3/25/14

F.O.: Spectra


I finished my Spectra scarf! I'm in love with it, but thankful it's done and I can move on to another knitting project. It's funny how I'm pretty much a monogamous knitter, but all over the place with my sewing and other craft projects.

Here it is spread out on my floor. For both yarns I used Dragonfly Fibers yarn in the Paint it Black and Ode to Sock Summit colorways. (details on my Ravelry projects page here).

As I mentioned in my recent podcast episode, I was a bit disappointed because I ran out of the black yarn. I was only able to get 67 wedges instead of the pattern's 84. That's quite a lot of wedges short, and I did get gauge and had (should have had) enough yarn, according to the pattern requirements!



In any case, I'm happy with how it came out and with blocking, I was able to make the length work for me. It's a lovely pattern overall, very simple to follow like Stephen West's patterns are, and it's a great way to learn and work a LOT of short rows. After about 10-12 wedges, the repeat becomes second nature, you won’t even need to pattern sheets expect for occasional reference.



To make this pattern you need to know how to knit (k), purl (p), cross 1 color yarn over another (xAB or xBA), wrap-and-turn (w&t), knit wraps together, slip 1 with yarn in front (sl1 wyif). For a newer knitter, some of those stitches may seem intimidating, but honestly just a few minutes watching a YouTube video and you'll get them all without a problem. You also do them so many times, you will feel like a pro by the end!

CGM



3/14/14

CGM Podcast Episode #61: The Other S-Word

Listen to the episode here


Show Notes 

Life Update:

  • We're expecting sNOOOOOw next week. Boo-hiss.
  • Moody Maddy
  • DC Modern Quilt Guild Retreat in April!
WIPs:
  • Low volume scrap quilt
  • Outlander blocks/quilt
  • Spectra scarf
Q & A: I answer several listener questions:
  • How long have I been sewing?
  • How do I read so many books? and What do I do as a book buyer?
  • Thank you to Jayne and Bernice for your questions!
What I've Been Listening To

Book Review + GIVEAWAY!!!!

 Seams Unlikely by Nancy Zieman
  

GIVEAWAY HAS ENDED. 
To enter the giveaway for my "gently read" copy of Seams Unlikely, leave a comment below letting me know about your first memory/experience/sighting of Nancy Zieman, Nancy's Notions catalog, Sewing With Nancy tv series. Enter by March 31st (one entry per person). I will draw a name on April 1st. Please make sure you are not a no-reply commentor or leave a valid email address to reach you! If you just want to leave a comment, not enter for the book, mention that in your comment below.

Thanks for listening!

CGM

3/13/14

Thursday Thoughts: Transcript of My 3 Year Old

  • I'm Maddy
  • I'm three
  • I'm a princess 
  • Stop talking to me
  • No
  • No
  • No
  • Can I have a snack?
  • I don't want no banana
  • I love my Mommy
  • This is mine
  • I can go potty all by myself
  • I can get raisins all by myself
  • I can color all by myself
  • I can do that all by myself
  • OK I won't touch it
  • This is mine
  • Are you mad at me?
  • No
  • No
  • No
  • Where's my snack?
  •  
  •  
  • please
  • I don't want no carrots
  • I like carrots
  • Can I have Goldfish please?
  • And a drink?
  • And some Cheetos?
  • And some juice?
  • And some Craisins?
  • And
  • And
  • And 
  • Are you mad at me?
  • Blaaaaaaaaaaankieeeeeeee!
  • Are you reading?
  • AGAIN?!?!
  • Can I read it too?
  • Oh, it's a Mommy book?
  • Can I hold it?
  • Can I turn the pages?
  • Oops!
  • Sorry!
  • I wipe it off.
  • See, I cleaned it for you.
  • I love my Daddy
  • I love my sister
  • Are you mad at me?
  • Stop talking to me.
  • No
  • No
  • No
  • Are you knitting?
  • AGAIN?!?!
  • Can I hold this yarn?
  • Oops!
  • Sorry!
  • I picked it up.
  • I wiped it.
  • I cleaned it for you.
  • Let's read this book
  • You skipping pages!
  • I'm not tired.
  • I want a hug.
  • Can I have a snack?
  • No I didn't just eat!
  • I DIDN'T!
  • No
  • No
  • No
  • Why?
  • I don't want no dinner.
  • I want noodles.
  • I want pancakes with syrup on it and you cut them up
  • I want a drink.
  • I want that toy.
  • That one.
  • That one.
  • That one.
  • Behind you.
  • On the table.
  • Over there.
 long drawn out sigh
  • OK, I'll get it.
  • Are you mad at me?
  • I'm not tired.
  • I don't want no bath.
  • I want a bath!
  • With bubbles
  • And fishes
  • And cups
  • And crayons
  • And sing the turtle song
  • I'm not tired.
  • Blaaaaaaaaankieeeeeee!
  • I love my Mommy.
  • I love my Daddy.
  • I love Sammy.
  • I love my whoooooooooole family.
  • Stop talking to me.
CGM...and the 3 year old.

3/12/14

WIP Wednesday: Baltimore Fall

I bought a Baltimore album block-of-the-month kit at the Houston Quilt Festival last fall. It was an expensive impulse purchase, but I've seen the pattern several times over the years in Keepsake Quilting catalog, and loved it immediately. It has a Fall theme (my favorite season) for Pete's sake! Seeing the finished sample close up in the booth, and the last kit just sitting there by its lonesome on the shelf, I had to do it.



I finished block 1 last week, and have started cutting out the pieces to block 2. I doubt I'll keep up with it by doing a block every month, but I am eager to see this hanging on my entryway walls one day.

Here's what else I've got going on:
  • Outlander blocks 1 and 2 are out for pattern testing. Almost finished drafting blocks 3 and 4.
  • Low volume quilt: I'm participating in a swap to get more variety in my fabrics for this quilt.
  • Drafted a pattern for a new art quilt series...this is going to be fun!
  • Knitting: Spectra scarf. I am on 60/84 wedges, although I may run out of the solid color yarn (black) before I get to wedge 84.
Trying not to get too off course with the projects I know I want to complete this year, but it already feels a bit crazy around here. My word of the week is: FOCUS. So hard to do when there's so much rattling around in my head that I want to get going on.

http://www.nancysnotions.com/product/seams+unlikely+autographed+book+the+true+life+story+of+nancy+zieman.do
I recently finished reading Seams Unlikely by Nancy Zieman. While I felt it ran a bit long on details in some parts, I enjoyed it overall. I am so impressed by how she overcame so many physical and mental struggles that started at an early age. She is a true inspiration to us all. I also enjoyed her nuggets of business wisdom she imparted in the last 1/3 of the book, highlighting things she learned about running a business and managing people as a family to get the best from them.


Hope you're having a productive and focused week!

CGM

http://www.freshlypieced.com/2014/03/wip-wednesday-babies-need-quilts.html

3/6/14

What We're Reading This Month

Me:

The Chase by Janet Evanovich and Lee Goldberg

The Expats by Chris Pavone

Past Imperfect by Julian Fellowes

Stiff by Mary Roach

Samantha (age 7):

by Helen Perelman


by Stephanie Greene


Maddy (age 3):

Bear's Loose Tooth by Karma Wilson


Nelly Gnu and Daddy Too by Anna Dewdney
(on sale 5/6/14, Maddy is getting to read an advance copy!)


What are you and your kiddos reading this month?

CGM

3/4/14

Quilts in Progress: Outlander

As mentioned in my recent podcast episode, I've been taking inspiration from this series:





 and turning it into these:




I'm SO excited about this Outlander inspired sampler quilt. Watch this space for more to come soon!

CGM
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