With cool days and chilly nights, I’ve been in the mood for yarn. In the past, I’ve made a couple granny stripe blankets, a shell afghan, a granny square throw and some loom knitted afghans. This time, I wanted something different. I decided on a sampler type of blanket–something I can make up as I go along. I’ve limited myself to cream, gray, navy, teal, berry and grape. I’m using Red Heart’s Soft yarn with a size J crochet hook for this project. I like the way it’s coming together so far. It’s a bit subdued but it makes a nice change.But it isn’t only crochet hooks seeing use around here, I also finished knitting a pair of wrist warmers recently. Along with an infinity cowl. I guess I’m ready for winter weather!
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Hello, again. I did not plan to be quiet this long! But I procrastinated on getting some photos last week and by the end of the week, wham! Back to back migraines. It’s been awhile since I had a double whammy hit me. I’m remembering how much it takes out of you. But enough of that!! That’s not any more fun to talk about than it is to experience. So let’s move on to fabric, shall we?!I wanted to make a scrappy type of project for you out of Amy’s Dreamweaver. It’s one thing to see all the cut bits out there. It’s another thing to to see them made up into something you would actually use. So, I chose to make a friendship braid section and use it as a table runner. Actually, I made two and then sewed them end to end so that they would “point” in opposite directions. You can find my instructions for making a braid here. Here it is again with a fancy bowl to anchor it. Those mandarin oranges are from our Algerian tangerine tree (also known as Clementine). Soon, the Satsuma mandarin orange tree will be giving us candy sweet fruit as well. As I considered what to incorporate into the photo, I thought some of you might appreciate the pop of citrus color. Imagine, if you can, the wonderful smell when you start to peel them. Heaven!From the leftover strips, I made myself a mug rug complete with pink heart. It’s just perfect for having a spot of afternoon tea with a freshly picked orange. The only thing missing from this tableau is some dark chocolate. And you, of course! We could sit down to nice cuppa and some crafting conversation. Forgot those dang Christmas lists.
Life is too short not to savor fresh oranges and virtual friends!
It’s December! While I’m not quite sure how it arrived so quickly, I’m thrilled. Because this month I’m showing off Amy Butler‘s newest collection, Dreamweaver. As part of the One Fabric Nation program, Free Spirit sent me some advance yardage to work with. There are no obligations on my part: I just get to play and share it all with you. (Of course, I love Amy to death and all of her creative output is incredibly inspirational for me. This new collection is just as inspiring as all the rest.) So, with that disclosure out of the way, let’s talk fabric!There are two color stories to this collection. First up, the one I think of as gold/garnet/amethyst. It makes me think of medieval jewelry for some reason. Opulent colors. Interesting details. A fun mix.The second group is jade/turquoise with shots of pink. I’m partial to this one. Amy’s blues and greens are always a favorite and these will happily join my stash. For my first project, I chose prints from this color story.
I wanted a bag that wasn’t too fussy to make. It needed to be a free pattern. Most importantly, I wanted a bag that didn’t look generic. After a bit of thought and some lost hours on Pinterest, I chose Anna Maria Horner’s Menagerie Bag for Janome. It fit the bill perfectly.This pattern is a great choice for showing off your favorite prints. I love the gathered bottom portion–such a sweet detail. And it goes together quickly and easily, another huge plus. I added the yo yo’s and buttons on the side. When you carry this bag, the strap will actually be facing forward and backward in relation to your body. So putting the embellishment on the side means it will be front and center when I carry it. I also like the way the yo yo’s echo the gathering on the bag.This is the perfect bag for throwing stuff in and running out the door. It does have a magnetic snap closure so it isn’t like carrying around a wide mouth pail. Just in case you worry about those things. The print on the top portion of the bag is called Clouded Floral. It’s my favorite for all around sewing–good for bags and good for patchwork. Also a nice print for home decor pieces or even clothing. I have an extra special favorite print in this collection too. But more on that in a future post.
Because there is going to be more Dreamweaver goodness in the days and weeks to come. The collection will ship to stores in January so you have time to get inspired and plan your own projects. Besides…gifting yourself with some of these luscious prints will be just the reward you need to get you through the holidays! Look for your favorite online shops to start taking pre-orders soon.