Sunday, October 19, 2008

October Catch Up

I've been super busy this month with the quilt show, a road/shopping trip and a retreat, but I have managed to finish a few items.

My regular group of friends had a log cabin challenge this year. Everyone was to make a quilt using log cabin blocks for at least half of the blocks. And we were to try something that was challenging for us - a new color scheme, quilting style, etc. The quilts were all beautiful, and we had them in the quilt show. Here's mine (sorry for the colors - the light at the quilt show was not great):

And a detail (the colors are better here):

The owls I made to sell at the show were really fun - I followed Moonstitches Tutowlrial and made owls in both wool and cotton fabric. I did have a few left over, so I'll be launching an Etsy shop soon so they can find new homes. Stay tuned...

I also finished some knitting. This is my Shifting Sands Scarf, pattern by Grumperina. I used her knitting Cables without a Cable Needle Tutorial to make this scarf, as there are 8 cables on every right side row. I did not count the number of rows, but let's just say there are a LOT!

I used super soft Malabrigo to knit this scarf and am really happy with the result. I have one more skein of this yarn, and have cast on some gloves to wear with my scarf (fingers- yikes!).

Finally, I finished some socks. These are the Swirly-O socks (Ravelry link) from The Knitter's Book of Yarn by Clara Parkes. It's a great book - full of useful information and lovely projects. I am not crazy about the toe because it seems a little long to me - I would have liked the pretty eyelet pattern to continue to within an inch of the tip of my toe. But the socks are super warm and cozy. I'm wearing them right now!

These socks were made with DK weight yarn from Crazy Monkey - I think she calls this yarn Gorilla Toes, in the color Wisteria. Gorgeous and soft!

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