I'm not exactly sure what these eleven fat quarters are going to become but I couldn't resist them. The cotton voile is so soft and silky. I know it'll be a little tricky to work with so I'm going to have to be patient with myself. All the prints in the line are wonderful, however having a fabric stash doesn't really appeal to me so I limited myself to the moonlight pallet.
I'm thinking of adding some more solids and making log cabin blocks or possibly flying geese. How exactly everything will turn into a quilt top I'm not sure. A bunch of overused graft paper is probably in my future, hopefully I can do the fabric justice.
Not only did the snow stop but the sun's been shining all day. Even better all sorts of things were waiting for me at the post office. I'd given up on this yarn ever showing up, it's been almost two months since it was shipped. I have no idea what happened, customs didn't charge me anything so I doubt it was a holdup there.
I have plans for every skein and with any luck a few of them will be knit up before the end of the year. The only bad thing about all the yarn showing up is that my buffer between yarn purchased and yarn knit is much smaller. It's nice to have more room in my stash drawer and I'd like to keep it that way.
294 squares later and phase one of the Christmas pillows is finished. I tend to break things down into steps and these pillows are going to have quite a few of them. Currently I'm trying to figure out what colour to use for the quilting. I'll probably end up going with boring old white but I just might stop by the quilting store tomorrow and look for red thread.
I have to admit that the corners are not perfectly matched. A little bit of me wants to fix things but mostly I don't really care. Any other time I'd be ripping back but for some reason I like the imperfections on these pillows so far. Somehow I don't think this zen perspective on perfection is likely to last for very long.
Yesterday while wandering the internet I made the sudden discovery that Bloglines wasn't working. Umm... it probably hasn't been working for a while, which might be the reason why I haven't be aware of everyone's blogs. I imported everything to Google Reader and then proceeded to mark all as read because hundreds of posts is just a little bit intimidating. Then I cut the charm squares from yesterday and sorted them by colour, slightly more relaxing than figuring out you're an internet moron.
It's been snowing for days and with more in the forecast I can't ignore the need to get going on some Christmas gifts. I'm keeping it simple this year and assembly lining some pillow covers, at least that's the plan. Even simple plans have a way of going wrong but I think there's enough time to fiddle if things don't work out. By fiddle I mean go buy something at a store, people who have backup crafting ideas are amazing but certainly not me.
If all this talk of Christmas at the end of October makes you want to kick me, I am truly sorry. It's just that I belong firmly in the get it done well in advance or weep tears of agony on December 24th camp. Plus I need to mail almost everything off and it's best to get that done in early December so that people aren't opening Christmas themed New Years gifts. I'd better get started, now that I think of it I may already be behind.
It's been snowing steadily for three days, it's sticking to the roads and covering the trees. I'm not wishing for spring yet but I would really like a day with some sunshine. If that's not possible could I go to Mitten School? This is the first time any knitting event/class has made me sit up and think of the possibilities. This year is out logistically so I'm going to hope it goes well and next year brings another class. Until then I just may staisfy my craving for a pair of fabulous Hello Yarn mittens by ordering a Fiddlehead Mitten kit, maybe in jewel.
I was planning on trying to match yarn to a pattern to find a new knit but instead right at the top of my queue was an already matched pair. So I'm knitting Caricia in some Sundara Sock Yarn that has different berry shades all mixed together. The shawl has a provisional cast on and little garter stitch lace boarders so it took me a while to get into the swing of things.
It calls for a ton of stitch markers and I kept getting hung up on them so got rid of most them after the second repeat and it simplified the transitions. I always forget that I don't really like stitch markers until I spend time fighting with them, maybe I should attach a note to my pattern binder. Something along the lines of ~ Stay away from the stitch markers or you'll regret it ~ might help.
I had over a skein of yarn leftover once I was finished knitting Flourish so I decided to knit a hat. It's Foliage from Knitty in version 1 and I think the leaves echo the ones in Flourish enough that they can be worn together. I used the extra bits from the shawl first so I think I may have enough left over for another hat or some other small project. I'm going to try to come up with something and finish it by the end of the month so that the yarn doesn't migrate back into my stash.