Rising Dawn Shawl

This shawl is blocked and big and beautiful. It felt like a monumental task to finish this one and I am so happy with it.

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The pattern is Rising Dawn, by Stephen West. It’s my first ever finished #westknit! It’s a really well written, clever pattern. I used a kit dyed especially for this shawl from Gauge Dye Works. The yarn is on her merino/cashmere/nylon base in the Sunday Morning colorway. The shawl wound up using every gram plus 3 grams of some emergency grey that I called in to finish the bind off.

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The yarn is so soft and combined with this stitch pattern, this is the squishiest shawl I own. It knit up like a dream.

I could gush about it on and on, it’s a really great size and shape. I do love those crescent shawls. I’ve been having fun playing around with styling it, I think it’s very wearable. I always go back to one of my favorite ways to wear the deep crescent style shawls, sort of cardigan fashion, draped over my shoulders:

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I adore it.


YoM day 270: Quilting and shawl knitting

YoM day 271: Shawl and sock knitting


Happy making!

Busy weekend.

I’ve been working on a lot of things. Quilts, socks, shawls, dresses. I feel a little scattered again, but I’m really enjoying making progress on all of these projects.

Friday night, I started prepping my Moneta Dress. The fabric came in, so I washed that, and I printed out the pattern and put it together. That’s a lot of work, but it’s nice to have it done. I figured out that I have more fabric than I need, so I also purchased a pattern to make Astra a dress. I’ll be making her the Delaney Dress by Peek-A-Boo pattern shop. I took a picture of the fabric, and while very soft and the perfect dark grey, it’s incredibly uninteresting to photograph:

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When I posted last week, I had finished a quick quilt top in anticipation of my long arm reservation for Saturday. I woke up really early on Saturday morning to get ready for a full day of quilting. I was attempting to document the day:

Breakfast plus my super cute apron. Once I was all fueled up, I headed down to the iron for a major pressing session. It took me about an hour to press all three tops plus all the backs! I loaded all of the quilts up and headed to my LQS. I had up to 7 hours available for quilting. I honestly didn’t think I would get to the third quilt, but I managed to get all three done.

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I went pretty simple, I may try one day to do a whole cloth quilt just to practice different designs. It’s a little daunting to try new things on a top you’ve pieced. I do love the quilting and the backs. I can’t wait to get them bound and all finished!

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I also wanted to try to finish up my Rising Dawn shawl. It feels like it’s been on my needles forever. On Saturday night, I had about 7 rows left. That may not sound like too much, but the rows were over 700 stitches each. They were taking me about 40 minutes each to knit!

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I stayed up too late on Saturday and got up on Sunday and made it to the bind off. Of course, it’s a picot bind off. I love the look of a picot bind off, but it takes about three times as much time and yarn to do. I gamely got started right after lunch:

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So pretty! Well worth it, but it took me most of the day on Sunday. I didn’t knit non-stop, but I worked on it a lot. At about 10 p.m. Sunday night, this happened:

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I ran out of yarn. I knew it was going to happen, I had gotten nervous and started weighing my yarn a couple rows before the bind off. So, run out of yarn is exactly what I did. I frantically searched my stash and my scraps and came up with some grey Knitpicks yarn that matched quite well. I finished up the shawl that night. It’s blocking now but here it is in all of it’s unblocked glory:

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I really love it. I hated it a little bit on Sunday, but once I finished it and felt the squish and saw the gorgeous colors, I loved it.

Now I’m dying to cast on something else, but I have no idea what. I’m hoping to get the dresses cut out this week, maybe even start sewing Astra’s up. I’m really excited about learning to sew with the knit fabric.

All in all, it was a great weekend. It’s so fun to look back and feel like I got so much done.


YoM day 266: Shawl knitting

YoM day 267: Quilting and shawl knitting

YoM day 268: Shawl knitting – finished Rising Dawn Shawl!

YoM day 269: Sock knitting


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Jelly Roll Slice Quilt Top

I finally bit the bullet and did it. I reserved a day on the long arm at my LQS.

I have two quilts ready to go, just laying on top of the yarn stash judging me. They are the Layer Cake Pop and Jelly Roll Twist from back in the spring. I’m really excited to get them finally turned into quilts I can snuggle under this fall!

I got to thinking that there is a chance that I will finish both of them that day with time to spare. Now, I certainly may not, I am not exactly a practiced and speedy long-arm-quilter. But… I don’t want to finish early in the day when I could enjoy more quilting. It’s one of my favorite parts, after all.

And so, I started thinking about patterns that I could make in a jiffy. Β Of course, I turned to FQS’s shortcut quilt collection–I don’t have much piecing patience, really. I selected the Jelly Roll Slice quilt and chose a sushi roll from Lecien in the La Conner collection. The blocks were a snap to make.

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I finished sewing the rows together last night. It’s a little out of my usual comfort zone, but it’s still really pretty. This is a really easy pattern. I think my piecing is getting better, I’m trying my best to practice and just keep at it.

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I’m on the long-arm on Saturday. I may not get this one quilted that day, but at least quilt tops don’t go bad.


YoM day 258-264: Quilting and shawl knitting


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It’s tough to know what you don’t know.

I’ve been thinking about learning to sew garments for a while now. I am really enjoying sewing and learning, so this seems like a natural next step. There are also a lot of inspiring knitter/sewists out there, and I’d like to join their ranks!

After a fair bit of research, I settled on the Sorbetto top by Colette Patterns. It’s a free pattern and advertised to be very beginner friendly. It is beginner friendly in that it is very simple, you only cut out two pieces and the instructions are written very well.

With all that said, I had no idea how much I didn’t know about garment sewing. I had to google and youtube nearly every step. How do you arrange the pattern? How do you cut it out? (hint, I still did that sort of wrong) Why is my fabric bunching up so badly? How do you handle darts? How do you finish seams? Much less, how do you do them separately? Here are my lackluster, yet finished seams:

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It was at this point that I discovered that, years ago, Colette Patterns hosted a sewalong for this very pattern. My game really stepped up after that. They had even more detail and instruction in the sewalong than the pattern. I still had to google a few things, but I was at least moving a long better.

It finally came time to attach the bias binding that I made to the neckband and armholes. I could not get it to look right! So I started back to googling. Evidently there is a handy foot that helps with edgestitching, but not a good one for my machine. While I was practicing and googling and looking at the sewing machine manual, I realized something.

It would appear that I have been threading my machine incorrectly for over a year. I’m always cursing the tension and the stitches look uneven and it’s a huge pain. Well, I had been not using the last thread guide the entire time. It is now well employed, and my stitches look so much better. I’m trying not to kick myself too much for that one. With that, I set to work finishing the neckband and armholes.

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I thought I would really like that part. I love binding quilts. Turns out it’s not the same. I am not a fan. But with that and a hem, it’s all done.

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It’s a real top! It even goes on my body! The fit could use a bit of work and there is lots of room for improvement, but my first garment is finally complete. Some of the details:

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I really like it. I like the style, the fabric, and most of all that I made it! I did learn about a million things in the process of making this top. I am really excited to make my next garment and utilizing those skills plus learning new ones. Making is such a process!


YoM day 250-251: Sock and shawl knitting

YoM day 252: Sock knitting, quilting, sewing

YoM day 253: Sewing

YoM day 254-257: Shawl knitting


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Scattered.

Over the last week or so, I’ve been dabbling. A little of this, a little of that. Some secrets, some projects that I can shout from the rooftops.

I’ve been working on my 13th pair of socks. They’re on the back burner for a few other things at the moment, but I’ve knit one and am nearly to the heel of the second. The yarn is Hedgehog Fibres, Twist Sock, in Down By the River. Twist is the BFL base, and I’m in love with it for socks.

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In a little over a month, we’ll travel to North Carolina for my little brother’s 10th anniversary party. I’m very excited and so of course, I’m knitting a shawl to wear. I’m also planning to make a dress to match, but more on that once the details are flushed out. The shawl is Rising Dawn by Stephen West and I am shamelessly copying someone’s else’s idea and using the Sunday Morning colorway by Gauge Dyeworks. I can’t wait to get to that clay color!

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I had a flurry on Saturday night where I decided to get all of my projects back in working condition. I had dropped a stitch in the above Rising Dawn shawl, decided to change out the mohair color on the next section of my Marled Magic, and had a couple of mini quilts on the brain but no idea where to start. I made a cup of coffee and ripped back to the offending stitch, pulled out the whole section with the mohair, and did a fabric pull for the minis.

It did the trick. I had been in a bit of a funk, not wanting to pick up any project where I wasn’t raring to go. Doing all the troubleshooting in one fell swoop made me feel free to pick up anything and everything on Sunday morning. I started with the Marled Magic, because it’s just too fun to put new yarns in. I’m now holding a strand of Hedgehog Fibres in Fly with a strand of Ito Sensai in Silver and striping in other colors.

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Last in knitting news, but certainly not least, I did something I’ve never done before. I cast on a sock for Kevin. I’m knitting it toe up so that I can try it on him as I go and I went up from my usual 2.0 mm needles to a 2.25 mm. The yarn is from The Lemonade Shop in the Tang colorway.

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I also got a teensy start on the new mystery stitch-a-long from The Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery, The Black Hat Society. I love their patterns, so cute! I’ve never finished one, though I have several. This one came as a kit. The fabric is beautiful but not super easy to stitch on. I love the start of this pattern, can’t wait to get a little more stitched than hats. Maybe I could even finish this clue before the next one comes out on the 15th…

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I also worked on one of my mini quilts, but it’s for a swap so I can’t show it just yet. It’s nice to have projects that I enjoy working on so much. It feels a little scattered because I’m usually a bit more monogamous but, I’m having a good time with each of them in their own way.


YoM Day 238: Sock and shawl knitting and cross-stitching

YoM Β Day 239- 246: Sock and shawl knitting

YoM Day 247: Sock knitting and sewing

YoM Day 248-249: Sock and shawl knitting


Happy making!