Monday, March 12, 2007

White Scarf Pattern Link

Anonymous posted a question about the white scarf in the last post, and I couldn't answer because she is set up for noreply on blogger, so I thought I'd post the link to the pattern here.

The directions are very clear, it's an easy piece to knit, and if you scroll down there are some great photos of how to wear the scarf. In fact, if you haven't visited knitty.com, I recommend it...lots of great patterns with good photos, too.

In other news, it's off to the quilt shop today to pick up my "wadding" (thanks, Lily, for the correct name to ask for in Australia!) and the calico to use for the backing of the pink, blue and cream quilt. Funny, after I got my wonderful new Bernina with BSR, the first quilt I'm doing on it will be this remake of the antique quilt, which just has straight line quilting...no need for the fancy BSR for this quilt! That's probably good, since I haven't done much practicing with it yet. Next quilt, for sure.

Had fun this weekend visiting the Robertson Show, a kind of small county fair with lots of animal exhibitions and riding events, etc. Robertson is a gorgeous country area a few miles from where we live. In fact, if you ever saw the adorable movie, Babe, about the little pig, it was filmed in the Robertson area. We were there to see the alpaca breeders and learn a little about those beautiful animals. Once we send our six steers off to market, we're thinking of replacing them with alpacas. I got to hold one alpaca on his lead for a half hour, while his owner was showing another in the showring. What fun! They are lovely animals, and after their yearly shearing the fleece can be sold and spun into yarn, fabric, quilt batting, etc. Hmmm, a fun hobby for DH and me?

Thursday, March 08, 2007

Surfacing...With Pics!

At last, at last, at last, the piecing for this quilt is finished! The center section is sewn together and ready to be layered and quilted. There are two side sections that are not sewn together yet, two and a half blocks wide, and a one and a half block section across the top that needs sewing together. Then I'll quilt those other three sections and join the bugger together! I'm loving how it looks...it DOES look like the antique one that I'm copying. But boy will I be glad to abandon pink blue and cream for awhile!

And here's the red and black poncho I took apart once and remade. I like how it turned out...remember the 60s when we all wore these things? Just goes to show...never throw ANYTHING away!







And I also made this little furry scarf for winter. The second pic shows its odd construction, like a huge letter H with very long arms. You tie each set of ties separately. I think it turned out cute. This is an all nylon yarn, nothing fancy, but I think it will be fun to wear this winter.


So, that's what I've been up to lately.

Friday, March 02, 2007

Blog-Free Interlude

What happened to February? Apologies for dropping off the face of the earth, but we've been trying to stay on California time for the last couple of weeks. DH has some on-line work with participants in California and in Europe, so he decided to remain on CA time for a little while. This means going to bed at 6PM and getting up at 2AM, local time...yikes! I'm being good wifey and keeping him company. Another 10 days or so of this, and we'll shift back to Australia time.

In addition, I've been a little sidetracked from quilting with a yarn interlude. Bought some yarn and a circular needle so I'd have a project for the plane, and it was fun to knit a bit...haven't done that for years. However, I ran out of yarn before the poncho I was making was finished. What else is new?! Bought more yarn in contrasting colors, and finished up yesterday , only to notice a few major flaws here and there where I'd been knitting in the low-light levels on the plane. Ripped the entire thing out, rolled the yarn in balls, and it now resides in a paper bag, until I feel motivated again. The good news is that the little fluffy scarf I made before the poncho turned out fine and will be cozy when winter comes. I'll post a pic one of these days.

So, back to finishing up the antique remake quilt. Large center section is completed, most of the remaining large blocks are done and just need to be put together. Still need to make the little half-blocks that make up the border. I need to pick up some batting (wadding, here?) and backing fabric (thinking of using plain muslin (calico, here?) to mirror the original, and then start putting this baby to bed.

I've been reading everyone's blogs and posting comments from time to time, but have been a bad blogger buddy lately. Not sure what's up with that, but I think I'm back on track now.