Sunday, February 9, 2014

Various Projects

Christmas Presents

I made quite a few of the popular 'ruffle' scarves this holiday season to give to folks and to sell to folks to give to other folks.  I sold out of my stash of yarn and am pleased to say that what I sold more than paid for what I gave as gifts, a very pleasing way to go.  I am always available to make a scarf for anyone who wants one, just let me know what colors and I'll get on it.  

The Sisters' Afghan is complete

Finally, we have reached completion!

Many hours of work have resulted in a fine looking afghan.

Janet conceived this idea and the two of us worked from May through October to make it a reality.  There are many skeins of yarn, many hours of work and much frustration and love stitched into this beautiful afghan.  My father in law helped me block it and I am most excited to use it.  Or I will be ... you see there were some construction issues. None of the individual squares are falling apart, but the way I joined some of them together was incorrect, and they are now beginning to pull apart. So I need to spend quite a bit of time going back and restitching the seams to make them strong enough to stand up to the weight of the afghan.

However, that being said, here is the final result before repairs are made. 

I am very pleased with the outcome. Once the
repairs are made, this will be my favorite thing to use.

Currently Waiting on Janet to Decide on Her Pattern for Her Afghan!!

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Wow ... it got away from me

Greetings. The last time I checked in with everyone it was to say the small squares of my big project were hooked together. I'm proud to announce the Sisters Afghan is finished.  I spent hours and hours on it, and I have finished product. I'm not convinced my skills at tying off the ends are that great, so I'm almost afraid to use it.  But here are some pictures.
I decided it would look nice
to hook smaller squares around
the entire edge.  Wow. Was that tedious!

But I believe it ended up adding to
the overall appearance of the afghan.

I spent an hour on each side, just
attaching the small squares.

The finished product before we blocked it.
The blocking begins

My father-in-law is very good at this.

It is amazing the change.

Edges squared up nicely.

I'm very pleased with the result. Half the squares were made by my sister, and the other
half by me. I attached them all and crocheted the trim around the edge.  

I still have little pieces which need to be tucked
in, but I can't figure out how to get them to stay
hidden. I will need to go to the yarn store for tips.

Friday, August 16, 2013

They are all together!

There are 110 squares in this afghan. Janet made 1/2 and I made 1/2

You have to try it out, right?

Next step is adding the small squares
around each side.  I can tell I'm going to need to
make some more of those.

The tedium will be connecting the little ones to each
other. Just 2" of connection times about 80+ little squares

Monday, August 5, 2013

I'm getting closer ...

I have begun to put the Sisters Afghan together and I'm pleased with how it is turning out so far.  My sister mailed me her pieces and they have been intermingled below to form the working pile. I decided trying to lay it all out first was just too difficult, so I would start in the center and go out randomly from there.  It's how I roll, and it works for me.

My sister doesn't like symmetry, and I want to be 'artistic', but in the end, I just like balance and things that are symmetrical, so I'm just going with what looks pleasing to me and not 'trying too hard' to make it one way or the other.  I know the center square should have 3 squares to either side of it to center it and have 4-5 rows above and below.  Other than that, I'm not paying too much attention to where things are in the pieces.  I'm letting it happen naturally.

I am in LOVE with the yellow and am trying to spread those throughout the piece for balance. With that in mind, I laid out what I have accomplished on my bed and took stock. I decided where I needed to put in some more yellow pieces and have moved on.

Right now, I'm tired and it's back in the bag for a bit, but I was happy with how it was going and I'm sure when the end is here, I'll be very pleased with the results.  Now, if my sister could just decide what she wants to do, we would have something to work on when I finish this one.

What I have to work with is all laid out and ready to go.

This is what I have sewn together so far.

My sister made this wonderful 'year marker' for the afghan and
it has been incorporated into the piece already.

This is about 8 hours of work over two days so far.
It seems to go quickly and easily, but then I look up and
it's been a long time.  I'm enjoying the work, but impatient for it
to be finished so I can use it.

Thursday, July 18, 2013

We are getting so close

I am encouraging comments anyone has about how to piece this together, what you would change in the layout, etc.  Looking for some good ideas.  Talk to me people, help me out.

The sisters' quilt has been in process now for quite awhile.  All the squares (4x4 and 12x12 and 8x8 are finished) Some of the 2x2 squares remain to be done because Jane has been lagging behind in that area.

Janet recently mailed her completed portion to Jane and this is what we have:

Janet's bag (left) and Jane's bag (right)

Janet's work

Jane's Work

The next step is to put them together in a pleasing way.  The afghan is supposed to be 9 squares wide and 12 squares long. There will be a border of small squares all around and then the trim of solid colors for the edging.  The center square is made by Jane and each of the sisters made two 8x8 squares.

Jane's Center Square

First pass at a layout

With the edging of little squares around the outside.
We are in need of about 17 paprika squares and 15 yellow ones to finish up.
Janet surprised Jane with a little tag to
commemorate the year this was made.
SUCH a cool idea.

The corners consist of tiny squares.

General layout right now. Need to rearrange for colors of 4x4 squares
but this gives a general idea of what we could have.

Monday, June 3, 2013

Coincidence? Or God remaining anonymous?

There is a very odd story behind this afghan.

Someone gave me these squares and I hooked
them together to make a quilt.

My friend, Tasia, gave me a couple squares and asked if I could recreate the pattern on them. I took them and looked it up and then put them in a bag and forgot about them. I had other projects.

The story behind the squares is that a lady across the street from Tasia had a sister who had passed away and left all these unfinished squares.

I didn't have enough to do anything with them, so I just left them in the bag.  Lo and behold, Joy of Joy and Comfort comes over to gift me some yarn and other things. In that box are other squares from the SAME WOMAN!  

The lady had a few issues with gauge, but I had 6 that were close, so I pulled out my multicolored Sugar and cream yarn and crocheted them together and put an edge on them.

Voila ... happy birthday to the lady who originally gifted me the squares!
I added the edging to make it look complete and I have to
say it looks pretty darn good.

I think it turned out great.