Time for Sewing!

I’m enjoying a little sewing this week and working on a batik table runner using Hoffman Batiks and Tonga Treats.  I am a huge lover of batik fabrics and would love to make a quilt someday using noting but batiks. Meantime I am practicing on small pieces so I get better at cutting, piecing and sewing.

Earlier this week I hand pieced my squares to help me achieve a perfect point match.  I then added my softer batik around each square.  It kind of reminds me of Easter!





I have since added the batting and backing.  This weekend I will quilt it using a feather stitch design s my machine.  This will be perfect for my table in April and Easter.

Until next time... be creative!





Spring is in the air!

As spring approaches, my desire to knit and spin is getting less and less as I find myself drawn to embroidery and quilting.  Don’t get me wrong, I love knitting and spinning but I sometimes I need a change. I am just about finished with my sweater, working on the sleeves, and will be working on my socks once it is finished and packed away until the end of the year.

This past weekend I was so happy to visit a few of my favorite quilt shops and picked up fabric for fun project, such as table runners, including one using hexies (English Paper Piecing).  I love batik fabrics and I couldn’t resist picking up a few pieces with a southwest inspired theme.  I am planning to make a hexie pieced table runner with these pieces, along with a few I have in my fabric stash.



I also picked up a fat quarter set of  fabrics by Robert Hoffman in All A Twitter.  This collection is beautiful and the colors are just perfect for a spring inspired table runner.




And of course my purchases would not be complete without a holiday themed set of fabric, so I came home with a panel and a fabric designed by Meg Hawkey of Crabapple Hill Studio for Maywood Fabrics called the Salem Quilt Show. 


Love this coordinationing fabric!


Part of the panel shown below 




I found a kit on Etsy that I may have to purchase and make the 48” x 56” quilt. The kit has the charcoal colored version of the panel, which I think is very striking with the coordinating fabrics.  I’m not sure if my sewing skill set is good enough to try the kit, but I guess I will never know until I try.

I am also working on my Home Sampler Sampler this week and enjoying the stitch along hosted by the designer, Kathy Schmitz.  This is a fun piece and will definitely be perfect for a quilted border.

Until next time... be creative!

Home .... Where My Heart Lies



Not only do I enjoy the fiberarts but I also enjoy the needlearts, especially when it comes to designs by Kathy Schmitz.  

I was so excited to get her Home Sampler pattern and spent Wednesday morning tracing it onto my stash of tea stained muslin fabric.  For tracing I used a light box and a Pilot FriXion pen, recommended by another pattern designer,  that is suppose to wash out with warm water (hope that is the case).  Kathy used Valdani 12wt Perle Cotton in Nut Black but I am trying not to purchase any more threads, so I am using Gentle Art’s Simply Shaker Thread in the color Onyx, a rich black with a slight brown undertone.

So, I had planned to frame my finished piece as suggested in th pattern until I found out Kathy has a new line of fabric coming out this fall from Moda.  I have decided to save my finished piece until this beautiful collection comes out and then turn it into a small quilt wall hanging. This new collection has my heart singing and I can hardly wait for it to come out this fall.  Meantime I will be stitching my piece and planning how I want to finish it this fall!

Until next time... be creative!



On My Needles and Wheel

This weekend went to fast and I feel like I didn’t get much knitting or spinning accomplished. Saturday was a day of rest, as my hubby was exhausted from helping his folks (his dad was in the hospital for a couple of days). I too was tired and just didn't feel like doing much in the way of crafting.  Sunday though was a different story and I worked on my sweater, which is knitting up quickly (I love knitting bulky projects), and did about 18 minutes of spinning.

I have about 6” to go on my sweater before starting the bottom ribbing and then I can work on the sleeves.  I have decided not to make the pockets and will not be doing any more stripes (the bottom of the sweater will be a solid color).  Since we are starting to warm up in Phoenix, I won’t be able to wear my finished sweater until November but that’s ok, it will be exciting to have something new to wear!

On to the spinning ....

I am truly enjoying spinning my Abundant Earth Fiber Signature Blend. Even though the fiber is soft,  I forgot how rustic it looks when spun.  I don’t have much to go and hope to start plying by Wednesday.  Just look at this color ...


Love the texture and color!


The color is such a rich green with understones of blues and browns.  I can’t wait to chain ply and hopefully I will get at least 100 yards but realistically it will be around 70 yards.  I am truly trying to spin from stash for the #spin15adaystashdown, but have ordered another bump of fiber to make sure I have enough for my Hap Cowl project.  I am excited about spinning for my cowl and can't wait to have all my yarn ready to go so that I can cast on!

On to the plying ...
Navajo plying (also called chain plying) is a way to make a three-ply yarn from only a single strand. Spinners often use this method when they have spun singles from a multicolored top and want to avoid creating “barber pole” yarn as they ply. Navajo plying preserves the color changes of the original singles, giving you a striped yarn rather than a marled one. If you can crochet a chain, you already know the main step in creating a Navajo plied yarn, but I would recommend mastering a standard two-ply before trying to chain ply. ~ Knittingspin First Fall 2010, Lee Juvan
I have fallen in love with chain plying (a.k.a. Navajo Plying) and I have found several videos on how to chain ply but I recently came across this one by Classy Squid Fiber Co. that I found extremely helpful and wanted to share.  I love how she talks during spinning and provides tips/techniques while plying.



Enjoy your day and as always.... be creative!







Finished Skeins and a New Spin!

I was very productive yesterday and I am so excited to share that I finished my Owls in Cheviot and my Passionate Kisses in Merino.  

This was my first time spinning Cheviot and it definitely won’t be my last. I ended up with 160 yards of worsted weight in 3-ply. I decided to chain ply for this project and love how it turned out.  I can’t wait to spin my other braids of fiber that I purchased from Dedri’s shop, Quillin Fiberarts.



The colors reminds me of denim, jeans and boots!



My merino in the color Passionate Kisses was a very smooth fiber to spin.  While I didn’t end up with the yardage I was aiming for, I am quite happy with the end result.  My finished skein is 103 yard of DK to light worsted in 3-ply.  I also chained plied this project, which is probably the main reason for my lack of yardage. Nevertheless the less, I am in love with my finished skein.


Isn't this red gorgeous!



I have also started spinning for the #spin15aday March spin along and I’m loving the color! The one thing I love about Abundant Earth Fiber's Signature Blend is the rustic nature of their wool.  For this spin, I am aiming for 100 yards of 3-ply.



I am hopeful that March will be a great month of spinning and that I will be able to spin up all my Abundant Fiber Signature Blend as part of my "stash down" spinning.

Until next time ... be creative !




March Spin Along - Luck O’the Irish

I decided not to buy any fiber for this month’s spin along for the #spin15aday group on Instagram but to use fiber from my stash and I’m so happy I did because I found my Abundant Earth Fiber Signature Blend in the color Forage.  


I can’t believe I posted about my “intentional spinning” July of last year,  but honestly this month’s color prompt is the perfect motivator for me to finish spinning my fiber for the Hap Cowl .  My intention is to spin for this project using my stash of Abundant Earth Fiber, and mind you I haven’t spun for a project in mind for a few years and this simple spinning challenge has rekindled my excitement.

Be sure to check out these hashtags on Instagram to follow the fun or to join in ....

#spin15adaystashdown  #marchspin15  #spin15aday

Do you spin for a project in mind ?

Until next time... be creative!

March Spin Along - Luck O’the Irish

I decided not to buy any fiber for this month’s spin along for the #spin15aday group on Instagram but to use fiber from my stash and I’m so happy I did because I found my Abundant Earth Fiber Signature Blend in the color Forage.  



I can’t believe I posted about my “intentional spinning” July of last year,  but honestly this month’s color prompt is the perfect motivator for me to finish spinning my fiber for the Hap Cowl .  My intention is to spin for this project using my stash of Abundant Earth Fiber, and mind you I haven’t spun for a project in mind for a few years and this simple spinning challenge has rekindled my excitement.

Be sure to check out these hashtags on Instagram to follow the fun or to join in ....


#spin15adaystashdown  #marchspin15  #spin15aday

Do you spin for a project in mind ?

Until next time... be creative!

Lovely Mail

Sometimes you receive the most thoughtful things in the mail from your friends.  A card, a bump of fiber or a lovely skein of yarn for no special reason,  just because and just to brighten your day.  

My friend Lara sent me this gorgeous skein of yarn from Bijou Basin to brighten my day (hubby and I had the flu for over a week and I was so down, I didn’t even knit).  She always knows what will make me feel better 😊




This skein of Himalayan Summit (50% Yak Down/50% Merino) is destined for a shawl, and I’m leaning towards a favorite, Shaelyn by Leila Raabe.


Photo courtesy of  wolletron/Leila Raabe

I was thinking about casting on after I finish my socks and sweater, but the yarn is really calling me and I just might have to cast on today.

Until next time .... be creative!




New Ideas For Sweater and Accessory Knitting

This past weekend I was so excited to pick up Marie Greene  of Olive Knits new book, Seamless Knit Sweaters in 2 Weeks.  This book has 20 designs, is very well  written with wonderful step by step instructions and the photos are simply gorgeous.  I love every pattern and can’t wait to cast on a new sweater project.  I’m thinking my first will be the Riverbank Cropped Pullover.  




I could not resist picking Issue 7 of Laine Magazine, which is filled with 12 designs that I absolutely love.  I think my favorite design in this issue is Apricite by Kiyomi Burgin, which is featured on the front cover.  This oversized pullover sweater has just the right amount of texture and the overall design is simple, yet cozy.

Photo courtesy of Laine
Apricite is worked flat in pieces from the bottom up. The neckline has functional front opening. The fit is oversized with a slightly cropped length, loose sleeves and drop shoulders. The garment is knitted using two strands of yarn held together: a DK weight wool yarn with a lace weight mohair/ silk blend. A single strand of worsted weight wool yarn can be used in place of these yarns, although yardage might vary.
Photo courtesy of Laine
I also picked up January 2019 Issue of The Knitter Magazine , as well as the December 2018 Issue  Both contain beautiful designs and I am head over heels in love with a few.  Ashdown by Sarah Hatton has stolen my heart. This gorgeous cable poncho was knitted up in West Yorkshire Spinners The Croft Shetland Colours.  I really love the warm rich color used.


Photo courtesy of The Knitter 
THIS OPENFRONTED poncho drapes around the shoulders beautifully to offer cosy comfort. It can also be worn with one front pinned to the opposite shoulder, as in our photographs. Sarah Hatton’s design features mock cables, cluster stitches and moss stitch. The fabric feels wonderfully warm, thanks to the use of an aran-weight wool from West Yorkshire Spinners. - from designer page

I also love Maelona by Charlotte Waldord.  This crescent shaped shawl is beautiful and the lace stitch design is perfection.  This shawl was knitted up in a new to me yarn called Lottieknits Aglow Singles.


Photo courtesy of The Knitter 
I hope to make a few sweaters and accessory pieces this year, and between my new book and these magazines, I should have plenty of ideas for sweater knitting.


Until next time....be creative!