09 June 2007

Some sewing, very little knitting

I've always wanted to quilt. I still have my first attempt at quilting from my 7th grade arts class. Now it is a doggie blanket. I actually like it and may even get bold enough to take it apart and try to put it back so its actually in straight lines now that I have a machine.

I've never been much of a book-learner so I signed up for a beginning quilting class. Our pattern is Ribbonworks by Ursula Riegel. I picked very different fabrics.

Block detail:

Blocks laid out in pattern:

My next class is on Monday night and we'll put them together to create strips.

The knitting has not been getting as much attention but there is knitting. First, I did a swap with Curlytop. In exchange for a few bags of coffee*, I got the KnitPicks 32" circular needles in size 1 and size 2. I used them to do some swatches with my yarns for my Sockapalooza pal. I liked the Supermerino fabric using the 2s but only had the one circular. I've been to the KnitPicks site a bunch of times to get the needles but I kept feeling guilty about getting more yarn just to make the minimum. So, I went ahead and started the sock using my bamboo dpns.

These will be getting frogged later tonight because I completely miscalculated and right now they are big enough to fit a lumberjack. I definitely like the pattern and might try to change it so I can do it toe-up on two circulars. That way the changes in my gauge over time will be the same on both socks and I hopefully won't run out of yarn. Since I've decided that I like the KnitPicks needles and KnitPicks is having a great sale on a bunch of yarns, I think I will order more and re-start the sock later.

In the meantime, I came across these socks. Aren't they cool? I think the Stillwater yarn may have finally found its purpose.

*I used to stock up on coffee whenever it went on sale. I have found out these last few months that my daily cup (or two) contribute to the severity of my migraines. I had cut back to just a (mostly) decaf cup every once in a while but was still making it for hubby. Well, it turns out that the coffee was contributing to his gastro-intestinal issues so he can't drink it either. I figured the coffee should go to a good home and if I could get something knitting-related out of it, even better.

1 comment:

Trillian42 said...

Oh, wow. That quilt is going to look awesome!

And yes - totally with you on the Sidewinder socks. Waaaaant. :D