Monday, June 23, 2008

Loggy Squares Afghan

I just finished my Loggy Squares Afghan last week to give to a friend of mine home from college in Chicago for the summer. She loves pink, so this afghan will be great for wrapping up while studying on those cold Chicago nights.
I wrote up the pattern and it's now for sale for only $5 in my etsy shop.

I came up with the idea for this log cabin because I wanted to make log cabin squares but use a different technique besides the traditional "in-the-round" method. My squares are worked on opposing sides to add length, then sewn together so that no two colors touch on all four sides. I really loved the way it turned out, and I'm really happy that I can share my design with others!

Kounting Sheep

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Another update on my LC ghan...

I've managed to get 3-4 more rounds on this. I'm enjoying working on it in the mornings for about 20-30 minutes each day. Here's an updated pic. Sorry for the's from my cell phone camera as I kept forgetting to take my digi downstairs.

Is anyone besides me working on one?? Hello out there? ROFL

Have a great day all!

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Upate on my log cabin as of 3-26-08

Here it is as of this morning. I really like the colors in it.

Monday, March 24, 2008

I'm working on my Log Cabin, are you?

Just wanted to post that I am getting my Log Cabin crocheted on. I am loving it too. I only get to crochet on it a few mornings a week, but I'm making pretty good progress in those times.

Is anyone else still crocheting on theirs??

Loggy Squares In Progress

This is a log-cabin afghan that I worked on diligently for two weeks, then put away. The intended recipient was a co-worker who moved away and I didn't have any way to contact her. So now it sits, about 75 percent finished, waiting. I kind of like it now and want to keep it...not sure though...
I'm using a basic log cabin method for each square using four different shades of pink, then outlining them in a round of single crochet black and crocheting them together as I go. On each join is all four colors and no same colors touch. I might try to finish it this summer when I have some more free time...

Kounting Sheep

Monday, March 3, 2008

Blue and Brown bag update

In response to Mrs. Wade's post on my blue and brown bag:

Here is my method: I unfold all the unwashed fat quarters (or fabrics) and layer them in a stack. The edges don't need to be even or anything, just so they're roughly stacked up. I grab scissors and start at one end just cutting strips of assorted (and unmeasured) widths. I like the craziness of it all and it is so easy of course because there is nothing to line up or match. Just so there is enough for the seam allowance. Sometimes I use one fabric for all 4 sides, so the block forms concentric squares (like the yellow tote bag a few days ago) and sometimes I just grab a strip and use it until it's gone then start another. I sew little pieces together if I need to make a strip longer and there isn't anything long left. I do quilt as I go, meaning I am actually stitching them onto the batting (in this case, fleece), just like you would if you were using muslin as a backer. I had no particular plans for this one, except that it would be a bag. I was thinking I would do another large one, like the yellow, but once I finished the 4 squares, I thought they made a good size with 2 front and 2 back, so that is what I went with. I sewed them together, made handles from leftover strips and attached them. Made the lining and attached it. Then decided it needed a zipper, so I added that in too.

I love log cabins, they are my very favorite design, so even if I don't have much time, if I'm feeling the need to create something, I'll grab scraps and just start sewing them together. I save them all and they find their way into different projects over time.

SO, yes, you could say it is intentional, but I don't plan it out first. I kinda design as I go and am more a problem solver (as they occur) than a plan-it-out-first person.

Sunday, March 2, 2008

It's done!

Here's my finished log cabin afghan. It took me so long because I had to take a medically indicated hiatus in the middle. But it is finally finished. More pictures here.

I must say it is disturbingly square for what I imagined it would turn out to be. The finished product measures 54" x 58". I used up quite a bit of my scrap stash on this one. Of xourse, I'm still left with a ton. But I'm making progress.

I don't know if you can see it or not, but there's an edging of reverse single crochet around the edge. No matter what I did, the pictures of it didn't turn out. But it is my new edging of choice.
The bulk of this is done in RHSS, but there's a lot of other brands of yarn that are similar in there too. I used DC the whole way through except for two rounds of SC around the whole thing, and then an edging of reverse SC.

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Log Cabin-y purse

Another crazy Log Cabin bag. LC's are my very favorite thing to do with fabrics. Love seeing each one take on its own little personality. These are all quilted and this is the most comfortable bag, just like a favorite cotton quilt.

Monday, February 25, 2008

Cue the music

I'm back on the hook again. I've been given the OK by my physical therapists to begin crocheting again. I'm only allowed to work for 20 minutes at a time and then I have to take a break. But 20 minutes is about all I can do before I really start to feel it. But at least I can work again. And I' m nearly finished. I'm so close I can taste it. I can't wait to finish and post a picture here. I'll keep you all updated.

Friday, February 22, 2008

Log Cabin tote

Here is a large (13x16x3) log cabin tote bag I made last night out of fat quarters. It's all quilted and lined and quite sturdy and homey, like a soft cotton quilt. Love it!

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Anybody still around??

I know Mrs. Wade and I are here. Anybody else?

Sunday, February 17, 2008

Here's my new beginning!

I didn't stitch much on it as I lost my Mom a week ago yesterday and I'm sick. But, here's a pic of my new beginning and I LOVE this pattern. Much easier to do than the last one I tried and gave up.

Update on my progress

OK all, I'm depressed. My physical therapy has been going well, but I've still not been given the clearance to crochet yet. Great, the one activity that truly relaxes me, is still so close yet out of reach. I'm still regularly attending my S&B because I'm the most experienced stitcher and the founder of the group. It's not been easy to attend and not crochet. How are all of you doing? How are the log cabins coming along?

Tuesday, February 5, 2008

More detail about my log cabin block

MRSWADE asked what yarn I had used in my log cabin. It's just Caron Simply Soft from Hobby Lobby. They have so many color choices and the sheen of the yarn is really pretty. I've generally been a basic Red Heart user but am trying to branch out. Also, it's about 10 inches square and I used an "H" hook. I'm going to use all these same colors , but shift the color sequence around. I'll leave the center white square and maybe the gold and red the same for all When I sew them togeather it will still be darks against darks and lights against lights, just different colors next to each other.

I was so excited to have finshed a first try that I hurried to post, forgetting more description.

Thursday, January 31, 2008

Let's get the word out

Anyone got any great ideas for pushing more traffic over here? My first thought is to use Ravelry, but I'm certain that's not the only way to recruit. What ideas do the rest of you have?

Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Log Cabin Block

Hi everyone! Finally my first log cabin square. I joined Fever at its start but had to think for a while what I might want to do and what I was able to do. I browsed the patterns here at the sight and chose the Crochet Collection Log Cabin. Being a quilter also( posted a photo of the 1/4 square log cabin I'd recently made, earlier), I kinda wanted to make something like a quilt for my first log cabin afghan. This pattern is perfect. When I have enough squares done I'll pick one of the log cabin quilt layouts and put it together. The great thing about this square is when your done your done. All the yarn ends are crocheted over at the beginning row of each color. All I have to do is weave the squares together and it's done. I love it! When I'm making a quilt and finish the top there is still putting the layers together, basting, quilting, binding the edges. Quilting is great, but my learning how to crochet is giving it some real competition. I'm working on a ripple(about 3/4 done) and doing some granny squares also. I tried a 1/4 square granny log cabin. which I was able to do but I didn't choose the right colors. Used light to dark shades of red which seemed to work, but when photographed the colors all ran togeather. So rip out and start over again using better color choices. I also want to try the single big log cabin afghan that a lot of you are making. At least this square worked out to look 1/2 dark and 1/2 light like I hoped so I have confidence to do more.

The quilt block and quilt pictured are not mine, but examples of what I hoped to follow with my crochet.

Sunday, January 27, 2008

Unfinished log cabin

I know I haven't posted in a while. My log cabin (and every other project I have) is currently stagnating in the work basket. But trust me, I have a good reason. Tuesday morning I was rear-ended. You can read more about it here. So, there will be no crocheting for a long while. My neck and back are killing me and making it through a day at work is about all I can manage. Think good thoughts for my recovery you lovely people. I am so close to finishing I can taste it.

Friday, January 18, 2008

I give up!

My incipient log cabin was stolen by my 5-month-old son. He's had such a marvelous time wrestling with it and chewing on it that it's got lovey status for the moment.

Which means, of course, that it counts as finished!

ROFL. Seriously? I'm starting to feel like there's something doomed about this project. I think I'd best wait a while before I start again...

Saturday, January 12, 2008

Finished Log Cabin

As promised, here are the pictures of my first finished log cabin. This one was a Christmas present for my sister (even though I didn't finish it by Christmas!).
I really enjoyed making this blanket and I liked the color combinations.
I had a little trouble getting the first couple of rotations to be even, so the center is a bit wonky. Once I realized my mishap, I was halfway done and didn't want to take it out. It's not noticeable to the inexperienced eye, but I notice it. Oh well...I still like the finished piece!

I used a size I hook and used half-double crochets for more drape. For the edging, I did four rounds of half-double crochet in green, with three half-doubles in the corner each time. The finished piece ended up being about 50 inches square (I ran out of yarn, so it's a nice lap blanket for my sister!).

Kounting Sheep

Sunday, January 6, 2008

First Log Cabin

Hi Log Cabiners!

My name is Jennifer aka Kounting Sheep. I came across this blog a couple months ago through either Granny-Along or No-End-In-Sight-Ripple-Along (I can't remember which one now!). I'm new to Log Cabin style, but not new to knitting or crocheting; I've been crocheting for nine years and knitting for three.

I don't have a picture yet, but I just wanted to post. I'm so excited because I finished my sister's Christmas present an hour ago tonight, which happened to be a crocheted Log Cabin blanket. The colors I used were green, yellow, blue, purple, and pink in not-pastely-but-not-too-bright shades. I plan on taking pictures tomorrow in the daylight, so I'll post as soon as I have those done. I also have another Log Cabin blanket in progress. It is individual log cabin squares in shades of pink that are sewn together to create a geometric pattern. I'm about halfway done on that one, so I'll try to post pictures of that one too!

Thanks for letting me join!

Kounting Sheep

Saturday, January 5, 2008

Thursday, January 3, 2008

Thanks for inviting quilters!

Hi everyone! I was glad to see the invite for quilters. My two real passions are quilting which I have enjoyed for almost 30 years now, and crochet which I have been doing much more recently. My gram taught me how to make granny squares back in the 70s and those were very easy for me to learn. But for whatever reason I just couldn't get the hang of regular crochet. I tried and tried and did make a few thing but was never at ease with it like I was with quilting. Last fall I happened upon the ripple and granny alongs and they opened up a whole new crochet world for me. Of course I found may other wonderful blogs of crocheters. Seeing all the great things everyone was making inspired (forced) me to work and practice until I finally got it. I started a ripple afghan, have been making more granny squares, did some crochet winter scarves and made a few little amigurumi characters. I just love finally being able to crochet. With this new year I'm going to try out the log cabin, either one big log cabin afghan or the small blocks sewn into a big afghan.

The quilt block above is actually called a quarter square log cabin. I'm planning to use the mile a minute quilting technique. The blocks have been sewn into 3 long strips and put together with backing and batting. Now I'm going to machine quilt each strip then sew them together and do a little hand work to finish off and hide the seams. I've made a few other regular log cabins but those were donated to local childrens charities. Got in such a hurry to finish and get them to quilt guild for delivery that I forgot to take photos.

Hope I'll be posting soon with some log cabin crochet to show. The wonderful thing about crochet versus quilting is that when you crochet, both back and front are done at the same time except for tying in the ends. Instant gratification of finishing something. We all need that once in a while. With quilting you finish the top but it still has to be assembled and quilted. Still, I'm really happy when I'm doing either.

Looking forward to seeing what everyone is working on!

Tuesday, January 1, 2008

Um, yeah. :)

Maybe a resolution? LOL.

Old LC frogged. New LC in the wings. Soon. Soon.

(Please excuse style. Must go keep daughters from actually hurting each other...)