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September 27, 2022
On The Road from Quilts....etc.

So many photos to share – I never know where to start – I don’t like to mention where we are until we have moved on as you all know so I will start with photos from the weekend – and thanks for all the birthday wishes! First of all our new car that we […]

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September 26, 2022
2022 KNIT WIT from Kwilty Pleasures


I am a lazy knitter.
I want easy projects.
You won’t ever see me knit a sweater.
I seldom wear a sweater and thrift stores
Well…that’s where I find sweaters! 
I don’t mind a small challenge or a learning new stitch.
BUT if pattern makes me fume and curse..and 
I can’t get my brain around the instructions..
That project may never get finished. 

Like this Penrose Tile Shawl!
My friend, who knits beautiful sweaters
Said she had some trouble with it,
She tries to help me but it’s just not fun!

Maybe I ...

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September 25, 2022
Slow Knitting and some Zippered Pouches from The Cozy Quilter

 I belong to a sewing group at church--we get together every couple of weeks for a few hours to make items for our upcoming Christmas Bazaar.  This past Tuesday, 5 of us met at the church to sew.  P and I made two zippered pouches each.  J and M made bunting for Christmas, Valentines and Halloween.  K worked on another type of pouch.  The bin with our new items for this year's bazaar is filling up. We also have some stock left over from the last bazaar in 2019.   Here are the pouches that I made.  The pattern is ...

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September 21, 2022
RSC Done For the Month from Quilts....etc.

I managed to get my 5 RSC quilts caught up for the blue month of September.  The blue Carpenter’s Wheel joins the rest – playing around with layouts right now and will decide for sure what I want later in the year.    This one would have the October color being in between the orange and […]

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September 19, 2022
Cranky Socks from Becca's Crazy Projects

This is what happens when you reset your photo ratio from 1:1 to 3:4 so you can take one photo. You forget to set it back to 1:1. Ah, well, here are some sock photos. Socks knit on my Erlbacher Gearhart circular sock machine. Even after a few years I still love this magical machine. 
Cuff knit with Knit Picks Stroll Tweed, body of sock knit with a mystery yarn gifted to me by my yarn bestie, contrast blue heels and toes knit with Knit Picks Stroll. 

Pairs of socks knit in 2022: 14

Tools and supplies ...

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September 12, 2022
Machine Knitting from Becca's Crazy Projects

I tried another version of this shawl. Sometimes I fail to read my work. For those of you that don't knit, or crochet, it is just where you look at what you have already done so you know where to place your increases and decreases later in the work. This is a great example of that not happening. Those three little holes don't belong. I had to remove the work from the machine and start over. 
Then I had my marks on the machine bed and knew what to look for when doing the increase rows. Then the ...

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September 11, 2022
Three Free Patterns, Hubby Better, Hand Stitching, Cloud Faces from Canadian Needle Nana

It was a two cups of coffee kind of morning. I just didn't have my usual energy level on my morning walk and I didn't get to sit by the pond. I spied deer in time to lead Ned away. They sometimes sleep overnight down there- we see the grass beaten down in certain spots in the undergrowth of the bushes that rim the pond. I've read deer are the poorest sleepers of all wildlife as they only have their ability to run as a protection.  Here is one that had been sleeping and I managed a ...

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Light Blue RSC, Knitting and some Quilt Top Progress from The Cozy Quilter

I dug into my light blue scraps this week and got a start on my drunkard's path blocks for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge. Some of these fabrics have been hanging around in my sewing room for many years!  I used the dog fabric in the top left block to make a quilt for a colleague's new baby in 2003.  


I sewed about half of my whistle stop quilt top together one afternoon this week. It is not pressed yet...


I started a new quilt for the church Christmas bazaar as well this week. This is a stack and ...

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September 10, 2022
Catching Up On Spring. from Sunburnt Quilts

With house guests for nearly two months I have not had a lot of opportunity to sew or blog. I looked back and realised posts were at least a month apart. Just shows how busy it gets. No complaints, just an observation.

Little has been done as far as quilts go, but hopefully I can get back to that now. I have, however, been able to keep the knitting going. Two projects completed for one grandie.

I had made this pattern once before as a three colour combination. Then Raewyn reminded me of how good it looked as one colour ...

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September 7, 2022
Cranky Socks from Becca's Crazy Projects

Sometimes I just need to knit a pair of socks. I had a 50 gram ball of this ombre yarn. I paired it with a solid Knit Picks Stroll and quickly knit up a pair of socks. This is where I added the contrast yarn for the toe. 
Contrast cuffs, heels, and toes makes that 50 grams become a pair of socks. It's been months since I knit a pair of socks. That's crazy. 

Pairs of socks knit in 2022: 13

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September 5, 2022
Fiber Fridays #12 with Crafty Gemini from Crafty Gemini

• Sign up for the Constanza Shawl Knit Along here: https://craftygemini.com/shop/constanza-shawl-pdf-pattern-and-video-course/

On Friday, Sept 2, 2022 Crafty Gemini is hosting Episode #12 of her LIVE video series called Fiber Fridays! In this LIVE event Vanessa will share projects she is working on, new yarn purchases, updates on new pattern designs, fiber related resource books and answer audience questions.

This series typically airs the 1st Friday of each month.

If you are specifically interested in fiber related crafts including: Knitting, Crochet, Circular Sock Machine Knitting, Spinning, etc. then this is the show for you!

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September 4, 2022
Baby Smart Wool tights from Monas Creativity

Pattern: https://www.sandnesgarn.no/oppskrifter/bukse-gammel

Yarn Smart from Sandnes, div scraps from previous project.

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Handcrafts, Art and Cheesecake from Romany Quilting

Our weekend was spent in Woodville (about 90km each way).  We were invited  to attend a caravan rally (with a different group) and it was nice to catch up with several couples we had met up with over the years at different rallies.  One of the highlights for me was the craft display.  Although I didn't know it was happening ahead of time I had several hand stitched items in the caravan, so I could take part too.  There obviously is a lot of talent in this group, with everything from knitting, quilts, toys, hardanger on show.  I certainly ...

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August 28, 2022
Birthday Socks from Romany Quilting

After seeing a snap chat  picture of a pair of cozy thick wool socks (12 ply/triple knit) I had made myself recently, my daughter had a request.  Could I knit her a thick pair of socks for her birthday?  (I had previously made her and the granddaughters a finer 4ply pair each for Christmas).  Of course I could, she often wears gum boots at their rural country homestead, so these would certainly keep her feet warm and comfy in the winter.  Today is her birthday, so I can now share a photo of the birthday socks.

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Birthday socks

These ...

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August 24, 2022
Machine Knitting from Becca's Crazy Projects

I picked up several of these Caron Skinny Cakes from the big box store. They are discontinued and were marked down to $5. Perfect for learning. 
I did some experimenting with short rows and eyelets. Until I make a mistake too big to come back from. 
I ripped it out so I could start again. This is just part of the process. Yarn is rarely ruined after a single use. 
I used my Stanwood ball winder to get it back into a cake for my next try. Again, I learned quite a bit about working on the LK150. 

Tools and ...

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August 21, 2022
Working on the Sky from The Cozy Quilter

Earlier this week, my husband and I went glamping for three days--this means we stayed in a fancy tent on a platform with furniture (including a king sized bed) and a bathroom, a deck out front and a barbecue to cook our meals.  The property was lovely and had lots of trails for walking as well as a pond with a paddle boat, a canoe and a row boat.  The deck in front of our tent was in the shade most of the time so it was a great place to sit and read a book (I managed to finish ...

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August 19, 2022
Felted Slippers from Becca's Crazy Projects

After the last pair of felted slippers turned out too small I decided to give it another try. I modified my notes to make the slipper wider and longer. 
I knit up the pair on the LK150. 
And sewed them up. I so enjoy the color blocking on this design. It's something you can't do easily while knitting in the round. 
Here is what that unfelted (top) slipper looks like next to the felted slipper I made (bottom). 
Here is how it felted up. Sadly, it is still too small for me. I figure the size is around ...

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August 18, 2022
Fiber Fridays #11 with Crafty Gemini from Crafty Gemini

On Friday, August 12, 2022 Crafty Gemini is hosting Episode #11 of her LIVE video series called Fiber Fridays! In this LIVE event Vanessa will share projects she is working on, new yarn purchases, share updates on new pattern designs, fiber related resource books and answer audience questions.

This series typically airs the 1st Friday of each month.

If you are specifically interested in fiber related crafts including: Knitting, Crochet, Circular Sock Machine Knitting, Spinning, etc. then this is the show for you!

• Sign up for email updates on all things fiber related here: https://craftygemini.com/fiber-craft-newsletter/

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August 15, 2022
Felted Slippers from Becca's Crazy Projects

I decided to give felted slippers another chance. This was my second attempt. I make major changes to the design I was using and I'm much happier with this style. Yarn is Knit Picks Wool of the Andes. It felts up so nicely. 
These are knit flat on the LK150 knitting machine and then the sides are seamed by hand. The color changes are partially a style choice and partially to assist with lining up that hand seaming. 
This time the felting was just awesome! Unfortunately, I didn't knit them big enough so these are really a child ...

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August 14, 2022
Hooking, Knitting and Piecing from The Cozy Quilter

Life is busy in my neck of the woods.  This is not going to change any time soon so I will just share my little bits of progress each week as usual.  I worked on my sheep rug hooking project earlier this week. The green grass is just about done now.  Next, I will finish that last bit of green on the right side of the picture before working on the blue sky and the yellow sun. 



I was in the mood to do some knitting earlier today.  I dug out some yarn, needles and a pattern for a lattice ...

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