Tuesday, March 23, 2010

And now our regularly scheduled programming

Oh well...that whole blog at least once a week hasn't really panned out so far, but it's not too late change. I got my computer fixed, so now my delete key works again and thus writing anything on my Mac is much easier. I've been busy, with looking for work (yeah, that's definitely a WIP) and falling hard for several new crafts. I blame the internet for my lack of focus. ; )
The new craft is quilting - although it's more cutting and sewing right now. I live entirely too close to an amazing quilt shop - Intown Quilters - which really doesn't help my non-existant bank balance. I've got a couple things going right now, 3 at last count.

A lap quilt

A scarf which I'm really excited about and that should be finished but a broken foot control and hexagons (more on these soon) interfered. I've only got pictures of the strips right now, but IRL the front is finished and I think I finally figured out what exactly I want the back to look like. I plan on it being reversible, no batting (I'm pretty sure), and some quilting. It's pretty long (at least 100in. or over 8ft.) and I doubt that I'll hand-quilt it but who knows, I may go crazy. It's made from Anna Maria Horner's newest line which is printed on some dreamy cotton voile, there's some Kaffe Fassest shot cotton (the strip in the top right), and some muslin that I already had from Ikea of all places. I promise better pictures and a more detailed post on the scarf soon.

The last thing is hexagons a la English Paper piecing. I have no pictures whatsoever of this newest obsession, but I will soon. I'm currently doing 1" hexagons which is likely not something I'll do again. So tiny when you join them together! I got started with a bag of scraps from Intown Quilters ($5 as long as you can close the bag. I'm pretty sure I got at least 3 yds.) More on this later.

I've also been knitting (surprise, surprise right?) but my interest in that is currently ebbed and all I'm plodding along on is a super basic stockinette scarf. I did compete in Ravalympics and I'm happy to say that I not only finished but was actually done early (Saturday morning!). I attempted and completed my very first lace shawl which I'll post more about in a knitting roundup post to come. But here's a picture of my very pretty shawl blocked and pinned out.

I think I'll end it there for now. I'll do another post on what else has been going in my life. Thanks for dropping by. Cheers!

PS: a fab picture from one of my last vacations - oh how I wish I was there now.
Yachats, Oregon. Summer 2007.