Thursday, November 20, 2014

Lucky Penny's Rules for Baby Quilting

I made a quilt for my friend's new baby last year.  A quilt that is loved and used every day.  I've been told that my friend's husband showed the quilt to all visitors.  When a little brother arrived, of course I wanted to make another.  He needed one of his own.  But, as the maker, it had to live up to the success of the first quilt.  I did a modified log cabin block that I picked up from a class on Creativebug, Modern Log Cabin Quilting.  The pattern was for a table runner.  I did sixteen blocks for a top that was 48" square before long arm quilting.  The original design used buttons for the center of the block.  I substituted fussy cut circles for the centers, with prints of dogs, flowers, bugs and birds.  The piece was long arm machine quilted with a fun pattern of intersecting rounded squares called Mach 1.  I like it so much that I want to use it in a Scrappy Trip Along quilt that I have working for me.
My rules for baby quilts pretty much apply to all of my quilting work.
1. Sharp Contrast.   I pretty much like this in all of my color work, knitting included.  What I love about quilting is that it also is a play of color and pattern.
2.  Use collections.   I collect small cuts of fabrics I love.  Usually no longer than a yard.  Exceptions are prints that I might want to use on a quilt back.  The only real exception was the Tammis Keefe dog fabric that I purchased entire bolts of.  Many of the fabrics used in this quilt were in the first quilt, and I made a point to include fabrics that my friend said she loved from the first.
3.  Lots of things for a child to look at.  This quilt, and the first, has all manner of letters, numbers, animals, birds, and bugs in the printed fabrics.
4.  Boys can like flowers.  I don't shy away from florals in quilts for boys or men.
More of this quilt, and more rules in posts to follow.

Friday, November 07, 2014

I'm Knitting as Fast as I Can

I purchased this yarn at TNNA this past spring.   All American Collection Worsted from Swan's Island.   The most remarkable wool/alpaca blend.  This hat pattern is from the most recent Brooklyn Tweed Collection, called Skif.  I like it so much that I have another in progress in Shelter.  While I don't think that hats look that great on me, I do love the functionality of them.  I have a pretty large collection, and I often see them on the Man's head when he's in the apartment.  Speaking of which, it looks like nothing will motivate him into moving.  I'm slowly getting around to speaking to him again.
The prevailing mood at Lucky Penny HQ is Overwhelmed.  I have so many projects to finish, sweaters  that I started months, maybe years ago, that I still want to finish and wear.  I need a new sock wardrobe after wearing out nearly every pair I made during the last winter.  Of course I have a few new ones in mind.  The only good thing about my current austerity is that I sort of prepared for it.  I'm now knitting though yarns stashed during more prosperous times.  Sweaters from yarn purchased more than five years ago, in fact.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

The Hand Me Down

Madeline and I have been away from Lucky Penny HQ for a few days.  We are taking care of the little dogs at my friend's place while she is away.  Here's the thing about three dogs--it's three times the work!  It's discouraged me from having more than one dog.  I honestly don't think that Mad misses the company of other dogs.   Yesterday, before I walked Dora by herself (she does not want to keep up with the others), I put one of Mad's sweaters on her.  A perfect fit!  As Madeline has lots of sweaters, I've decided that little Dora can keep this one.   I knit this two years ago in Noro Hitsuji, which I'm disappointed to report, has been discontinued.

Thursday, October 09, 2014

Instagram: The Photos Have Filters, the People Don't

I've mentioned before how much I love Instagram.  So when I get stung, it really hurts.  I follow cute dogs, and knitwear designers mostly.  I post a lot of Madeline wearing her hand knits.  Whenever I'm in a bookstore and see my book on a shelf, I rearrange it so it stands front and center, and record it.  A person who commented asked about the availability of my patterns, and I mentioned the book.  A few days later, she commented on an older photo of my book about the (few) negative Amazon reviews.  I don't know if there's a mechanism for deleting the comment.  I certainly didn't want to leave it up for the world to see.  What if a publisher saw it?  The only thing I could think to do was delete the photo, and block the user.  Nice to have the internet as a shield, user Z.  Fuck you.  Behind every photo, there is a person with feelings.  You chose not to purchase my book based on some negative reviews, then behind the shield of anonymity, pissed on my Instagram feed.  Since you scrolled down to an old posting, you clearly had given the act some thought.
I was gifted this yarn from my employer, who got it on a trip to Toronto.  A cashmere blend from Americo.  I love it.  The hat pattern is from the Fall 2014 issue of Vogue Knitting.  I love it.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Not Called Pet Knits, Not in Any Language

I have been stalking this book on European ebay sites ever since I knew of it's existence.  This was a limited release to some sort of book club in 2012.  A few weeks ago I connected with a German Ravelry user who seamlessly procured and sent it off to me.  Color me happy.  I spent a lot of time trying to get this.
A few months ago, I had an encounter in the store with a Knitting Diva.  Who makes proclamations on Facebook that they have no confidence or that they are leaving so all the fans chime in with affirmations.  We had met a few times over the years, but at first this person pretended not to know me.  I was introduced to the companion as the writer of a book called Pet Knits.  A total diss.  The title of this post is what I should have said.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

A Happy Occasion

A few weeks ago, I posted about the passing of two years since the loss of my Piccolo.  This weekend marks two years of living with Miss Mad!  Look at that happy little face.  She's such a silly little character.  After time away, I just can't wait to see her.  She's here to keep me happy.  I feel fortunate to be the one taking care of her.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Finish Something, Finish Anything

Taking more items off my list.  I made the patchwork part of the shams last year, and had them long arm quilted.  This was another project that I didn't want to pack, and finish at the new address.  I love the fraternal quality of these shams.  As an added bonus, I used some Laura Ashley home dec cotton that may have been in my stash for over twenty years.
About the new address--there still isn't one yet.  I could scream.  Please no unsolicited advice unless you are offering an apartment, and want to pay for me to move there.