Friday, October 21, 2016

Sausalito Fingerless Gloves

I enjoy knitting fingerless gloves.  This pair was knit using the pattern Sausalito Fingerless Gloves by Cathy Campbell.  The yarn is Crystal Palace Yarns Sausalito in colorway 8307 French Toast. 

Friday, October 14, 2016

When I Said I Do Small Quilt

I have a friend getting married a few days before Halloween.  The invitation says no gifts but I wanted to make a small quilt for her.  This is the result.  It is a mixed media quilt.  The skeletons are from Halloween cards with working hinges at the shoulders and hips.  To keep these working I used beads to anchor the skeletons in place, sewing the bead in place through the open hinge.  I cut the hats free from the left hands of the skeletons and placed them on their heads adding a veil to one hat. I sewed beads through each eye to help anchor the skeletons and to give color to the eyes.  The quilt measures 13.25 in square.  
The back has two triangles at the top to allow hanging by using a small wooden dowel (or as I often do a wooden skewer).  I used the marbled paper from the wedding invitation envelope to create a place to stash the invitation.  The label with quilt maker/date is in the opposite corner.
 Here's a closer view of the wedding couple.  The groom has a button as his vest.  The bride a ribbon skirt that matches the veil and bouquet of gold flowers.
While I was making the quilt, the song "When I said I do" by Clint Black keep popping into my head.  Hence the name of the quilt.

Friday, October 7, 2016

Western Hill Knitted Afghan

It took me several months but I finally finished knitting this afghan using yarn my sister Susan brought to me from Arizona. The pattern is Western Hills - The Blanket by Julia Stanfield.  The yarn is four colors (black, blue heather, gray heather, and white) of Lion Brand Wool-Ease Sportweight.  It measures approx 44 in X 63 in.  I've sent the finished afghan to her.