Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Yarn And Book..Oh MY




I am still coming down from my Piper's Journey that I knit for my mom. Happy Day!!

 And I now have officially fallen in love with my yellow yarn from Quince.  I am working on the Oakleaf Shawl.  I am taking forever on it because I want this to be a big shawl. I ordered 6 skeins for a sweater and then I started this shawl instead....so I want to use all the yarn I can.

I knit a little bit everyday.  I have been grabbing it when I sit down with Jack to read.  I need something to help me from going INSANE.  It is SLOW going getting him to pick up the pace and regular sight word recognition.  Practice...practice...practice.  And we are...I like the knit and purl ease of this shawl so I can just keep at it as I help my little guy sound out whatever words that stump him.

And reading....I am super excited to have all kids in bed tonight so I can pour over my new Sunday Morning Quilts book.  I have forever wanted to start quilting and I am ready to start really going down that road.  I decided on Sunday I would just make a quick little scrap quilt sample thing...just to see some of the steps come together quickly.  I need to do the binding and then I will feel a little bit better about my official step into quilting.  But binding seems SO SCARY to me...just like lace knitting.  Why I wonder??  It is just a technique..no biggy??

I also have been reading through the MODG 6th grade syllabus...and thinking, "I have a 6th grader!!" I officially remember LOTS of things about 6th grade..NONE OF THEM ACADEMIC!!

Happy Knitting ...and reading!!

Join Ginny for way more knitting fun!!

21 comments:

  1. Reading with my new reader is also driving me a bit crazy. I think I need a similar project for those times. Quilt binging is easy. Just a bit of hand sewing and perseverance.

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  2. Hey Lisa - I am comtemplating learning to quilt as well and stumbled upon a free video tutorial on the Craftsy blog...most of them you have to pay for but this one was free...I signed up to make sure it wasn't some sort of gimmick and was pleasantly surprised to see that it was not. I haven't had time to view the videos but there are many of them that explain various techniques...since I am a visual learner, I am going to watch them before I attempt this new craft! Anyway here is the link...I hope it helps you!
    http://www.craftsy.com/classes/quilting Just scroll to the middle of the page and you will see the one offered to Beginners and it is labeled "free"! JLike I said, I haven't watched it, but it does look promising. Also, there is one on Sewing 911 - all about how to get the most from your sewing maching that was recommended by one of my blogging friends and it is free too....that is how I found out about this little website! Good luck....I am anxious to get started on quilting and make some heirlooms while using all my scrap material!

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  3. What beautiful colour combinations!

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  4. The yellow knit is so cheery! ♥ And so is your quilt. I started off making two mini quilts earlier this year, too. http://thescrumptiouslife.blogspot.com/search?q=quilt

    It's a start!

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  5. I can see why you are savoring your knitting, that yarn is gorgeous! I have knit with quince and co and loved it :)

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  6. I just found the oak leaf shawl and love it! I'm diving into lace this week, a newbie here! Crossing my fingers...

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  7. I, too, have fallen in love with that yellow yarn...scrumptious! The same color as my kitchen walls, in fact. Would love to know what brand it is where you got it...

    ~visiting from Ginny's :)

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  8. That yellow yarn is adorable! And your first quilt is great! My grandmother taught me to quilt by making the backing 4 inches wider all the way around to make the binding. So that's generally how I bind mine. Good luck getting yours finished. I hope you'll show us when you do! :)

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  9. The yarn and the quilt... both so lovely. I'm like you ~ my reading time comes after the children's bedtime! :)

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  10. Ooh, I love that yarn too and am working on some very slow quilts over here. Sending you some good quilting vibrations : )

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  11. I'm officially in love with your Quince yarn, too! That stuff is gorgeous. Good luck with the quilting (no fear!), and with 6th grade (a little fear!) ;)

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  12. Oh, the yellow is just beautiful. Perfect for summer. And knitting while the kids read is a fantastic idea....really need to implement that here. :)

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  13. I love quilts and always wanted to learn how to make them. The only problem is that I hate to sew.

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  14. Oh I so love the color of that yarn :) Quince has some fabulous colors and they are so hard to chose from. Have fun knitting while snuggling :)

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  15. I love that yellow - and I also just started quilting! I cut the squares of my first (small) quilt Saturday night - and I totally know what you mean about the binding. I am leaning toward machine binding my first one. Can't wait to see how yours comes out!

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  16. the yellow is lovely. i too am learning to quilt and the binding has been a pain in the butt, but i think that is just me. i am not so hot at finish work. still i am loving learning to quilt.

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  17. Love the Sunday Morning Quilt book, has some great quilts and ideas. Amanda will be in my town in November and plan on meeting up with her. Quince has some great yarn and patterns, have knit several myself, you will not be disappointed !

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  18. Oh I love that yellow two! It's going to make the most scrumptious enormous shawl! happy knitting!

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  19. Your photos are just gorgeous, what a lovely quilt!

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  20. I have been teaching myself to quilt as well. Your test patch is so cheerful; I like yellow and gray together. I have yet to knit a shawl, but it is on my list. I can't wait to see yours finished.

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  21. WOW your Piper's Journey is beautiful ! I made one also and gave it as a gift too. Quince yarns are yummy ! I also have the Sunday Quilt book, have not made anything from it though. I have been quilting for 35 plus years and binding is easy.....you will be surprised.

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