Wednesday, January 24, 2007

edredón de mocha es terminado!!

Mocha quilt is finished! :) Hooray! For days and days I pondered the possibilities of the binding fabric... Why not just bind with the backing fabric once and a while? Nothing else seemed right.


The finished size is only 34 x 42". I intended for it to be a lap quilt. Me gustalo muchisimo! :)

I have also been dying yarn with Kool-Aid. The color is nowhere NEAR as dark as I wanted it to be, so I'm breakin' out the Rit Dye... We'll show that yarn a thing or two! Here's the Kool-Aid stained yarn:

I used cherry with a dash of grape to get this color. It's possible I should have used two packs of the cherry Kool Aid per skein, but who knew? It's my first try. I got four skeins of this mystery yarn during my thrifting adventure this week. IT WAS $1!!! FOUR SKEINS!! There's a lot of yardage, and I'm pretty sure it's pure lamb's wool that someone spun... The original color looks just like sheep. :)

Anyway, I'm still sticking to the Finishing Act of January 2007 for now. (but I did manage to sneak in a pair of one-hour booties for my bestest-ever friend...) heehee

Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Lurky Lurkers

Lurk, lurk, lurkety, lurk.
Come out n say hi, won't ya?

Saturday, January 20, 2007

Photo Collage

I ordered some prints from and this is what I decided to do with them. :)

Not much sewing the last few days. Busy THINKING about sewing, but not actually doing it. I'm also THINKING about dying some yarn from the thrift shop. Might go ahead and do that now.

Thursday, January 18, 2007

Old School

A little more or less demented. A lot more in the dark. Me, SIX years ago. My god, where does time go?

Thinking lately about cutting/coloring the hair. And by the way, I just ordered these frames again. Dammit, I miss them!

Maybe I'll go dark like this:

I definitely want to cut it short. Like, old-school short.

Who am I these days? I'm gonna bring it back.

Thrifting = good

There are no good local yarn shops in this place but the thrift stores are something to behold. I've found that there are more than ten within a ten-mile radius, and for now the gettin's good. Today, I spent about $10 on two full skeins of non-wal-mart yarn, some hand-spun yarn (un-identified fibers, but very dye-able and possible candidate for a full-size clapotis) a few notions, some patterns and more than five full yards of fabric. Oh yeah: and some ties--lots of men's ties. If you add the awesome coffee and tea cups I found, that total comes to a whopping $10.50. Can you beat it? Some of the fabric even has TEXT!

I've decided to become a collector of this type of coffee cup. I posted some a LOOONG time ago that I got for 35c at the flea market in Charlotte (they're pictured with the oven mit, of course). I love the shape and uniqueness about them.

In the last few days I've come to discover that the only thing better than one stay-at-home day is another day off to follow.

Wednesday, January 17, 2007


Check this one off the list! DS Quilt esta terminado! :) Hooray!

Purchased the fabric in May 2006. Started it sometime in June. Got all the way to the binding and cut it too short to join. Gave up on it for a while and kept it in mind... Scared of binding.... Didn't like the idea of hand-sewing the binding. Decided I didn't like the way it was quilted (stitched in the ditch originally) and frogged the quilted part and binding. Re-quilted it today. Found an awesome tutorial online (thanks, MOM!!) for binding hand-made napkins and applied it to my quilt (thanks, Molly at PurlBee!). Added a little bit of fabric to make the binding long enough to join then sewed it up! And so, there ya go. A finished FIRST quilt for me! Many more to come.

Soon as I figure out what to bind the mocha quilt with, it will be done too.

The stay-at-home day did me some good today.

Tuesday, January 16, 2007

The equivalent of frogging applied to a quilt.

I took the quilt back off the big pink DS quilt. The more I looked at it, the more I hated the way I quilted it. I plan to do something else... something a bit more parallel and symmetrical. I might even NOT put a binding on it, afterall. Depends on how I work it out. We shall see.

All I know is, I'M OFF TODAY! And this is what I'll be working on. :) Yay for stay-at-home day!

Friday, January 12, 2007

Holding Fast to Resolutions

Well, I finished quilting the Mocha Quilt. FINALLY. Gosh it seemed to drag on and on... After the first square, I was thinking to self, why didn't I just outline the squares?? Or just tie it?? Or something else?? Oh well, I think it turned out nicely. Now, the dreaded binding.

The other thing I worry about is, oops?? Did I remember to pre-wash the fabric? I'm not sure, really. I don't remember!

Here's a close up of the back:

In other news, we have duck eggs!! The ducks who live in the pond in our neighborhood have a nest. I saw them in the pond late at night one time doing it and thought it might be a little early. Who knows. All I know is that nature is cool. The man who runs the contracter's office said the papa duck was chasing Mexicans who were landscaping the other day! How funny is that???

Saturday, January 06, 2007

New Year, New Needle Roll

2007 needs to be all about follow-through. I think I will start by making this month "Finish the UFOs Month". I do say they are piling up. Let's count them, shall we?

1. Big pink DS Quilt (needs binding)
2. Mocha Quilt (quilting needs finishing, needs binding)
3. Feedsack Bag (needs assembly and handles)
4. Somewhat Cowl--started LAST MARCH! (needs neck and sleeves)
5. MDK Baby Kimono (needs seaming and ties)
6. Echino Book Bag (needs assembly and lining fabric--can't decide!)
7. New addition: Scarf-sized mini-clapotis (already fading quickly into dark, UFO land...)
8. DPN Roll--CHECK!

Done. I started this and got sidetracked and forgot about it for a month. Do I have ADD? (Definitely not ADHD... Not that one, for sure!) It feels good to finish something so quickly, I might add. All the work is basically done with these pieces--they just need a finishing touch.

Here's the DPN Roll.

And here's what we did today:

Thursday, January 04, 2007

On the Road Again...

Made it back to where I ripped:

Also made another scarf a couple of days ago. Check the awesome model. It's actually a very long scarf, but I just doubled it up and choked him with it. Maybe another pic later, but this is what I be gots for now. Silly. P.S. it wasn't even cold out that night!

"Um, Steph? You're not gonna put this on your blog, are you?" hahhahaha


I'm sick. Got the clapotis, ya know?
Knitted all of section one, most of section two, then started the repeat of section two and realized I forgot to do an increase... or did I leave out a row altogether?? Anyway, I ripped the whole thing out then went and watched a movie.

Will it ever get done? *Sigh*