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June 20, 2021
Islender Socks from Monas Creativity

A quick project between projects, Islender socks in Viking Sportsragg.

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So Close to the Finish Line from The Cozy Quilter

 The annual Quilt Canada conference took place online over the past few days and while I have been watching the presentations and quilt shows, I have been stitching away on Love Birds. I finished off the green leaves, both dark and light, and I have started on the bride bird.  

I am very close to being finished all the stitching on this project...a wedding gift for a friend's daughter and her husband. (They got married in November 2020.) I have been working on Love Birds since Christmas. 

The pineapple blocks are all done!  Each block will finish at ...

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June 17, 2021
Manitou Springs, Colorado from Quilts....etc.

This is such a pretty area – but of course a heat wave came along and kind of – well I won’t say “ruined” it but it made the days very hot and too hot for me to enjoy being outside all day.  The best thing about this heat is that it is very low […]

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June 15, 2021
Welcome To Winter. from Sunburnt Quilts

Brrrr…. . Winter has arrived here. Cold, wet and windy. Good time to stay inside where it is warm and dry.

I have been working on my blocks for the Wendy Williams quilt, Over the Hill. Two more blocks have been added.

These two blocks are part of the centre row.

There are lots of details in each part to keep me busy.

Lots of sheep as well as chickens. And a very colourful garden. I am well on to the third block for this row so will be able to stitch two rows together very soon.

One big bonus of ...

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June 13, 2021
Yellow and Gray Churn Dash, Pineapples, etc. from The Cozy Quilter

Despite some sewing machine challenges (it's in for repair now), I managed to finish the yellow and gray scrappy churn dash quilt this past week. I love this colour combination!  The backing is a Libs Elliott print which I had in my stash---but only one yard so I had to add a yellow strip to make it big enough for the backing.  The binding is a yellow Kona solid. The quilting was done with bright yellow Aurifil 50wt thread. 

 At a Zoom sew-in on Tuesday, I made a block for the September Comfort quilt for the Elgin Piecemakers.  The ...

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June 11, 2021
Cranky Socks from Becca's Crazy Projects

 Even though it is summer here I keep making socks. 
This is the toe on another pair of monster socks. Machine-knit socks use a simple short-row heel and toe. 
Every once in a while I get a comment on my sock photos asking why the toes are open, or how someone is supposed to wear these. The simple answer is that these aren't finished. 
The next step is where I pick up the live stitches onto two short circular needles and remove the waste yarn. This is very similar to how commercially made socks are finished. Just look at ...

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June 4, 2021
Cranky Socks from Becca's Crazy Projects

When I make monster socks I use the mini mast to make two row stripes easy. Here is close-up. 
I grabbed some blues and made these great monster socks. What are monster socks? That is when I use three, or more, different yarns to make a pair of wonderfully scrappy socks. This pair uses four different yarns including a tweedy blue (Knit Picks Stroll Tweed), a fun stripe (Knit Picks Felici), a second striping yarn (Knit Picks Stroll), and a blue and green ombre (Cascade Heritage Wave). They can out so much better than I imagined. 

Tools and supplies (af ...

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A Mess on the Table from Quilts....etc.

Until I get this table cleared off today no work begins on the purple star blocks!  I decided to remodel the waist band on a pair of pants that is just a wee bit too tight for comfort so that stuff plus all the purple fabric is scattered on the table.  Of course it would […]

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June 1, 2021
Purple from Quilts....etc.

Purple is the new color of the month for June – and you know what I found out I don’t have a lot of it!  I tore through the box that holds pink/purple/burgundy and found very little – I looked through my pre-cut square boxes for the 2.5 purple and barely found enough to do […]

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May 31, 2021
Back To Work from Quilts....etc.

The grandkids were here – it was a great visit – short but sweet and now it is time to get back to the quilting after not doing any on Saturday.  While the kids were here I did finish the second sleeve of the sweater and now will stitch the parts together and work on […]

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May 28, 2021
Morgenstjerne kofte from Monas Creativity

 Morning Star, design by Wenche Roald / Järbo Garn
Pattern in norwegian magazine "Allers" Number 52 2020.

Yarn: Rauma Finull, Colors 403, 414, 4130

I wanted a medium size, but number of stiches for L to get the right tension.

I love this design!

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Cranky Socks from Becca's Crazy Projects

The latest pair of cranky socks. These were made with Activ yarn I bought from CSM Supplies. I wish I had all the colors. 

On our short trip north I finished up the socks from last week. This pair of monster socks. This is how I Kitchener stitch the toes closed. First I transfer to live stitches onto a pair of short circulars, then Kitchener as one would any pair of socks. There are other ways to do this. This is just the way I am most comfortable. 
And this pair made with some more Activ yarn. I gifted a ...

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May 27, 2021
Too Much Rain from Quilts....etc.

We ended up with  2 inches of rain by yesterday morning – every where that water usually stands it is there again – I had barely soaked in from the last time – I think I will give up even trying to get into the garden for a couple days.  I did get a few […]

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May 21, 2021
Cranky Socks from Becca's Crazy Projects

I was in the mood for some monster socks. I grabbed this purple Knit Picks Stroll and this fun Knit Picks Felici and got cranking. 
I added contrast heels in electric blue along with some other leftovers from other socks. Every pair of monster socks is unique and I love that. I'm not even close to running out of leftovers to make more. 
After making the monster socks I took a break (monster socks take almost twice a long as socks made with a single yarn) from the concentration of monster socks and made a simple pair of cocks ...

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May 14, 2021
Cranky Socks from Becca's Crazy Projects

Even though they aren't done when they come off the machine I feel like I've accomplished something. these were made with six different yarns. Some Knit Picks Stroll, Knit Picks Felici, a couple leftover bits from Knit Picks Stroll I dyed myself, and some Cascade. They all came together to create these delightful socks. 
Kitchener stitching the toes closed takes less time than it does to watch a single episode of  Death in Paradise. I think I'll add these to my Etsy shop the next time I do a shop update. 

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May 9, 2021
Knitting and Happy Mother’s Day from Romany Quilting

I’ve had a few knitting finishes over the last wee while.  I don’t know about you, but sewing up the garments often gets put on the back burner.  My mission was to use up the remaining blue wool left over from knitting myself a pretty blue jumper. The weather is cooling down so no doubt I’ll be wearing it soon.  There was enough yarn left to make a toddlers cardigan, and a scarf – the scarf will go in the donation box and I’ll keep the cardigan for a while in my baby box, just in case ...

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May 7, 2021
Cranky Socks from Becca's Crazy Projects

I saw an Instagram post by Knitterly Things for a sock yarn of the month club available for the next three months. I've never participated in a sock yarn club and I have a great pair of socks made with Knittrely Things yarn that I love. Sounded perfect. I signed up and paid for the three months. 
I signed up to get a coordinating little hank for heels and toes. Aren't these colors delightful?
I wound my yarn into cakes, set up my machine and got cranking.
In no time I had an almost finished pair of socks ...

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May 5, 2021
Remade Socks from Becca's Crazy Projects

I knit this pair of socks in November of 2019. The last time they came out of the wash one sock had a hole. I could mend the sock, or rip them both out and knit them again. I went with the latter. 
The first step was to get rid of the toes. The wear at the toes was enough to make unraveling the knitting too difficult. 
I wound the yarn onto my niddy noddy into hanks. 
While unraveling one sock the yarn got tangled so I ended up with two small hanks and one larger one. 
After a wash ...

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May 3, 2021
Early Mother’s Day Gathering from Romany Quilting

Last Saturday we drove up to Feilding to meet up for an early Mother’s Day Brunch.  The weather was glorious, a beautiful Autumn day.


My daughter Nicky had arranged for us to meet in her favourite café.  This is a lovely café and I appreciate the nice friendly greeting when we walk in the door.  There were six of us, myself and Robin, Nicky and Robert, and younger grand-daughter Megan with her boyfriend Michael, who we hadn’t met before.  Unfortunately our older grand-daughter Emma was working and couldn't get away.

We arrived there a little early so ...

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April 26, 2021
Cranky Socks from Becca's Crazy Projects

I've had this yarn for a few months. Sunday I wanted an easy project. I grabbed this ball of Activ and got cranking. I bought this yarn from CSM Supplies
When I want a quick project I go for a colorful yarn and the hung hem. These socks are simple and I love that. I wear this style of sock almost every day. Above, I'm in the process of hanging the hem.  
I wanted to compare the ball of yarn (the first photo) to the finished fabric. This is one of the challenges of buying multi-colored yarn. You ...

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