Long Time, No Blog
Over a year since my last blog post. I've been busy with lots of projects.
Late Bloomer Mittens
As soon as I saw these mittens on Ravelry, I knew I had to make them. Unfortunately, the only way to get the pattern was to buy an issue of Make Magazine, which cost my cheap butt $35, but at least it came with a bunch of other cool projects to inspire. This has been a quick knit, although stitching all these flowers has been pretty time consuming. I probably should have also followed the directions to use sport weight instead of worsted, but I really wanted to use this rich golden merino and added texture with mohair.
Here's a little updated on my terra planter. My orchids are blooming like crazy, but the maidenhair fern is starting to die a bit. I have to spritz the whole planter daily or else it'll dry out too much.
COVID Hobby: Aquascaping
Last summer, I started a new hobby along with lots of other COVID-housebound folks. Aquariums!
First, I got a DOOA neo glass air nano tank and outfitted it with a CO2 system. All the glass accessories look so cool in the tank. Later on, I got another DOOA short tank for shrimp and plants, but alas, the shrimp all died and it's now only devoted to plants and a terra planter. Since I'm a DOOA fan, I got their medium sized terra planter and wrapped it with sheet moss and added a mini orchid, maidenhair fern, and some other mounding fern. I spritz it daily to keep it moist.
I had lots of fun choosing fish. We've been going to all the local fish stores in the Seattle area. I've had a lot of creatures and most have died... At first I had a 3 rummy nose tetras with a 2 albino plecostomus (pleco) to eat algae and snail, but those died. At one point, I accidently put too much CO2 in my tank and suffocated everything but the snail which crawled out. I've also had 3 pea puffers (my favorite, but they all killed each other), at least 8 shrimps, a brown pleco which I think was eaten. Right now, I only have a betta and snail. I'm guessing my tank was overloaded for it's size and couldn't support all the creatures and their poops. Once my brown pleco disappeared, so did most of my hairy algae. It's crazy how active my snail is now that the pleco is gone.
Baby Quilt for Baby M
A close family friend is having a baby! So I needed to make a quilt. Unfortunately, my sewing machine was being serviced when I heard this news, so I used this time to plant and cut out my triangles. I bought myself an Accuquilt Studio 2 a few years ago and it's so awesome for projects like this. Cutting this out took all of an hour. Somehow, it came out a lot smaller than I had designed, so I added a border and I think it's looks cute.
Wildabon Quilt/Wall Hanging
I saw this quilt on instagram and knew I had to make this. It combine the applique techniques of Carolyn Friedlander and the flower designs of Leah Duncan (long-time fan!) I'm going to make this Wildabon Quilt into a wall hanging for my office. I'm planning to get get some quilting thread and use metallic thread as well.
I bought some Nani Iro rayon fabric a few months ago for garment sewing. It's delicious! I found a pattern that I hope will look good. It's the Wilder Gown by indie pattern designer, Friday Pattern Co. I'm making the shirt version. I used my serger to start the shirt, but my sewing machine is getting service in the shop and should be back next week. Can't wait!
Currently on the needles is the Fatherland Sweater by Handmade Closet. I think I redid the collar about 6 times. I think the stitch counts were wrong. When I got to the part with the vertical lines, they were not lining up, so I had to redo the chart. Now I'm working the body of the sweater and boy is it slow! I will probably make this short sleeved.
Knitting socks is my new thing. It's a little more satisfying than sweaters because it takes a lot lot lot lot less time. :D It's also a good way to use up leftover yarn.
Crafting and creating keeps me sane and happy. Previous projects listed here.