Yes - I finished a UFO yesterday. OK - so it wasn't a quilting UFO, but it was a UFO.
It was knitting group yesterday morning. I am IN LOVE with groups. Groups where I can go and work on my OWN thing and get access to an expert should I need that (and I need a lot of that right now in the knitting area).
So what did I finish???? I started a pair of leggings for M - well several years ago. They were finished EXCEPT for the cast off. I had cast off one pair and the other was at the end, but I did NOT like the cast off. Not stretchy enough. Yesterday I learned a GRAFTING technique for casting off that was pretty slick!!!
|The FINISHED leg warmers|
|The CAST OFF edge. I am so impressed with myself. It isn't perfect (the ladies were chatting up such a storm - it was hard for me to concentrate on that method!!)|
|The left over bits - chopped up|
|And in the ball ready for the birds in spring|
|The verdict - they fit!!!!!!|
|Nice and warm!!!!!!!!!!!!|
I really cannot thank Ruthi enough for hosting this group. The money I paid for the group has already paid for itself. I have met lots of new people, learned TWO new techniques and while I may not remember how to do them, I know there are MUCH better ways of doing things.
Now Nancy told me that she had joined the knitting group because she had 2 tubs of yarn that had to get used up. Well - she now has FOUR tubs. I hope that doesn't happen to me, although I have to say that I have found SEVERAL kits for cute sweaters, shrugs and such that I have purchased. I must stay focused.
I told M that she would NOT be getting another knitted item for a bit as I have NOTHING else started. Well no CLOTHING items. I do have something else started (And that is Tish's fault!!!). I will dig that out and show you. I seem to have misplaced the pattern, so I must find that.
BUT I did a BAD thing - a REALLY BAD thing. My next project is a toque. (Just wait until you see it) and I needed some needles. I originally bought double pointed. Well according to Susannah - you only knit the POINT with the double pointed. EVERYONE knits with circulars for as much as they can. Really????? I was just talking to my aunt about knitting needles the other day. Well I was in the store a LONG time researching needles and - well - I just could NOT help myself..................
|Yep - I bought this SET of circular needles|
However I still had to buy another needle for the toque. The size of tip I needed is NOT in this set. It wasn't in any of the sets.
Then I did another BAD thing.
I fell in love with this book.
|There are some adorable patterns in here - I couldn't help myself.|
|And via cell phone pix - I picked out this yarn for a sweater for M. It is Madeline Tosh - no less. Supposed to be the bee' s knees of knitting yarn. Oh la la!!!!!|
Finally made it back home and got busy with the quilting machine.
|Another customer quilt - DONE!!!!!!!!!!!!|
Remember yesterday we talked about the Thangles - well I dug out that other project.
|Here are the finished blocks|
I think I will frame the blocks with solid black? White????? I don't really want to introduce another colour, although I could.
And what else was in the box????
|Scraps from the blocks|
|And this layout as a way of finishing it off??????|
|At one of our classes this past week, Nancy brought in this Thangles quilt that she had done somewhere. Looks like a different set than either of the two blocks I have done. It is just half square triangles and many different ways to lay them out.|
Lots of ideas for half square triangle layouts if you want to copy those!!!
Whew!!!!! I was in such a tizzy yesterday. There was so much exciting stuff that I was having trouble concentrating and focusing. Oh yes - I had to make photocopies and I usually go to Staples, but it isn't close by. When I was at Ruti's, I remembered there is a UPS store near Ruti's. I popped in and they did the copies for me. Charged me slightly more than Staples because of my quantity, but on Tuesday - it is FOUR CENTS a copy for black and white. YEAH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I get to support (ever so slightly) another local store.
And my audio book is so EXCITING - I think I am going to throw the head phones on while I sew today and see how that goes.
I did lots of prep for my two classes today, but the weather is pretty bad so we have cancelled them. YEAH - I get the day to MYSELF!!!!!!!!!!!!!
On that note - I had better get busy if I want to accomplish anything.
Have an AWESOME AWESOME day!!!!!!!
(PS - I will post that recipe for the red lentil soup)