Friday, May 21, 2021

A Quilt!

 I finally have a crafty project to share! I started this quilt back in February. It is mostly made from scrap fabric. The backing fabric was a flat queen sized bedsheet that didn't have a fitted sheet with it. I'm quite happy with how it turned out for my very first quilt project.

Half way through the quilting process

Half way through the quilted stitching.

It's not perfect but I'm extremely happy with it. I machine sewed everything, including the binding. I kept the design simple so I could focus on the process of making the project. I rearranged the squares multiple times to make coordinated patterns but I ultimately liked the random arrangement the best. If anyone has tips or tricks to share please leave them in the comments. I'm hoping this will not be the only quilt I make.

Wednesday, October 7, 2020

Something New

Do you remember my post from April this year when I shared my cotton soap savers? Well, I made them because over the fall and winter (pre-Covid!) last year I started a soap making hobby.

It had gotten a little out of hand, and I had a lot of soap in my house. So I brought it to a farmers market in my area. People were really supportive of my little soap display, and at the request of family and friends I started an Instagram account to sell my soaps. You can find me at the name @rooftopsoap. There's a few similarly named accounts but this is my photo:

I chose the name Rooftop Soaps because, "This is no time to be ashamed of the Gospel. It is the time to preach it from the rooftops. Do not be afraid to break out of comfortable and routine modes of living in order to take up the challenge of making Christ known in the modern metropolis." -Pope St. John Paul II. And since "cleanliness is next to Godliness," I just sort of ran with that theme. So all of my soap has a Bible verse to go with it. My labels have ingredients on one side and a QR code to see the Bible verse on the back side.

Feel free to check out my account. And don't worry, I'm still knitting when I can. More soap savers are on the way, it's about all I have time for lately.

Bright colored yarn for soap savers! Stay tuned!

Wednesday, May 6, 2020

Yarn Along: May 2020

What better way to ring in my first yarn along post of 2020 than with my bright yellow daffodils? The bulbs were given to me from my grandpa almost 7 years ago, and they come up every year, rain, snow, or shine. It's the only plant I can grow reliably, I never inherited his green thumb!

I just finished Theology of Home over the weekend. It was very different than I expected but still very good.

I've been making cotton soap savers lately and I just started a new skein to make green ones. The yarn is Peaches and Creme in the color Rosemary. Easy to make in 30 minutes and I can get 5-6 out of one skein. I make them seamless to make it more comfortable to use as a body scrubber too. You can see my most recent post for the other two skeins' worth of soap savers I made.

Linking up with Yarn Along.

Monday, April 27, 2020

Cotton Knit Soap Savers

My apologies for such a long absence. Seems like time has gotten away from me. I also haven't been doing any knitting since the holidays!

I made these soap savers out of Peaches and Creme worsted weight 100% cotton yarn (2.5oz/120yds). I used the "Oasis" and "Red" colorways. The red is subdued, it is not a true red, which I like. Each skein makes 5-6 soap savers. I just made little drawstring lace bags.

I used Judy's Magic Cast On so I could knit it in the round and keep it seamless so it is more comfortable to use as a body scrubber.

I think they turned out really cute. And they stretch really nice so larger bars of soap can still fit inside. It's just a simple pattern I made up as I went along.

Wednesday, November 6, 2019

November Yarn Along

This month I am working on another Flax Sweater. However, this time I am cabling the garter stitch panel on the sleeves instead of making it garter stitch.

It is 14 stitches so I am purling 4, using the center 6 for the cable, and purling the remaining 4 stitches. This will be a Christmas gift for our new Goddaughter.

See more projects at Yarn Along.

Wednesday, October 2, 2019

October Yarn Along

I haven't had much time for knitting lately. My kids have needed more help with school this year, than what I anticipated (the homeschool program we use says that starting in a certain grade, children should mostly be independent, although I haven't found that to be the case yet).

However, I was able to start ripping out one of two spots in my afghan that I need to re-knit.

It's a lot more difficult to rip out a cast on route than I anticipated. Had anyone else had trouble? The yarn isn't felting, and it's not knotted. It's just long and tedious. The photo is my picked up stitches on my needle where I will start knitting once the gold section is removed.

Linking up with Yarn Along today.

Thursday, September 12, 2019

Slow and Steady

It seems like things keep getting busier, and I have less time to knit than ever before, even though my kids are getting older and you would assume they would be more independent. Hmmm...

I'm still slowly working through the Bounce blanket by Tin Can Knits. It's coming along nicely, just not very quickly. I think I'm going to run out of my gold yarn though and will need to order more. Almost the entire month of September here is forecast for rain. Ideal knitting weather, don't you think?

Linking up for the first time in a long time with September Yarn Along.