Sunday, January 27, 2019

Socks and Quilting

It's not a sweater, but I do have a finished project for the year,
and considering how little knitting I've done in the last couple years, I had almost forgotten what it felt like to finish something.  I was so excited that
I immediately cast on another pair.  Yep, I swear that I'm going to make sweaters and I immediately go on a sock frenzy. 

At least I've been showing dedication to the quilt.  It's a gift for friends who just bought their first house together, and I might, in the future, rethink anything involving 120 little quilt squares,
and as I used some jellyroll strips for this quilt, there was a trip to a fabric store to find some accent fabrics for the border, and to give it a bit of accent, I decided to try a little accent technique I saw on a video once--taking a 1-inch strip of fabric folded in half and sewing it with the border so there's a small dimensional edge.  What I failed to pick up from the video was that it really needs to be done with mitered corners, which I didn't do. 
 I do love the way it looks, but MY way involved some ripping back and restitching and a fair bit of swearing.  I don't think they'll notice....
 Now I'm quilting it with one of the quilting stitches on the new machine,
using a variegated thread I've had in stash and was actually able to find.  I barely know what to do with myself!

I am not a scrappy-quilt sort of person, but seeing it all come together, this is easily one of my favorite quilts I've ever worked on.  Maybe I'm becoming a scrappier person........

Sunday, January 6, 2019

It's Been a Snoozy-Sort of Weekend

Was anyone else worn out by the holidays?

Anyway, it is a new year and time for new crazy resolutions.  Now that I'm back to work, 100 finished projects is completely unreachable, but I think 50 again is good.  And the BIG goal is to finish 6 sweaters!

Really, it shouldn't be that difficult as I think I have at least 6 in progress and 2 are really close to being finished, but I always get a bit squirrelly about definitive goals.  If I try to stay focused on something, all OTHER projects (or cleaning, or vacuuming, or laundry) start to look strangely attractive.  Such as being 6 days in to the new year and being obsessed with finishing a pair of socks.  But I'm going to do this!  I'm going to finish them!  And I'm either going to find some sweater wips or start some new ones!  And if that cleaning thing starts to look good suddenly, I'll probably find my sweater WIPs!  I think this could work!