Last week I participated in the #honestcraftroomies Tuesday night Periscope hop. We talked about our favorite designers and I showed off the Alison Glass Handcrafted prints that brought me to her work. I may be overindulging at this point but I am really looking forward to the knit blanket stitch along that’s starting any time now. I also showed off my Cotton + Steel Basics bundle that is full of awesome prints to blend with anything or to stand on their own. Then there was a bit of a tour of my sewing space because I got nervous and talked quickly and had a fair amount of time left in my 10 minute slot. 😀

Unfortunately, something was up with my Periscope because my video was mirrored the whole time and sometimes upside down. :( I contacted their support and they’re looking into it. I discovered on Sunday that my videos were working again so I decided to do a current sewing WIPs periscope on my lunch break today. You can catch my replays over on Katch. If you want to make your own design boards the tutorial I used is from Lori at Bee in My Bonnet. You can get it from her website or from the Fat Quarter Shop’s YouTube channel. Mine still need the binding around the edges but that’s a task for another day. I want to get working on my quilts now! :)

I am hoping to do more periscopes. Maybe I can do my knitting WIPs next. My poor neglected knitting WIPs. At least we’ll be traveling some for Thanksgiving so I should be able to get some knitting time!

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Making things

Hello! It’s been a minute. My technology hasn’t caught up with my dream world wherein the blogs I write in my head show up on the blog perfectly formatted with stunning pictures. Some day, maybe.

I’ve made a few things lately:

You guuuuys!!! It's done. Labeled, washed, and ready to be gifted! Plus bonus baby. We haven't decided if we're gifting him too. :D #gifts #quilting #process #moderncrosses

Yep, made both of these things. One was a wedding gift and one is for me and Chris to keep. You guess which is which.

Leonard is all put together! Thanks for the class @rosemakesthings!!! #leonardthellama #sewwhatsherlock #paperpiecing

Leonard is all put together! Thanks for the class @rosemakesthings!!! #leonardthellama #sewwhatsherlock #paperpiecing

Lunchtime sewing and the back is complete. I asked the birthday girl if she wanted the stripe and she said yes and I really like it now that it's sewn in. Applique is hard. My shoulders and neck are not looking forward to 12 more elephants. #gifts #quilti

The back of my niece Fia’s birthday quilt.

I’ve also been in a couple Instagram swaps.

There’s been a lot more sewing/quilting in my life. I’ve recently joined a neighborhood quilt group – which is splendid and gives me a chance to meet some ladies in my neighborhood. It’s been lovely having the ladies to use as a sounding board for quilting and for general life things.

I’m gearing up for the #superawesomequiltbee next year with Rose and Kate and some new friends. I have November so there’s tons of time for me to figure out what block I want to do. Have any of you ever participated in a quilting bee and do you have finished quilts (or at least quilt tops) to share? 😀 I’d love to see some.

I’ve also downloaded Periscope. You can find me over there as LittleWit. I am not entirely sure what I want to do with it yet but I definitely want to do something. If there is anything you want to see me scope about, let me know! 

I’ll be back soon. I promise. I have much more to share about the little guy up there. And since there is no Ravelry for quilting I really need to record my makes somewhere. :)

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Sew Together Bag

I’ve been wanting to make this bag since I first saw several of them at Camp Stitch-a-lot in November. I started on this one in December as a birthday gift for my friend Tammy. Alas, I was rushing a bit too much amid all of the holiday crafting and managed to break my sewing foot (mad skills, I have). I then grounded myself from sewing until it was replaced. heh.
Sigh. I may need to take a long hiatus from sewing. Managed to break a needle and my favorite foot. #woe Maybe it's time for some knitting...

Once I got my new foot and I worked myself up to sewing again I found doing just a little bit each day and following the Quilt Barn sew-along allowed me to complete it without breaking anything else. haha. I am trying to get better about portioning out my sewing tasks instead of marathoning them. Although marathoning does tend to be my mode of operation.





I’m really pleased with how it turned out and have another one under wraps. I need to make one for myself too! :)

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Surprise! (Or maybe not so much now…)

So, I’ve written this post tons of times in my head but apparently never sat down and wrote it on the computer. I figured out what was causing my August dry spell. It ended up being a bit more of an intense dry spell than the usual summer slow down. Turns out I was having the first trimester blahs. haha. go figure.

We’re pretty excited. I think that’s the right word. Excited, terrified, busy planning, making room, in slight denial, you know, all the normal emotions. 😉

My second trimester came and I started crafting up a storm again. I made some things for the home, for friends, for other babies, and for the holidays. Now, I’m into my third trimester and steadily working toward my Evernote of things to make for the nursery. I would like to announce that I have successfully checked off 3 baby sweaters from my list. (And at this point, no more baby sweaters are “scheduled” before my delivery date.)

And all three of these have been knit since the New Year. Turns out baby sweaters knit up quickly! Even newborn sweaters in fingering weight.

From left to right:

Newborn Vertebrae by Kelly Brooker in leftover Knit Picks fingering weight that a friend dyed for me awhile ago for a sweater for me.
Wee Envelope by Ysolda in yarnchef Cider in Tiger Energy and Light Roast. These are also leftovers from one of my sweaters. haha
Wyatt by Kelly Herdrich in Jill Draper Makes Stuff Hudson in Bing Cherry. I bought this lovely yarn at Rhinebeck this year and now I want to knit something for myself with the leftovers!

I foresee another slowdown in crafting around April. Three guesses as to why and the first two don’t count. 😉 But hopefully once everything gets sorted and settled I’ll have more awesome and modeled things to share. :)

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Dry Spell

So every summer I end up with a dry spell in my knitting. I thought this summer I could avoid that by sewing instead but it seems that August may just be an entire craft black hole. :) I was able to knock out my quilt top for Craftmas in July and it’s currently sitting downstairs by the TV waiting for me to hand sew down the binding. I decided to do it that way because I didn’t want my thread to show on the red bit of the candy cane binding and that way I’d have something I could do while hanging out with the boy. Sometimes he feels a bit like a sewing widower. hehe

I am currently psyching myself up for some new knitting projects and carrying easy WIPs around with me whenever we travel but nothing is getting done. :) Sometimes it’s just good to embrace the crafty drought and rest assured that it’s highly unlikely to be extended. September, you are earmarked for crafty greatness – dogapalooza allowing.

I did stare at my spinning wheel for 3-4 episodes of Haven on Sunday night but alas, I did not write down which bag of fiber I was spinning from!!! when I took my hiatus from TdF. I know better, I really do, and then I do these things again and again. I *think* I may remember which one I was working from and may just allow the weight of the spun singles on the bobbin added to the weight left in the two bags to dictate which bag I end up spinning for the rest of the bobbin. I kind of can’t wait to see this yarn when it’s done!

How’s your summer crafting going? On par, with your usual or are you also facing a dry spell?

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