Out of time and floor space.

Well, we are really in the throes of moving now! Pretty much everything is packed or close to packed except for the kitchen and bedrooms. We’re officially two weeks away from moving but we want to finish packing early so we have time to paint and do other fun stuff at the new place. With all of that, my crafting has slowly been grinding to a halt.

I finished my Dust of Snow wrap a few weeks ago. I quickly realized that not only are the blocking mats packed, there isn’t really a place to lay this bohemoth out unless it’s in a walk way. I’m packing it up to get blocked at some point. It is awfully pretty though, huh?

I managed to make up a whole stack of blocks for a pretty little jelly roll quilt and then quickly realized there is no where free of boxes to lay out the quilt. So, this one has gone into the WIP box as well. I’ll write more about it when I get it back out, but I used 2 jelly rolls and this tutorial from Cluck Cluck Sew- it’s dead easy.

With all of this, it’s no surprise that I’ve turned to the old portable standby of knitters everywhere… the sock.

I finished up my Nightwish Socks! I cast these on for a virtual concert and then knit them over a few weeks while Kevin and I watched Nightwish documentaries and past concerts. If you haven’t heard of Nightwish go check them out if you’re in the mood for a bit of symphonic metal. Anyway, the yarn is from A Homespun House, this is a sock set that I believe was dyed by Molly’s sister Amy a couple of years ago; the colorway is Fat Bottom Girls.

I’m in a real mood friends – with concerts coming back to our lives, I’m just getting too excited. I’m going to see my favorite band, Eagles, in September, so I pulled out this skein of Tequila Sunrise for my next pair of socks. The yarn is by The Cozy Knitter and I adore how it’s knitting up and I love the coordinating mini for the heel. If you’re still in the mood for some music, I’d recommend this version of the song to go along with the sock.

I’ve still got this pretty little stack out to deal with. This is four quilt tops and their backs to prep and send off for long arm quilting. My hope is that they will get back to me around the time we’re settling in a bit so I can do some relaxing hand stitched binding.

Other than those quilt backs to sew up, this is a view of all my making for the next several weeks. I’m actually hoping to stop by the blog with some more household related craftiness in August – Kevin and I are going to learn how to finish furniture! I hope you are all having a lovely summer and as always, happy making.


Happy, happy making!

Househunting socks and many other updates.

Ok, I’m just going to come out and say it – we found a house! We closed this week and move in early August.

I finished these socks right after we found out our offer was accepted and I’ve been holding on to them for good luck ever since. I’m so pleased with that contrast toe color, that’s a bit of leftover Sunflower by Stress Knits that I had from my Waiting for Henry Socks. The main yarn is Mermaid of the Black Lagoon from A Homespun House.

With all that’s been going on with house hunting, I’ve still managed to spend quite a bit of time crafting over the last couple of months. Back when I was finishing up a bunch of quilt tops in a row, I decided to pull out an old WIP and do something about it.

I started this project way back in the summer of 2019 with the plan to make a rainbow bargello quilt. I lost interest pretty quickly and just never felt like picking up the project again. Well, I was ready for this to be off the WIP cart one way or another so I just decided to finish sewing the strips up and sew them together. I used 2 Kona Cotton jelly rolls in the Bright Rainbow colorway. It turned out pretty huge so I’m excited to get it quilted up!

My next finish was an Ogden Cami in the midst of frustration over my Hinterland Dress project. Once I took a few deep breaths, I went back to the dress dand finished it up.

Real life here – I just realized there’s a cicada on my dress in this picture! Can you spot it? Anyway, this is the Hinterland Dress from Sew Liberated in the same fussy and finicky cotton/rayon blend from Joann’s that I made the Ogden Cami up in. I cut a straight 14 and after a bodice muslin I lowered the darts by about an inch. I’m not overly thrilled with fit in the shoulder and sleeves, a bit tight with full motion of my arms. Nothing terrible, just something to look at next time. It is super comfy otherwise, light and cute. I’m pretty pleased with it.

With the Hinterland done, I went straight for another Sew Liberated pattern – the Estuary Skirt.

Ok, now I love this one. So very much. This is a different fabric but is still a cotton/rayon chambray. I cut a straight size 16 and did a real placket – you can do a faux placket and just pull the skirt on, but the pattern advises you to go for the real deal if you have a significant difference in your waist and hip measurement. Hello! Real button placket for me. Anyway, you guys. The swish in this skirt is for real and those pockets? They’re about the size of a small project bag. Heaven and perfection in every way, I can’t wait to make more of these.

I don’t think these socks ever even saw the light of the blog – but here they are! So pretty. This is the Spring Honey pattern by This Handmade Life. Honestly, I just adore Olivia’s aesthetic – go check out her instagram and see if you aren’t inspired. Anyway, my only change to the pattern was to use a slip stitch heel flap in place of the plain one suggested. I think I’ll always use the standard slip stitch heel flap and gusset, it just fits the best. The yarns are some real deep stash and a recent-ish purchase. The deep stash is the speckle, Hush from Peepaloo Fields. It’s the same color as the main yarn from my Sunset Highway sweater from way back in 2018. The pink contrast is My Jam by Stress Knits. This pink is just perfect!

Of course, while I was knitting the Spring Honey socks I needed a vanilla pair on the go. These were an impuse cast on for a couple of virtual concerts that Kevin and I were going to, so I’m calling these my Nightwish Socks. The yarn is Fat Bottom Girls by A Homespun House – this was a sock set from a year or two ago.

In the middle here, we decided to start doing a little packing to get ahead of the curve. So we packed up the spare bedroom, which is where the yarn stash is stored, and then I started working on the craft room. I’m sure you can guess that I was not planning to pack up everything but saved myself out a few projects to work on until my next craft room is set up. A few.

There you have it – everything I can possibly work on over about seven or eight weeks (IF we’re being really generous about getting the new craft room set up quickly). There are about 6 WIPs plus 4 quilt tops and backs that just need to be prepped for the long arm quilter. I’m planning to pack them up and mail them out a few weeks before they move so they have a good chance of getting back around the time I’m done with the craft room. Anyway… now I’ve been plugging away at those WIPs. I also left out some knit fabric in case I got the bug to make another garment or two (or 5). And then there’s the sock yarn.

I pulled out some sock yarn out of the stash in a nice little variety and then I had some leftovers and frogged projects at my desk that got missed in the initial stash packing. So here you go, my potential socks over the next month or so. Now, if you’ve been keeping score you’ll be thinking there’s no way I’ll knit or even cast on that many socks in a month, much less while moving. And you’re right, but you just never know what could happen. Better safe than sorry, I say. We’ll see how all these projects are shaping up by the time I’m unpacking the stash again.

I definitely kept out my new block of the month quilt – Fairy Tale Forest. I was 100% behind when I took the pictures above, but now I’m completely caught up and ready for month three to get here next week. This is a fully foundation paper pieced quilt in Liberty tana lawn and it’s turning out to be really fun. I was super intimidated to start, but once you get going, the units just fly by. Here are the first two months in a series of terrible, late night pictures.

Block 1

Block 2

Block 3

Block 4

So there you go. Now, I’ve not been sewing the units up into the actual blocks so that they are easier to pack and move when the time comes. I really love this project – it’s so easy to get into a rhythm with the process.

I recently pulled out my Dust of Snow wrap and have really been enjoying working on it again. It’s been in hibernation since before Christmas but I definitely want to finish it up this year.

In Year of Minis news – we’re on hiatus at the moment. When we found out we’d be moving I decided to put it on hold because of not knowing if I’d have a craft room, what wall space we’d have, etc… Now I’m just going to pick the project back up in September or so. Who knows if I’ll get the full twelve in, but I’ll be back on the mini train before long. It was fun taking down all my minis from all over the house and stacking them up – what a cute pile!

Well, I think that’s everything for today. That was a long one! Lot’s of progress going on which feels good amidst the chaos. We’re slowly amassing a box kingdom over here, which is definitely making Cosi quite pleased.


Happy making!

Big news.

April has been a bit of doozy. Right around a month ago, we found out that we have to move. This was a pretty big shock to all of us and had us kind of reeling for a few days. Now we’ve been in house hunting limbo for weeks and it feels endless. I’ve been crafting and there, but today was a big day in my sewing room so I wanted to stop in and share the news.

I finished my Green Gables quilt top! Right before we found out about the move, I signed up for the next Duckadilly Block of the Month and decided it was high time I finished this one. This was last year’s block of the month, I did the 6 month rainbow version, as of wriitng, they still have kits available. It’s all Liberty fabric and I fussy cut all the centers.

I started in back in July of last year, but once I got down to business it really flew by. I’ve been piecing the blocks in sets, and finished the last ones last weekend. Today, I sat down and put it all together. I’m over the flipping moon, this is hands down the prettiest thing I’ve ever made.

Also, can we take a moment to appreciate some fresh green grass? I look out at that gorgeous tree out of my kitchen window and I couldn’t help but take snap a picture of the quilt on the grass with the pink petals all around.

I finished Joshua’s socks and he let me snag the record to take a picture of his inspiration and my creation. He reports that they fit great, are supremely squishy, and will be well loved. This yarn is Hedgehog Fibres Sock Yarn in Teacup. I went up a needle size to a 2.25 mm for these and really like the fabric so I might have to try that on some socks for me in the future.

After that, Joshua suggested that I cast on a pair of house hunting socks to channel the tension. He had the right idea. I finished the first one a few days ago and really dig the look. The main yarn is A Homespun House in Mermaid of the Black Lake, and the contrast is a scrap of Stress Knits Sunflower leftover from my Waiting for Henry Socks.

Finally, at the beginning of the month I had also decided to join in the Homespun Quilt-Along. I got hopelessly inspired by a rainbow version by quiltyobsession and just couldn’t get it out of my head. I’ve gone completely scrappy with a lot of fussy cutting thrwon in, so it’s not going as quickly as I’d imagined. The blocks themselves take to time to sew up, but the cutting…. Yep, that’s slowed me down, so I’m only half done. I’m doing an in-between size (also inspired by that OG rainbow quilt) so I’m about to get into the mint/teal/blue phase. It’s super cute so far, though!

Well, that’s really where I’m at now. It’s been tough to stay focused and looking at houses feels like a full time job right now. I’m not great with unkowns, I am a major plan-ahead person. I guess we’ll see where May takes it and I’ll just put some more stitches into those socks….


Happy making!

A little of this, a little of that.

Happy Sunday to you! I’ve been crafting up a little storm around here so let’s jump right in!

First things first, I finished up this little cutie last weekend. This is the Thimble Basket pattern from the book Rainy Day Sewing by Amy Sinibaldi and Kristyne Czepuryk. The pattern is well written and pretty easy to follow, but the making itself is super fiddly. This little project took me a solid 8-9 hours to complete. This was my first time sewing thimbles (the rhomboid shape of the patchwork) and that’s nothing to sneeze at. Add to that all the single folod bias binding and well, let’s just say that when I broke a hand sewing needle – that wasn’t the first curse word this cutie got.

The details are darling, I will give it that. I had some bits of lace and this woven twill to embellish it and I quilted everything just as the example in the book. I had this linen laying around from some remnants I snagged for no good reason on a trip to Denver’s Fancy Tiger Crafts several years ago, so it was nice to find a home for this fabric.

This little guy is precious, I will definitely give it that. I love the look of it and it is the perfect size for my hand quilting supplies. I am not, however, dying to make another. Glad I went for it but that will be all the Thimble Baskets in my house for quite a while.

In other news, I finally picked up some more interfacing to finish my Take Along Tote. I cut this one out at the same time as Madelyn’s and it’s just been sitting around waiting for one little piece of interfacing. I do like this pattern and it came together satisfyingly fast, especially after the tiny basket that took a weekend.

I’ve been chugging away on Joshua’s socks. I don’t know what’s going on, but I’m actually really loving the texture of these. The last time I knit socks with Hedgehog Fibres sock yarn, I wasn’t over the moon about it. The yarn is quite a bit finer than what I usually go for but for some reason these socks are coming up so squishy and delicious. I’m a little jealous, but I already have socks in Teacup (this colorway) so I think I’ll make it.

I also cast on a new hat last weekend, but this one is getting frogged. This is the Musselburgh Hat by Ysolda Teague and the pattern is pretty groovy. You basically knit a top down hat, then instead of binding off you just start knitting a cuff up hat. They fold into each other for double thick warm goodness. My problem is the yarn I chose, I really don’t like how it knits up at this gauge. See that pooling? Yeah, not a big fan for a hat. Oh well, this yarn will go back in the stash and await it’s fate… socks one day, I’d imagine.

Last but not least, a little story. Last night, Joshua and I were hanging out in the sewing room talking. I was on the floor with Joseph in my lap. Joshua was perusing my precut shelf and happend on a fat quarter bundle from Maker Valley called Cat’s Meow. He pulled it out and we both got to thinking it would be cute to make a cat themed quilt out of all cat fabrics. So I started laying out the bundle, thinking about the color scheme (a little out there for me) when Joseph got up and plopped himself on the pile. After a few minutes, I tried to pick the fabric up but he was not having it! Joshua and I got a serious case of the giggles while the cat guarded his hoard from me.

Eventually he gave up in search of food and I was able to cut out the quilt. I decided on Fat Quarter Pile Up to showcase all the large scale prints in this bundle to best advantage. I laid out the quilt this morning and can’t wait to it all sewn together.

The beady eyed among you might be able to spot one non-cat fabric in there…. I snuck in a few mice for funsies. This little quilt will make for even better cat naps, I just know it.


Happy making!

In no particular order.

Sometimes I struggle with writing a blog post. A crafty blog is an interesting thing – sometimes I have a finished object to talk about, sometimes I have a theme or idea that has been popping up in my making, and then, sometimes not. Sometimes I’m just putiting time into projects and there’s no take home message, no nugget of wisdom, just some stitches of this variety or that with pretty (or not) pictures. This is one of those times.

It took me a single night’s sleep after finishing my crochet blanket to want to cast on another one. I swatched a few different patterns and even cast on a different one before settling with this one. I’m still a crochet newbie and really just wanted another fairly rhythmic, easy pattern. This is the Hydrangea Stripe Blanket, a free pattern by Attic24. It hasn’t seen a ton of love yet, but it will get there.

I’m almost done hand quilting my latest mini quilt. I can’t say that I’ve really enjoyed the process. I used some white fabric that I had lying around for the background and the backing, since this will just be hanging on the wall. It turns out that something about the weave, or thread count, or whatever, makes it really difficult to hand quilt. Of course, I’ve chose to only quilt in the background, so you can imagine how fun that’s been.

I was so frustrated that I actually wound up going back to youtube looking for any tips or tricks to make it easier. I happened on a video that suggested using a silicon grippy on your pointer finger to help pull the needle – that made a world of differenc! I still can’t work on it for long periods, but I can’t recommend this enough. They’re very inexpensive, I’m using one on both hands to help with hand fatigue.

In other news – I finished a pair of socks! It’s been quite a hot minute since I last had a pair to share. These were my de-stress Christmas socks, cast on at the end of October, finished on Sunday. The yarn is from A Homespun House in the Holly Jolly Christmas colorway. My skein is quite different from other dye lots, it would seem. I’m not overly in love with the finished pair – I like the lighter sections much more than the dark. But that’s ok, I’ll wear them next holiday season with joy. At least they’re off the needles.

I was primarily motivated to finish the Holly Jolly socks becasue my oldest requested a pair of socks. Now, the teenager has been quite against handknits for some time, so I jumped at the chance to clad my child in wool once again. The kid has good taste too, this is a long hoarded skein of Hedgehog Fibres in Teacup. Even that little bit of cuff is just so sweet and pretty.

The last, barely started, project going now is this little basket. The Thimble Basket, from Rainy Day Sewing by Amy Sinibaldi, is a precious, teeny little basket that I’ve had my eye on for quite some time. The straw that finally broke the camel’s back has been this hand quilting project. It’s such a mess to move all my accroutement from desk to chair to couch… you get the idea. Plus it’s so cute! I’ve spent little bits of time all week pulling various teeny scraps and hopefully will get to putting it together soon.

Well that’s it for the current state of affairs, thank you for hanging out with me for today’s ramble!


Happy making!

Bait and switch: 2021 Year of …

So here we are, 2020 is in the books and we have a fresh and shiny new year ready for the taking. After I wrapped up my Year of Christmas last week, my thoughts turned to my next “year.” I’ve been mulling over ideas for a while, looking at stash and around the house for inspiration. I took stock of my current works in progress, and a few stood out to me.

I don’t usually have projects that languish around for very long. A couple of years at most and I will either finish or frog. I work on socks continuously, and my other projects–both quilts and bigger kntting projects–tend to just get finished up when I decide to really put the time in and concentrate on them. Recently though, in the last couple of years, I’ve started some bigger, longer projects.

These three projects are quite a bit more time consuming than my usual project choice. Let’s have a quick tour of these and talk about where they are and what they need.

My Granny’s Garden Quilt (whew my old phone took bad pictures!) has been going since 2019 and is my oldest WIP. I have about 16 blocks completed at this point, so we need another 26 blocks plus all the border applique before we can put this quilt top together.

Next up is my Granny Stripe afghan. This beauty was cast on last January and I’m over halfway done the stripes, then it will just be the border. Though, I guess “just the border” is a bit misleading since the thing is so darned big.

Finally, my Norah Quilt. Ugh, I love it everytime I look at it. I made the quilt top in pretty short order last spring, but stalled on the hand quilting. We need to quilt and bind this one.

I adore all three of these projects and really want to give myself the space to show them the love they deserve. Are you ready for the twist? Ok, so if you’re like Kevin you might be thinking that I’m gearing up to tell you that my goal this year is to finish these projects. But no! Well, sort of. One of my dilemnas with these projects is that the bulk of the creative energy is already spent. The idea has been had, the project commenced, much of the learning curve surmounted. They are all fully at the process stage, which is a bit of a challenge for me.

I love to finish things. If we’re really honest, a lot of my making comes in smaller or faster projects. Socks are a big part of that but also mug rugs and short cut quilts. I love the start and the finish, but that in-between part sometimes gets me hung up. So I started thinking of my “year of” in these terms – how do I keep the creative energy going with some finishes to keep me satisfied, but still have the time to work on the big guys?

Well, this year at least, the answer is mini quilts! In my ideal state of home decor, there are quilts everywhere–including the walls! I think this year will be the perfect time to boost the quilt to wall space ratio around here. My thinking is these smaller projects will provide the variety and gratification I know I need while also giving me the opportunity to try new ideas and new techniques. The bite size, low investment nature of minis can also leave time to put effort into the big 3.

Think about it – a whole year of minis! Mini quilts here, there, and everywhere! So here we go, a Year of Minis: 12 mini quilts in 2021. I’m not going to worry about monthly goals, that always goes awry for me. The only rule here is size – mug rugs don’t count and neither does anything I can cuddle under.

For a little nostalgic reference point, here’s a throwback to my very first mini quilt back in 2017! I’ve come a long way since and I am looking forward to seeing where this year takes me. This idea has me pretty excited and inspired. I know it was a little bit of a convuluted thought process to get here so thanks for sticking with me. I’m looking forward to sharing my progress on the long-term projects as well as all of the fun for the upcoming Year of Minis!


Happy {mini} making!

A Year of Christmas

Well, we’re here. The holiday season is upon us and I am happy to report that I did one of the things I set out to do this year. I pulled out my stash of handmade holiday items. My stash! Way back in January, I had the idea to dedicate some time over the year to making a little bit of a handmade Christmas so that I could enjoy handmade items around the house.

Looking back over 2020, I’m amazed I accomplished much of anything. I spent a solid month on a near complete crafting hiatus – I’m looking at you Animal Crossing. I knit more socks than anything else and I still have a sweater on the needles that I cast on in March. But! I set out to make 12 holiday makes – one each month. I fell off the month by month pace, but in the end I’m happy with the results.

I wound up putting much of my efforts into quilts and quilted things. I knew that I wanted to make a tree skirt and a Christmas tree quilt. I started both last January and finished them in the summer. Other than that, I just let the Christmas whims take me as they would. Let’s have a look back over the year.

January – Christmas Tree mug rugfree pattern by Threadbare Creations, various scraps (1)

February – Christmas SocksA Homespun House in Whobilation (2)

March – Granny Square mug rug – block pattern from Lori Holt’s Granny Squared book (3)

April – Christmas socksPlies & Hellhounds Yarn in Christams Like It’s 1882 (4)

Imagine a music montage here where I work on Christmas things but definitely don’t finish any until August.

August – Happy Christmas mini quilt – Pattern & scrappy kit from Maker Valley – (5)

September – Happy Christmas quilt – pattern and scrappy kit from Maker Valley, yeah I like her stuff (6)

September – Tree skirt – Joyful Jelly Roll pattern by Fat Quarter Shop, Little Tree fabric (7)

October – Christmas pillowcases – Kits from, you guessesd it, Maker Valley (8)

November – Joshua’s Christmas QuiltFat Quarter Pile Up pattern by Knot & Thread Design (9)

November – Astra’s Christmas QuiltFat Quarter Pile Up pattern by Knot & Thread Design (10)

November – Christmas Kitty mug rug – inner prim star unit from Prim & Proper book by Lori Holt (11)

November – Scrappy Stars table runner – Prim star blocks from Prim & Proper book by Lori Holt (12)

Well, there we go! I made it to 12 with that little mad dash in November. It’s been so nice to see these little pieces around the house. The cats are big fans of the tree skirt. I’m glad I made it a quilt, it’s been through the wash a bunch already thanks to all the sweet soft fur.

I’m going to tag in one more little holiday make, though. The kids decided they needed Christmas pijama pants to really set the scene. We are usually travelling to visit family over the holidays, so we’re really trying to brighten things up and make the holiday at home special. So of course, I relented and sewed them up some snuggly pjs.

December – Christmas plaid fleece pj bottoms – Walk the Plank PJ Pants by Patterns for Pirates (13)

Ok, now we’re done! I really enjoy setting a good arbitrary goal and getting there is just icing on the cake. I hope you are having a lovely wind down of this crazy year and if you celebrate one of the many beautiful holidays this season brings, I hope you are enjoying it. I’m getting ready to cozy up with my last day of advent knitting and dream up where my crafty heart might take me in the new year.


Happy {joyful} making!

Little by little.

At work, it honestly feels as though the end of the year is just careening towards me and there is still so much to do. It’s been a host of busy days, so I am making a concerted effort to slow it way down in my personal space. In most years (feels like I’ve been saying that a lot lately, how about you?) I’d be finishing up with work travel and preparing for holiday travel. This year, we’re staying in and enjoying some quiet evenings. I’ve been making slow progress on a few things.

We have embraced the idea of the advent calendar around here, and I’ve got a bit of advent knitting to share. I woke up bright and early on December 1 to cast on my advent socks and open up my other yarn advents.

The advent socks are the 2020 Advent Stripe from The Cozy Knitter. I also picked up the advent calendars from Woolberry Fiber Co. and Stress Knits Yarn – those are the mini skeins sitting by the candle.

I’ve been knitting a stripe a day on my advent socks. It’s the slowest I’ve ever knit socks, much less stripey socks, but it’s an enjoyable process seeing the new stripe each day. I’m knitting both socks in tandem, one stripe each day. I’ve really been enjoying cuddling up with Cosi in front of the tree each morning for coffee and a stripe.

As for the other advent knitting, the Woolberry minis are going into a basket until I decide what I want to do with them. The Stress Knits minis are going straight into my other advent project – the Dust of Snow wrap by Helen Stuart of Curious Handmade. I’m holding the yarn with some undyed mohair silk (Lichen & Lace leftovers from one of my sweaters) and I couldn’t be happier.

This is the most process of process knits that I’ve engaged in in a very long time. I am enjoying it so much! The garter pluss the simple pattern is all so soft and sweet. And the way these colors work together, I just can’t. It is so good, it’s honestly a bit tough having to only knit one section a day.

Other than advents, I’ve got my Prim & Proper quilt going. We’re up to week 4 with the flower pot now. I laid the first 4 weeks out together and I have to tell you, I got pretty excited.

As you may recall from my last post, I’m using the same fabric line but recoloring the quilt from the original. This was the first step in seeing some of it together and I am digging it. The golden yellows in this collection are so pretty! The fabric is from the Prim collection by Lori Holt, and this is the first 4 blocks from the Prim & Proper Quilt, also by Lori. There is still a whole month to join in on the sewalong, if you’re interested. It’s been a fun one for sure.

Speaking of Lori Holt, my last slow project to share is the binding of my Quilter’s Cottage quilt. The corners are done now, so hopefully I’ll have a finish to share with you pretty soon!

That’s it for me tonight. I’m all settled in this dark and cold Monday evening with my advent knitting – definitely relishing the quiet and the slow progress of it all.


Happy {slow} making!

Tying up loose ends.

It’s that time of year again, my friends. The air turns crisp (sort of, it’s Maryland after all), we’ve got pumpkins galore, and Christmas and New Year’s are nearly here. Now I know that sounds a bit crazy at the beginning of October but bear with me.

I tend to try to accomplish two goals towards the end of the year: knit holiday gifts and finish up WIPs. I like to have clean needles (of the knitting and sewing variety) come January, to varying degrees of success over the years. The crafty readers among you will know that this is no short order. It all takes time, and sometimes lots of it.

I spent a hot minute evaluating the current state of affairs: I’ve got a few long-really long-term projects going, several rather quick wins, holiday gifts, and a couple of upcoming projects. I’m limiting the new starts to the essentials, but there will be a few new projects coming down the line. With that, I was ready to finish up the projects that were just about done.

Anyway, I just dove right in and got started. Binding is kind of at the top of the list. I’ve gotten Astra’s Minecraft Quilt back from the quilter but I need to figure out how to finish that one in secret. The kid’s Christmas quilts will be back soon, so they’ll go on the binding pile as well. But I did have one project that’s been sitting around for months and I finally just up and did it.

It’s a tree skirt! I started this project back in January and just now got around to finishing it. This is the Joyful Jelly Roll Tree Skirt by Fat Quarter Shop – the top comes together pretty quickly with a whole lot of strip piecing. There are a lot of bias edges as you go which did give me some fuss, but I think the finished project turned out just fine.

I used a jelly roll in Little Tree by Lella Boutique, with Moda Bella Solids in Green Apple. I’m typically all about a fun backing but this one is going on the floor, so a solid seemed the way to go. The bias binding is also a Moda Bella Solid in a red I can’t recall. Nicole of Kwilt It! did a great job with the quilting. I’m kind of glad I waited to finish this because I wound up machine binding it. Knowing our cats, I feel as though this one might need to be washed a million times so we need durability on those edges.

If you follow me on instagram, you might have seen that I’ve been sewing along on the Quilter’s Cottage quilt by Lori Holt. I finished ahead of schedule, but have been waiting and waiting for a sunny day to get good picture that does it justice. Finally!

I really, truly enjoyed this project. It was so much fun to build each block step by step. I’m probably most proud of the cottage, so so cute! I used the kit, all in fun Vintage Happy 2 fabrics. Now I’ve got to ship it out to Nicole, and then it will go back on the list for binding.

Take a look at the left most quilt on the “clothesline” – cute, huh? Well the fun thing about that one is the method in the pattern makes a duplicate of each unit. Add to that the bonus pillow pattern that uses those hourglass blocks and I bet you can see where I’m going…

Cute, right? I love this pillow! I used up some scraps from the Quilter’s Cottage quilt and some Lori Holt stash to put this one together in an evening. It’s called the Quilter’s Quarters pillow; it finishes at 24.5″ square and has an envelope back. It’s as big as my chair but boy does it make for a cozy spot.

My final finish of this recent little flurry is my Waiting for Henry socks. I just cannot. They are so pretty! This is a pattern by Tabitha Gandee, I knit them up in the Eloise sock kit from Stress Knits. The main color is Eloise; contrast 1, heels, and toes is Sunflower; and contrast 2 is Pillowmint. This pattern was a joy and I love how they turned out!

Once these were done, I turned my attention to some holiday knitting. That will, as usual, stay secret but things are moving along. I’ve got one other project I’d like to finish up by the end of the year and it’s about 1/2 complete. Buckle your seatbelt, we’re going way back to the very, very start of lockdown when I cast on a sweater. The body is complete but we still need sleeves and a collar. It’s really been lanquishing, but I think I’m about ready to pick it back up again.

Well, that about does it for the end of the year plan. As the weather has gotten cooler it’s starting to feel a bit more natural to be holed up at home. Astra even had the idea to pretty up the front of the house with some fall flowers and pumpkins. We had a fun afternoon at the local produce stand and decorating outside. I’m usually doing quite a bit of travel in the fall, so this is a nice change of pace. Silver linings, eh?

Happy fall, y’all!


and happy making!

Sock knitting: improvisation

I usually know what I’m doing when I knit socks. Leg, heel, foot, toe – I know how long I like them, where to put them, and how to knit them. Sometimes though, the unexpected hits and you’ve got to roll with the punches.

A few weeks ago, I found myself frantically running out of the house and anticipating a lot of waiting. So I did what any sane person would do, instead of putting on makeup or drying my hair, I wound up a skein of sock yarn.

Everything I had on my needles was either not mindless or was close to completion – neither stressful waiting appropriate. So I grabbed this happy skein of rainbow and wound up. Threw it into a bag with a 9″ circular and a 32″ one, just in case I knit like crazy and got to a toe.

I cast it on, got through the ribbing, and just knit round and round. If you’re a knitter you probably know how calming that knit knit knit can feel: meditative and repetitive. Once I got a bit down the leg of the sock, I remembered one crucial fact about this skein of yarn: it is one single, very long rainbow repeat.

I immediately went for my project bag and – nope! – no measuring tape, no extra stitch markers, none of my usual sock-figuring tools. So then a light bulb popped on in my head, thinking about how the yarn was one long repeat I realized that obviously I’d want to see all of the colors. But I hadn’t weighed the yarn before hand (and even if I had, it has a built in contrast color included) – so I had no idea how long to knit the first tube.

I thought and thought and realized – we could meet in the middle! Knit the other sock from the other end of the ball and put in the toes when there is just enough yarn left for them. EUREKA! I moved the first sock to the long circulars, wound off the contrast color, and cast on the second sock.

Once I got home, I kept going with them, pretty excited about the socks. This way the legs are mostly cool colors, while the feet were likely to be the warm pinks, yellows, and oranges! Cool stuff, if you ask me. So I knit…

and knit…

Until I had about 9 grams of yarn left between the two and was at the end of a stripe on both socks. Each sock tube measured a whopping 15.5″ at this point! I put in the toes and wound up with just over 3 grams once they were done. All in all, I’m pretty proud. I think there is about 3/4s of the last two stripes left – you can just see that stripe starting at the tips of the toes.

With that, I used the contrast grey that had been included to knit the heels and we’re done! These are some pretty snazzy socks, if you ask me.

I think you just can’t help but smile. They are so happy!

This yarn is from Gauge Dye Works and is the Colorstudy colorway. I knit my usual 64 stitchs on 2.00 mm (US 0) needles. I used the KirbyWirby method to cut in the heels and knit my toes according to the usual toe pattern in the Crazy Sock Lady’s designs.

I wound up using 82g of the 85g of striped main color and about 6g of the included grey contrast. I really adore how the stripes worked up, it is very subtle as you knit them but the overall effect is pretty stunning.

These are the 95th pair of socks I’ve knit and it was really fun to have to think a little and improvise away from my normal sock knitting routine.


Happy making!