Monday, August 10, 2020

Cranky Socks

Friday I cranked out another monster sock. These are so much fun to make. 
My machine and I had a bit of a disagreement while I was making that second sock. The second sock took all Saturday afternoon. I'll share more about that on a different post. Let's just say I learned a little more about my Erlbacher Gearhart circular knitting machine and I'll be ready for the next time it happens.

Tools and supplies (affiliate links):
Fiskars 7 Inch Softgrip Student Scissors (snipping yarn)
5 Pieces 5 Different Size Bent Latch Hook Crochet Needle Hook (picking up dropped stitches)
Cable Clamp PRO Cable Management 4 Pack (used in place of weight buckle)
Brightech Lightview Pro Flex - Hands Free, Magnifying Glass Desk Lamp for Close Work (lens removed)
Zibra PB100LZR Grip-n-Glide 1-Inch Round Trim Paint Brush (to clean lint/dust from machine)
24 Pack Metal Rectangular Empty Hinged Tins (hold extra machine needles)
addi Express Hook (picking up dropped stitches, hanging setup bonnet, finishing missed stitches)
Do4U Drinking Home Office Table Desk Side Huge Clip (I use it to hold the ball/cake of yarn while I crank but it could hold your drink, too)
BLACK+DECKER WM225-A Portable Project Center and Vise (this is my machine stand, slightly modified for a larger work surface)
RuMe Bags Baggie All (Aspen) (to hold my hand-finishing supplies: yarn needle, needle threader, scissors, Kitchener directions, stitch markers, etc)

Friday, August 7, 2020

Postage Stamp Quilt Swap

I've been trimming some of my smaller scraps into 2.5" squares for a while now. Here is my collection of little squares. I learned about a charm square swap hosted by the Curious Quilter on Instagram. This is often where I learn about all sorts of fun swaps.
Here is the empty space left behind after I sorted out several stacks to swap. I am hoping to get back quite a collection of new fabrics.
Here are my swap stacks. Two identical sets (left top and middle), three unique sets (right top, middle and bottom), and two for newbies (these are shorter stacks of 50 charms). I've signed up and now I wait for my partner info. So much fun!

Tools and supplies (affiliate links):
Creative Grids 6.5" x 24.5" Rectangle
Creative Grids 6.5" Square Ruler
Creative Grids 4.5" x 12.5" Rectangle Quilting Ruler
Fiskars Rotary Cutter
Fiskars Rotary Cutter replacement blades
Fiskars Self Healing Rotary Cutting Mat
BLACK+DECKER Classic Steam Iron
6" x 9" envelopes

Wednesday, August 5, 2020

Scrappy Quarter Cabin

Part 2
I sat down to this mess on Saturday morning to make some more blocks for my Scrappy Quarter Cabin quilt.
I also stitched up some binding for my quilt Star Struck. You can't see the binding in this photo but I can assure you it is attached. I wanted to share another closeup look at the quilting on this one. 
The pile of trimmings for this one is getting quite large.
I played with block placement and flipped some around a little. I really like how this one is working up. Still so much to do. I still need about 17 blocks before I'll be ready to make the setting triangles. I haven't decided if I will make them in a solid fabric or carry on with more scrappy piecing. I've got time to think about it. Looking at it here, I think I might rearrange some of those darker blocks to make them stand out more. 

What are you working on? Scrappy or controlled?

Tools and supplies (affiliate links):
Creative Grids 6.5" x 24.5" Rectangle
Creative Grids 6.5" Square Ruler
Creative Grids 4.5" x 12.5" Rectangle Quilting Ruler
Fiskars Rotary Cutter
Fiskars Rotary Cutter replacement blades
Fiskars Self Healing Rotary Cutting Mat
BLACK+DECKER Classic Steam Iron
Grabbit Magnetic Pin Cushion
Fiskars 8-inch scissors
Juki TL-2010Q
Quilt design software: Electric Quilt (used in this instance to calculate the number of blocks I would need for the size quilt I want to make)

Monday, August 3, 2020

Cranky Socks

It took all week to finish these. I can usually only squeeze one in after work. 
Made with Knit Picks Stroll for the hung hem and Knit Picks Felici for the rest. 
These came out great!
Wrapped up and ready to send to their new home! Where is that? Well, I don't know. This pair was listed on Etsy. Check them out if you like the colorway. Want your own pair? Stop by my Etsy shop Becca's Crazy Projects and send me a message. I can knit you a pair in any of the current Felici colorways from Knit Picks.

I'm also available to knit fingering yarn into a tube for you to add your own afterthought heels, toes, and cuff. Send me a message through Etsy and I'll get back to you as soon as I can.

Tools and supplies (affiliate links):
Fiskars 7 Inch Softgrip Student Scissors (snipping yarn)
5 Pieces 5 Different Size Bent Latch Hook Crochet Needle Hook (picking up dropped stitches)
Cable Clamp PRO Cable Management 4 Pack (used in place of weight buckle)
Brightech Lightview Pro Flex - Hands Free, Magnifying Glass Desk Lamp for Close Work (lens removed)
Zibra PB100LZR Grip-n-Glide 1-Inch Round Trim Paint Brush (to clean lint/dust from machine)
24 Pack Metal Rectangular Empty Hinged Tins (hold extra machine needles)
addi Express Hook (picking up dropped stitches, hanging setup bonnet, finishing missed stitches)
Do4U Drinking Home Office Table Desk Side Huge Clip (I use it to hold the ball/cake of yarn while I crank but it could hold your drink, too)
BLACK+DECKER WM225-A Portable Project Center and Vise (this is my machine stand, slightly modified for a larger work surface)
RuMe Bags Baggie All (Aspen) (to hold my hand-finishing supplies: yarn needle, needle threader, scissors, Kitchener directions, stitch markers, etc)