Thursday, November 21, 2013

Paper Pieced Star Block, aka Block Rockin' Week - Caldonia

Here's my third paper pieced star!  I'm actually planning to make at least one more from this pattern as I really love this little star.  It's going to be part of a Modern Sampler Quilt I'm planning for a little  cousin.  My color palette plan is red, brown, all shades of greens, cobalt blue, with a neutral linen fabric included in all block with some room to improvise.  I sort of hold fabrics up again my existing blocks and fabric pull and include them if they're pleasing.  I enjoy freedom in my creative process!  

This block is courtesy of Julie Wallander Hirt over at 627 Handworks.  This and many more lovely star blocks available on her blog plus a Flickr pool & Instagram group too, so you can see the variety of results that can be achieved.

Friday, November 8, 2013

Color Inspiration - Cobalt to Mallard to Black

Palette created via Palette Builder with a little help from Koigu.  

I would also add a tiny amount of the lovely kiwi green. 

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Simple Knitted Slippers

Perhaps it would be appropriate to admit to some mildly OCD-esque behavior here, as I have knitted at least 55 pairs of slippers from this pattern with another two pair currently on the needles.  The pattern can be found here.

If you know me, you most likely own a pair of these slippers.  I've found that people are generally much happier about receiving a pair of these then one might think.  I would consider them my most successful knitted gift.  

I use size 7, 8 or 9 needles, often using a combination of up to three different yarns.  I love mixing yarns - satisfies my artistic side - especially adding a shiny or glittery yarn like Vanna's Glamour from Lion Brand.  Sometimes if I have a small amount of yarn left over, I'll just divide it into two balls and knit two slippers until it's all used up.  So, it's an excellent pattern for using up scraps, also highly forgiving and easily adjustable. 

Friday, November 1, 2013

Color Inspiration - Pink, Green & Turquoise aka Child's Play

Palette created via Palette Builder

This painting is from a children's art school near my office.  I thought the color choice was brilliant and unique.