Thursday, 22 January 2015

From A & K - Boo In Stitches Giveaway

You know we love it when family gets crafty together. You can probably imagine how excited we are to hear that our friend Shannon of Little Luvins combined forces with her graphic designer sister, Colleen of Pinwheel Print Shop, to bring us Boo In Stitches.


"What is Boo In Stitches?" you ask. Well, in their words it is a collaboration between ink and thread. In ours, it is an awesome new company that sells funny sewing related art prints that are hand drawn and hand lettered by Colleen.


They even have some fabricy pirate humour for those of you who, like us, are into that sort of thing.


I know you must be thinking that your sewing room needs at least one of these gorgeous prints. Well fret not, we've got you covered. The Boo In Stitches team has graciously offered to send one of their beautiful 8" x 10" print to one of our readers. To enter all you need to do is leave a comment telling us which print is your favourite.


Contest Rules:
  • One entry per person.
  • The contest will stay open until 11:59 pm MST on February 2, 2015.
  • The winner will be announced on our blog on February 4, 2015.
  • International entries are welcome.

If you are a no-reply blogger, a wordpress blogger, or do not have a blogger account - please leave your email in your comment so we can contact you if you win!

Want to increase your chances of winning? Visit some of the other blogs and Instagram accounts hosting the Boo In Stitches launch party to enter again!


Saturday, 17 January 2015

From A - 2015 Finish Along Q1 Goals

After taking a bit of a blogging break, I'm ready to tackle my WIPs head-on. I have so many half-finished projects on the go at the moment that it seemed like an excellent idea to join Adrianne for the 2015 Finish-Along in the hopes that I'll get some stuff off my plate before a guest succumbs to a batting avalanche while sleeping in our "guest room."

1. Oh What Fun! Christmas Quilt

Oh What Fun! Blocks 
Intended as a Christmas 2014 gift, it didn't quite make it. I'm determined to get it ready for 2015. The top is finished and I just got this bad boy back from the longarmer. Now it just needs a binding and label.

2. Superstar Lonestar Quilt

Lone Star Layout 3

An oldie from 2013. I'm still working on piecing the background fabric to the star for this one. Once is finished it will need borders and backing before it can head off to the longarm quilter. I love this quilt and really want to get it finished.

3. P & B Swoon Quilt

P & B Swoon Quilt Top

Another oldie from the opening days of this blog in July 2012. It's been basted and ready to quilt since then but I keep putting it off since I'm intimidated by how big it is. I'm planning to unbaste it and make the backing a little bigger so I can send it off to be longarmed. Done is better than perfect at this point.

4. Flannel and Voile baby blankets

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I've made a few of these in the past and have five more that only need a satin binding sewn on. I'm not sure how many of these I'll get through this quarter but with another influx of babies due shortly, it would be great to get them all finished and re-homed!

5. Cutting Corners Quilt

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This is a small lap quilt that I worked on last summer. It's been quilted and just needs a binding before it can replace the down comforter on my couch as my go-to TV blanket. 

6. Saltwater Quilt

Saltwater Color Block Quilt Blocks

I started this as a bit of a stash busting, palette cleanser when the pressure of holiday sewing was starting to make me twitchy. The top is still in pieces so this will need a fair amount of time before it's ready to rock.

7. Big Charming Quilt

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I've convinced myself that this bad boy is a weekend commitment. Hoping I'm not too far off in my assessment.

8. Square Dance Quilt

Square Dance Quilt Fabrics

Another quilt that I've decided will be a walk in the park. I already have the print fabrics ready to sew and now just need to cut the background fabric. Really looking forward to this one since Denyse Schmidt is one of my quilt heros and I think this will be the perfect way to showcase some of my favourite prints. 

9. Dreamweaver Quilt

Color Blocks Quilt Fabrics

This Tula Pink fabric has been cluttering up my stash for far too long. Looking forward to actually enjoying some of it by getting it made into a quilt I've long admired.

10. Ceres Baby Blanket

Ceres Baby Blanket

This is from my January 2013 list so I'm pretty serious about getting this one done. I've finished knitting this one. Just have some finishing work (weaving in ends, stitching the picot edging down, blocking) left.

11. Snowfling Mitts

Snowfling Mitts

I started these in November 2013, just after seeing Kelsey's pair in real life over Thanksgiving. They are so wonderfully warm and cozy. I really want to get them finished before too much longer. There's still lots to do so we'll see how I make out.

12. Hiro Pullover

Hiro Pullover Sleeve

This sweater was a bit of a last minute add-on but now that I've started knitting it, I'm having a hard time stopping. With worsted weight yarn, knit in the round, this one is just flying off the needles.

Phewf! That list seems a lot longer written out than it did in my head. It should be an adventure!

Tuesday, 2 December 2014

From K - Finished Sundottir Sweater

Just two months ago, I was very genuinely over the moon with excitement to show you my very first hand knit sweater, my Grace Cardigan. Today, just a few months later, I'm back to share my second ever knit sweater - sqeeeeeel! *excuse me while I do a little happy dance!*

Sundottir wooed me from the beginning, and continues to woo me every time I put it on. I made minimal edits to the pattern, which included lengthening the body and arms, as well as sizing down two sizes on the arms (all of which give this sweater a practically perfect fit).

I found this project to be a perfect balance of quick (hello stocking knit body!), and fun (colour work yoke for the win!). All in all it took me just over five weeks to turn five skeins of yarn into a wearable sweater!

I picked up the Malabrigo Rios (worsted weight) in the colourway Plomo from my LYS for the primary colour, and paired it with a simple natural wool for a contrasting yoke. I've worn this sweater more than a dozen times since finishing it in early November, and it wears like a dream.

I'm still hooked on the fair isle / colour work band wagon, so don't expect this to be the last sweater you see me whip up this winter. I foresee a few more cozy knits in my future, maybe even another Sundottir!

To read more about this project, check out my Ravelry page for more details.