Hitting a Cycling Goal and A Quilt Top Finish

I set a bicycling goal each year,
and this year it was 1000 miles.
I hit that goal today :-)
Happy, happy dance!
This is the view that I saw while cycling this morning:


Don't you just love watching the sun come up,
realizing that you have a whole new day
of creative opportunities ahead?

I haven't been writing about quilting as much
while I worked my way through making a king sized 
scrap improv quilt.
I've finally finished the top!


The blocks are sixteen inches (41 cm),
and when it is finished it will be going on a guest bed.
The batting is Quilter's Dream Wool,
which I've used before and it is wonderful for the cold weather.
The quilt is now in line for slow stitching,
or hand quilting.

On the weaving side of things,
I have my first project on my Glimakra Standard countermarch loom :-)
I've been a weaver for seventeen years now,
and I've never woven a baby blanket.
 I love making quilted baby blankets instead,
lots of them, and giving them away.
Tom Knisely has written an excellent book,
that provides great ideas,
and it inspired me to weave my first baby blanket.
His writing style makes you feel
like you're taking a weaving class from him
while you're reading his book, 
and I like that!
Plus he has a great sense of humor which 
comes through in his writing.

I measured out the warp,
which is a Red Heart Ombre yarn in the violet colorway.


The weft is another Red Heart yarn in the Monet colorway.
This is another first for me to use all acrylic yarns in a project,
but I thought that it would make a soft, easy care blanket.



I like the little bursts of yellow in the weft,
and the combination of these yarns remind me of a watercolor painting.


I've had a twill scarf on my Baby Wolf loom 
for some time now. 
I sat down the other morning, 
and started weaving while listening to the rain come down.

The pattern for this scarf is the Scarf of Lucky Colors,
from the book
by Pattie Graver.
I've found this book to be a great resource 
that inspires me to revisit some weave structures 
that I haven't tried in a long time.

The warp is Jaggerspun's Zephyr yarn,
which is 50% wool, and 50% silk,
in deep purple, violet, and pewter.
The weft is the Zephyr yarn in deep purple.



We're heading towards the end of October already,
and the air is getting colder.
You know what that means, 
right?


Ski season is right around the corner!

Have a great week,
Judy

Comments

  1. Congratulations on meeting your goal! That’s a wonderful accomplishment! I am absolutely loving your quilt! It’s so gorgeous! After I write this comment, I have to go back and look at it again. And, as always, your weaving is stunning!

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  2. Congrats on riding 1000 miles! Beautiful quilting and weaving...as always. Love the purple scarf!

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  3. Congratulations on hitting your cycling goal - that's impressive! Your quilt is wonderful, but I absolutely love your weaving, especially the dark purple one. What a skill to have!

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  4. Congratulations on hitting your cycling goal! The quilt top looks amazing. My new crochet project is an acrylic one - also a first for me as I always knit with wool. But the colours are so lovely and it does feel nice. Your baby blanket is gorgeous, the colours so pretty. xx

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  5. Congratulations on achieving such a significant goal! Your quilt is beautiful and so is your weaving, I love seeing what you are weaving , always such pretty colours .

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  6. Beautiful pictures. And well done on reaching your cycling goal for the year!
    Have a great day.

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  7. I hope you like to weave on your countermarch loom :-)
    I like the colors in both of your projects and as I own both books you mention I´ll have a look at the drawdown. The shawl seems to have a very interesting pattern.

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