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Diary in Stitches Book Blog Hop

I was so happy when the lovely Minki contacted me about her pretty new book and to participate in making a project using her beautiful book for a blog hop/book tour.
 I absolutely said yes, because I love her stuff and her beautiful crafts! 
She just released her new book Diary in Stitches and I jumped right in. The book is so well done, even if you are new to sewing, don't be intimidated and the drawings she does are just so cute! Let you imagination run wild! 
Naturally I gravitated towards her cute drawing of stockings. As a sock knitter, this just had me all over it. I pulled out some liberty fabrics, of course and a project bag for my sock projects was born.
Honestly, Minki has so many darling ideas in this book, it will blow you away. Her talents know no ends, but even if you don't have a sewing machine, these can easily be done with hand embroidery. 
I did a mixture of both machine and hand. I chose her method of tracing the pattern onto my fabric using my window since I don't have a lightbox. With some simple back stitching and black 50wt thread I did the quote by hand. I absolutely loved all the quotes but this is the one that stuck out for me. I absolutely love to create with my hands and there is a lot of love that goes into what I do, perfect!
Then for the socks on the line, I used my machine. Following her instructions was easy peasy!
For the bag, I have my own template that I follow. I had to use liberty fabric on the back of the bag as well. All the stitching is done one essex linen which in my opinion is great to work with and the lining is white with black swiss dot. I love this combo so much, so pretty!

You can find the book in bookshops and online retailers like Amazon and make sure you check out all the beautiful projects that Minki shares on her blog as well. Check out my instagram for giveaway info! So you can win a copy of the ebook for yourself. You will love it!

Make sure you visit everyone else on the tour too!
Aug  30   C&T, C&T Publishing Blog    @ctpublishing
Sep 6,    Elise Bae, Elise and Emelie  @eliseandemelie  
Sep 13,  Sharon Burgess,Lilabelle Lane Creations   @lilabellane
Sep 20,  Lauren Wright, Molly and Mama  @mollyandmama
Sep 27,  Sedef Imer, Down Grapevine Lane  @downgrapevinelane
Oct 1, Love Patchwork & Quilting, Love PAtchwork & Quilting @lovequiltingmag
Oct 4,  Kristyne Czepuryk, Pretty by Hand  @prettybyhand
Oct 11, Bev McCullogh, FlamingoToes  @flamingotoes
Oct 25, Erin Simpson, Aurifil@aurifilthread
Nov 1,  Ayda Algin,  Cafenohut  @cafenohut
Nov 8, Bernina USA, WeAllSew  @berninausa
Nov 15, Minki Kim, MinkiKim@zeriano 

what happened to summer?

Gosh it's been awhile. I did not mean to take such a long break from blogging, I kept thinking I need to a post but things piled up. This summer just flew by. It's been so hot, barely any rain and just lots of general busy things. We didn't do any camping this summer even though we meant to. I literally wilt in this heat. I am not born for this weather, I am meant for cold and rain and snow. There is a hint of change in the morning air. Its a good feeling. The evenings aren't so stifling either. 
Enough of the weather, what have I been working on. Lots of this and that. Of course knitting but some sewing as well. 
First up is a quilt I started about 2 weeks ago, basically just have to sew it up and I am pretty sure I will just do ties instead of quilting. 
I had a big pile of plaid flannels and vintage plaid fabrics. I cut a bunch of 6" squares. I was browsing etsy awhile back late at night as you do when you can't sleep. This happens to me when my husband is away out of town for work, which isn't very often, thankfully. I found a listing for 49 3" hearts, all vintage fabrics. I didn't know what I would do with them at the time but I liked them and they went perfect with my flannels and plaids. So I appliqued them to 49 squares. I used a zigzag stitch after spray glue basting them to the squares with brown thread. My husband has been requesting a non 'girly" quilt. So this will be great for fall and for him. I am using a quilt from ikea for the "batting" and I won't do any binding. Keeping it really simple since it will be a lap quilt for the couch and I'm sure the dogs will cozy up into it.  I love it already but haven't had much time to finish it. Won't take long its just a matter of blocking of an afternoon to do it. 
I also decided to work on some epp, and did some hexies with my vintage calicos in stash. I think it will be a 16" pillow. I used glue for basting. So much easier on my hands. The hexies are 1.5".  I might make two, I love the layout so much!
I just finished blocking a very squishy and cozy scarf. The pattern is the Leftovers Cowl but I made quite a few mods. First off its not a cowl but you can read all those on my project page. I used a lot of patterns from Fairisle Motifs book plus the charts in the pattern. This book was a great find at a used book store for just a few dollars that I discovered quite awhile ago, and its an invaluable resource for knitters. Its a great book to have in the library. I really really want to make another scarf since I still have quite a bit of leftovers. Trying hard not to cast on just yet because I have other things I need to finish, like some sock patterns that are in progress. Speaking of socks, I did finish some beautiful socks that were done with hue loco minis. I am so grateful and lucky she gifted me this set, I absolutely loooooved the yarn & colors. Just perfectly autumn. I called them Autumn Rainbow and I used a stitch pattern from one of my other favorite books by Barbara Walker. 
For those of you wondering & who have inquired if I might be doing a shop update, probably not yet but I am working on another great kit autumn/halloween themed with Ashley of The Blackberry Ridge. So stay tuned!