Mason Dixon Knitting. These were all knit from cotton yarn I already had in the stash and it was a fun challenge to see how many combinations I could get while trying to use each color/way up completely. I will make her sorry she ever asked for dishrags!
Tuesday, March 25, 2014
I backed this one with a busy green/gold chevron print. This one turned out a little wider than the last one and I'm very happy with it. I still wouldn't take something like this to the fair.
Wednesday, March 12, 2014
I saw this video on someone else's blog a while back and have been thinking and thinking about it. I have made quite a few blankets but I wouldn't call them quilts because as careful and fussy as I am, I can never get the pieces and edges to perfectly match up. Years ago I made a simple patch work blanket using 6 inch squares cut from the scraps of my scrub tops. Cutting out the squares was tedious, as was sewing together the individual pieces. This technique really appealed to me because strips can be different lengths and you only have to measure 2 sides of each piece versus 4. I also loved the randomness of this method.
All the strips I cut were 3 inches wide and as long as I could squeeze out of the scrubs. I cut the scrubs apart first, cut the pockets and neck casings off and then using my rotary cutter and mat, cut long strips from the back panels and middle fronts and then short strips from the arms. It took me almost 2 days to get through all of them.
I sewed the strips together end to end but next time I will do the angled method. This blanket was so much easier and forgiving to piece together. It was almost mindless which is my kind of project. When it comes to projects like this, I am a firm believer that busy is better and this is certainly a busy blanket! I backed it with a very busy chevron print. I have enough strips for at least 2 more blankets and I just bought 4 more queen size cotton battings on sale for 70% off! We learned this winter that you can never have too many blankets when company comes and they make such great gifts because everyone can use and enjoy them.
Here is an action shot where I'm trying to get her to look at Dave for the picture. I just love this sweater! It is so comfortable and warm over a long sleeve t-shirt. It is fastened with 3 buttons on the top third of the sweater and the lower fronts hang slightly open. I used 3 large buttons from Grandpa Maynerd's button box and am pleased as punch to carry a bit of him with me. I have so far only used his buttons on knitting I've done for his great grandchildren so it was nice to keep 3 for myself. We miss you Leonard! :)