Monday, February 12, 2018

Lynn's Start

Lynn is just starting her afghan...white monk's cloth with turquoise yarn and a variegated turquoise yarn.  It will look beautiful when she's done.

Dee's Afghan in Progress

There's still a long way to go but I'm getting there.  I'd like to have it done before I leave Florida but, if not, I can give it to Dee when we meet at the casino back home this summer.

I love the fresh look of the pumpkin and golden beige on the white fabric, too.  Dee wanted something to go with browns and this will do nicely.

I'm adapting an existing pattern for my needs and wants with this afghan so the finished project will be one of a kind with lots of love woven into it.

Saturday, January 27, 2018

White/Grey on White Table Runner

I just love the look of white on white Swedish weaving but I discovered with this project that it looks much better if the pattern is a full and busy one because it shows up better.  The pattern I used here is not full or busy so the white Caron's  Simply Soft Party yarn with a pretty silver thread hardly showed up at all.  I decided to outline the pattern with Simply Soft Part yarn in grey.  It's still difficult to see in the photo but it really is pretty and made a world of difference.

And now on to another project.

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Swedish Weaving Lap Afghan For Dee

This is a lap afghan I'm working on for my friend, Dee.  Since I like to alter existing patterns to suit my purpose, I started out with "Cascade", one of only 2 patterns i brought to Florida with me.

As you can see, my alterations, being made up as I go along, are turning out just fine.  This isn't always the case but it's working this time.  I especially love playing around with the diamonds used as filler between the pattern.

The fourth row you see on my work is the center and I haven't yet decided to use the beige or a dark green so I'm waiting to reach that spot in the afghan once again so I can try out the dark green.  I don't want to pull out the beige right now in case it's time and yarn wasted.  I will continue to use the beige for the diamonds.

I'm using Caron Simply Soft yarn in bone, pumpkin, and possibly dark sage...I might not use the sage.  I like to use at least 3 colors in an afghan but I like the way the 2...bone and pumpkin...look right now.  Dee wanted something to go with the brown in her room and I really don't like brown or even working with it.  That said, I've seen some really beautiful Swedish weaving afghans made where the weaver used brown.

I'm also weaving on white monk's cloth and could not have used the bone yarn if I'd chosen the ecru fabric.  It would have disappeared into the cloth.

I'm very much enjoying this pattern I've concocted and am now weaving love into the afghan.

Note:  I've decided to go with just the 2 colors...bone and pumpkin.  I tried inserting some green again and it just didn't look right.

Thursday, January 18, 2018

To Outline or Not

Not such a great photo but I hope it shows what I'm doing.  I love the look of white yarn on white fabric and that's how I started this runner.  What I hadn't taken into consideration is that the pattern I'm following is not a busy one and it started to look a little sparse to me.  I'm also using Caron's Simply Soft Party which I'm not thrilled with but all I could find right now with a glitter thread.

While shopping, I noticed that Simply Soft Party also came in a soft grey color so I have outlined the pattern with that grey.  I really like it and will show the completed table runner when I'm done.

I have made afghans using the white on white method and they are gorgeous but the patterns I used were quite busy.  Maybe that's the secret.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Denim Table Runner

Here is my latest project...denim blue monk's cloth with a variegate Simply Soft yarn.  I used the Marquise pattern from the Diamond booklet and altered it just a bit to suit me.

I stay in an RV park in Florida for the winter and had to use the park sewing machine to finish this runner off...not happy with the way it worked because the tension was screwy so I won't be using it again.  We've been told the park is buying 2 new machines for us to use but I'll believe that when I see it.

I really enjoyed the look of the variegated yarn on the denim fabric and would use it again in the future.  

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Almost Done

This table runner is almost done except for the fringeing.  I don't have my sewing machine here in Florida but the park has one I can borrow.  Some fabric will be wasted because I only want my fringe to be a couple of inches long.  

I used the Marquise pattern for the center with a slight modification and then decided to use a part of the same pattern for the border...also with a slight modification.  Altering a pattern slightly means making it your very own.