Nurmilintu Shawl

I’ve used this pattern (Nurmilintu by Heidi Alander) to knit a couple of shawls.  This one was knit using the yarn Hedgehog Fibres Skinny Singles in the colorway Oracle.  This one measures approximately 69 inches along the longest edge and approx 16 in deep. 

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For the Love of Riley

This portrait quilt was based on a photo of my niece and her dog Riley.  She gave me permission to use the photo.  Here’s the original photo.

Here’s the finished quilt.  It is machine appliqued and quilted.  The finished size is 21.5 in sq.

Here is a detail photo of the eyes.  The eyes in the original photo is what really got me.

Here’s a detail photo of the nose and tongue.  Riley is a beautiful dog that I only did partially captured.

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Cross Shoulder Purse

I made this cross shoulder purse after making this travel bag.  I used the same fabrics as I had so much left over.  I entered it into the 2018 Road to California Bag Challenge.  I don’t expect to win but you never know.  I drafted the pattern for this purse using an old leather purse.  There are three outer pockets and three inside pockets.  The purse has a zipper closure.  The strap length can be adjusted for shoulder length or cross body.   This side has two slip pockets.

I consider this the back.  There is one slip pocket on this side.

The inside has three pockets, two open and one zips closed.

There is also a hook for keys on the end of the strap.  I have always loved this feature in my old purse so added it here.

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Three Pairs Fingerless Mittens

Over the past few weeks I knit these three pairs of fingerless mittens from one skein of Dream in Color Starry (colorway  25 Wicked Royal).  The pattern is Evie by Yarnthology.  I plan to use them for “just because” gifts.

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Travel Bag

I was inspired to make this bag when I stumbled across the 2018 Road to California Bag Challenge.  I’m not sure the bag is special enough to win the contest so I’m still deciding if I will enter it.  Still I am happy with the bag.  It is something I will use.  I used the Ultimate Travel Bag pattern from Annie.com.  There is a pocket on each side of the bag.  The back has a slip pocket as well as a strap at the top to which allows the bag to be secured to the handles of rolling luggage. There is a padded adjustable and detachable carrying strap as well as side handles

The front has two pockets, one a slip pocket and another with a zipper.

Inside there are mesh pockets on the front and back.  The bottom has a plexiglass bottom stabilizer under the fabric lining.  I sewed buttons on the outside bottom as suggested to reduce wear over time. 

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Socks and Mittens

I decided to knit a pair of socks as I had not done so in quite a while.  This pair was knit using Basic Ribbed Socks by Kate Atherley.  I used the Fish Lips Kiss Heel method and I grafted the toes closed.  The yarn is Patons North America Kroy Socks 4 Ply in blue striped rag colorway.  They fit my husband perfectly.

With the leftover yarn from the two skeins I knit this pair of fingerless mittens which I then gifted to a male colleague who is learning to knit. He loves them. The pattern is Light as AIR Fingerless Gloves by Nathalie O’Shea.  It is  shortened version as there was limited yarn.

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Pictorial Quilt of My Husband

I recently finished this quilt based on a photo of my husband.  It’s the first pictorial quilt I’ve done of a person. Skin tones/features are tough!  Still I am pretty happy with the outcome.  The finished quilt measures approx 19.5 in square.  It is machine appliqued and quilted. 

Here is detail photo.

Here is the original photo.

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