Tuesday, September 18, 2018

New Needlework Project: Bateau Bayeux

It's so much fun to get a squishy package! The kit for my new online needlework class came in the mail today!  And oh, it's nice. 

The threads are crewel wools hand dyed by Renaissance Dyeing in a rich brown, navy, light blue and gold.   They are incredibly soft to the touch, and I'm really looking forward to seeing how they will stitch up.  The design is silk screened onto a nice linen (I am assuming) ground in a pale gold ink and even two #5 crewel needles are included. 

The whole thing came in a zip bag with a heavy cardstock photo of the project in full color (almost life sized!) and on the back, some close ups of details of the stitching and interesting facts about the Norman invasion of England. 

I can't wait for this class to start next month. If the quality of the instruction matches the quality of the kit, I'm going to be having a grand time.

Sunday, September 16, 2018

Slow Sunday Stitching - Sept 15, 2018

Good morning to the Slow Sunday Stitching crew.  (Link to this week's roundup.)

I'm recovering well from the oral surgery last Monday; I just can't eat anything with seeds, nuts or pokey bits (like chips) for a while yet.   Honestly, the hardest part is remembering to not use a straw!

I had a bit of crafting time this week and got to about five hours on Dutch Beauty.  Getting very, very close to a page finish!
And the travel project socks are both a bit further down the legs than this picture from Thursday
All in all, a good week.   And I'm on vacation for three days this week.   I'd originally scheduled a whole week, but moved two days to last week for the dental stuff.   Getting some work done on my car, and have a couple of household projects lined up, but there should be some crafting time as well.

Friday, September 14, 2018

Quilt WiP: "It was the 80s" - Block 18

This project has been on the back burner for several months.   Yard work, housework and other projects have taken priority in my life of late, but I do want to get this top to the LAQ by sometime this year, so I need to put some time in on it.  
The next block is another of the 12 x 12 inch blocks; it takes 16 half square triangles arranged in diamond and 'flying geese' units.  
I debated taking apart one or more of the old blocks that are on a 16 patch grid, but ended up making it from new cuts.

I was disappointed with my points on this block.   There's a lot of bulk in the seams and they didn't come together as nicely as I had hoped.

I think if I were to do an entire quilt with this block, that I would do oversized flying geese units with either 'stitch and flip' corners or paper piece them, which would eliminate half of the seams. 

The Solstice Quilt on Pat Sloan's blog with the blocks and layout.

Monday, September 10, 2018


The tooth extraction went as well as can be expected.   The tooth did not break, which was a concern.  But I'm still in a fair bit of pain and am glad I took tomorrow off.

I hate dental stuff.

Sunday, September 9, 2018

Slow Stitching Sunday - Sept 9, 2018

I have to admit, I haven't been doing a lot of crafting this week.  I have managed to crack a back molar tooth and am on some pretty stout painkillers until it's removed tomorrow afternoon.   I can function OK, and the pain is tolerable, but I have no motivation for much.  So I've been reading and knitting on the simple Sock Yarn Blanket, which is garter stitch.

I have managed to get a couple of hours in on Dutch Beauty.   I'm leaving filling in the rose for later when I want totally mindless needlework.  I'm sure it will come in handy when I'm recovering from oral surgery (I SO do not want to do this, but I also want the pain to stop.)
No quilting, none.  My quilt mojo is missing in action, probably because it takes actual thought and attention. 

Linking up with Kathy's crew in the weekly roundup.

Sunday, September 2, 2018

Slow Sunday Stitching - Sept 2, 2018

Good morning, Slow Sunday Stitchers.

Long weekend for Labor Day in the US this week, so I'm off work tomorrow.   All the yard work is caught up (with the rain we have been getting, the grass has greened back up and I'm having to mow a BUNCH).   So after church today, I should have some good crafting time.

Got the rest of my 10 hours in plus a bit more on Millennium.   (Click here for the 'before and after' shots.)
As you can see, I finished off the lower robe and under tunic on the left, the lower robe on the right, both torch poles, and the little bit on the sword hilt.   When this comes back up in the rotation, I'll finish off the under tunic on the right and then work on the lower wings on both angels.  

Dutch Beauty is up next in the rotation.  

I am still working on the test knit.  It's lace; moose lace to be sure, but it still needs a chart and markers and concentration.  So it's not portable.   And I haven't got the pieces cut out yet for the hand pieced Carpenter's Star.  So I cast on a pair of socks in order to have a travel project.   Just cuffs at this point.
"Moose Lace" you ask?   It's lace done with much larger yarn and needle size than is traditional.   In this case DK yarn and size 9 needles.   I'm not sure where the term came from, but I first came across the term in a pattern by Jackie at HeartStrings Fiber Arts.   It doesn't block out flat nearly as much as finer, more traditional lace, so the decreases are more textural and the yarn over holes tend to be smaller in proportion.   It still gives a nice, open look, though. 

I'll show pictures of that project when it's published.  I can say that I'm close to the halfway mark, though.

This week Kathy challenged us to show the view from our outdoor stitching spot.  Usually I would be a couple of feet further north in my vintage rocker, but that yielded photos of the inside of the screens of my three season porch - very uninspiring.  So I opened up the screen door and took a picture from there.   I have a lovely view of the neighbors' gardens and my leafy, shaded street.

 So drop by Kathy's blog and see what all the SSS crew is up to and what they see from where they stitch as the temperatures start to become more reasonable.

Saturday, September 1, 2018

August 2018 Knitting Report

Nothing finished in August.   However, I did get to the end of Chart 1 on the Unst Bridal Shawl.  That was my goal for this summer.

I also started a new test knit and a pair of commuter socks.