Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Kitty Bean

While wasting my time, browsing Ravelry on the weekend, I found a pattern for a Kitty Bean.

Since I have lots of tiny balls of sock yarn, I decided to give it a try. It was a cute, quick project (though you have to enjoy knitting teeny things).

I didn't put a face on it, because I made it for Grayson.

He hasn't figured out what it is, here.

A few minutes later, he decided it was something to play with.
I think it's a hit!

I bought myself a treat today.
It's a rolly bag for my sewing machine. They were on sale at Fabricland, and quilt retreat is coming. I'm ready to roll.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Another Kobo Case

Back in February, I made my husband a Kobo case. His Kobo is actually an Android tablet, which means it can be used for lots of things besides reading books.

For example, cat games!

Here is Grayson, playing a cat game for the tablet. If he catches the dot, it explodes and "Meows" at him. He loves it.

I decided that I was missing out on the fun, so I got one of these Kobo's of my own. Then I needed a case.

Here it is, made from scraps from other projects. Recognize some from the Radiant Purple runner?

Of course, it had to have a cat on it, and a bird on the other side to entertain the cat.

I used some of the fancy stitches on my machine to quilt it.  There is lots of purple and fuchsia in those scraps and in the thread.
Best of all, when I finished, it was a perfect fit. I am told it looks "a little feminine" , so I guess I don't have to worry about him taking it if he can't find his own.  I like the design so I am thinking of trying a clutch bag  in a similar style, next.

We had heavy rains yesterday and it was cloudy Monday afternoon.  I was doing the quilting and having a hard time seeing what I was doing. I was blaming the weather, until it finally dawned on me, yesterday afternoon, that the light on my machine had burnt out. I pulled the bulb, and my sweetie found a replacement in his collection of stray auto parts. Problem solved!

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Work Gets In The Way!

I got my very own Kobo, last week. So I started to make a case for it. I made a case for my sweetie's Kobo earlier this year.

I took some of the strips I was cutting last week and added a few other scraps. However, people keep expecting me to work at what they want done, instead of letting me have fun. So I haven't gotten very far.

I am not sure I have exactly what I want yet, so I thought a picture might help me figure out what isn't working. I am not happy with the first and third strip from the left, but I don't hate them either. Maybe I just need to switch them. I will leave it until tomorrow, and look at it again.

Meanwhile, I started a shawl back in the fall. My Ravelry Project page says I started it September 29. At some point, I made a mistake, put a safety line in and ripped it back. Then I put it in the corner to think about what it had done! Last week, I picked it up again, figured out what was wrong, and started back at it.

It is called Glitz at the Ritz, and is from Knitty, First Fall 2013.

It has hundreds of beads, literally!
I probably should have put it on a darker background, to show off the beads, because they are silver lined clear beads.

It is now a race to see if I can finish it, before the nice weather. How is that for optimism?

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Toddlers and Tiaras

We have a new baby at our house.

Meet Grayson.

Isn't he cute? He is about three months old, and will be staying with us for awhile while he recovers from an infection in his ears, eyes and upper respiratory system. It has been some time since we have had a little boy like him in the house. We had forgotten about the "shark attacks" from under chairs and tables. Watch your feet!

Meanwhile, my grandcats were competing in the Fundy Fanciers Cat Show this weekend. The Lovely Purrfessor Minerva Mojito McGonagall got the gold medal for Best of Best Household Pet! Mini is trying not to let it go to her head. Her best buddy, Virgile looked very nice, too.
They got great swag.
I think the ribbons may be bigger than the cats.
Here is Mini celebrating her victory.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

The Great Cleanup Begins

We are having a family celebration in May. It is just a small party to celebrate a couple of significant milestones, but family is coming from East and West to celebrate, and they will all be staying with us.

I seem to remember that there is a foldout couch in my sewing room, but it hasn't been seen in awhile, so I am trying to find it. Of course, other parts of the room need to be tidied as well, so I started on my cutting table.

A recent speaker at my quilt group suggested cutting your scraps into 2 1/2" strips, so they can be used for projects that call for jelly rolls, or to use as scrappy bindings. Today, I started to cut the scraps laying on my sewing table.

They have been ironed, cut, and placed neatly in a box. The box is from Home Depot and cost under $1. I bought a stack of them sometime ago, to corral my scraps.

These are the piles still in need of cutting, however it is possible to see the top of the table now.

I squared this scrap off to use for my next project. I think it is just the right size.

I didn't take pictures of the rest of the room. It is too embarrassing. However, when I find the couch, I promise to post a picture. Then I think I may move the couch to another room and replace it with a place to store fabric, officially!

My own Radiant Orchid bloomed on Sunday. I have had the plant for 3 years and this is only the second time it has bloomed. I think it was inspired by the Pantone 2014 Challenge.
There is still time to vote for your favourite. Click on the link, and scroll down to see all the truly awesome quilts. You vote by clicking on the heart in the corner of your favourite.
I am entered in the mini catagory (just in case you would like to vote for me (shameless plug)).

Since I am working hard at getting the sewing room tidy, I am linking up with WIP Wednesday at The Needle and Thread Network.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Me and You ...and You and Me

I finished my Mystery Knit Along Shawl. It ended up much bigger than I expected.  I chose to knit the large size without fully considering how big it was going to be.

Here it is , pinned to my foam tiles, drying after blocking it.

Each of the tiles is 24" square, and as you can see, I had to bring in reinforcements!

Here is a closer look, before it was blocked.
Now I just need to weave in the ends and it is ready for spring.

I wonder what I will do with the 84 gm of red yarn I have left over. I had to buy a second skein just before I finished it.

In case you missed it, my Radiant Orchid Tablerunner is finished, and can be seen here.

Friday, March 14, 2014

Spring Comes To Arts and Socks - Not!

The daffodils are lovely, but they are in a pot and behind them you can see the snow piled up in my backyard. It was -17C again yesterday, which broke a record for March 13, but not a good one!

So, I have been creating some springtime in my sewing room.  Karen Neary introduced a bright and cheery pattern on her blog, back in January. She called it (at my suggestion, grin) Polly's Posies.

Shortly after that, I discover the 2014 Pantone Quilt challenge: Radiant Orchid hosted by Adrianne of On a Windy Day and Anne of PlayCrafts.

It was obviously meant to be. So I dove into my stash, and found some orchidish fabrics, made a quick trip the the LQS for a background fabric, and set to work.  It is now finished, including the quilting and binding, and I am entering it into the challenge in the Mini Quilt Category.

Quilt Stats:

Name: Polly's Orchid Posies
Pattern: Polly's Posies, by Karen Neary
Size: 36" x 12" (92 cm X 31 cm)
Date Started: 4 Feb 2014
Date Completed: 14 Mar 2014
Paper Pieced and Quilted by : Me!

Karen has some lovely free motion quilting on hers, but I mostly quilt in straight lines.

It will now take up residence on the new dresser in the new guest room (formerly kid bedroom, but kid has his own place now).
Like the purple shade on the lamp?

I found this in my stash, and I think it may become a wall hanging for the same room.
It just needs a nice purple border, right?

I am linking up with the 2014 Pantone Quilting Challenge. 
You can vote for your favourites until Friday, I think. (maybe mine? :) )