February 24, 2009


This has turned in to the week that will not end.  But, since it involves lots and lots of conference calls, my knitting is growing without my being aware of it.  Sabine's quilt, on the other hand, will only be done in time for her birthday if magic little elves come in the night to finish it.  Anyone have elves to lend out?

February 16, 2009


This afternoon I decided Sabine needed a quilt for her first birthday. (Her Mom confessed some time ago to being disappointed she didn't get a quilt at her shower. How can you resist making a quilt for someone you know will really appreciate it?) After work, I detoured to the store and chose fabrics for a simple, girly quilt. Tonight it is basted and ready to be quilted. You can't see them, but I've traced dragonflies on to the pink stripes. Now, to quilt it in record time. I don't think my knitting will see any progress over the next two weeks. And my Carnival Tumblers are definitely on hiatus.

February 15, 2009

Puttering My Way To Progress

With my sister's bridal shower only two weeks away, I decided it was safe to wash and block the shawl. I am thrilled with the final product, and I can already see that blocking it is going to make it sing as Amy promises.She's going to love it.
And with chores done on a rainy Sunday, what's a girl to do but play with scraps? My tumblers quilt was named today - Carnival Tumblers. After all, it was the Carnival Bloom scraps that were the inspiration and how I chose my color palette. I am counting on that color palette to tie it all together, since I spent several hours today chain piecing blocks together at random. I did pay some attention to contrast, but that's really it. Now I have a basket of two-units and single pieces to play with in putting together rows. If I'm smart, I'll do that tomorrow and go to bed now... I'm guessing I'll be tired tomorrow.

February 12, 2009

And So It Begins

Wedding preparations have begun in earnest, and we've upped the ante with handmade bridesmaid's dresses. Fortunately, there are only two of us. Mom is making the one for our young cousin and I've begged help from a friend who is a much more accomplished seamstress. And by help I was clear that I meant "I'll cut out the pattern and follow instructions, but you'll do all the alteration and actual construction of this thing." I've just begun to develop some ability to construct simple garments that I'll actually wear. I am not ready to be responsible for my own dress when I'll be standing beside the most important person in my life on one of the most important days of hers.