Quilt Appreciation Post

Once in a while, I’ll go to the annual Kutztown Folk Festival (Pennsylvania Dutch) and one of the things I like to see is the quilts that are displayed in the quilt barn (it’s also the only building with air conditioning, lol). This year, two gorgeous quilts really got my attention. I can’t sew to save my life so making a quilt is totally out of the question but that’s okay. The large quilts at the top of the pictures are the ones I’m talking about but the others in the pictures are just as deserving of praise.

Tags: quilts

Joining Yarn Fail

I’ve recently resumed knitting my ribbed slit shawl and it has become disastrous, lol. I didn’t like how I was joining my old and new balls of yarn (I usually crossed the two tails, did three stitches with the two strands of yarn held together, and then dropped the old yarn) because I get ugly stitches and sewing yarn tails in knitting is a pain for me so I used the Russian join for the past two balls of yarn. Well, the stitches look BAD where the join is. I’m talking about considerably noticeable - bigger than the other stitches, the yarn had somehow got all wonky and looks like the plies are separating and coming out, and bits of the yarn tails pop out onto the front. I am so frustrated with my ineptitude.

Help? Does anyone have any tips on joining balls of yarn that won’t lead to hideous stitches?

I started this doily last October and I finally found the ambition to finish it (as a part of my New Year’s resolution to finish up projects I had already started). My tension went all over the place and the doily needs serious blocking but it could have turned out a lot worse. Here’s a link to one of my previous posts with the information about the doily’s pattern: Dinner At Eight

All done! Sagittarius Zodiac Scarf
It took me all day yesterday to sew in the tails, lol.

All done! Sagittarius Zodiac Scarf

It took me all day yesterday to sew in the tails, lol.

Returning from Hiatus

Hi all! Sorry for the posting hiatus. Between being sick and getting distracted by my discovery of the Naruto/Naruto Shippuden manga and anime as well as Bleach’s manga and anime, I just wasn’t in the mood to knit or crochet anything. I managed to finish crocheting my Sagittarius Zodiac Scarf today but those pesky yarn tails still need to be dealt with so once that is done, I’ll post a picture of it in another post.

Question: Since summer in the Northern Hemisphere is coming next month, what projects do you like to work on during the warmer months?

Wrong Color Name on Yarn Band

I’m currently working on sewing in yarn tails for the first wedge of my Sagittarius scarf and I think to myself, “I still think it’s really odd that the color names on the yarn bands for these two different shades of purple are backwards - the darker one should be ‘eggplant’ and the lighter should be ‘purple’. But, the labels tell me the opposite.” Well, I took a glance at the photo on the pattern and look at my scarf. The two colors are reversed from what I have! How did this happen? I check the pattern and there, the darker purple is called “Eggplant” and the lighter is “Purple”. So, why are my skeins labeled the wrong way?

I’ll never know.

The color order may be wrong compared to the pattern and I should have gone with common sense, which was screaming at me to listen to it but it’s not a big deal. I actually think that I like it better this way.

I just thought that I’d share my confusion and amusement with all of you. :)

Tags: yarn crochet fail

First wedge finished. Sagittarius Zodiac Scarf

First wedge finished. Sagittarius Zodiac Scarf

First color section of the Sagittarius Zodiac Scarf.

I made the Capricorn Zodiac Scarf for my best friend back in February and I’ve been wanting to make one for my own zodiac sign so, here’s the supplies for the Sagittarius Zodiac Scarf. I plan on starting it very soon.

I made the Capricorn Zodiac Scarf for my best friend back in February and I’ve been wanting to make one for my own zodiac sign so, here’s the supplies for the Sagittarius Zodiac Scarf. I plan on starting it very soon.

One Year Anniversary of Being on Tumblr!

Today marks a year since I posted my first post on here. I may not post a lot and most of it is just random update posts but I like being able to share what I work on with others. I’m also always grateful for the opportunity for people to share their creativity with me. So, here’s hopefully to another year of discovering the up’s and down’s of making things.

Thank you all for following/liking/reblogging.

P.S. - I just made a Twitter for my blog so maybe I’ll have a more active social media presence…maybe…