Monday, August 18, 2014

We Interrupt This Patchwork....

I've been enjoying the patchwork process
in leisurely style as of late.
No more power sewing.
Just some piecing here and there.
It suits me.....

for now.

So I've been working on a quilt from

It requires very small half square triangles.
Enter Thangles!


I had to be in the right frame of mind to rip all the papers off,
but the deed was done.

These little pinwheel blocks measure 2" finished.  
Tiny! 
Thank you Thangles!

Miss Pia has faithfully joined me
as I sit and sew.


She hunkers down in my tray of strips,
and purrs along with the machine.
And things were getting done!


So excited to see progress!

Saturday I sat down to work on the pieced border.
And just as I was preparing to sew the first piece for the day,
this happened.

Oh my Lord....the Bernina...it powered off.
Never to come back on!!!
WHAT?!?!?!
I am a bit distraught.
17 years, nary a problem
and then this!
UGH!
I switched out a fuse, hoping that was the easy fix,
but it still sat in darkness.

I figured I would have to take it in
and see what the diagnosis is.
Thankfully I have soooooo much handwork,
I won't be sitting around twiddling my thumbs,
and won't be in a HUGE rush to find out the verdict.
There was a time when I couldn't even stand taking my machine
in for service, because I didn't want to be separated
for even a day!

But I'm a more well rounded Threadhead now!

This morning I phoned a nearby Bernina dealer.
Initial diagnosis....power supply kaput.
$300 minimum.
UGH!

What's a girl to do?
I'll tell you what I did!
I ripped into that machine, that's what I did!
And I found the second fuse,
in the power supply.
Took a little work,
but I finagled that sucker out,
popped in a new one,
and....

IT TURNED ON!

Wooohoooo!

So, So very happy!

Now Miss Pia won't have to find another
place to nap since the quilt den is still open for business!



*Peace!

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Yarrrrrrrn

Yarrrrrrn.
It's consuming me.
I love it.
More than I should, perhaps!

I've been busy with hook and needles and YARRRRN!

When Miss Avery last visited, she said,
"Gramma Kim, you know what I want you to make me?  
I want you to make me a YARN blanket!  
A YARN blanket that looks like a RAINBOW!"

So.
Of course Gramma Kim had to immediately 
order multiple colors of Cascade 220 Superwash,

Soft Waves was chosen.


I'm about halfway thru it.  I just crank up the AC when I want to work on it,
since Texas summers aren't the best time to have a pile of wool in your lap!

I need to get back to it!  
I got a little sidetracked with some other things.

I finished my Clockwork
following our day with Stephen West & StevenBe.
 

I really like the way it turned out!
I used Sweet Georgia CashLux in Grouse, and Smaller Yellow Ant in the Bugga base from the now defunct Sanguine Gryphon.

It's squishy....
 

So, So very squishy!
Squishy is good!!

And speaking of Bugga!
This next one was a quick knit,
out of Bugga in the Cinque Terre colorway from

is so simple!
 

More squishy garter goodness!
I ADORE this shawl!
It blocked out to a lovely longish scarf that i know I will wear!
a lot!
 

It has a sweet flirty picot edge.
And I think it's just perfect for that skein of sock yarn that may be
too pretty and precious to hide in a pair of shoes!
I will be knitting many more of these!
It's adaptable to any weight of yarn.
And you just knit until you're ALMOST out of yarn.
Then bind off! 

This past Friday, I cast on a new shawl.
This one will be a challenge!


So much so, that my love of the shawl outshines my fear of the knit!
I'm using some yarn from Must Stash Yarn.
Stacie's Helluva Skein is just that.  
One Helluva skein!
Big yardage!
And the color...Pauo'le...such a complex gray.  
Hints of lavender and golds.
So subtle.

So I set my fear aside and cast on.
I forgot how wonderful it is to knit from a chart!
Today I finished the 2nd repeat of the body chart 2, 
and so far so good!
 

It's going well, but definitely is not something to be knitting on if you 
might get interrupted.  So it could be slow going for that reason only.

For those times when I anticipate interruption,
I've got a Trillian on the needles as well!
I know..I know...

another thing on the needles?
Yes.  I can't help it!
I've got so many things I want to knit!
So Trillian finds itself on the needles.
It's a great pattern by Martina Behm.
And I found a great indy dyer on Etsy,
She's out of Michigan, and I was entranced with this colorway.
 

 Isn't it pretty?
I think it will work well in the Trillian pattern!

These are a few of the things
filling my knitting bags.

And if there's an empty bag around....



a certain Miss Pia
finds her way in to it for a snooze!

*Peace!