Wednesday, July 23, 2014
The Geese quilt was really fun to do. I was able to quilt each row without a stop, starting at the bottom center of the goose and feathering up, adding a pointed feather at the top, backtracking to the point, then cc'ing the upper side triangle, then cc'ing the bottom triangle, and then feathering the next triangle. Put on Il Volo music and dance and sing as I go.
I did it! I unknitted back to the mistake and fixed it. I was so dreading the process and tried to convince myself that it wasn't that noticeable, but I just couldn't do it and finally bit the bullet and did it. And you know what? It wasn't that bad and it didn't really take that long and I am so much happier than trying to live with a mistake.
Tuesday, July 22, 2014
I was moving along and loving this new project and new yarn, Malabrigo Rios in Iris. About 12 rows down, I see I made a booboo. I tried to ignore it but it stands out like a sore thumb so will take it to the yarn shop today to see if someone can unknit that one row and fix it. If not, I'll be unknitting and trying to love the yarn all over again.
Monday, July 21, 2014
Sunday, July 20, 2014
This project has been a struggle from the beginning. I started with Avens pattern and the front was a terrible fit, way too long in the torso and with all the decreases to make the neckline, I wasn't sure if I could adjust it, so I just picked a pattern I knew I could knit.
I have discovered cotton is not my favorite yarn. It is pretty, drapey, and soft, but I guess I'm just not ready for the tension struggles with it. It is so different from wool or wool blends. It just has no squishiness at all and it shows up every little bobble I make. I'm going back to Madelinetosh wool for Project 3. In the meantime I think I'll knit a cowl to get my confidence back up.
Friday, July 18, 2014
I have always hated paper piecing but loved the finished quilts. I took the challenge and took a certified Judy Niemeyer Workshop yesterday. Ok, with lots of fellow quilters, some good food, and fun instructors, I only disliked paper piecing. At least I'll have something to work on at camp this year. I managed this one little block, but also got the yellow spike and 2 background pieces added to the 16 other blocks. I think I can, I think I can.