Sunday, 16 June 2019

A Picture for Sunday - Chartres Cathedral


Undoubtedly the most beautiful cathedral I have ever been in, Chartres Cathedral is magnificently tall, airy and light.

Having walked nearly 100 kilometres in three days to get there, all the weary, footsore  pilgrims who crowded into the cathedral last Monday felt blessed and privileged to be there.  God willing, I shall do it again next year.

Saturday, 15 June 2019

Tweedy Blue Baby Boy Cardigan

Really dinky, this one.  This is the smallest size cardigan that I am making for my forthcoming pattern.  It is two sizes smaller than the toddler grandad cardy that I finished a few weeks ago.


Apart from the plain blue for the rib, I used two random yarns: one, a combination of blues and cream, and the other, navy, pale blue and white with a little bit of brown.


With the cardigan being so tiny, there was only just room for five buttons down the front.  These cream and beige buttons were the perfect match.  For some reason I didn't spot them until I had been through the button rack about five times.  I hope I'm not losing my knack!





Friday, 14 June 2019

Free Motion Mavericks - Week 233 - Resting

Once in a while you need a rest.

I came home on Tuesday at midnight from France, having been away from the previous Thursday.  It has been an unforgettable trip, walking for three days with a group on pilgrimage, all the way from Paris to Chartres.  As you can imagine, I needed a bit of a rest when I came home.  Unfortunately, a sore throat has made its appearance, so for the past two days I have been feeling rubbishy.  As a result, the linky is a day late and I have no sewing to show.  To make up for the lateness, the linky will stay open until Tuesday, and I am looking forward to seeing your projects.






Here goes for Week 233:-

This time I am torn between two projects, so rather than feature just one, I shall feature both!

Many thanks to Vasudha for linking up last time with her modern circles quilt.  If you haven't seen her blog post yet, nip over now and see more.


And also many thanks to Margarita for linking up with her feathers quilt.  Her blog post is here.






If you have no free motion quilting to show, feel free to link up and show any project you like.  Here are the usual rules, but feel free to ignore them.  To keep the original emphasis, however, preference will be given to free motion quilting when featuring projects from the previous week.

If you love free motion quilting, whether you are a beginner just taking the plunge, or you have reached the stage where you can do ostrich feathers with your eyes shut and still achieve perfect symmetry, then please link up.

Remember, FMQ is FMQ, whether your machine was made last week, or it is older than your granny.

Here are the very easy and slightly elastic rules:-

1.  Link up with any recent post, ideally from the last week but within the last month, which features a free motion quilting project, whether it is a work in progress or a finish.

2.  Link back to this post in your own post.
  
3.  Visit as many of the other participants as possible and say hello in the comments box.

4.  The link up will remain open for four days, from midnight to midnight GMT for the long weekend, Friday to Monday.

So far quilters from the USA, England, Wales, Australia, Canada, Germany, Holland, New Zealand, France, Macau, Russia, Ireland and Brazil have taken part.  The first participant from each new country will get a special mention the following week.


Thursday, 30 May 2019

Free Motion Mavericks - Week 231 - The Bare Bones of a Landscape





Funny how the prospect of stitching a few lines has had me frozen in panic for weeks.  It is because this stage calls for precision, and that's not my forte.  Today I gave myself a very stern talking to and finally got this far, to a point where I can get cracking with filling in with colour and building up the picture.  I shall be going away for a few days next week, and have decided that I shall launch into some serious sewing when I come back.  Until then, I shall stick to knitting, which, by comparison, is falling off a log





Here goes for week 231:-

Many thanks to Gail for linking up last time with her Pearl Harbor quilt.  If you haven't seen her blog post yet, nip over now and see more.

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If you have no free motion quilting to show, feel free to link up and show any project you like.  Here are the usual rules, but feel free to ignore them.  To keep the original emphasis, however, preference will be given to free motion quilting when featuring projects from the previous week.

If you love free motion quilting, whether you are a beginner just taking the plunge, or you have reached the stage where you can do ostrich feathers with your eyes shut and still achieve perfect symmetry, then please link up.

Remember, FMQ is FMQ, whether your machine was made last week, or it is older than your granny.

Here are the very easy and slightly elastic rules:-

1.  Link up with any recent post, ideally from the last week but within the last month, which features a free motion quilting project, whether it is a work in progress or a finish.

2.  Link back to this post in your own post.
  
3.  Visit as many of the other participants as possible and say hello in the comments box.

4.  The link up will remain open for four days, from midnight to midnight GMT for the long weekend, Friday to Monday.

So far quilters from the USA, England, Wales, Australia, Canada, Germany, Holland, New Zealand, France, Macau, Russia, Ireland and Brazil have taken part.  The first participant from each new country will get a special mention the following week.

Sunday, 26 May 2019

A Picture for Sunday - Singing Robin


You may recognise my little friend from a couple of weeks ago.  I managed to get this photo of him in full trill one evening from no more than about five feet away.  It wasn't until enlarging this photo on the computer screen once I was home that I realised how sharp robins' beaks are.  All the better for cracking through earwigs' outer shells.

I think his name might have to be Bob.  Bob the Robin doesn't sound too bad.  Thank you to everyone who made suggestions.  My husband has a favourite robin too, who sings in the tree above his shed.  My robin is Bob and his is Fred.

Slipping Stitches for Neat Edges


All keen knitters have their preferred way of sewing up the seams.  This is the method I shall be recommending in the pattern I shall be posting soon.

Fisherman's rib, because it gives a slightly compressed effect, needing more rows per inch than stocking stitch, calls for slipped stitches at the beginning of each row. 

The little cardigans I have been making have all involved playing with colour, alternating two-row stripes, so these instructions include showing how to change yarn from one colour to the other.

In brief, the last stitch of every row is a knit stitch, and the first stitch of every row is slipped knitwise.



This is the back of the work, and the row where I change colour, in this case from orange to green.

First, insert the needle as if to knit the first stitch.



However, the stitch isn't worked, it is just slipped onto the right hand needle.

The orange yarn is taken round to the back of the stitch, and brought round to the front between the needles, and held in place to the left.  





Then the green yarn is picked up to work the next stitch, which is a purl...



… and the rest of the row is worked in green.  This is a knit one, purl one row, with the last stitch being a knit.



On the next  row, slip the first stitch, and keep the yarn at the back of the work ready to knit the next stitch.

This row is the row where the purl stitches are slipped and the yarn carried over the needle.  The last two stitches of the row are both knit stitches.



This is the edge of the work, seen from the back.  Just inside the edge you can see the two-colour rope effect where the yarns are overlapped (as in the third picture) when changing colour.  Also, the actual edge is consistent with the compressed tension of the fisherman's rib, making it easy to sew the seams and pick up stitches for the button band.  


xxx

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