June 2008


Recently, I bought 2 skeins of Noro Taiyo, just because I couldn’t resist the colours (it’s #4). I love that crunchy cotton texture! Didn’t really know what I wanted to do with them.  I’ve knit this basic scarf pattern a couple of times before and I really like the way the different colours came out. 

It’s a K1P1 rib, left unblocked so it looks like stockinette.  This is an idea that I stole shamelessly from the Brooklyntweed blog.  I wish I could figure out how to bind off so that the cast-off edge doesn’t splay out. 

I’m still pondering the start of a new quilt.  I pulled some fabric from the new Fig Tree Quilts fabric line, Dandelion Girl.  Can’t decide between starting that quilt, and getting going on a crazy quilt.  I want to do both!  At the same time!  And have finished quilts in two weeks.  Is that so unreasonable?

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I finished the quilt for my secret sister!  And ahead of time, which is just not my style at all.  The label was stitched on the back on Monday night, and Karen received it at our quilting group pot luck dinner last night.

There is simply no member of Quilters’ Workshop without cooking skills.  I ate a ridiculous amount of food.  Whoever made that cherry cheesecake is responsible for the fact that my jeans are a bit tighter today.

Next project!  I scored some gorgeous Tahki yarn at a Webs closeout a few weeks ago.  It’s a soft-as-butter silk and merino blend, and it demanded to become a shawl…command and I shall obey:

 

It’s the Cherry Leaf pattern shawl from Victorian Lace Today.  I found this book at Chapters (Silver City) a few weeks ago, and discovered a lifetime of shawl and stole patterns that I want to knit.  In real life, this yarn is a bit darker denim blue than the photo shows (the tablecloth under the shawl is bright lime green in reality).  I don’t know why this camera washes the colour out so seriously, and I am camera-skills deficient so my husband will probably have purchased a new one before I figure it all out.

Now I get to choose a new quilting project for the summer.  There are two quilts demanding to be made, and I am trying to resist the urge to start them both.  Especially since I have two unquilted tops waiting for attention.

 

I’m a member of a small quilting group that meets twice a month, basically during the school year.  In mid-June we get together for a pot luck meal, and exchange gifts.  This year, instead of quilting supplies, we’re giving handmade gifts.

At Christmas, each one of us was given the name of another member to make a gift for, which we are supposed to keep a secret until the gifts are presented at the pot luck.  My recipient doesn’t know I’m blogging, so I’m posting a preview of the center block of the small quilt I’m making.  It is hand applique, and will be surrounded by squares of 18 different floral fabrics.  I’m going for a romantic, shabby chic kind of look.  It will be machine quilted.  In fact, I need to go and do some work on it now, or it won’t be done in time…yes, I am the sort of quilter who finishes the binding stitches in the car on the way to dinner 🙂 (not driving, okay?)