What you say
well it is all Rosered’s fault – I think – she coined the phrase Growth as a Knitter
well there has been a lot of growth here in the last month and a bit of face the hard cold facts.
First there has been the crochet – well not actually growth as a knitter – but i am bending the brain and testing the mettle of my ability to read patterns – and well I am getting there. My enthusiasm waxes and wains and I have to concentrate so much more when doing this so not so much the relaxing at home by tv activity. But the crochet Clinic Rosered runs has been fantastic and very inspiring.
I realise to do a new thing you need time to think. I have been wanting to learn to read crochet patterns and make this particular queen anne lace for ages now. But my poor brain has been overloaded with other stuff and just couldn’t take it on.
Secondly is the quilt thing – it is like the shawl flu of a few years ago, I feel a case of this coming on again too I fear, Fabric Fever has overtaken me and I have already put together one quilt – to be sent off today to be quilted. I am putting the start of Fabric Fever right at the feet of Randomknits and her gorgeous liberty quilt.
What you say off to be quilted that is the fun bit – well actually I like the fabric piecing but hand quilting a queen size quilt well I would rather knit or crochet in those spare hours. I bought the modern Quilt book a while back from Calico and Ivy and fell in love with a few of the patterns. I am doing pretty much the exact colours of the sawtooth quilt and super happy. Should be ready in a few weeks – whoot. The sewing together and cutting out did test my patience. I sewed a whole row of triangles around the wrong way – re cut and re sew. It took 3 hour block to do each of the following
cut the green triangles – 540 & the plain sections
cut the white triangles – 540
sew the triangles together – little flags 1080 triangle
sew the ironed out triangles together – getting them around the right way sweets!!!
iron and sew it together – pinning is your friend at this point I didn’t the first time and it didn’t line up at all – I then found the middle and 1/4 section of all of the strips and pinned then pulled the fabric into submission.
Today I am putting the backing together and posting off – hurrah
I am going to confess now I have material for another 2 quilts – and as Calico and Ivy is closing down I am tempted to go and get more…….HELP
Then the garden which I have, with the sage advice of a real gardener, trimmed and coaxed into a more presentable liveable space. Starting with the lawn which due to my absences away from home over summer had grown to about 40cm tall – urg. Then the deck needed oiling – done, and the veggie patch sorting out – now have gotten over the great tomato failure of 2012 and planted heaps of salad greens for winter. Where did the daffodil come from? It’s calendar is all out me thinks…
I have scored some pavers from Kris – and will be getting the end section paved in preparation for a new bigger shed hopefully later this year.
So what growth as a knitter you ask – well at the same time I have been doing Ysolda’s Perfect Sweater course. I have been doing the above to help me digest all the lessons we have done. I had to face my terrible track record of swatching, my real body shape and measurements and the haphazard approach I have to pattern reading. Whoah no wonder my brain has been exploding.
I have spent the last week swatching and then sorting out my stash – faced with the above all the wool I have been hoarding – yes I am going there – just made no sense. I have been storing snippets of other knitters words about stash and knitting – so my new goals are
Knit to suit - bought the knit to flatter book
Buy wool for a project not just because – this started the great easter destash
Shawls and socks are good filler projects and I really want to knit more complex socks and I have a bucket list of socks – another post
Keep on growing
Oh and it took 4 goes this weekend to get the hot cross buns right – but the last batch were winners!!!