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Tuesday, May 16, 2017

HST blocks

 Nine inch squares resulting in eight 4.25" hst. 

Sunday, May 7, 2017


Is this cute or what? Starting with 2 four inch squares, divided in half. Make a template (from an empty water jug) to these dimensions. 

Mark the triangles with pencil and flip and sew strips to the ends of the triangle. Trim! The finished block is ABOUT 5.5" and the strips are just trimmings.  The trick is to sew that first strip ala paper piecing, that is, line it up on the underside of the white fabric and sew on the drawn line. After that. easy peasy.
Pink Spidey finished | by Melody Johnson Quilts:

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

OK Assymetrical design, woowoo! This is my kind o'challenge. The front will have both vertical and horizontal stripes with a mitered base. Scoop neck too.
The back will echo the front but not a low neck. (the drawing is messy and the garment won't be sloppy, seriously).

 This is how I will knit it. You don't have to understand this, only to say that I am way excited to see this work up.

Monday, January 30, 2017

Cardivest revised design

Since I don't like seaming, I decided to make two identical 'backs' and join them thus, with a three needle bindoff. From here I will knit upwards to the underarm, separate the knitting into back, and two fronts and go on to the shoulders. I will again join the shoulder seam with three needle bindoffs.
Miraculously the yarn changed color at exactly the right spot, no planning on my part! That center yellow stripe is the bindoff seam.

 This is the back side with the visible bindoff. I worked up to 36 stitches. I think this will be a smaller size. But it could change with blocking.

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Koigu etc.

I have a ton, seriously a ton of Koigu and similar yarns, so you are welcome to help me destash. I rarely use this yarn, and would love to see a finished work using it. Not interested in selling, just unloading. Can't beat that price.

 And in the garage I have more of this yarn, undyed, so it could quickly become the color of your choice, with a dyeing lesson combined.

And tons of sock yarn, which is the same weight. Let's use it up!

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Vest Yarns

Vest Yarns
Here are some choices for your vest. I tried to find cotton, but mostly I didn't have much...there is some. And the vest takes DK weight which is also what qualifies these choices. Good luck trying to decide. They are all too yummy to work with.

Friday, December 9, 2016

Front Panel

Here's the front right panel with six diamonds, making it about 36" long. I used two creamy whites for the neck, one is silk.
 As you can see it is much longer than most of the vests I have made. I used one size larger needle to make this happen and I could reduce the length easily by removing the last set of diamonds.

I wish you could see how the combo of creamy yarns combine to make a matte and shiny stripe.

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