Wednesday, November 05, 2014

Out to Pasture

 My latest barn quilt is complete......
Out to Pasture
It was in a local quilt show over the weekend and...
won a first place ribbon. 


Wednesday, August 06, 2014

The Old Barn

The Old Barn
by
Amy Munson
19" x 31"
2014

I think this is my favorite quilt I have created to date,  so many elements came together to blend into a great image.  I am particularly happy with the quilting and the sense of wind that it added to the piece. 

Friday, June 06, 2014

My Baltimore Album Style

Finished and mailed on the postmark deadline... Good by sweet quilt enjoy your time with the good folks at the Quilt Alliance before eBay finds you a new home.

My Baltimore Album Style by Amy Munson, entire quilt measures 16" x 16"
Hand quilted and embellished with novelty yarns and beads. Each block measures 4 1/2 inches square. 


Sunday, May 11, 2014

Inspired by at nearly the last minute...

I went back and forth on doing a quilt for the Quilt Alliance this year.  Life is always busy all around and adding one more deadline felt like it could be too much.  So, yesterday I decided to give it a go and get started.  I had the idea and had found my inspiring quilt. 

I am in awe when ever I see a Baltimore Album Quilt.  The lovely applique, the variety of colors and the vast variety of block design.  I even took a class in needle turn applique in the hopes of one day creating my own.

With the Quilt Alliance Inspired by challenge,  I am creating a Baltimore Album Quilt my way,  with raw edges, novelty yarn, hand and machine embroidery as well as a few beads. 

Here are the first few blocks.....
And yikes,  the deadline is June 1.......I will be a busy quilter the next few weeks. 










Monday, February 17, 2014

Inspired By

Gearing up to start my quilt for the Quilt Alliance yearly contest.  This year the theme is Inspired By.  What to join in the fun?  Then check out the quilts over on the Quilt Index and pick one that inspires you, make a quilt and send it in.  For all the nitty gritty details check the Quilt Alliance web page. 

I clicked through thousands of quilt and finally settled on my inspiration (I think).  

This lovely Baltimore Album Quilt dating from 1850 - 1875 isfrom the collection of the University of Michigan. 
The Quilt Index

Monday, January 06, 2014

Handknit Christmas Cards

I nearly forgot to share my handmade/knit Christmas cards I created using the sweaters I knit up from my free pattern.  I knit up little sweaters like crazy,  in just about every color of Knit Pick Palette yarn I had on hand.  


Then I attached to a card with a couple of staples and added a bit of doodles.....


to create the perfect combination of a card and a gift.

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

The Joy of Wine - Merlot Santa

I am addicted to tiny knits.  I found a pattern for Tiny Christmas Mitten on Ravelry and just had to knit them up....

Adorable, aren't they.  So what to do with some tiny mitts,  well dress up a wine bottle.....



First, I had a nice evening polishing off the entire bottle of wine.

What you need...

  • Fingering weight yarn,  I used Knit Picks Palette in Cream and Hollyberry
  • Size 1 (2.25mm) DPN
  • Wire (I used floral stem wire)
  • Tapestry Needle
  • Wine Bottle 
Knit up two mittens using the Tiny Christmas Mitten pattern. 

For the scarf cast on 18 stitches  and knit in the round for 2 inches then decrease by 4 stitches.  Continue knitting in the round for 10 more inches then increase 4 stitches and knit 2 more inches.  About 5 rounds in, I added a row of cream, then again toward the end of the scarf as well.

Once you are finished with the arms, insert the wire in the the scarf tube,  I happened to have some floral stem wire on hand. I used my fingers to create a hook shape on each end (so the pointy end of the wire would not poke through the mittens).
Then I attached the mittens to each end of the scarf using the cast on or off ends.  Any excess ends I just threaded through and stuffed into the mittens and scarf.

For the Hat cast on 40 stitches in a cream color and joined in the round.  Knit a 2x2 rib for 1 1/2 inch then switch to the red yarn and just knit around for approx 1/2 an inch.  To decrease I divided into 5 sections of 8 stitches each.
R1: (Knit 6, K2tog) repeat around (35 sts)
R2 & 3: Knit
R4: (Knit 5, K2tog) repeat around (30 sts)
R5 & 6: Knit
R7: (K4, K2tog) repeat around (25 sts)
R8 & 9: Knit
R10: (K3, K2tog) repeat around (20 sts)
R11 & 12: knit
R13: K2tog around (10 sts)

Cut yarn and use tapestry needle to thread yarn through remaining stitches. 

To finish off the hat, I added a finger pompom.  Just wrap some yarn around two of your fingers about 30 times, remove and tie some yarn around the center.  Then clip all of the loops and fluff up and attach to hat. 

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Holiday Sweater Ornament


I have been on a mission to find the perfect knit ornament to make for friends and family this year.  What I had in mind was a tiny sweater with a snowflake and the year.  After several hours searching Ravelry and a few false starts I knit up the Tiny Holiday Sweater Ornament a free pattern from Knit Picks.  It is truly a lovely little sweater, but much too time consuming to make in mass quantity.



Not really finding what I wanted on Raverly,  I came up with my own 

Knit Picks Palette in Hollyberry and Cream

Holiday Sweater Ornament

What you will need:

  •  About 30 yards (will more than get the job done) of fingering weight wool and about 3 yards of contrasting color to embroider the snowflake and year.
  • Set of 5 Double Pointed Needles in size 1 (2.25mm)
  • 2 large safety pins or waste yarn
  • Tapestry Needle
Finished measurement:  2 ¾ inches long and 2 inches wide at the body of the sweater

Directions (sweater is knit top down) 

CO 20 sts on 4 DPNs  (placing the stitches as follows:  Needle 1: 6 sts Needle2: 4 sts Needle 3: 6 sts Needle 4: 4sts)

Join and knit a 1x1 rib (K1, P1) for 3 rounds.
Knit one round

Increases

Round 1:  (K1, kfb, knit to next to last stitch on Needle, kfb, k1),  repeat on each Needle.
Rounds 2 & 3: Knit

Repeat the 3 increase rounds three more times. 

Sweater Body
Knit across Needle 1 and cast on 3 stitches, place stitches on Needle 2 on to a safety pin, knit across Needle 3 and cast on 3 sts (you will need to split the stitches on to 2 Needles) , place stitches on Needle 4 on to a safety pin. 

The stitches on the safety pins will be the sleeves and the ones on the needles will make up the body of the sweater. 

Knit in the round for 10 rounds.

Knit 3 rounds of a 1x1 rib and then cast off.  I like to cast off in the stitch pattern meaning, I knit the knit stitches and purl the purl stitches when casting off.

Sleeves

Put the 12 stitches from the safety pin or waste yarn on to 2 needles.  Pick up 3 stitches in the arm pit area of the sweater and then knit the 12 on the needles.  (15 sts total)

Knit in the round for 5 rounds.

Round 6: K2tog, knit around (14 sts)

Knit 4 more rounds  

For the cuff: Knit 3 rounds of a 1x1 rib and then cast off.  I like to cast off in the stitch pattern meaning, I knit the knit stitches and purl the purl stitches when casting off.

Use tapestry needle to sew in ends and embroidery the snowflake and year. 

I don’t really weave in the ends,  I just tidy up the exterior of the sweater, then stuff the ends to the inside of the sweater. 

Embroidery

You can make up your own snowflake motif, but here is how I did mine. 

Find what looks like a stitch in the center of the sweater, and toward the top.  The center of my snowflake is 1 inch from the top of the sweater and I stitch the snowflake in the following steps. 


  1.  Stitch 4 dashes 
  2.  Add the point to each dash, bring yarn up on one point,  loop it though the dash and then down at the other point.
  3. Stich an X over the center.
  4. Add small dashes to look like dots.
 

For the numbers, I simplified each number to just straight lines and just went for it,  took me a few tries to get it somewhat even. 




Now to see how many of these babies I can crank out by the holidays!

Happy Knitting.

Monday, August 05, 2013

Off the needles - Argyle Mittens

Finally, finished the set.  The right hand has been done for several months because I made it to test my Argyle Mitten Collection pattern.  I just got around to finishing the left hand.  And I am working out the final touches on a hat pattern to match. 




Knit up in Knit Picks Palette in Shoal and cream. 

Well the knitting is finished,  just need to sew in the ends.