In the blue corner

I finally made a bit of a start on the blanket squares for this year’s long KAL.

Managed to get 7 squares from 1 x100g ball. I have 10 balls each of 2 colours, so if this is typical, I should get around 140 squares in total. There are 30 different squares to choose from, and several different blanket sizes. Unless the plan changes, I’m aiming for three sets of 30 squares, to end up with a throw size blanket. That would also mean I have yarn for a border, or possible a couple of hat/mitts sets for next winter.squares

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Wherefore art thou, Shakespeare’s Pedlar?

Back in the days when I could see well enough to attempt (and finish) fairly fine cross stitch pieces, I came across, and often used a rotation system. The idea was that when a stitcher had several different pieces on the go at once, working in a rotation would facilitate each of the pieces being completed, and not destined to become UFOs (UnFinished Objects.)

I seem to recall that I first found the ten hour rotation system on a site called Shakespeare’s Pedlar, but a search this week has failed to retrieve the original post. Basically it involved working on one piece for 10 hours before putting it away and moving onto the next for the following 10 hours of stitching. Provided the stitcher didn’t start any new pieces, real progress could be seen on each piece, and gradually the pieces would be completed.

This week I decided it was going to be a good idea to adapt the system for my patchwork. At the moment I have four pieces started, and each time I work on one, I want to just keep going. Whilst I’m not following the 10 hours guideline, I am making myself stop when I get a unit finished on each piece. The end result for this week is that I have measurable progress on three of the four pieces, and the fourth one to work on this evening.

Long may it last!

1 down, 34 to go

Finally got around to starting the Dutchman’s Puzzle quilt. I took the makings of the first block to craft group on Monday, and now have one of the35 blocks I will need. The colours don’t show up very well, hopefully the next progress picture will rectify that. biggest lesson learned this week – using the size 10 milliners needles and Bottom line thread that were recommended to me makes the stitching so much better, but the needles are difficult to thread in electric light. I fixed that by pre-threading a bunch of needles in the daytime, so I have enough to keep me going through the evening 🙂

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I picked up a bargain this morning, too. Popped into town for a special birthday and, and whilst I was in the shop spied these three little lovelies – just 4.5″, 5.5″ & 6.5″ Ideal for dressing and keeping in my bag for emergencies, and only £1.50 for the three!

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First knitty finish of the year is a KAL that the K3 Ravelry group are doing. These Te-Ara fingerless gloves were quick to knit despite the fiddly cabling. For some reason I found the left leaning ones far less fiddly than the right leaning…. This added 2 points to my 19 in 2019 fingerless gloves challenge, and ticked a box in the K3 project challenge.
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I have a pair of socks on the needles for another KAL, but want to crack on with a few baby cardigans, so may well leave them for a few days. Updates to follow.

Time to get on with it, then!

Having fully intended (and trying!) to get my craft projects organised at the end of 2018 for a good start on 1 January, I find that a week into 2019 I’m still sorting out. The quilt log sheets that I downloaded last week made me realise that I have two ongoing projects that need updating, and some progress made, so yesterday I took pictures of the progress to date on those, as well as one of the first stitching on the blues hexie quilt that is anew start. The first is a charm quilt, which will eventually have 999 pieces, but is currently being formed up in blocks of 32 – 1.5″x3″ rectangles in pairs, each placed next to a pair on a different axis.

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The second is a sampler quilt comprising various 12″ blocks in different colour ways – great for using up scraps!img_2813

Craft group/knit & natter restarted on Monday for the new year, and I took the first hexes for my shades of blue quilt. A small start, but a start, nonetheless. The darker one on the bottom row looks skew, but it isn’t just a bit bent up on the picture!img_2812

 

Some progress and a fun freebie

Before I started this morning I found a great freebie download on the Patchwork Posse site. As well as some great things to spend real money on, there is a sample set of quilt planner printables. In total there are 16 sheets, and to be honest, I know I won’t use all of them, but some of them are definitely going to be useful. I’ve started off printing a few of the individual quilt sheets (p11) for the projects I’m just working on.

All set and ready to go

1″ hexie and half hexie templates ready for the off

Another step towards actually starting some stitching on these quilts today – the hexagon templates for the blue quilt arrived in the post, so tomorrow’s job will be prepping a few ready to take to craft group on Monday. (It will be the post Christmas ‘do’, so having some stitching will stop me eating too many of the things that I shouldn’t. It’s much harder to eat whilst sewing than when knitting!)

Hexies and triangles also ready for the off.

The Fishers cutter has made swift work of gathering enough paper hexies to set me off, so the next job will be choosing which blues to use first.

The KALs are also getting underway, first one up for a picture is the Molecular Orbital sock, which I’m doing is a somewhat startling green – brighter than my usual, but fun watching it grow! I’m using West Yorkshire Spinners Signature 4ply, which is knitting up nicely; not at all splitty, and surprisingly soft to handle.

The first beginning of 2019

Towards the end of the year, there was frenetic activity at Hadenmaiden’s House, feverishly finishing off the old projects, and prepping for new things for 2019.

I have sorted out the ‘blues’ in my patching stash, ready to start a hexie project – basically grandmother’s garden, using 1″ hexagons and a variety of blues. Not sure about the blending fabric for the background fabric, but at the moment I’m leaning towards Makower Splashtime in New Whisper or Sailcloth.

They really are blues – photo not taken in good light!

This morning was spent converting six metres of mixed greens into several hundred isosceles triangles ready to start making the blocks for a Dutchman’s Puzzle Quilt.

From this…
……to this

I have a couple of knitalongs that I’m due to start on Ravelry, too. More detail about those later 🙂