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My knitting adventure

Today is mi madre’s birthday.  So Happy Birthday to her today!

I’m supposed to go up north tomorrow to spend Thanksgiving with the norcal family but me and the kiddos are not feeling well at all.  I’m not sure we’re going to make it but we’ll see how we feel tomorrow.

Besides that, finally, here are the pictures of what I’ve been doing while I was gone!

Short socks 11/22/2016

Short socks
11/22/2016

This is the first sock and I’ve got the second sock started.  I plan to continue with the pink up until the toe and will do the toe part in blue.  I do not have much of the blue left so I had to start the second sock to make sure I had enough for two socks.

Here are my first socks that I finished a few weeks ago:

My First Socks 11/2/2016

My First Socks
11/2/2016

I don’t think I ever got around to posting a picture.  These are my first ever socks so please don’t judge them too harshly.  The girl loved them and took them with her on her trip.  She said that they were warm and perfect for the colder weather of the East coast.  When she returned I ended up gifting them to my mom who absolutely loved them.  I love my family. 🙂

Another sock project 11/22/2016

Another sock project
11/22/2016

This is the yarn I got from our Florida/Georgia/South Carolina trip last June.  I actually got further along than this while we were in Colorado but it was too small for me and when I got home had the girl try it on.  It ended up being too small for her too so I ripped ripped ripped and started all over again.  The picture is not great and I couldn’t get the camera to focus properly.  Here’s another picture and hopefully you can see the colors better:

Sock project 11/22/2016

Sock project
11/22/2016

Purple is my favorite color and I’m loving how the gray, dark purple, and pinky purple all blend together nice and stripey.  I’m enjoying knitting these up as I go along.

I am also working on an infinity scarf but that’s in the car and I’m too lazy to go out and grab it for a picture.  It’s my car knitting when I go out in the morning and warm the car up for 10 minutes before I take the kiddos to school or while I’m waiting for them after school.  It’s slow but that’s okay.  Every bit at a time helps me move forward.  Otherwise I’d just be sitting there irritated that I have to wait for them. 🙂

Clipper Beanie 11/18/16

Clipper Beanie
11/18/16

And I posted this picture last Sunday of the Clipper Beanie. But it’s not blocked yet.  I really do not know how I’m supposed to do that with a hat.  I figured it out with a shawl or flat object but I do not know how to do it with a hat or sock.  Is it okay to just spray water on it and leave it flat to dry?   For those knitters out there, please help.  I’m a new knitter and really confused about this.

Have a great quilty or knitty day!

~Melanie

My knitting adventure

I started knitting again…

Here’s how my sock looks like now:

my right sock 10/8/2016

my right sock
10/2/2016

My first sock project

… I realized after I was working on this project that I need to document how I modified the pattern to fit my feet.  I started with the Craftsy “My First Socks” with Lucy Neatby.  But once I got past the heel I realized that I needed to modify the sock pattern. I have small feet (5-5.5 shoe size) with wide chunky feet and calves.  I will need this write up as I do more socks.  Especially if I want to do the second sock.

Anyway, I didn’t start documenting it until after I got past the heel so it’s really a draft until I do another and can document better next time.  Here goes –

Remember… this starts after the heel… Lucy, the instructor in the class said to decrease every other or every round.  I found that it was decreasing too much, too quickly.   I’m also using really thick yarn and size 9 needles my first time around.  I think its supposed to make these knit up easier and faster for the first time sock knitter.  So… this may all change when I switch to proper sock yarn and use the right size needles.  I started with DPNs and later switched to circulars to make it easier.

  1. Round – decrease – k, ssk, k rest of the way (total 11 stitches on DPN), knit all for 10 stitches for the bottom of my foot, decrease – knit until the last 3 stitches, k2o, k (total 11 stitches on DPN), top of foot – knit all for 12 stitches.
  2. Round – knit all around
  3. Round – decrease
  4. Round – knit all around
  5. Round – knit all around – try it on. 🙂
  6. Round – knit all around
  7. Round – knit all around
  8. Round – knit all around – try it on. 🙂
  9. Round – decrease
  10. Round – knit all around
  11. Round – knit all around – try it on. 🙂
  12. Round – knit all around
  13. Round – knit all around -switched to circulars.
  14. Round – knit all around
  15. Round – knit all around
  16. Round – knit all around – try it on. 🙂
  17. Round – decrease
  18. Round – knit all around
  19. Round – knit all around – try it on. 🙂
  20. Round – knit all around
  21. Round – decrease

Have a great quilty Saturday!

~Melanie

Fabric Tuesday, 7/26/2016

 

Happy Tuesday!

Missing Ivy Step 13 9 patches for the border... 7/26/2016

Missing Ivy
Step 13
9 patches for the border…
7/26/2016

I was able to get step 13 finished for Missing Ivy.  These are a bunch (close to 50) 3-1/2 inch 9 patches.  Only 2 more official steps to get through so this top will hopefully be finished by the time I’m done quilting Hampton Ridge. 🙂

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~Melanie

 

 

 

Fabric Tuesday, 7/19/2016

Happy Tuesday!

Provence Block 12 Finished! 7/19/2016

Provence
Block 12
Finished!
7/19/2016

 

All 12 blocks are finished and now the next step is to work on the alternating blocks.  I worked on them a few weeks ago and finished up these center pieces.  Now I have to figure out the next steps and get going on them.

 

Provence The beginnings of the alternating blocks 6/11/2016

Provence
The beginnings of the alternating blocks
6/11/2016

 

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~Melanie

 

 

 

Fabric and Knitting Tuesday, 6/14/2016

Happy Tuesday!

Quilting the borders of Moon Glow 6/14/2016

Quilting the borders of
Moon Glow
6/14/2016

 

I was able to quilt 2 of the borders and I’m not going to get those last 2 borders done.  I wanted to spend time yesterday and do 1 border and finish off the last border today but didn’t get to it.  Life happened and we’re taking care of all the last minute stuff before we head off.  So sometime today I’ll be taking my Bernina off to get her serviced while I’m away.

Knitting Update

I  started knitting the “leg” part of my current knitting project, my purple socks.  Here’s the pick of where I was at from last week:

My first socks 6/7/2016

My first socks
6/7/2016

Here’s a pic of where I’m at now.

My first socks 6/14/2016

My first socks
6/14/2016

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~Melanie

 

 

 

Fabric and Knitting Tuesday, 6/7/2016

Happy Tuesday!

I prepped block 4 of Spooky Halloween and decided that all of it will be hand appliqued.  I’ll be taking it on vacation with me.  Everything has been traced so all I’ll need to do is cut and applique later.  It’s ready to be packed.

I started working on Row 2 and took some pictures of my process.  First, I took the bag and separated all the fabric:

Spooky Halloween Row 2 All the Fabric 6/7/16

Spooky Halloween
Row 2
All the Fabric
6/7/16

Spooky Halloween Row 2 All the Fabric laid out 6/7/16

Spooky Halloween
Row 2
All the Fabric laid out
6/7/16

Then I put them all in little baggies and they’re organized very nicely in one of my project bins:

Spooky Halloween Row 2 All the Fabric in baggies in my project bin 6/7/16

Spooky Halloween
Row 2
All the Fabric in baggies in my project bin
6/7/16

I have a binder of the pattern with page protectors to hold each block.  Once all the fabric is separated, I cut all of the pieces (not the appliqued pieces):

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Blocks 1, 3, and 5 are pretty easy since those are applique heavy and currently consist of 6-1/2″ squares.  Blocks 2 and 4 are piecing heavy so there was a lot to cut.  I’ll be working on the machine pieced portion first and then start the applique part one block at a time. I’ve got enough hand work to take with me so I am not going to rush to get this ready for hand work for my vaca.

Knitting Update

I watched the first few lessons of “My First Socks” with Lucy Neatby on Craftsy.com.  I finished the “cuff” part and now I’ve got to knit the “leg” part.  I’ve got to rewatch that before I begin.  Here’s the pick of where I was at from last week:

My first socks 5/31/2016

My first socks
5/31/2016

 

Here’s a pic of where I’m at now.

My first socks 6/7/2016

My first socks
6/7/2016

 

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~Melanie

 

 

 

Fabric and Knitting Tuesday, 5/31/2016

Happy Tuesday!

I was able to get a lot of progress on Row 1.  I finished Block 3 …

Spooky Halloween Row 1, Block 3 5/31/2016

Spooky Halloween
Row 1, Block 3
5/31/2016

I have all the pieces on Block 2 and all I need to do next is the embroidery.

 

Spooky Halloween Row 1, Block 2 still need to do the embroidery 5/31/2016

Spooky Halloween
Row 1, Block 2
still need to do the embroidery
5/31/2016

Block 4 needs a lot of work but the background is prepped and I have to do the applique next…

Spooky Halloween Row 1, Block 4 rest of this is to be applique'd on 5/31/2016

Spooky Halloween
Row 1, Block 4
rest of this is to be applique’d on
5/31/2016

For my knitting this week, I decided that my next project will be socks.  I’ve never knitted socks and I have a couple of sock classes on Craftsy.  I’m watching “My First Socks” with Lucy Neatby.  I’ve casted on, did the first couple of rows knitting until I got the handle working with DPNs again and then started the ribbing.  I’m using size 9 DPNs.

My first socks 5/31/2016

My first socks
5/31/2016

 

 

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~Melanie