Sunday, September 26, 2021

Fall Knitting

Cooler, crisp weather arrived this week. It puts one in the mood for fall attire, decorations and projects. This week I've began knitting an autumn-colored cowl.  A very simple pattern of which I obtained the idea from a cowl purchased at a craft show pre-Covid.  It's all garter stitched from an ombre/graduated yarn. 

Below is the craft-sale cowl.  It appears to have been made out of an acrylic yarn due to its tendency to pill yet it's very soft and warm.  Rectangle shape, gathered at each end and decorated with a knitted and/or crocheted flower.


Perhaps some of you've seen The Hocus Pocus quilt pattern by The Pattern Basket?  It's a pattern with Fig Tree fabrics that I could not resist.  Here and there, I've been machine piecing the pumpkins. 


As September draws to an end, it's time to say good-bye to the impatiens which were planted along the north side of the garage. They did terrific this summer growing to over 2 feet!


Back to Slow Sunday Stitching with others at Kathy's Quilts.  Have a good week!

Jill

Sunday, August 22, 2021

Back to Stitching

Sew Bliss has been neglected far too long. No specific reason other than everyday life seems to interrupt my sewing and stitching.  Thankfully, all has been well.  This Sunday I’m delighted to join Kathy’s Slow Sunday Stitchers by picking up where I left off….knitting golf club covers. Two have been completed and today I’ll finish another one. Actually, the knitting has been completed, but I need to add a number to the cover and I do this by using the duplicate stitch method.

Golf club covers are not what one would call a pretty project, yet they are practical and functional.  The color of yarn was chosen to coordinate with the golf bag. During this project, I’ve learned with each cover to improve my knitting, how to duplicate stitch and make pom poms - fun and easy!


A new quilt project is underway also. A Winding Ways quilt.  The blocks were started last spring while I was at a quilt retreat in Michigan’s thumb. 

This week, I have revived the project and have been machine sewing more blocks.   More details in another post.

Michigan is at the end of its blueberry season, yet local blueberries 🫐are still available for purchase. A neighbor shared this cake of which I have since made several times. If interested, click here for the link for Blueberry Buckle Coffee Cake by the King Arthur Baking Company. Both the neighbor and myself followed the recipe exactly and used real butter. Unfortunately, not heart healthy. 


During my absence of writing posts, I continued to read and follow many bloggers. Due to technical difficulties on tablet and time constraints, comments were not often made. However, I continued to enjoy all your projects and pretty photographs.  It's fun to rejoin Kathy and her Slow Sunday Stitchers!


Jill


Sunday, August 30, 2020

Slow Sunday Knitting

Evidently, I've been bitten by the knitting bug recently as other stitching projects have been put aside. I needed a new set of golf club covers and desired to knit them. After searching the internet for a good pattern of which there are many, I've settled on several. I'll attempt to combine different patterns along with a final design that I have in mind. The outcome will be a bit of a mystery even for myself (fingers crossed). It's not a pretty/cute project, yet functional. The yarn I am using is not an attractive color by itself, but it coordinates nicely with my new golf bag.


When I get to the stockinette section of the cover, I prefer to knit in the round and will use the magic loop method. In the past I've struggled a bit as I don't magic loop often. Therefore, I went to youtube for a brush up. This link by Rox Richardson has been helpful personally and 
may help others should you want try the magic loop method.

As summer draws to a close, I'd like to share a field of small sunflowers from a nearby field. Two years ago, there were large sunflowers planted. These must be their seedlings. 

Today as I link with Kathy's Slow Sunday Stitching party, I'll be magic looping!

Until next time,

Jill


Saturday, August 8, 2020

Something Old, Something New

Finally, London has returned from the professional finisher! Oh how I had to be patient for four long months. Therefore, I'd like to learn how to do my own finishing. Understandably due to the pandemic, mail has been slow, and the finishers were overwhelmed with many stitched projects.  

Kirk and Bradley Travel Round

My favorites are the Buckingham Palace Guard and Big Ben.

I am happy to say that the slow snowman cross stitching is done. Until he's either mounted, framed or made into an ornament, I don't consider him totally complete. I hope to learn the finishing process myself as mentioned above in sending needlework projects out to be finished.  

A design by Sugar Stitches on etsy

These past two weeks the household was been discombobulated due to a bathroom remodel. My normal calm nerves were a bit frazzled with the pounding and hammering. This photo of the old bathroom sums it up.

Hope the neighbors didn't mind looking at this dumpster.

This Sunday I have two projects regarding my favorite interests while I slow stitch with the nicest group of people at Kathy's Slow Sunday Stitching linky party.


Decisions, decisions. I enjoy playing and watching golf, and there is a skater in the family which is why I was drawn to these needlepoint canvases.

Take care,

Jill