Relaxed Knitting

I am delighted to be able to share my simple knitting project today with Slow Stitching Sunday hosted by Kathy. Since she is up to hosting her popular weekly link up, she may be on the road to recovery. If she can host, the least I can do is write a post. Thanks, Kathy, for your motivation.

It is enjoyable to be knitting a pink newborn hat for charity. It is especially rewarding and relaxing after several failed attempts. I will spare you the frustrating details, however, they included DPNs, straight needles (required a seam), too-long circular needles, magic loop, and incorrect needle size for specific yarn. Did I mention knitting up a gauge swatch was beneath me. Tsk, tsk. Soon I became obsessed in mastering a baby hat.

Therefore, back to knitting basics such as following the pattern with the correct yarn and needle size.  A gauge swatch was made. Success. Next a trip to my LYS with hopes of finding a shorter length circular needle. Another success. Bonus was the moral support and advice provided by LYS (somethings you can't get online). I am using ChiaoGoo circular needles bamboo size 6 with a 16-inch length. Initially, the cast-on (64 stitches) and first two rows seemed a bit tight, however, the stitches soon relaxed as I did also. It has been smooth knitting ever since.

The simple easy-to-follow pattern is written by Heather Wells. Click HERE for pattern. As you can see, I am making a solid color version. Knitting two-color stripes can wait for the second hat. Lol. Yarn is Cascade Superwash 220 which is quality yarn and soft for my knitting fingers, but more importantly, soft for baby's head.

Stay tuned on when the results when I am forced to use DPNs for crown shaping. Since I won't be starting the pattern with them, I think I shall be okay. Any suggestions and/or advice is appreciated.

Smooth stitches,

Disappearing 4 Patch

A new quilt has begun and is up on the design wall.

Four blocks done and so far so good. A collection of reds and whites are going to be used for a unified scrappy look. Originally, the lights were going to be low-volume red and whites; however, they were difficult to find.

After "auditioning" different ones, I decided that I preferred white for clear contrast and continuity. Think of Minnie's white spots on red. :-)

I had to use self-discipline on starting this quilt (or any other that are on my bucket list-LOL) until I completed my previous quilt (see previous post).

Linking With
Finish It Up Friday at Crazy Mom Quilts
Design Wall Monday with Judy at Small Quilts and Doll Quilts
Scraptastic Tuesday with Mrs. Sew & Sow
Works in Progress at Esther's Blog


Dress for Success

This week I learned that 'Dress for Success' was accepted at the AQS Quilt Show in Grand Rapids, Michigan. I am pleased that I disciplined myself to finish it before starting another quilt and/or needlework project.

The quilt is made from a pre-printed panel designed by Holly Holderman. I hand embellished the dresses, added the scrap border, and machine quilted it. The red-striped binding was inspired by Red Pepper Quilts.


Today I am linking with Finish It Friday at Crazy Mom Quilts.