Friday, September 19, 2014

Friday Inspiration - SAQA's 2014 Benefit Auction

One of my favorite places to browse for inspiration is the Studio Art Quilt Association's annual benefit auction!  Members from all over the world donate small art quilts - it's a great place to see new techniques.

This year's pieces are up on SAQA's website and the auction's already begun, so be sure to take a peek at the 387 small quilts!

Happy Creating!  Deborah

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Southwest Knit Blanket

This is a simple baby blanket done in straight knitting - garter stitch.  Well, the knitting is simple, but the weaving in of all the ends is pretty time consuming!  I wove ends as I finished each color section so I didn't have quite as huge of a job at the very end.

*Yarn - I used Cascade Yarns 220 Superwash
     Base color - gray
     Thin striping - A Rust
                             B Cream
                             C Blue
     Color Group 1 - 4 shades of purple:  dark, medium dark, medium light, light
     Color Group 2 - 4 shades of orange:  dark, medium dark, medium light, light
     Edging - the medium light shade of purple
* Size 10 1/2 circular knitting needles
* Size E crochet hook

1.  Cast on 125 stitches with base color.

2.  Knit 43 rows with base color.

3. Knit 2 rows each of the thin striping colors, going from A to C.

4.  Knit 4 rows each of Color Group 1, going from dark to light.

5.  Knit 2 rows thin striping color B, 4 rows base color, and 2 rows thin striping B.

6.  Knit 4 rows each of Color Group 2, going from light to dark.

7.  Knit 2 rows each of thin striping colors, going from C to A.

8.  Knit 28 rows with base color.

9.  Repeat steps 3 through 8.

10.  Repeat steps 3 through 2.

11.  Knit 43 rows with base color.

12.  Bind off.

13.  Join on edging color and crochet a single crochet stitch in each knit stitch across the top and bottom and evenly along the two sides, making 3 single crochets in each corner.

14.  Join to first single crochet, chain one and single crochet in each stitch from the previous round, making 3 single crochets in each corner.

15.  Repeat step 14.  Finish off.

The new little guy this blanket was knit for is almost ready to make his appearance - I hope he enjoys snuggling up in it as much as I did while working on it!

Happy Creating!  Deborah

Friday, September 5, 2014

Friday Inspiration

Not too much fiber work has been going on this week - instead, there's been lots of playing with Charlie, roasting/freezing and dehydrating/powdering the 30# box of Hatch chiles I bought, baking with the ripening apples and canning applesauce!  At our Oregon farm, everything seemed to change on September 1st .... summer is waning, autumn is rising.  I'm inspired by the changes and beginning to think of what I'll be working on in the next few months!  

I've finished knitting a southwest inspired baby blanket - just the crocheted edging to go!  I should have pictures and instructions up next week.  And I'm getting ready to start learning to knit lace with this gorgeous yarn and pattern birthday present - it definitely looks beginner friendly!

Happy Creating!  Deborah

Friday, August 29, 2014

Friday Inspiration - Erin Leigh Carlson's Needle Felting

I've done a little "dabbling" in needle felting and know it's not easy, so when I first saw Erin Leigh Carlson's needle felted work I was impressed!  Especially her birds!  We spend quite a bit of time up at the Oregon farm birdwatching - Charlie is a budding ornithologist.  Just ask her about birds and she'll fill you in on all the interesting facts about various species!  

Erin Leigh Carlson American Goldfinch

Birds of prey are her current specialty and we often watch turkey vultures circling over clearings in the forest.  But our more usual observations are the American Goldfinches, Jays, Dark Eyed Juncos, and other birds that frequent our feeders in the backyard.

Erin Leigh Carlson Blue Jay

Back to Erin's work, her website has a wonderful description of how she creates her pieces and if you get to Pennsylvania, take a look at her exhibition and class schedule here.

Happy Creating!  Deborah