Stitch sample cushion cover – UL 26

And another one off the list – a new cushion cover made from a machine embroidery sample.

Made to match the Lines & Dots cushion cover. The unbleached denim was a lucky find, I was cutting some base fabrics for another project and it appeared in the pile of fabrics I was going to use. For the machine embroidery I used a piece of decorator’s fabric from a sample book.

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Winter sweater – UL 25

Another finish from the UFO Lottery – the turquoise winter sweater.

Years ago I found  a pattern by Magdalena Neuner in a magazine. Later at a closing down sale I bought their whole amount of Gedifra’s Arica yarn (colour #2483) – twenty balls (70 % New Wool, 20 % Nylon microfiber, 10 % Acrylic), a real bargain, with this project in mind. I used a total of eleven balls (550 grams).

I followed the pattern only loosely, just referring to the size and the way the sweater was knit – front and back in one piece with the arms attached later.

The yarn called for the heavy artillery. Knitting in rows, I used 9 mm circulars. With the first part done it was almost like sitting under a warm blanket. 🙂

After knitting the front up to where the increase for the arms should be, I put the project aside for a while. I wanted to continue later but couldn’t find the pattern again which I had always put into the yarn bag. Much later it reappered in the knitting pattern folder. Don’t ask me how it got there.

If I had to make this again I certainly would use less stitches per row. When wearing it, I’m looking a little like a cookie monster. 😉 But it’s soft and cozy and perfect for an evening in front of the tv.

Dennis – UL 24

It was a little hard to get a good shot of my next UFO Lottery finish, he wouldn’t hold still –

Whoosh!

You may have noticed I’ve skipped projects #22 and #23 from the UFO Lottery. Those two were abandoned – a knitted doll and a textile art panel. I didn’t take any pictures before I frogged and un-sewed them.

So here’s #24 – Dennis. Another GĂŒnni doll finished at last.

And off he rides again, testing every surface in the place –

Scarves by the baker’s dozen (13) – 504 King West (UL 22)

Two birds with one stone – a finished triangular scarf from the UFO Lottery’s second round. This is the last scarf I’m bothering you with. 🙂

Knit with 3 mm needles following a pattern I found on Ravelry, great for using up those leftover yarns from other projects. This one was almost finished except for the pistacchio border. I wanted to use a contrasting yarn but didn’t have anything in my stash I could use. Until I knit the socks for my sister.

Very bad lighting conditions yesterday noon, so I had to use a flash. Blue wooden hanger hand painted by me.

Yarns used:
– Lang Jawoll Magic Superwash in red/orange/rust (#84.0063), 25 grams
– Pro Lana Meine Wolle Pro Socks Smaragd in cream/beige/gray (#161), 49 grams (I doubt if it was the proper band the ball came with – ‘Smaragd’ meaning ’emerald’ in English)
– H&W Comfort Sockenwolle uni in pistacchio green (#203.128), a scrap

Skipping Stones – UL 21

The UFO Lottery continues and one more of my infamous un-quilts is here – Skipping Stones.

A piece inspired by a quilt I found in the Spring 2015 issue of Burda Patchwork (HĂŒpfende Steine by Emma Coutancier). Read more about the start of the project here and how I messed it up here.

I was thinking of quilting but couldn’t decide upon a pattern so I left it unquilted. Finished size is 58 x 71 cms.

DWXS6 – UL 19

I still owed you DWXS6 (Doctor Who cross stitch project #6) which I finished a while ago but didn’t get to wash and take a picture of due to some other activities.

This is a kit by Serenity Designs. It came with 18 ct white Aida, needle and DMC threads. As I didn’t like the greenish threads in the first Serenity kit I stitched (DWXS2) I decided to replace two of the threads, DMC 642 by Anchor 392 and DMC 640 by Anchor 903.

 

The next UFO and needle issues

Next project in the UFO Lottery is DWXS6 (in full, Doctor Who Cross Stitch #6). There’s still a little work to be done, but it’s growing and the left half is finished now.

When I last worked on it in mid-April, I left it with this –


I picked it up a couple of days ago and now have this –


Doesn’t look like much, but it’s confetti stitching on 18 ct Aida.

I broke the needle that came with the kit and am now using one of my newly ordered ones. It’s a #28 DMC needle with a very narrow eye so I can hardly get it threaded (and I’m experiencing the same issue with the new #26 ones). I’ve tried both threaders I have, a little wire one and a metal one. Tricky. I’m expecting to break the needle every time I’m rethreading it. Do you have the same issues? What kind of brand of embroidery needles do you use?

Linien & Punkte (Lines & Dots) – UL 18

Next ticket drawn from the UFO Lottery is a panel I had made years ago from an idea based on a graffiti design. I called this panel Linien & Punkte (Lines & Dots). Some of my old cushion covers are no longer looking as good as they used to do and are ready for replacement. Perfect.

Well, almost. The piece was rectangular and not square. So I added some soft cotton/polyester blue jean fabric (which is almost the same colour as the sofa it’s sitting on, not the bright blue as in the pictures). As I have currently misplaced my collection of zippers I made a hotel closure. Finished size 48 x 48 cms.

 

Approved by Dave the Muse (it was his idea, after all)

And it seems it has instantly become Alfred Kowalski’s new favorite spot 😉

Beyond The Garden Gate – UL 12

It’s washed and ironed and ready to post – Beyond The Garden Gate. 

I bought this kit many years ago together with a second one called Garden Gate.  The kit from The Craft Collection Ltd (75948) came with 14 ct white Aida and ample supplies of embroidery floss. The leftovers as well as what may be left from the second kit will go into a new project.