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Tour de Fleece

Published June 30, 2012 by kazkitty

It’s that time of year again! Spinners around the world are spinning along while the Tour de France rides.

I’ve been participating the past couple of years.. although I failed miserably to keep up last year. It’s really laid back, and each individual sets their own goals. The only thing you really need to do is spin daily, even if it’s only for 5 minutes a day.

This year, I’m setting a fairly reasonable goal for myself. (I hope) It’s going to be all about finishing for me. I’ve signed up for Team Corgi Hill Farm, and I plan on joining Team Support Spindlers as well.

Fiber that will be spun/finished:

Corgi Hill Farm Merino/Yak/Silk – unknown colorway
Unknown beginning weight. Appx 2.6 oz left to spin.
Currently in progress on the Ashford Joy.
Goal: To finish spinning the singles. Ply into a 2ply yarn if time allows.
Corgi Hill Farm - unknown colorway

Corgi Hill Farm Humbug BFL/Silk – Puff Pack
Started with 6 oz. Appx 4 oz left to spin.
Currently in progress on the Bosworth Tulipwood Mini.
Goal: To spin and ply the remaining 8 half oz nests.
Corgi Hill Farm Puff Pack

Corgi Hill Farm Merino/Yak – Marsala
Started with 2.4 oz. Appx 2.2 oz left to spin.
Currently in progress on the Bosworth Moosie.
Goal: To finish spinning the singles. Ply if time allows. (unsure of how I want to ply this yet)
Corgi Hill Farm Marsala

Spunky Eclectic Merino/Bamboo – Beach Day
Started with 3 oz. Appx 1.5 oz left to spin.
Currently in progress on the Bristlecone glindles/twindles.
Goal: To finish spinning the singles and chain ply to a finished yarn.
Spunky Eclectic Beach Day

That’s only a total of 10.3 oz to spin(and ply). Totally manageable, right?

If I happen to actually finish all that, I’ll have to dig out something else that’s pretty to play with. 😉

Today’s the kickoff day.. and there’s less than 4 hours left! Eeeek! I better get stop blabbing and get to spinning!

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Progress

Published June 23, 2012 by kazkitty

I haven’t been working on a lot.. but I finally finished the borders on the Dogwood Blossom for the Modern Medallion Quilt.

Handstitched Class- Dogwood Blossom

I’m really excited to get started on the next portion, which is the Satin and Jewels embroidery. I’m so slow at handstitching, so I hope I can get caught up over the next week.

These are my color selections for the embroidery:

Handstitched Class- floss color choices

The four on the left will be the satin stitched jewels, and I’m going to randomly place the other colors for the triangles.I hope it looks good!

I also finished two needlecards. I had a lot of fun learning new stitches, and I think the cards are pretty cute.

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Handstitched Class - Needlecard #2

There’s two more projects from the Handstitched Class this past week that I really want to make.. but I think I have to work on the quilt first. Ah well.

Hope everyone has a great weekend!

Summer Sewing Contest

Published June 19, 2012 by kazkitty

Jennifer over at Ellison Lane Quilts is hosting a Summer Sewing Contest. Last week, it was open to post entries to 4 different categories: Quilts, Bags and Accessories, Home Decor, and Clothing. Yesterday, finalists were announced, and voting goes on until this Friday.

And guess what?!

My Charlie Bag made it to the final 12!!!!! I was so surprised and excited to see my bag up for voting! I had entered it as well as Dario’s quilt, and honestly, I wasn’t expecting anything except maybe more visitors to the blog. I’m so pumped and can’t wait until they announce winners next week. The first place prize for each category is a $100 gift certificate to The Fat Quarter Shop… so I’m crossing my fingers!

Charlie Bag

There’s a lot of really great projects (not just the finalists either.. there were a TON of great entries), so stop over and check them out. And make sure to vote! You don’t have to vote for me, definitely vote for your favorite.. but I’d appreciate any votes thrown my way! 😉

Go here to vote: Voting Time! Summer Sewing Contest

Handstitched Class

Published June 18, 2012 by kazkitty

So what’s this class? And what’s it all about?

Why.. handstitching, of course!

When I saw that Rachel from Stitched in Color was offering an online class for handstitching, I was immediately intrigued. After reading the blog posts about it, I knew I had to sign up. I decided to sign up for the most basic, figuring that if I didn’t like it, at least I wouldn’t be wasting too much money.

Well, I had nothing to worry about, because I love it! We’re starting the second week of classes today, and I’m really looking forward to the different projects.

Two weeks ago was the first set of classes and projects (last week was the “rest week” for getting all the stitching done) and I enjoyed it a lot. We learned different techniques for reverse applique. So far I have only completed one of the projects: the eyelet needlebook.

Handstitched Class- Eyelet Needlebook

It was a fast and easy project to complete, and perfect for beginners like me.

Handstitched Class - Eyelet Needlebook (inside)

I skipped over the embellished tank and went straight to working on the Dogwood Blossom block for the Center of the Modern Medallion Quilt, which is the main class project.

Dogwood Blossom

It’s pretty clear to me that my handstitching needs a lot of work. I got almost halfway around the blossom, then realized my stitches were getting bigger and spaced further apart.

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Sigh.

I ripped them all out and started over. Its still not perfectly even, but much better than before. I’m happy with it so far.

Close up of stitching on Dogwood Blossom

I’ve never done reverse applique before, so this was interesting to do. It involved starch and freezer paper, and while I was a bit confused at first, it turned out to be fun. I’m already imagining a bunch of different things I can do for future quilts.

Back of block after pressing
Dogwood Blossom

Front of block after pressing
Dogwood Blossom

I really have to get my butt in gear and finish the stitching around the blossom, then add the borders. Tomorrow’s class will go over the next section to be embroidered. I know it’s going to be really time consuming, and I really want to attempt to keep up with this project!

Isn’t it summer yet?

Published June 15, 2012 by kazkitty

Because it sure feels like it…

I know summer is only a week away.. but I am so ready for it!

I’ve got pretty flowers decorating my porch. It’s a miracle I haven’t killed them yet…. planters only last a couple of weeks before my brown thumb destroys them. This sucker has been around for almost a month!

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I also have an herb garden/tomato planter on the porch. The tomato plant finally has some cute yellow flowers sprouting.. and the herbs seem to be out of control! There’s basil, parsley, rosemary, oregano, and thyme. When I brought this home, I demanded that Nico make me sauce when it’s all ready.. because clearly, that’s the only reason I bought this.. haha

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I got to enjoy cloudless, bright blue skies while sitting outside during lunchtime today. While this is something I love to do when the weather is nice.. it also makes me want to run away from work. Too bad my keys were inside…

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I bought some tomato plants today too! There’s a guy named Art that stops by the office with flowers and various plants (that’s where I got the hanging planter and herb garden from). He shows up randomly with his van full of awesome green things, and I’m usually suckered into buying stuff. Usually I buy flowers for my mom’s garden or the house, but today I got something else for me!

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They even have tomatoes already popping up! I’m going to try really hard not to kill these off accidentally.

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Summer also means ending the week with Happy Hour at Senor Panchos.. With outdoor seating and yummy margaritas, it’s the perfect way to destress after a loooooooong work week.

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The only thing I’m missing so far is… the beach!

WIP Wednesday

Published June 13, 2012 by kazkitty

Knitting:

Aquaphobia Socks – knit with Miss Babs Northumbria Fingering BFL in Country Girl Bouquet (aka Barbie Barf)

I’m loving the look of all the slipped stitches.. it really helps break up the colors in this yarn. I pulled it out of my stash a couple of months ago and had a total WTH?! moment. I remember Rhinebeck.. and being high on yarn fumes.. and somehow coming home with this uber bright pink crazy skein. After knitting most of the leg when I started these in April, I put it away until the other day when I “found” them again. I’ve since finished the leg and am halfway through the heel flap. Still on sock #1 though…
Aquaphobia Socks - in progress

Jeweled Cowl – knit with Malabrigo Lace in Tuareg

Still slooooooowly plugging away at this. I’ve got 31 of 52 beaded rows done. It’s a little scary that although this is taking forever to knit, I kind of want to cast on a second one in handspun. Someone stop me before I drive myself crazy.. please?
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Sewing:

Ruby, Pearl, and Opal Quilt

In timeout. I was cruising along.. until I found some pieces cut incorrectly.. and then some seams that needed to be ripped out and redone. I got mad at it and put it away in the spare room until I’m not mad at it anymore.
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Hello Luscious Quilt

Getting there! Just need to sew the rows together, add borders, quilt, and bind… I was a little unsure of this as I was piecing the blocks together… but when I laid it all out to take the pic, I fell in love. Can’t wait to finish this one.
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Modern Medallion Quilt

Class quilt for the Handstitched Class that I’m taking. Last week’s lesson included instructions for making the center block. I haven’t gotten that far yet, still working on stitching the Dogwood Blossom center. It took me FOREVER to decide on the fabric arrangement.
Dogwood Blossom

Spinning:

Ummm… I haven’t really been spinning lately. Not since guild anyways. I’ll probably continue to neglect it until Tour de Fleece starts at the end of the month.

And since I just discovered this last week, I’m going to link up to WIP Wed over at Freshly Pieced.. stop by and check out all the projects!

WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced

Ever have one of those days?…

Published June 11, 2012 by kazkitty

Where it doesn’t seem to end…

And you’re really tired and just want to go home and crash…

But you decide to go have dinner with your parents…

Who you haven’t seen in over 2 weeks, and they blab at you for almost two hours…

Which REALLY makes you want to go home and just relax because you’re convinced your head is going to explode…

But you go to knit night anyways…

And then some shenanigans occur with random yarn cakes…

That result in a piratey yarn man…

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Which totally makes the day better!

Not to mention hanging out with awesome people while actually getting some knitting done.

😉