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Something A Little Different

If you follow me on Instagram, you already know that for my birthday this week, I got a weaving loom of my very own. Specifically, a 15" Cricket Loom. There was some major happy dancing involved.

Feeling a little nervous. #cricketloom #happybirthdaytome A photo posted by trinasdoings (@trinasdoings) on Jul 28, 2016 at 7:06am PDT

Now what do I do with it? #cricketloom #happybirthdaytome A photo posted by trinasdoings (@trinasdoings) on Jul 28, 2016 at 7:41am PDT

WooHoo! Thank goodness for the many YouTube videos which got me here! A photo posted by trinasdoings (@trinasdoings) on Jul 28, 2016 at 10:39am PDT
I spent all morning on my birthday watching YouTube instructional videos, putting it together, getting it warped, and starting my very first handwoven scarf using bits and pieces of yarn leftover from other projects.

Today I finished it.

Sure, it's got some issues. The edges are a bit wonky. The fringe went all fuzzy when I washed it. But, I love it. I love how thin and drap…

Leftovers Quilt

Last week, I finally finished the baby quilt made with the leftovers from the Lazy Summer Days Quilt.

It should have been a quick simple finish. Basting, simple stitch-in-the-ditch quilting, binding. I was wondering while taking the pictures why in the heck this had taken me almost two months. Then I remembered- 4,000 mile road trip and my kids home all day, every day. Yep, that explains it. Really, it's miracle to have it done at all.

I still absolutely love those bears.

For now, it is a quilt without an intended owner since it was just made from the leftover blocks. My baby boy would like it but it's much to small for him. I'm sure a cute, baby boy will come along soon to someone I know. If not, I'll probably end up donating it to a hospital or the local refugee center.

The pattern is Scrappy Strips and is available as a free tutorial from Cluck,Cluck Sew. I highly recommend it- it's detailed, well-written and makes a super quick, super cute quilt.

Commitment Issues

Maybe it's general summer laziness. Maybe it's the fact that my crafty room is the hottest room in the house. Maybe I'm still not recovered from vacation. But, whatever the reason, I just can't decide and get started on my next big quilting project. I've had some thoughts and ideas for starting my Christmas crafting but nothing's come of them. I just feel a little stalled. Instead I've been keeping busy with lots of small things.

I made some test blocks but that's as far as I got.

I cast on for a Fort Tryon Wrap.

It's a bit mind numbing. 400 rows of the center strip done. 131 rows to go before I can switch colors. It's taking forever.

I started a Cozy Memories blanket with my sock yarn leftovers.

This one actually is going to take forever. Especially if I just use leftover yarn from my other projects. We'll see. I might buy some mini skein packs just to speed up the process.

Over the course of a week, I basted, quilted and halfway bound th…


Yesterday was a good day- filled with good friends, good food and some explosions.

Anticipation. #fireworks A photo posted by trinasdoings (@trinasdoings) on Jul 4, 2016 at 8:29pm PDT

My Latest Obsession

I blame Mason-Dixon Knitting and their Single Sock Knit-along. And my friend, Rachel and her new knitting podcast- Purls Before Swine. There's only so much awesome sock knitting you can see before you just have to join in.

 Here's the thing about socks- they are small and easily portable. Which makes them just about the absolute perfect summertime/travel knitting. Added bonus- handmade socks are totally soft and comfy.

My travel sock kniting was all made possible by Heather (aka sew4mysanity). The night before we left, I realized I did not have the right size needle. She happened to be having a studio sale the next morning and sold me some Addi Turbo needles in the right size on our way out of town. Also, the Two at a Time Sock Bag she made for me a few years ago was absolutely indispensable, especially when it came time to knit those stripey socks. I dragged it everywhere with me for 4,000 miles and it held everything I needed all neat and organized.

 I cast on my first pai…