Fiber Friday

It was a long week and I’m not exactly sure why but I know that it felt long to a lot of people.  But we did see a bit more sunshine this week and even had a few days that didn’t require me to put up my hood every time I stepped out of my office.  That was lovely.

And there was fiber in my week.  I started the sleeves on my Annabel cardigan.  I am almost to the elbow on sleeve #1.  I started with magic loop but after two inches my arms were getting tired so I am knitting the rest of the sleeve flat and will seam it up.  I will follow that same method on the second sleeve to have consistency.  The garter stitch is quite forgiving and bouncy.

I made two pair of pants for our tiny person.  That was very fun and super simple.  His lovely mom put them on him yesterday so I got to see them when I picked him up for a few hours.

Tomorrow I am going to meet with some quilters.  I met these ladies when I joined the Sue Spargo block of the month  last year but have not made it to many of their gatherings.  I am taking some of the red strips I cut last weekend to sew some blocks for the 70273 project.

Hope your week was good.  Happy spring and enjoy your weekend.


Fiber Friday

The end of February swept right past me this week.  There was the snow and dad’s move and some extra busy stuff at work.  But it is Friday and I did get something finished last month.

This is my Windmills quilt.  I started in a class with Sujata at the quilt week in Sisters last summer.  I think I had the backing and binding ready by the end of summer but it was just last month that I got around to quilting and finishing this lovely quilt.  It was really fun to make and the colors are just what I need right now.

I also finished a shawl that was on my #17ufosin2017 list, two hats for our tiny person in February, and one more donation hat.  I think it was a pretty good month.

Fiber Friday – stitch stories

I picked this book up at the library a few weeks ago and briefly paged through it.  This morning, I settled in on the couch (up far too early again) and gave it a read.  I do love the idea of using fabric and thread to record memories and made a list of ideas to try before I return the book.  

I did a search to find out more about the author and found some good articles about stitch artists.  And I spent a bit of time catching up with this beautiful blog.  But now it is time to move into this day and hope for some stitching time this weekend.

P.S.  it is a few weeks away but you might want to visit Michelle and read about her upcoming workshop.  Another way to stitch up some memories and stories with paper and pen.

Fiber Friday – the sweater

I have had this sweater for more than 15 years.  At some point, it got a bit felted and I contemplated putting in in the donation bag.  But it always survived the cut and ended up back in my closet.  By now, it is very pilled and there are always little pieces of yarn or thread stuck to the sleeves that are hard to pick off.  I don’t wear it out but it is my favorite indoors, comfy-cozy sweater.  When I came back to knitting, I thought I would try to make another sweater just like this.  After a few attempts with different yarns and patterns, I set that idea aside.  But I do want a new go-to sweater.  Not a stay at home sweater, a wearing-out-of-the-house sweater.  One that will look good with jeans or a dress.  I have the Annabel cardigan on my needles.  I love the big, squishy feel of the bulky yarn and garter stitch.  It is not going quickly, not a “bang out a sweater” project.  It is possible it won’t be finished in time for the cold winter or early spring season.  Too much going on that takes me away from my knitting spot.  So, for now, I throw on this well worn sweater and enjoy the coziness of the felted wool.

Happy Friday!

Fiber Friday – knitting as meditation

I used to go to a sitting meditation class on Saturday mornings.  Week after week I would practice stillness, breathing, calm.   After about 15 minutes, the calm was interrupted with that weird buzzing that you get when your feet fall asleep.  I learned a lot of techniques for propping my ankles and using a blanket to wrap around my feet.  Slowly, the number of minutes extended.  As much as I enjoyed the idea of meditation, I came to realize that there were other yoga classes that I preferred.

When I returned to knitting, I tried to knit socks and then sweaters.  I have set aside the idea of knitting socks.  I still want to finish a sweater.  But hat knitting is my happy place.  I always have a hat on the needles.  A few years ago I tried to knit 52 hats in a year and came pretty close with 48.  Last month I started the year by knitting a pink hat for my sister to wear in the March in D.C. and I mailed a nice, fat envelope with 7 hats to Knitting4peace.  Last night I cast on this sweet little dots hat from Tin Can Knits for our tiny person – who is not quite so tiny anymore.  As I worked on that hat, I could feel the stress melt away.  Yup, this is the kind of meditation calm I need right now.  

Friday fiber bits

This has been a week that lacked in serious fibery goodness but tonight I am going to a wonderful yarn shop to learn about the Cordova Gansy Project.  

I also signed up for Bonnie’s Patron page.  I learned about her stitch journal from Kat.  A daily stitching project is not on my list for 2017 but I do love embroidery and would love to do something monthly perhaps.  I guess I have a few more weeks to make some plans.

I had hoped to get a quilt pin basted this week, and that might still happen this weekend.  There was the sinus infection, more trips to the doctor with dad, and finally moving him back to rehab for another round of therapy.  We have some encouraging news from the doctors yesterday so I am hanging on to optimism and finding much to treasure every day.

Happy Friday!