Sunday, February 03, 2008

Scrapapalooza

I got an itch to do a quick project, so I took out some balls of 3/4 inch strips I'd made of ugly fabrics I didn't have a use for and made these little rugs. I think I used a size P crochet hook.
And I'm making progress on my scrap quilt. I've got the whole center sewn together and next I'll make up the borders.
This is a shot of the whole thing. You'll notice that on the right side the contrast is lower. I made those blocks first, and after I pieced those rows, I thought the pattern looked muddy. So on the rest of the blocks I used strictly darks and lights and left the mediums out altogether. I was happy to realize that if most of the quilt had a high contrast, the eye sees the pattern in the muddier part as well.
I'm making some baby hats and socks for the Afghans for Afghans project. They are currently collecting wool items for newborns for the CURE hospital in Kabul. Their deadline is February 29 and you can find out more details by following the link to their site. They also have links to sources for appropriate patterns.

I heard an interview with the organizers of this project on the Craftypod podcast right after I had sorted through a large tote bag of odd balls of wool, so I was more than ready to go. I finished this baby hat and I began a baby sock made from this vintage yarn.

This yarn isn't original to my stash, but it's one of those goodies my mom picks up for me at yard sales or thrift stores. See the original $1.39 price tag? When was the last time we could buy 3.5 oz. of wool for this price?Of course, the stylish color way is priceless.

5 comments:

Vicki W said...

Those rugs are a great use of scrap fabrics. I'll have to try them sometime! Your quilt is lovely. I love this pattern and I think it always looks great.

rian said...

I can't tell you when the last time I paid a buck-something for yarn, but I can tell you those colors scream 1971.

Your scrap quilt is positively delicious!

Debra Spincic said...

Glad you are knitting for the babies. All those vests I crochetted were for the same group. I haven't picked up the crochet hook lately, though, with all the other projects on my mind. Most of the yarn I used was about 15 years old from the days my mom worked in a yarn shop. Those moms are good to have!

Like your scrap quilt!

Allison Ann Aller said...

Looks like you have been happily productive. The scrap quilt is just beautiful, and you are right, what you call the muddiness on the right doesn't read that way at all.

I should learn to crochet...I just love those rugs! Plus, I have scads of ugly fabric....

Sue in western Washington, USA said...

Whew! You've been busy! "Scrapalooza" would be a great name for the quilt when it's done!