a project (or multiple projects) made before.
Maybe it's because it's super colorful and scrappy, and that's the way to my heart.

Probably, it's all of these. And these reasons probably explain my delay in finishing the quilt. Quilting is the step that often stumps me. After seeing C use painter tape as a quilting guideline, inspiration struck.

I placed several pieces of tape in various directions, and then began to quilt straight lines in each section.

FO: strippy strings

In this photo, you can see the intersecting lines. It was a slow process, but it gave me a chance to spend time with this beloved project.

And it is beloved.

FO: strippy strings

Scrappy strips binding

I used Joel Dewberry herringbone for the binding. I've used this on countless quilts. I debated a scrappy binding, but I really wanted something that matched the back of the quilt.

FO: strippy strings (back)

The back features a large piece and a few large scraps, mostly from Jeni's Color Me Retro line.

FO: strippy strings

And now, I will love the finished quilt as much I loved that top.

I will probably make another strippy string quilt in the future, since my string box is overflowing again.

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

FOs: Socks!

let me just say that both pairs of socks you're about to see have been finished. For months. Back in January, I talked a little about my knitting goals for the year. My sock yarn bin is overflowing, and I've been trying to make some sort of dent in it. There's no dent, but hey, look! Socks!

FO: Vintage Hermoines">

First, Hermoine's Everyday Socks in Squoosh Ultra Sock-Vintage (available at ESK). This pair was fun to knit, and I love them, except that I would only cast on 60 stitches for a future pair. I've found that's my magic number on a size 1 needle.

FO: Vintage Hermoines

I finished this pair in a month, which is big news for me.

FO: Sparky Charade

Pair number two is Charade in Spun Right Round, Sparky the Sock, Rah Rah colorway. These are just about the most perfect sock ever. The fit is great (60 stitch cast on), the pattern was siumple enough to memorize, and the yarn. The yarn!

FO: Sparky Charade

Yeah, I love them.

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