Another week has flown by. Can you believe Christmas is next week? I’ve got almost all my Christmas shopping done…… now just have to finish wrapping. I’ve also got some more projects finished, which will probably be the theme of most of my posts this month. December is the month where I get a chance to be like any other quilter. I don’t do any traveling and speaking. I don’t have any book, pattern, or fabric deadlines this month. I’m still really busy and working on a lots of things, but nothing is because I have a deadline. I get to work on finishing up whatever I want. If it weren’t for the cold and snow, I’d say I just love December! So, here are just a few things I wrapped up this past week or so . . .
This pattern is the Cable Luxe Tunic from Lion Brand Yarns. I used a different brand of yarn and did a few changes to the pattern. I used one of my favorite yarns – Classic Elite Wool Bam Boo. It blocks beautiful and has wonderful shine and drape. The pattern is supposed to have long sleeves, but I really wanted to get done sooner, so I made it short-sleeved. That way I can wear it in the summer too.
Can you tell I love cables?
I did run into a few problems though ……… see my neck? I’ve redone it three times and it’s still not right. It needs to be smaller and it really bothers me that you can see all my decreases. I will need to take it off and redo it, but I need some advice first.
Does anyone know how to hide decreases in garter stitching? Any other suggestions to make the neck look better?
Maybe I will just have to lay it on the bed and just look at it. Not wear it. Maybe pretend it’s a quilt and supposed to just lay there on the bed and look pretty.
That would be too bad, so I really hope someone has some suggestions for me!
The next project has been in the works since last January. It has taken me that long to finish! It’s the Apres Surf Hoodie from the Summer 2008 Interweave Knits magazine.
It is one of my first sweaters without cables!
I think the neck line is pretty, but I have to admit I made a mistake on it. I was supposed to decrease along the neck edge and I forgot! I had to do some creative blocking to make it wearable, but that is how I roll. I wouldn’t want to break with my tradition of every knitting project having a mistake! See, there is a reason that I am a quilt pattern designer, not a knit wear designer. I screw up a lot less when it comes to quilting!
Speaking of quilting, several of you asked about one of the quilts in my last post – the 4-Patch Fusion pattern.
This is a better picture, showing the entire quilt.
The fabrics are from the line Roman Holiday from 3-Sisters (Moda). The fabrics are a few years old right now, so they are a bit hard to find. The pattern is perfect for Charm squares or Layer Cakes. Just add a background fabric and borders.
My mom made the quilt with our line Rebel Roses, and that turned out nice as well.
I’ve also made one out of my Serenity line, but did a planned scrappy color arrangement.
Over the weekend, I was at a retreat and almost made this pattern again out of Figgy Pudding. I have been waiting for December to come around so I could dig into my delicious stash of Figgy Pudding. Stop back in later in the week to see what I ended up making out of it . . .
But before you go, how about a chance to win a copy of the Charmed and Dangerous book? I haven’t done a give-away in a little while, and I think it would be fun to spread some Christmas cheer. Just leave me a comment saying what fabric you would use to make the 4-Patch Fusion quilt or just leave some knitting advice!