Winding a Bobbin

A dear colleague asked to borrow a bobbin this week. I knew we had similar machines, so I recorded a quick video to go with it as a reference. Here you can a see a little bit of my beloved 6244 (along with the green tape I’m currently using as a quarter-inch guide!).

By making this video I learned a lot. I haven’t used the thread guide post during winding (only the tension disc). I will now! And, I found that my manual has different instructions for raising the bobbin thread (the video features how my grandma taught me on this machine). I’ll try it with those instructions next (with the slide plate closed)!

Yarn over, do-over

The Summer Solstice shawl has been bound off, ends woven in, and blocked.

The beads are beautiful; the right amount of weight and shimmer for the edge. The shape of the lace and the gauge is also pleasing.

It all has potential.

Concerned about yardage, I had cast on one less repeat in width. But, with beads instead of nupps, there was plenty (20%) remaining. And, the fit is off because of it.

Destined to start over, I am waiting a week before ripping out. With each passing day, I become more sure that a rip-out, re-do is the right choice.

Jelly Roll Race Baby Quilt

I’ve been wanting to make a jelly roll race quilt since reading about it last year. With a cousin’s baby shower coming up, and all attempts at making a crocheted blanket like the one great-nana made for me being non-starters, I thought to give it a go.

I matched the jelly roll with a solid pink and set off with my strips. The top came together easily in an evening. Although, the recommendation for cutting off the first 18 inches may not have been for half-sized projects as some of my blocks ended up close to the edges.

For quilting, I decided to take it on myself. I recalled the rug mug test I had done with free motion quilting and ran a larger swatch. I filed down part of my foot and plate that was getting stuck on the needle and settled in.

After about 20% was complete, I stopped to see how it was going. My stitches were far from uniform, and the fabric had shifted to create bunches between stippled areas.

I skinned the quilt (taking out all those quilting stitches) and started over with spray basting. This worked out better and I was able to complete the quilt without much further incident.

The recipient liked the final result and I’m proud of how it came out.

Mystery Shawl – Part 1

Mystery shawl - part 1

I’m caught up with part one!

The stitches are moving faster now that I’m used to the pattern. Center decreases, yarn overs, and nupps. I’m working my version with the three-stitch nupps. If I can just figure out the nupps without turning the work, this project will really fly…

(This is the farthest I’ve ever gotten through this skein of seasilk. I hope it’s a good indication that a project will actually be completed from it!)

ETA: Now that I’ve seen others’ progress, I don’t know if I should try the nupps with a crochet hook or frog and start over with beads.

Mystery Shawl Swatch

Mystery shawl swatchHere’s the swatch for the mystery shawl. I’m using size 3s, which seems to be working out. I wonder why the cast-on edge uses two sizes larger?

I cast on, and am running a little behind everyone else. I have about two charted rows finished, with each row taking 1.5-2 hours. But it’s getting faster as I get used to the pattern. Guess we’ll change charts just when it gets comfortable! That’s perfect, then, to keep things interesting.