October 2008 Archives

My Fingers Are Itchy

No, they aren't itchy from fondling too much wool. They are itchy to work on a project. Which project? Oh, any project. There are so many. My days are oh so packed lately. I spent a lovely, lovely time on Sunday and Monday quilting. And I'm looking forward to a pedicure tonight, not for the massage but because I can knit while my toes get painted.

Here's a list of what is currently in my active projects queue:

  • Kitmas sekrit knitting project 1

  • Kitmas sekrit knitting project 2

  • Knitted scarf for my nephew (to match the one for my niece that is finished)

  • Erik's Celtic Cable scarf

  • Tunic/basic pullover sweater

  • Wedding sekrit knitting project 1

  • Sekrit cross-stitch announcment

  • Dutch Tiles wall hangings

  • Beatrix Potter patchwork quilt

  • A dishrag (or two)

These projects are in process, but haven't been touched in months or, um, years:

  • Gracie's birth announcment

  • US States in cross-stitch

  • Beatrix Potter Colors cross-stitch

  • Pressed flowers quilt

  • Sandy's t-shirt quilt

  • Irish chain quilt

  • Quilt class pieced wall hanging

  • Cross-stitch silk sampler

  • Unicorn needlepoint

These need to be started soon:

  • Fabric box beta for wedding favors

  • Fabric runners for wedding

  • Fabric boxes for wedding favors (assuming beta goes well)

  • Wedding sekrit knitting projects 2-4

  • Knitted hat for Todd

There are probably more, but those are the ones I can remember. I really need to just quit my job and do nothing but craft all day long. Wouldn't that be fun? At least until all the money goes away.

Dutch Tiles Quilts

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Ever since I got back from Europe, I've been thinking about the Dutch tiles fabric that I picked up in Amsterdam. This weekend I got it out and made four small wall hangings out of it.

There were enough tiles to make two quilts of four tiles each, and two of 16 tiles. I had just enough fabric from the fat quarters to make the boarders around them.

I was amazed at how quick it was to make these, even if I forgot to square the tiles before I sewed the bars to them and had to rip it all out since they were slightly larger than 6-inches. I realized that most of the quilts that I have in production are at least queen bed size. That's big. No wonder it takes me so long to finish one!

I decided that I really should back these wall hangings with the same fabric as the front. So I went to the Den Haan & Wagenmakers site and ordered enough fabric to back all four, as well as the binding. I decided to go with a black print since I was afraid the blue wouldn't quite match.

I hope the fabric arrives soon. I really want to finish these up. I'm just going to stitch in the ditch, so that should be fast too. Yay for small projects and getting done quickly!

I'm Back!

I landed back in San Francisco late last night. Man, I don't know what time it is or what day or anything. I've slowly been going through my bags, putting stuff away. I managed to pick up some crafty things on my travels, and thought I would share them with you all.

In Amsterdam, I went to this neat quilt shop called Den Haan & Wagenmakers. If you are ever in Amsterdam, I highly recommend you go! They are not far from Dam Square. The shop is chock full of their lovely fabrics, with lots of kits and examples of how you might put them together. There is also a cute little quilt shop right next door, which was more of traditional quilt shop, more like what you'd find in the states.

Fabric for the Quilt

I picked up a kit, which included the fabric above. It makes a small wall hanging quilt of different squares. Should be quite nice when finished.

Dutch Tile Fabric

I also picked up this tile fabric and a set of fat quarters. They showed an example of the tiles cut with the fat quarters fabric as a border. I originally got this as a gift for my mother, by I love the fabric so much I may have to keep it for myself.

We past a cute little crafty shop while in Skagen, and I was sure to go back before we left in the morning. The shop was a strange mixture of yarns, fabric, cross-stitch kits and clothing. There didn't seem to be any rhyme or reason for how things were organized in the shop.

Christmas Table Cloth Kit

I did find this Christmas tablecloth kit though, and decided that it was worth it. It seems to be a more traditional design. The woman at the shop commented that it was "a big project" but we both agreed that it will be lovely when complete. I may or may not stitch the words in Danish... might change it to English. We'll see.

In Copenhagen, I went to a number of knitting stores. One of the stores, Sommerfuglen, had yarn, cross-stitch and embroidery, as well as fabric for quilting. I almost got a pattern for a lovely cardigan, but I was afraid that the directions would be too hard given that they were only in Danish. They also had some lovely cross-stitched maps of Denmark that I was really tempted by as well.

Blomster, Blade Og Baer I Korssting

In the end, I decided to get this book of cross-stitch wreaths and flowers. It's easy to follow the patterns, since it doesn't matter that they are in Danish.

I also picked up some yarn while I was at Uldstedet. This was a cute little shop with a fairly good selection, though not as large as Sommerfuglen. I went back and forth and back and forth over which yarn to get. They had a wide range of colors and it was so hard to decide.

Tvinni Alpaca

In the end I settled on this denim blue fingerling-weight yarn. It's Alpaca, so it's very soft. I don't have a pattern to use it in yet. I'm sure three skeins will be either way too much or not enough.


  • One woman's adventure with yarn, fabric and needles.

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