More UFO's

And, I am glad to say they aren't mine. But, I have adopted them.

When I was really into making afghans and quilts for project Linus, my Mom wanted to get in the act and bought 8 skeins of beautiful brown yarn. She got started and crocheted about 8 rows of beautiful, tiny double crochet stitches before her hands gave out. When we were there the other week, she passed the bag of yarn to me. I tried to pick up where she left off and found out that a left hander cannot take over a right handers work. My attempt and my huge, loose stitches actually looked funny against all her beautiful completed rows. Okay, so that meant starting over and while I was at it, I decided to go with a different pattern. I'd never made a ripple before and couldn't find a printed pattern, not that I looked any further than the yarn wrapper, and came up with my own variation. I also decided I wanted to pull all my old balls of leftover yarn and work them in with the beautiful brown. This is the result. I'm pretty proud of it and it's going really well.

Thanks for the yarn, Mom! It's going to make some kid very happy.

And, this one came this week from my mentor. More beautiful work. I suspect it is some of her early applique, but haven't written her yet to find out. It is satin stitched around all the edges, but some of the stitching is really tight and some is very loose. I think I'll buy a couple of cones of serger thread and redo some of it and maybe tea dye the white, add a yellow calico sashing and a darker border on the outside. If I do some simple cross-hatch quilting on it with the walking foot, it should come out perfect. Can't wait to start this one.

But, it has to wait. This weekend, I'm going to try to finish the quilt that is laid across my machine in this post. It's been there so long that it I'm starting not to see it anymore...well, except for when I put away all the junk that piles up in a busy week. Suddenly, there it is again, staring up at me in all its unfinished glory. I'm thinking that a couple of nights quilting after the family is in bed will finish that little project up and I can move on to other things.

QADD, it's a happy way of life.

Take care and have a great Thursday. Just today and tomorrow and we can call this week a winner. Now, back to that pesky work project that's sucking up time like a 1950's era Hoover vacuum. Lane


Cynthia L. said...

Some how I missed the post where you refer to the quilt. I was looking at the sofa you mentioned and realized I think it is like one I own. Does the back have wook on it also? I love mine. I have to have it re-upholstered though.

I have never done a ripple afghan either. Yours is coming out well. I like the color choices! It will make a wonderful gift!

Elizabeth said...

Oh, that afghan is really pretty. I love the colors you've added to the brown. And I love the pattern. My mom did one a long time ago and she still has it. Unfortunately, I did not inherit the crochet gene.

Looking forward to seeing what you do with the applique. Your ideas are awesome.

I'm beginning to suspect that I don't just have a mild case of QADD. It is fun to always have something to work on.

xo -E

lw said...

I've done the ripple afghans, but I knit them. I love the applique blocks. I can't wait to see how you finish them.

Now, if I could only figure out what I want to work on...

Quilting in My Pyjamas said...

Everytime I see something knitted or crocheted I wish I was better at it. (OK I wish I could do it fullstop)

The applique blocks are fabulous. I have a quilt that was started by someone else and one day I'm going to finish it. Really.

Patricia said...

Would you believe that I crocheted an afghan just like that. We have a lot in common---is your birthday in December too ?---:c) BTW---thanks for your comments about my quilt. It is super easy---my squares are 3.5 inch, but you could use any size square. I alternate a 4 patch of solids, with one of homespun's and do the same with the border's---solids have homespun borders and homespuns have solids. It is amazing how really "sharp" and contemporary such a simple quilt can look. Be sure and post your completed quilt and I will do the same. Have a great day!