Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Whit's End...

I just realized I never wrote a wrap up post for Whit's End.  I try to do that for each quilt I finish so years later I can always look back and see what fabric I used or pattern to quilt it.

So the stats for this quilt are:
  • Size:  33" square
  • Fabric: A charm pack of Best.Day.Ever. by April Rosenthal
  • Batting: Warm & White
  • Thread: Aurifil #2024 for piecing and quilting
  • Pattern: Whit by Carrie Nelson (added the outer flying geese border)
  • Quilting: SID, Ribbons in the sashing and Heat Wave in the borders
It's freezing outside right now and the heat is trying hard to keep up in here, but I have this quilt hanging right next to the window and looking at just makes me think of warmer weather (and that just makes me happy!)


I'm still busy quilting my mom's Winter Wonderland quilt so I don't have much to show there, but I did have a big knitting finish recently.  This is Skywalker.

I'm taking the Craftsy class "Knit this! Mastering Lace Shawls" by Laura Nelkin and this is one of two patterns she offers through it.  It was fun to knit, but I definitely had to pay attention to what I was doing.  I used Classic Elite Yarns Villa in Lavender which is 70% baby alpaca and 30% bamboo so it's incredibly soft.

I wasn't sure how big to make it and I ended up enlarging the pattern.  I knew it would grow once I blocked it, but I just wasn't sure how much.  What a difference blocking made!  This is what it looked like just coming off the needles.  It was small and difficult to see the patterns.

If anyone's curious, I added another Star Stitch section before the border to make mine larger.  That's the top section in the picture.  I think my favorite section though is the elongated stitches just below it.  They're incredibly easy to create, but I like the effect.

She offers two patterns in the class and I've already started on the second one.  I find it very relaxing to knit at night while watching TV.  I used to do my hand applique during this time, but it meant my lap was full of project stuff.  With knitting, there's plenty of room for a cat (or two).  Usually this one...

But make sure that you don't get so absorbed and exhausted in taking care of all your day-by-day obligations that you lose track of the time and doze off, oblivious to God.” 
Romans 13:11 (MSG)