January 11, 2013

Handwork

I've made progress on the needlework this week.  I finished knitting a cowl, based on this one and even used up some yarn from my stash (Brown Sheep Bulky and Lopi, both wool).  It was a quick and satisfying project, though an unnecessary one to finish right now, given it's going to be in the 60s this weekend in PA.
I'm purposefully not showing you the seam side, where I switched colors each round.  It's a mess, but will hide nicely under a coat.

I've been making a lot on the needles, lately, mostly hats and working on my afghan, which is almost done.
I'm most pleased at having finally finished my quilt.  It's roughly 15x20", so it's tiny and quite intricate.  All those half inch strips that make up the log cabin blocks nearly blew my mind and patience.
I'm a novice sewer at best, so I'm glad this photo is a bit blurry, considering that many of my pieces don't line up perfectly.  And I hand quilted the layers together, in the ditch so you can's see how badly that turned out.  But at least it hasn't fallen apart, even when the boys were tossing it around yesterday.

I'm now left with deciding about its orientation so I can sew on the pocket for hanging.
I'm inclined to make it vertical, considering that's how I laid out the blocks.  Maybe two pockets can somehow be rigged up, so I can change it?
Quilters, I'm sure you're shaking your heads, but I guess we all have to start somewhere.

This handwork has sure been keeping me busy and giving me some creative contentment that I've been searching for for months.  How have you been occupying your time?
Have a happy weekend friends!

8 comments:

  1. The colors are so you! They look great.

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  2. It looks great! I like all your colors and design on all of them.
    Busy with the grandkids and birthdays alot.

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  3. Even though you call yourself a novice, that's some intricate and beautiful work in the quilt! I for one am quite impressed :)

    I recently picked back up my knitting needles and made myself a hat which was finished last night! Ironically I worked so hard on it and I don't like the way it looks on me. LOL

    It's perfect other then that!

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  4. I think you've been doing a great job on your projects. The quilt turned out nicely. I don't have much of a crafty bone in my body so I appreciate those who have those skills.

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  5. I'm not sure I would ever take on a quilt. That's such intricate work, but you're just plain good at ALL that crafty business.

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  6. I want to be like you when I grow up. Your work is ALWAYS amazing. ALWAYS.

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