July 30, 2007

Birmingham Bound and a Knitted Finished Object!

First Real Sock!, originally uploaded by Cathi O'Neill.

Things are moving along here. I've started quilting my applecore quilt with freehand fans in natural thread and it is looking lovely... I really love the look of the fans on antique quilts, so it is fun to learn!

I have also finished the first sock of my pair, have to cast on soon for the second one lest dreaded second sock syndrome start!! I made this more of an ankle sock with 2 repeats of the pattern instead of the normal 3... I blame genetics and a few extra pounds for my large calves, lol!! This fits great and so far is staying up, woo hoo! This is the first time I used sock wool (instead of heavy wool) and tiny needles, I'm loving this so much better than my first pair of thick socks, even if it takes much longer!! I used Trekking Pro Natura which is 75% wool, 25% bamboo and will have to go look up the colorway, but it is a lovely one!

Any UK or Irish quilters planning on heading to the Birmingham festival of Quilts on Saturday the 18th of August? I got a very cheap flight for the day (early arrival late departure) for Birmingham to see the festival!! I hope to meet up with good friends Katy and Barbara. But would love to meet some other fellow bloggers. Anyone else up for meeting?? Can't wait to see all the quilts and ALL THE VENDORS!! LOL.

If you can believe it, I've been quiilting away on my DJ and am up to 37 blocks now. It is nice to get more done than expected...I'm hoping to start on my 4th row of the quilt tomorrow!!

Tonight I need to finish my next crazy quilt round robin block (deadline to post: tomorrow!!). I am just not very good at it. Don't think I will ever become a great crazy quilter. I'd love to do one more project for myself eventually, but I think I'll focus on more simple stitchery for future projects for a while.

It is sunny today for the first time in a while so might get crazy quilt ready to sew outside while kiddies play!


Connie W said...

Wow the sock looks perfect. Good job! It appears you will have the DJ quilted by your deadline at the rate you are progressing. Enjoy the quilty mini-trip!

May Britt said...

I wish I could have joined you in Birmingham. But this weekend I am helping my DD to move to the internate school. But some good friends of mine is going so I guess I'll get full report from them.
Have a nice day.

Tracy said...

Your sock is wonderful! Great as an ankle variant. Wish I could meet you in Birmingham, but busy days lately will make any travel or much else difficult for a while. But can't wait to hear all about it. Take lot of pics, and shop lots! ;o) Hope you all had fun in the sun. ((HUGS))

Helen said...

If I had known earlier of this quilt festival I would have tried to come over, although I don’t especially like flying. Maybe next year!
Hope to read on your blog how it was.

Jan said...

I am impressed! My first sock is nowhere near as cool as yours. I love the stitch pattern you did!

Susan said...

I love the color and the pattern for your sock! Very pretty.

4th row on the DJ! Congratulations! That's farther than a lot of people ever get, and I haven't done one single block. =)

Have a wonderful time in Birmingham - vendors (swoon) are as attractive as quilts!

I'd love to see your CQ RR block. CQ is my other passion, after quilting. I have a whole separate blog of that. I'm a minimalist - most of my embellishing is stitching, not the other stuff. I like the clean look of it that way.

Jodie said...

You are getting good at this knitting caper!! Great job on the sock.


ruthsplace said...

Congratulations on the finished sock! It looks great.

Terri said...

That sock is fabulous!How long have you been knitting?It looks like it was a challenging pattern.


Andrea said...

Fantastic sock ! Looks really difficult. You'll soon have that Dear Jane on your bed ! Enjoy FOQ - I went last year but unfortunately not this time. Great day but very tiring !

Jenni said...

What a great sock - I love it.

Julie said...

I've just come across your blog via Kate North's. I am going to Birmingham too but I will be going on Thursday. I can't wait to get there both for the inspiration and the shopping! :o)) Have a great time!