Thursday, October 25, 2007

Socks and Quilt

Some might think that no blog = nothing done on any projects. They would be wrong.

No blog = no time to take pictures or make blog entry.

My middle daughter has been helping me knit my first sock in years. I think I made two many years ago with worsted-weight. They were okay, but not great, so I did not start any more. Anyway, she has convinced me to try again. And earlier this month we were both at the same conference, so I brought my sock so she could talk me through the heel.

It was a great Time Out for Women, and I got the heel finished.

Progress has also been made on my 3rd son's high school graduation quilt. I know I'm slow, but progress is progress.

I have taken the 240 squares and made 120 sandwiches out of them.

I put a bluish print, a smaller batting square in the middle, and a red print in a pile, with the right sides facing out, and fastened them together with a pin. Now I get to sew an X (from corner to corner twice) on each square. That will fasten the batting to the top and bottom fabric.

Here are the squares with the bluish side up

and now the same squares with the red side up.

I have also worked on the net shawl (including cutting off 9 rows when I was 2 rows from the end -- stupid mistake that did not show up until then), and the sweater. Now I need to go watch the Red Sox in the World Series. I still hope to get something finished before the series is done.

Tuesday, October 9, 2007

Progress on Projects

I have been busy these past few days on a number of different projects. I just did not have the time (take the time) to document what was happening until tonight.

I have made progress on two quilts. I cut 240 nine inch squares for one quilt (back and front).

One of these groups will be the back and the other will be the front.

The squares will be paired with a back and a front with the batting in the middle.

The next step is to cut the batting into seven inch squares -- 120 squares to be precise.

The other quilt will be a map of middle earth. I am having the map blown up to 54" by 45" and then plan to transfer it to the quilt using iron-on transfers. Now I need to get the blank transfer paper.

I have progressed on the sweater. I have done the the ribbing and about 2 inches up from the ribbing. I am knitting all the parts at the same time.

When I am not knitting on the sweater, it is hanging in one of the net bags I finished recently.

Of course I worked on the net shawl. I decided to add eight additional rows before the border. At this point I have finished one and a half of those eight.

And finally, I wanted to do something quick, so I took a few minutes to check the directions of the crisscross bookmark.

I wonder, by the end of the World Series, which of these projects will be completed. Anyone care to make a guess?