Monday, January 12, 2015

Knitty fussy knitty

I don't seem to be in a stitchy mood these days.  Winter keeps me going on the knitting right now.  I'm loving the colors in this fair isle scarf as I come to new bands of motifs.


The scarf works so that from that star band at the top, I will repeat the bands below it (E, F, G, H, G, F, E where H is the star band).  Then I'll go back to the older bands again, etc.  Everything gets repeated many times.  A fun scarf to knit!  I've knitted all the different bands now -- it's just a matter of repeating everything in the right order till the scarf is the right length or I run out of yarn.  Hopefully till it's the right length.  lol!

I laid out my fussy cut stars one more time to place everything and put in the half stars.


If you see the star in the bottom left corner, you'll be able to picture how there will be tumbling blocks in between the stars (formed by the white diamonds).

Here is the next star in line sewn to the first.


I hope the tumbling blocks show up well!

I gave the boy child a bit of a trim on the back part of his hair.  It's hard to tell from the pic though.


The back used to be a few inches longer!

I have to mention that I've been enjoying knitting podcasts a lot recently.  So many good ones!  But the ones I've been learning the most from are the Knit FM podcast and the Woolful podcast.  So much interesting and useful information!  They have changed my outlook on yarn and knitting for the better, I think.  Highly recommended!

Thanks as always for stopping by and saying hi.  I hope everyone is keeping warm.  Have a great week!



39 comments:

llknbillburg said...

Your knitting is beautiful! I totally agree about the colors. I don't know how you do all of those quilt squares, it would make my eyes cross!! LOL! Love, love seeing all the samplers on the wall in the back of you pics. Maybe a tour sometime??!! Laura

Mugwump Woolies said...

That scarf is going to be a beauty! Winter is made for knitting! I cut my hubby's hair...buzz it, that is...every Sunday morning in the garage. Wish he could cut mine!!! Have a great week!
Robyn

Ann at Beadlework. said...

Your scarf looks great, the colours are so pretty and the fair isle pattern is so effective. Perfect for this winter weather. Oh that cute little pink nose and those green eyes, say hi to my favourite girl.

Vera said...

Love your scarf Margaret - it is beautiful! I still need to finish the sweater for my son that I began at least 2.5 years ago - lol. Your stars with the diamonds behind them will be stunning!

The Inspired Stitcher said...

That scarf just keeps getting prettier. I'm so in love with the colors. Can't wait to see how the stars come together with the tumbling blocks. Have a good week!

Vickie said...

Okay, I am going to say it, and mean it 100% Margaret. That is the prettiest scarf I have EVER seen. You are talented Lady!!wow!
And your quilt will be a true stunner.
Now can DS still do the man bun?

Samplings from Spring Creek said...

Those stars are just beautiful!

Miss Mia has the look on her face of "who me?'

Ellen said...

Wow---your scarf is absolutely beautiful!! Love the bright and cheerful colors!

How much fun to see all your fussy cut stars laid out together.

Hope you have a great week, and can stay warm!

Melissa said...

The scarf is coming along beautifully. It's like sunshine! The quilt blocks are gorgeous too. No wonder you don't feel like stitching much right now. You have enough to do. Besides I think you spent all your stitching energy on "Sparrow"!

Mia is looking much more relaxed and happy!

Ruth said...

Oh that Fair Isle is looking AWESOME! Terrifying to do, but awesome. Let's face it, all I've ever knitted was wash clothes so any color changing is terrifying, but that scarf-- wow. And the quilt, well -- beautiful, simply beautiful.

Have a great week!

Annie said...

The scarf is really going to be a beauty. Gonna keep it for yourself or do you think your daughter will snatch it? ;-)

The quilt stars look so cool laid out like that!

It's so cold and dreary here that I'm not in any kind of crafty mood. I just want to nestle under the covers!

Dawn said...

Wow! Your knitting is awesome! I think the tumbling blocks will work out, it's a fantastic plan.

Anne said...

What a wonderful scarf Margaret! The colours are just sublime. I'm amazed at how one can knit in different colours to make a pattern...still a mystery to me. Love your fussy cut stars laid out for the finish. It'll be an amazing quilt once complete...a masterpiece! Give Mia a scratch for me. Hugs!

Linda said...

The scarf is gorgeous Margaret. That quilt will be stunning.

Linda

Linda said...

I just found the blog Woolful the other day. Really like it!
Love that scarf!
Would you believe I have not cross-stitched since sometime last year! I need to get back to it soon!

Linda in VA

Joy said...

I love your knitting, so much so I purchased yarn last week. And I can blame you...lol The quilt stars are amazing. Do you ever sleep?
I love it when you share family photos and ones of Mia. Have a great week!

Teresa S. said...

I am loving the progress on your quilt. It is lovely!

woolwoman said...

The scarf is coming along beautifully Margaret. You are really flying - I can tell you enjoy it. LOVE the star layout - I bet you've played with it a bit to get it looking so perfect. Missy Mia is showing off isn't she! Hope you have a great week - Mel

Michelle-ozark crafter said...

The scarf is so lovely! And those stars are awesome!

Mary said...

Margaret, you've got it goin' on! Fair isle knitting has always intimidated me, but you must be fearless with it. Great stuff!

Rugs and Pugs said...

Oh how I love getting glimpses of your samplers!!!
Your fussy cut stars are incredible. That will be a prize winning quilt, for sure. And that scarf. WOW!
Hugs :)
Lauren

donnacrafts said...

Your scarf is simply beautiful and I love, love your quilt. What would we do without our projects?!? I know all about teenagers and their hair! Take care.

Jackie said...

I'll have to check out those podcasts!

I'm thinking of a fair isle baby sweater! Thank you for the inspiration!

Lois said...

The scarf is looking wonderful - I love the colours and pattern. As for the fussy cut stars, they are all so pretty!

Brigitte said...

Ohhh, this scarf is so beautiful and really interesting to see how it grows and to see the different colours you use. And your star quilt will be a dream.

Mary Ann said...

I love the scarf and the quilt is going to be amazing!!

Carol said...

Such a pretty, pretty scarf you're knitting, Margaret--I can understand wanting to work with yarn in the colder months, too! If I knew how to knit, I'd probably be doing the same thing :)

Love seeing the star layout--it is one of my favorite projects of yours!

Enjoy the rest of your son's visit--I know Mia will be as sad as you when he heads back to college...

Sally said...

I just love all the beautiful colours in the scarf you're knitting.

Mia looks very comfortable. She is just so cute.

Giovanna said...

What a gorgeous scarf! The quilt blocks look lovely too. Look forward to seeing more of both projects.

Cari said...

Your fussy cut stars are going to make an amazing quilt !! Can't wait to see them all together. I love your scarf. As soon as I win the lotto I'm buying this kit !! Right now my cash is assigned to my trip to The Attic on Thursday. I'm meeting sister Cathy for the Sampler Symposium then going to Utah for a week to visit family. Cathy bought a selfie stick so we'll be taking a lot of fun pics. HUGS

mainelystitching said...

Oh my gosh, those stars are incredible!

Kim said...

Beautiful projects, Margaret! And those are two of my favorite podcasts as well! I hope you warm up this week.,

Karoline said...

Love your scarf Margaret and the stars are looking great, looking forward to seeing it come together

Merry Wind Farm said...

Oh, my, I see the George Washington rug underneath of Mia!! Did you hook that, was it Tish Bashelda's pattern? Wonderful!!! I have always loved that design, but am sure it is beyond my capabilities. Your scarf is lovely, how do you keep Mia from your ball of yarn? The star quilt is going to be spectacular, I know how difficult those inset seams are. I'm amazed boy child lets you touch his hair!! Mine never would.
Melinda

Catherine said...

Always fun looking through your posts!! Give Mia a pet for me!

Elizabeth Andrus said...

Hi Margaret! Stopping by from the PSABC to thank you for your kind comment. I am so inspired by all of the winter projects you are working on. The colors of your scarf are dreamy! OH! The peek at the sampler walls behind your son's haircut is wonderful. My ABC Sampler will be the first project I will be hanging. I hope I too will have a wall filled as beautifully as yours one day. Thanks again for the stop by! Elizabeth

Melanie said...

Of course you don't feel like stitching - you just finished a piece the size of a bedspread! lol. I would be surprised if you were stitching in your dreams too at the end there. :)
Love the scarf! Fair Isle really does make my heart sing. It is almost like cross stitching in yarn, having to follow the charts and change colors.
Man, that quilt is going to be something else. It's awesome!

Karen H said...

Your stars are so pretty and they are going to make a beautiful quilt! The pussycat is a little puddin' - very cute!

Angela P said...

The knitting is lovely as are the stars for your quilt :)