Monday, August 19, 2013

Sew, Quilt, Knit, Oh, My!

ornaments
This is my Design Wall today.  This is the ornament block for Deck-ade The Halls from the FatQuarterShop.  It doesn’t seem like much but it finally got me back in to sewing.





Almost done
And I quilted.  This is where I am on the Funky Chicken quilt.  I did get one of the 9 patch blocks quilted on Sunday and will finish this quilt this week (I hope).





Funky Chickien #9
Before rolling to that last row I quilted chicken #9.






#9 close up 4
I am still having lots of fun quilting those little tail feathers.







Funky Chicken #10
And here is Funky Chicken #10.









#10 close up 3
I got a little artsy on this one.  Sometimes I don’t know what gets into me.  In love





almost there
Look how far I have come with my very first sock.  I am a little over an inch away from starting the toe and then this will also be done.  I have started the second sock but have only three rows done so it will be a while before I am wearing these socks…together.

The funny thing happened while I was knitting these socks.  I used to knit, over 30 years ago, so picking up knit and pearl was not very hard.  However, while watching a basic knitting lesson on Craftsy, I discovered that I am doing the knit stitch WRONG and always have.  I am finishing this sock doing the stitch the same way I always have but am learning the correct way on the second sock.  Also on the second sock I am trying the Magic Loop method.  So far I have pulled the stitches out three times: this is not an easy method.  And, boy am I surprised that the DPNs are really easy.


On the home front, we have had rain, Rain, RAIN! 
plants in the rain
The rain this weekend was a “soft” rain so all the deck plants got to move out from under the roof to soak up some of the water.  Doesn’t everybody look happy?

School starts for DH this week so, after a 2 1/2 week vacation we will be getting back to our normal routines.  I will miss having him around all day but I will also get a lot more done.
Be sure to check out Patchwork Times and have a great week.  Gari

96 comments:

Julie in GA said...

We have had a ton of rain around Atlanta too.
Your sock is looking great, and I can't wait to see the funky chickens all finished!

Kate said...

Love your ornament blocks, they look so festive. Funky Chicken is looking good too. Enjoy your stitching time this week.

Ramona said...

Your Funky Chicken is looking great! Have fun knitting your socks. I started last fall and am hooked!

Rhonda R. said...

What great projects you have in progress. The ornament blocks are so cute and the funky chicken quilt is wonderful. I'm not much of a knitter but I've been so tempted to take the Craftsy sock class. It might be a fun thing for winter.

Sue Daurio said...

The deck-ade ornaments are wonderful. I love the star in them. That chicken with the pink tail feather is just way to cute!!! So close to be being done with - woohoo!

Janet said...

Your chickens just make me smile. I will miss them when you are done. Deck the hall blocks are very nice. I especially like the ornnaments and wreaths. It's hard to believe it's time for school again.

Rhonda said...

I am loving those chickens and the way you are doing a little something special to each. Did you say rain........blow some this way please.... we need about 5 inches to give everything a good soaking.

Bonnie said...

Wow! you are getting so much done. The chickens are spectacular. You are going to enjoy them so much. Yea for the knitting progress. I was going to try the magic loop method for socks. Don't tell me it is hard. I was trying the two at a time method that uses 2 circular needles but every time I put it down and tried to start up again I had no clue which way to go. So I started a whole new set of socks. Which basic knitting class are you taking? (And, have we discussed this before???)

Lois (AKA Onnie) said...

I'm in TN and we've gotten all your rain, too! Love your chickens, and I need to start that Christmas quilt. I have saved all the patterns. Just two more to go.

Melinda said...

The chickens are looking great. It will be fun to see them finished. Good work! Also, I love your socks. I have only made one pair and forgot everything about them so need to learn all over again.

Dar said...

Your Funky chickens are looking so cute. It looks like you are having fun quilting them. That's the way quilting should be. I'm very impressed with your sock. I keep wanting to learn how to make them, but all my UFO's keep calling to me and they were here first! One day.. I'm surprised that you find DPN easeir than the Magic Loop. Since I've mastered neither, I'm curious which will be better for a beginner like me. Will await your final report!

Linda said...

Those ornaments are on my To-Do list very soon. I'm not making all the blocks but I have saved a couple of them so I can make table runners. I love yours. And of course those chickens!! Love!! The socks are looking good too.

Quilter Kathy said...

Love your Christmas ornaments! I am loving that project and can't wait to sew more blocks for it!

LynCC said...

Hey, the "artsy" is really working for her! This is the coolest quilt. How funny to find that you've always been doing the knitting stitch "wrong." hehe! Hey, if it works. . . ! (Is it really wrong, making an error in the execution, or is this something akin to quilt policing?)

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Wrong Named Quilt-"Baby Blue Blocks"- NOT

Okay, here's the deal.... At our first fundraiser, I was to bring a quilt that one of our members would pick up and deliver to her friend's son, who was just diagnosed with throat cancer. I picked out a few that I thought might work, and let her choose one at the fundraiser.

Aamir Ahmed said...

Stacked in piles of ten...yup, totaled 110. So much so, that they didn't fit in the 'blessing basket'

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See all the bright

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