Commission Quilting

A few months ago I agreed to barter for quilting services: I would quilt an acquaintance’s quilt top, and she would pay me in yarn and fabric.  Life intervened, and she was very patient as I proceeded to have zero free time around the holidays.

But now it’s done!  Here’s the front, post-washing:

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I stitched in the ditch to emphasize the swirly quilting:

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The back (pre-washing, and quite wrinkly) shows the outline of some of the curves slightly better:

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If you look carefully on the right-hand side you can see a sleeve for a dowel, so the quilt can be hung from a wall.  I’d ordinarily do corners, but this was so wide that I was afraid it would sag in the middle.

I’m delighted to have this done and in the mail back to its owner – and can’t wait to get a box of yarn and fabric in exchange.  Now if only the postman would show up to pick it up the way the USPS says they already have!

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Knitting, blocking, sewing, etc.

I’ve been quiet here, but I’ve been crafting up a storm behind the scenes. I’ve knitted several shawls, and just blocked the three of them. First up is a semicircular shawl in a handspun merino/yak yarn from Spunky Eclectic:

Semicircular shawl

Semicircular shawl

Next up, New Hope Creek by Naomi Parkhurst (gannet designs).

New Hope Creek Shawl

New Hope Creek

In sewing news, I’ve done two hedgehog bags (Spoonflower print):
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Custom listing here for orange or teal or grey tops – or others!

I also ended up with one WHOOPS bag that is on sale:
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(Click the photo for details and to be taken to the listing, and the WHOOPS photo.)

Finally, I’ve gotten new charms in to make steampunk / engineering-themed stitch markers:
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There are new discount codes on my Etsy shop (see the shop details) and as always, all purchases help me fundraise for the Flint Child Health & Development Fund.

We’ve raised $200 for water in Flint this year and $700 for FlintKids.org – and I couldn’t do any of it without you.

Keep posted for a handspun handknit shawl that I’ll be raffling off in mid-May for charity.

As always, thanks for reading, and I wish you all the best!

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Selfish Knitting

Last year I knit 11 pairs of socks – and gave them ALL away.  This year, I’ve knit 3 pairs of socks for myself so far.

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Sewing for Flint

I’ve been doing a lot of sewing recently, mostly project bags. Most are Spoonflower fabric, and all are repeatable.

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I’ve also made some new stitch markers.  The oak leaves are one-offs, but the little green balls glow in the dark, and I have other colors of those that I’ll be making up soon.

All are available (or custom-orderable) at KnitSpinQuilt on Etsy where all money raised through sales in February and March of 2016 are being directed to the Flint Child Health & Development Fund.

Since I last posted about this we’ve raised $317.50!

But – and here’s where I ask your indulgence – sending monetary aid isn’t enough.

Please, if the issue of lead levels as high as 4,000 parts per billion (it’s an emergency at 15 ppb!) scares you, if the idea of an un-elected “emergency manager” poisoning the water supply of an entire town who had no recourse, no way to vote him out of office makes you mad, write your elected officials!  If enough of us make enough noise, we can get Michigan’s government to move faster on this horrifying issue. If you don’t live in MI, you may not be able to write to those senators, but you can write your own and let them know you care and want them to care, too.

I’ve done so.  It’s a small thing, but it’s how our democracy is supposed to work.

In the mean time, however, I’m going to keep making things, donating my time and my stash to something that I truly believe is a national disaster and crisis.  With your help, if you like the things I make and buy them, we can do something small – and possibly something really meaningful – for the people of Flint, MI, who are really hurting.  And you get a nifty handmade gift out of it, too!

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Fundraising for Flint, MI water

All income (not profits: 100% of income) from January and February 2016 will be donated to Water Aid for Flint, MI, via the The Mission of Hope Shelter and Pastor Bobby Jackson, and the GoFundMe setup here: https://www.gofundme.com/rjp53vz8

Help me raise money to provide water to the kids of Flint, MI, where the water has dangerously elevated lead levels.

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KnitSpinQuilt on Etsy.

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TGIFF Christmas Day!

Hello, all, and welcome to KnitSpinQuilt.

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My first finish is a DPN/knitting notions roll I made for my mother.  She loves the subway fabric from City Quilter, here in NYC, so I’m always looking for an excuse to make her something out of it.

I’ll be adding more images over the course of the day of hand-woven dishtowels for my sister, and socks for my mother, father, and sister’s boyfriend.  So keep your eyes peeled, and check back often to see not only my updates (I’ll tweet the pictures too) but also to check other people’s linked finishes!

If you haven’t done this before, here’s how to participate in TGIFF:

  • Link up your fantastic finishes here and please — please — visit the links above and below yours (or more!) and comment on other people’s work!  We thrive as a community when we receive feedback on our work.

Sneak peek of projects shared: (click the InLinkz button above to click through and comment on blogs!)

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TGIFF Linky Party This Friday!

Hello, all!  This Friday, December 25 — Christmas Day — I will be sharing some finished projects with you all.

I know it’s a busy day, but perhaps you might want to take a break from your holiday celebrations to share photographs of finished gifts that you’ve had to keep a secret until they were opened!  I’m planning on posting the linky party and then updating it with mid-unwrapping-pictures of presents I’ve woven, knitted, and sewn.

Not familiar with TGIFF?  Click the image below to go learn more about it, or come back on Friday and participate!

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