Saturday, October 19, 2019


What is a Mobius? 

 Mobius band is one-sided, ... There are existing technical applications of the Mobius stripMobius strips have been used as conveyor belts that last longer because the entire surface area of the belt gets the same amount of wear) and as continuous-loop recording tapes (to double the playing time).

Mobius knitting is where maths geometry and knitting meet in quite an extraordinary way. ... If you put the short ends together, you will form a loop but if you twist one short end through 180 degrees before taping the ends together you will create a moebius loop 

Patterns in knitting are below.  Followed by a video on how to cast on for this continuously knitted strip
Knitty/Justify designed by Lynn Vogel

Knitty/Knoop by Danny Ouellette

Easy Moibus designed by Haley Waxberg

Thursday, October 17, 2019

Leaf, Leaves, Leaf--

My brain is working overtime--trying to graph a 4" maple leaf block for the border to use on my Autumn in America quilt--I've come across many leaf patterns, both in knitting, crocheting and quilting
Knitted Leaves in three sizes 

Crochet by  Katherine Laight

Diary of a Quilter has a nice tutorial for her fall leaves

Generations Quilt has a different look at leaf pattern

Myblueprint has a totally different aspect to fall leaves--
this one is paper pieced-nope, not doing it!  But there are 
several others that are intriguing on their site.

At this point, I'm redesigning that Autumn in America border to include large leaves!--who says I need to keep to the pattern??  Not me!

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Through the Eye of the Needle--

Working with textiles, we can tell many stories--this is one story that needs to be told over and over again.  Her work through stitching is outstanding!

Sunday, October 13, 2019

Paper Piecing Headache!

I'm working on a pattern called "Autumn in America"--bought it
a zillion years ago --when I saw the front cover, it looked
like a really neat quilt, especially to display in the fall months--
and of course, it was on sale--another reason to purchase!
Little did I know--that the pattern included MANY
paper pieced blocks!
Several months ago, I pulled out the pattern and begin
to do the ones that were actually pieced--put the whole thing
away for some time until recently I began work on it again

The paper pieced blocks--some are only 3' or less--and for the
border--56 four inch (4") maple leaf blocks are required--
all to be paper pieced!!  I'm thinking on that block--
in the meantime, I worked on these star blocks--you get
lots of loose scraps of paper and little bits of fabric
are used--so time consuming!

Thank goodness, there were only 3 of these small blocks--
I'm still thinking on those 4" maple leaf blocks---
maybe, redesign the borders----

Friday, October 11, 2019

Think FALL..........................................

Okay--Fall has come to the South--
and I'll be ready with this comfy wrap!
It looks so warm and soft--how could one resist
I'm breaking out my chunky yarn for this!!

There is also a crochet version--

Here is the yarn to use!  Or I was thinking--how about a nice
chunky handspun brown cotton!!
Heritage Wave Shawl looks so soft and why not?  Such lovely yarns
Cascade Yarns Heritage Wave
2 Skeins for total of 437 yards
US 4 (3.5mm) knitting needles or size to obtain gauge
10 stitch markers
Yarn Needle

Finished Measurements:  74" wide x 13" deep
Gauge:  28 sts x 32 rows = 4" in stockinette stitch

Purl Soho has a wonderful no cable pattern!
Looks like fun knitting!!

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Agatha October Read

Appointment with Death (1938)  "Among the towering red cliffs of Petra, like some monstrous swollen Buddha, sits the corpse of Mrs. Boynton. A tiny puncture mark on her wrist is the only sign of the fatal injection that killed her.  With only twenty-four hours available to solve the mystery, Hercule Poirot recalled a chance remark he’d overheard back in Jerusalem: “You see, don’t you, that she’s got to be killed?” Mrs. Boynton was, indeed, the most detestable woman he’d ever met. . . ."

And so it begins!!.............................................
 Now, what in the world do you knit with this adventure????

Since it's October--I'm thinking I don't want to burn my hands 
to Death  this cup holder would be fun to knit--
it's a quick and easy cable design by Evan Middleton (found
on Ravelry).  Appropriately named "Pumpkin Spice"
 It's adjustable too!

AND since it's October.........

Happy Birthday to ME!

Monday, October 7, 2019

Playing Around..........................

I should be working....on various projects,
I'm playing around with other stuff--

Like these cute snowmen from Fatcat Patterns.
Her designs always cheer me up!

There is a large bag filled with these squares--
don't have the foggiest idea when or why I made them--
there they are--ready for layout, so I'm playing around
with sets--these blocks are 2.5"--could make a tiny 
quilt, I guess

What wonderful blocks--all 5" of them!  I was playing
around with making coasters--
backing, a few closing stitches and
whoa! We have some nice useable items!

Oh, yeah--I like playing around!!