March 6, 2011

And some knitting too

I made a decision on the colors for the inner border for the appliqué quilt (red/orange) and for the colors within the border (medium blue and dark blue)—thanks to Mary Beth for helping me figure this out! I'll put up a photo once I've gotten some of the appliqué basted on the border. I didn't have enough of the red/orange and medium blue batik, so I went over to Peoria yesterday to get some more fabric. The quilt store in Morton is next door to an excellent yarn shop, Ewe-Nique yarns. I went in just to look around, but ended up spending an hour there and came out with two new projects. This store has a lot of samples knitted up, so you can see how things will come out, which is really helpful. I've knit since I was a child, and always have something on needles, but I stopped knitting garments (other than sweaters for babies) a while back, as I was so often disappointed with the final results. The sweater might look just like the pattern, but it didn't look good on me. I hadn't though of knitting a scarf, since I have plenty of good ones for winter, but they had a sample in the store like the one above. It's just 5" wide, and meant as an accessory—like one would wear a silk scarf—rather than to be worn with a coat. The yarn is lovely—50% silk and 50% mohair, Silk Rhapsody by Art Yarns. The lace pattern is simple enough that I was able knit it when watching a movie with subtitles last night.

I also was able to try on the sweater made from this pattern, and bought some black tweed yarn for it.

So, I've now gotten myself into the same situation with knitting that I have with quilting—multiple projects in the works at once. For knitting, the multiplicity is handled mainly by situation/location. A simple garter stitch baby blanket during meetings at work, a complicated afghan pattern for train rides, and now the lacy scarf for watching movies, or to pass 5 minutes of time here and there. I won't start the sweater pattern until I finish the scarf--or at least that is my current intention. . .

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