Crosstown traffic

The geese have been completed (more on that another day) and moved into regular rotation. That means I needed a new Leader/Ender project.

Luckily, I had one all lined up.

Mom folllows a lot of other quilters online and one if her favourites is Pat Sloan. Back in January, she started a sew along for a pattern she called Traffic Jam. I had to much on the go at the time, but I knew it would make a fabulous L&E project, so I tucked the idea away.

Mom started earlier and already has her top done:

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Sorry I don’t have a better picture, but you can get the idea of it there.

You start by piecing 2.5″ squares into four patches. Unlike Mom (and it seems everyone else in the sew-along), I decided to do my four patches in neutrals (white/biege/light grey). I had tonnes of neutral scraps, so I cut them all up and got them ready for sewing.

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Currently, I’m just pairing them up. But it won’t be long until I’m pairing those pairs into four patches. Like the geese, I have no idea how big this one is going to be. I’m just making blocks until I run out of cut fabric. Then I’ll decide!

FO: Laguna socks

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Taadaa!

When I work monogamously on a pair of socks, they go pretty quick. Even giant man socks.

There’s nothing fancy with this pair. Just a 3-1 rib for the leg, plain vanilla for the foot and a contrasting heel/toe. I like to add the contrast on vanillas for just a little something extra.

This pair was knit in Barn Cat – colourway is Laguna.  It’s not normally something I’d gravitate towards for man socks, but I thought I’d give it a go and it works great.

Sam’s husband is a lot like Dave in that he doesn’t mind being a little adventurous with his socks. And I’m always happy to oblige with a knitting adventure!

 

Flora-phile

My love for green and growing things is well-known to all of you. And since it will still be a couple months until I can really get into the garden, all my “growing” energies are focused on my indoor plants.

My collection has grown quite a bit over the last six or so months. Because there’s only a handful of places in the house with adequate light, it was starting to feel like the plants were taking over.

Amazon came to the rescue with a cute little corner shelf  to help tidy up the plants all over Grandma’s table.

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Once filled, it completed a happy little plant corner in the dining room.

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Of course, that’s not all of the plants in the house….

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There are hanging baskets in every corner I could put on in. And there’s this little nook behind Dave’s couch.

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And of course, there’s my collection at the back door. All these plants go outside for the summer, but for now, they are crowded where they can get the best light.

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Upstairs in my studio, there’s another collection that spend the summer outdoors. But that’s not all…

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I even have real plants in my fish tank!

 

Late February blooms

With the geese blocks nearing completion, I needed to clear out a project box so I didn’t go over my self-imposed quilts-in-progress limit.

Looking at my list, Spring Blossoms was the one closest to becoming a top, so I decided to focus on it.

One full afternoon saw the last six flower block complete

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Another afternoon a few days later saw them sashed and bordered into a completed top.

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It’s not even done, and I’m just loving this quilt! And since you can’t see them well in the above picture, here’s another look at those cute little centre birds!

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Love them!

I’m hoping to find time to quilt it this weekend. I’ve got the most gorgeous backing fabric for it that works so well with my “early spring” theme

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And there’s enough of the pussywillow fabric for binding! Perfection!

FO: Moon Dance

It was a holiday Monday, so I took the opportunity to sneak up to Mom’s and quilt Moon Dance and get it off the to do list!

And I am VERY happy with this one. It’s a nice size – about 64 x 78″; so great for a snuggle on the couch, but also big enough to throw on the bed for an extra bit of warmth on those cold snowy nights. Jenn and my brother live three hours north of us, so they get a lot more of those than we do. (In fact, all the snow you see there has melted … again!)

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The pattern is  Quatrefoil and it’s one of my  favourite kinds… simple but looks complicated! My only tip for making this one is to make all your little four patches first. It makes assembling the blocks much more efficient. It’s definitely a pattern I will make again.

Sadly, the darker fabrics in this are not photographing well. Though you can’t see it in the above picutres, there’s a fair amount of purple in the quilt, which is why I used the fabric I did for the sashing.

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I had to really mess with the exposure to give you even a hint in the top left and bottom right blocks. This is definitely one that looks much nicer in person.

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I had just enough of this fabulous duck egg blue fabric for the backing. I was really keen on being able to use it because it coordinated with one ofthe fabrics I used in the four patches. The other four patch fabric (which was left over from the back of Honey Patch) was used for the binding as well, wrapping everything up with a nice, neat bow!

Now this one is tucked away from furry fiends until March when it will be gifted to the birthday girl!

Secondary

First – thank you for the compliments on the poncho… I think what’s actually bugging me is the jeans… they are supposed to be “jeggings” which means ultra tight, but as you can see… they aren’t – they are wrinkly and sloppy!. Perhaps if I find the perfect pants, I’ll love it more… the quest begins!

Now, onto business…

This past weekend, Miss Pee and her boyfriend (yes… she’s old enough to have a boyfriend… I can’t really believe it either), were down this way for a concert. Since it was late when the concert ended, they spent the night at Mom’s. On the way home the next day, Mom swung by here and picked me up so she’d have some company on the long drive home from Owen Sound.

Since Mom was at the wheel, I was free to knit. I took advantage of the time to make some good headway on the Laguna socks.

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It’s about three hours one way, so I got a lot done.  I finished the first sock on the way up. By the time we were headed back, I got a good start on the second, though I couldn’t knit the whole way home because I ran out of light.

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Michael’s Birthday is at the end of March, so I’ve got lots of time to finish them up. But I forgot, Wren’s got a birthday coming up in March too, and I haven’t started anything for her yet.

I’m going to knit on these monogamously until they are done. Then I’ll figure out something for Wren!