Friday, June 28, 2013

Back to Biscornus

I've finished up the first of the cross-cultural biscornus!

I managed to finish this up while my sister's here, when we're all just watching TV at night after all the excitement of the day.

Not much else to report. I'll try to finish up the second one soon, but my little sister's keeping me quite busy, so we'll see!

Lots of love,

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Cross-Cultural Biscornus

Here are the biscornus I worked on during my vacation:

Well, that's just the front side of them. I found the pattern here. The two designs are supposed to be for the front and back of the same biscornu, but I thought they were equally pretty and wanted to make one biscornu for each design.

It's also supposed to be a Norwegian design, but it reminds me a lot of Palestinian embroidery (here's an example of what I'm talking about). I figured that would appeal to people here, so I made them with the next craft fair in mind.

So all I've got left to do is stitch up their back sides and put them together!

In other news, my baby sister (not such a baby anymore, she's 17) is coming to visit me today! She'll be here for a little more than a week. I'm super excited, since she hasn't been to visit me for more than a year now. I'll try to get some stitching done while she's here, but I'm not promising anything!

Big stitchy hugs,

Sunday, June 23, 2013

Some Kitchen Chicken Stuff

I'm back! Whew, that was a busy trip. I'm so glad I went, though. It was so good to see my family and catch up on everything. And it's also good to be back - I missed my husband!

A few months ago I bought a couple of charts from the Victorian Motto Sampler Shoppe (I talked about it here). I thought these would be perfect for my mother, who is Southern and a big fan of coffee and chickens. The chicken thing started when we were little and kept confusing "kitchen" with "chicken". As a result, my mother's kitchen decor is almost entirely chickens. I'm just encouraging this theme with these:

They're for her birthday, which isn't until July, but since I was in Kuwait I gave them to her early. She loved them! After much debate, she decided to prop them up on her kitchen counters.

She liked the fabric too, and said they look almost like burlap. I stitched the two on 28-count Wichelt-Permin linen in Blush, which I personally hated. It is so stiff and painful to work on.

And please ignore the fabric in the background. It's our bedspread - the bed is the closest thing to the window, so it gets the best light!

Yay for another successful, hand-made birthday present!

All my love,

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

One Last Knit...

...And the Wendy Pampas blanket is done!

Please excuse the background. It's my bedspread - the bed is the closest to the window, so it gets the best light!
I added the final stripe, a navy blue that's called Nightsky (#2251). With 65 stitches across and nine stripes long, the whole thing now measures 41 inches by 41 inches. I didn't intend for it to be a perfect square, and it's definitely not huge, but it's a good size for a lap blanket or a sofa throw, something to cuddle up with when I'm stitching on the couch, which is what I was aiming for.

My semester's been over for nearly two weeks, and I've already finished knitting this blanket, read two books, and spring-cleaned my apartment. Needless to say, I'm quickly running out of things to do around here. My husband's solution? Buy me a ticket to see my family in Kuwait. Woohoo! I'll be there for the next week and a half, so I'm not going to be blogging for a while. I have kitted up two biscornus to take with me, though - hopefully I'll be a little productive.

See you soon, guys! Lots of love,

Monday, June 10, 2013

Just Jammin' on This!

I've knitted up two more stripes on my WIP blanket!

I did another cream stripe (#2201) and then started the blue section of the blanket with a stripe of Chambray (#2247).

Moment of truth is coming up: I'll be adding another stripe, a dark blue, and then we'll see if it's long enough or if I need to make another large order of yarn. I'm pretty sure it will be long enough, though - it's getting a little heavy and hard to maneuver, especially when I switch needles. But it's so nice. We've got the AC blasting because it's so hot and humid, so this blanket on my lap keeps me from getting too cold!


Saturday, June 8, 2013

Quilt Square 45

A little more on the American Flag Quilt:

This latest square is Idaho, the Gem State (also Potato State?) It was admitted to the union on July 3, 1890, making it the 43rd state. Only 7 more to go!


Thursday, June 6, 2013

Quilt Square 44

Making some more progress on the American Flag Quilt!

This new square is for Washington state (not Washington, D.C., the capital). The Evergreen State - a very pretty nickname - was admitted to the union on November 11, 1889, making it the 42nd state. Only 8 states left!

The last of the spring cleaning was finished up yesterday. Hooray! Now I just need to stop by IKEA to pick up a few things, drop off some bags of clothes at the charity bin, take a bag of old books to the used bookstore... Okay, maybe not that finished after all.

Big hugs,

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Knit, Knit, Knit

I have definitely been bitten by the knitting bug - look how far I've come on my WIP blanket!

My husband took one look at this and went, "Why did you put another purple line?" I don't think he gets where I'm going with this. I'm going to do another cream section now, and then a light blue and a dark blue. We'll see how it looks!

I'm going to have to wait until later to do that, though. I tend to get bored of working on one piece for too long (which is why it's taken me so long to work on the American Flag Quilt!).

Now that work is over for the semester, I decided that this week was going to be my big blowout every-six-months mega cleaning. It's exhausting! We've only got a one-bedroom apartment, but it's amazing how much junk you can collect in just a few months! So that I wouldn't get too physically drained, I decided I'd dedicate a day for each room. By far the most tiring is the kitchen - does anyone else feel that way? It's all the cupboards that have to be emptied out and cleaned, the fridge, the oven, the microwave...

Smelling "weirdly like soap" (again, my husband),

Sunday, June 2, 2013

Picking Up Sticks Again

So, finally, I've ripped open the bag of Wendy Pampas yarn I'd had delivered and got back to work on my WIP blanket!

I love this blanket so much. It's super soft, and the colors are just gorgeous. I just started the purple section of the blanket - that last stripe is #2248, Violet. I'm going light purple-dark purple-light purple-cream, and then I'm going to start with another color block.

That makes sense in my head, we'll see how it translates to knitting!

Thank you all for your sweet comments on my last post! I still haven't heard anything, but they did tell us it would be a couple of weeks. I guess I still have a while left to wait.

Here's to patience!