A Quick Summer Update

Mr. Tux and I are having a whirlwind summer. We are busy with work and not a whole lot else. When I am not busy with work, I have been getting some time in quilting, spinning, and knitting. I am participating in the Tour de Fleece on Ravelry. The basic idea is that you spin every day of the Tour de France. I figured why not. What better way to combine my love of fiber and cycling than with a spinning challenge. I am also doing a ton of knitting. Mr. Tux and I were able to get a few days off to spend in the San Juan Islands. What a wonderful time relaxing together. Here are some photos of what we have been up to in the last few months.

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A baby gift of a quilt, hat, mittens, and two receiving blankets.IMG_1886

My first rag quilt. It turned out great.IMG_2025

A baby quilt I made. I have discovered the wonderful world of quilting pre-cuts. So amazing!IMG_2027

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A baby rock crab. I had so much fun catching them when we were in the San Juan Islands.IMG_2433

All three furry children in one picture. Note Zeus sleeping in the crate.IMG_2463

A finished Trillian shawletteIMG_2436

A finished single ply waiting to Navajo ply.IMG_2483

The finished handspun yarn and the cowl I am knitting with it. The yarn was made using the single ply above.IMG_2509

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Cycling in the nice weather.IMG_2536Zeus can’t resist a basket.

Hope you are all having a wonderful summer!

Kiera

An Update and a Bit of Crafting

So for those of you who follow this blog have noticed, I haven’t posted in a while. Life around here has gotten very hectic. Both Mr. Tux and I are on rather large projects at work and my free time has shrunk significantly. I am still sewing, quilting, spinning, and knitting, but my blogging has fallen by the wayside. For the next few months I will not be able to blog quite as regularly as I had been. However, I am still crafting when I have a free moment I will do updates on here about what we have been up to. So without further ado, here is an update for the last few weeks.

Mr. Tux, Tuxley and I survived the holidays in style and we are settling back into a normal routine. I was able to spend two days at a spinning workshop with Sarah Anderson. It was a total blast, and I now have size 6 Czech beads on order to ply with some purple painted top merino I have set aside. Recently, I have discovered the Jelly Roll Quilt Race from the Missouri Star Quilt Company and I have been playing with some awesome Jelly Rolls. If you want to give it a try yourself, check out this video. For variations on the quilt check out this video and this video.

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Some good friends of ours are expecting their third child, a boy, in May. Last year, I made this quilt for them using my old Singer sewing machine. After my experience using the old Singer to appliqué the monsters on the quilt, I swore I would never quilt like that again until I got a new machine. Mr. Tux surprised me with my Janome last may for my birthday. It seemed appropriate that the first real quilt I would make after the monster quilt would be for the same awesome friends and their next baby. I used a combination of the Jelly Roll quilt race and the appliqué to make the quilt. I had so much fun crafting for them again. I may have gone slightly overboard with the crafting. By the time I was done, there was a phenomenal quilt, two receiving blankets, a burp cloth, a crocheted newborn hat, and a special knitted bunny lovey.

IMG_1829I just LOVE the monsters on this receiving blanket!IMG_1834The quilt back is so adorable. The puff ball monsters were perfect.IMG_1838Dinosaur quilt frontIMG_1836An up close of the appliqué dinosaurs. I couldn’t believe how easy they were on my new Janome!IMG_1842A fluffy yellow hatIMG_1840The bunny lovey turned out amazing! It is so cute. Big sister thought it was amazing and adorable.

Mr. Tux and I also got out and enjoyed some snow with Tuxley. We were able to go snow-shoeing. It may not have been on our anniversary, but at least we were able enjoy some snow. Overall, our new year has been going great. Busy but great. I am still around and will try to blog as often as possible.

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Kiera

 

A Little Knitting for Me

I have been busy with Christmas and charity knitting for the last several months. As such, I finally decided to sit down and knit a quick little something for me. After all, I enjoy having some of my own knits to wear. I used a simple pattern, Ribbed Hand Warmers from Ravelry, and only changed how long I knitted the initial sleeve and the distance after the thumb hole. Since I have small hands, I usually do less than the called for lengths so the arm warmers fit me. I love how the turned out. The only thing is that next time I make them I will use a different yarn. While the yarn I used is awesome and soft, it is a bit delicate for everyday wearing arm warmers.

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Kiera

{My Crafting Corner} Baby Hats

Lately, I have been devoting my knitting time and efforts into baby hats. These baby hats are quick and easy to make, plus tons of fun. Once finished, the hats are being donated to the local birth center as well as a couple other programs that accept baby items for the community. The yarn stash I posted about on Monday is yarn that I have slated for these baby hats. Such fun colors. I just love the KnitPicks Brava Sport yarn.

IMG_1547Five little finished hats all ready to go. The top two were knitted in Brava Sport. The others in yarns I had laying around.

 

IMG_1553A sixth hat on the needles and almost finished. Soon there will be six little hats

Kiera

New Yarn Haul!

Saturday my new box of yarn arrived from KnitPicks. I took advantage of their 10% off sale and ordered a ton of new Brava Sport yarn for my stash. The yarn arrived Saturday afternoon, just in time for some weekend fun and knitting. This is my second time ordering Brava Sport from KnitPicks, and I am in love. This yarn is 100% acrylic and perfect for all of my baby knitting for charities needs. With this order, I tried to not only re-order some colors I already had and loved, but also tried to pick a wide range of new colors so I can get a better feel for the different color lots available. So far, the only color I am not sold on is the skein of red yarn. But that is more my taste than anything wrong with the red. I just have never really been a red kind of person.

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All of my new yarn that arrived in the boxIMG_1544My entire yarn stash, both what I originally had, and the new yarns added in! So awesome.

I am going to have to get busy and do some more knitting.

Kiera

My Twisted Little Raglan

It’s finished! My Twisted Little Raglan sweater I posted about here and here is finished! I blocked the sweater last weekend and finally tried on the final sweater this past weekend. It fits perfectly and I love how it turned out. My only issue is that I personally don’t like how wide the shoulders/neckline is. But that is just me personally, and I think I can fix that with an under-shirt.

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Up close of the under arm and side details.

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Up-close of the arm and wrist stitches

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Details of the twisted rib increases of the raglan

IMG_1509The finished sweater is awesome!

Kiera