Monday, April 23, 2012

T-Shirt Quilts - ShirtTales by Sarah

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Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Slow progress ahead!

Since my last post I only put about 5 stitches into the reversible quilt. We went on a trip for about 10 days and carrying along a partial quilt just wasn't in the cards.

I had to have something to work on though so I took along my hexagons for the extra project in the Prairie Women Journey 3 class and some wool applique. I made about 5 hexis and didn't touch the wool applique!
I did, however, start a new knitting project. (Just what I need, another new project!)

In doing my Reno, Nevada, research, I discovered it was the home of Jimmy Beans Wool and that they have a retail store in front of their online operation. Well, I couldn't pass that little trip up. So, on a Friday afternoon I spent a good part of my time in the shop trying to figure out a scarf pattern. I bought a new set of beautiful needles and some yarn and got busy. I have since given up on the original pattern, and settled for a cabled scarf with two cables. I'm new to knitting, so I don't know if that is a double cable scarf or a bicabled scarf or what. I call it a scarf with two cables.

The original pattern I tried was a lacey scarf and for some reason I couldn't get my rows to come out right. I even mastered (almost) the picot cast on in the process because I did it soooo many times!
Oh well, it isn't Jimmy Bean's fault! It is a wonderful little shop and the folks were extremely helpful, even pulling a lady from the back who was probably busy filling online orders to help me out!

I did also hit a few shops while I was in Reno - Windy Moon Quilts is a favorite of mine. I've been there a few times and always enjoy the trip. I left with several half yards of cream backgrounds. Going Batty is also in Reno, but it just isn't my type of shop. I left there empty handed. My husband was shocked.

As soon as we got home I got busy on my Easter gifts. Little bags from this Pink Penguin tutorial made with fabrics all from my stash and a few changes from the original pattern.

Back row - Prince Charming fabric and then some Easter fabric with stash additions. Front row: Vintage Violet  and Sanctuary. These little pieces are addictive and I have one more to make. It goes pretty quickly and the results are awesome. It is also pretty cool to see the different fabrics come together along with the lining and handles. You never know quite what it is going to look like until it is all finished.