MORE quilting … and other stuff

Last four blocks

Finally managed to make four more BOM blocks, and I think I have enough to finish the quilt. Which won’t happen soon … need to select sashing and come up with backing fabric, too. I always bog down at this step.

Thrummed mittens

Thrummed mitten in process. “Thrums” are little folded pieces of drafted fleece (on the left in the photo). These are wrapped around the needle as you knit, leaving the loopy ends inside the mitten. 

This combination of wool and air is the perfect recipe for keeping hands toasty warm.

Pile-o-hats: Using little bits of bulky yarn to make toasty hats, too. This is another way to add inner softness and warmth; super bulky wool yarn is inserted in a stranded pattern rather than in individual pieces.

Here is the outside of a hat made with handspun “slubby” yarn …

And this is the inside.

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TEAny Hats

These are #16 – 21. Who, me addicted?

Seamen’s Church Institute is sponsoring a knitting project called “Teany Hats”. In conjunction with several Starbucks outlets in New Jersey, they are launching a program to inform customers about the importance and conditions of seamen. As an inveterate knitter, I just have to participate. I think there’s a crochet version, too … so all you yarnies out there, check this out. [These use about ten yards of a light worsted weight yarn—worthy stash-buster and easy-to-carry along handwork!]

Summer has arrived on the farm …

… and in my bedroom. I awoke this morning with a veritable zoo in bed with me: flying bugs, an elegant daddy longlegs spider and even a cabbage louper were among my morning companions.

I don’t mind crawly/flying critters mostly (those with stingers on their business ends could give me a lot of space, though), and it was actually kind of fun to check out the menagerie who greeted a new day with me.

On the other hand, I could do without the critters who used my neck, toes, arms and ears (I mean really, ears?) to munch on overnight. Maybe I rolled over on one too many in my sleep, and their friends were trying to tell me something.

Okay, fine. But if you’re going to snuggle up with something larger than you by a factor of 100,000 or so, you have to expect some casualties. To which they’ll probably reply, “And you can expect a bite or two in return.” I guess there is a certain balance of give and take in this.

I’ll have to think about it. In the meantime I’m heading out for some calamine lotion.

My latest quilting adventure

I just couldn’t resist. Missouri Star Quilt Company’s Daily Deal had a gorgeous batik “jelly roll” as the Daily Deal a few weeks back, so I of course I bought it. And if you want to or do quilt, but don’t know about jelly rolls, honey buns, turnovers and layer cakes, just buzz on over to MSQ and dive in!

I thought about it for a few weeks, and then my sister sent me some great fabric and a jelly roll quilt pattern book for my birthday. There it was, the perfect pattern for my batiks. Not only is this really easy, quick and rewarding to create, the result is just beautiful! Can’t wait to finish the top and send it back to Jenny Doan and company at MSQ to quilt for me.

The book pattern is called “Decadent Victorian” (they used lovely Victorian patterns for the book photos), so I guess this one is a Decadent Batik. Fine by me.

When finished, this quilt will eventually show up in our online store—or maybe some lucky soul will contribute a zillion dollars to our capital campaign and this will be their thank you gift! Woohoo!