An acquired taste

September 12, 2010 § 3 Comments

So.

Sew. Sewing hasn’t come to me as easily as I would have liked it to. After seeing a whole bunch of knitters be successful quilters, I thought, “I want to do that!” I don’t quite have the same motivation to sew as I do to knit. Part of it might be that I don’t have a dedicated sewing area. I have to move nearly everything off my desk to set up my machine. Another part of it might be that it’s not easy for me! It doesn’t really come naturally to me like I thought it would. The math is something to get used to. Getting to know my machine is a bit more complicated than getting to know two sticks and string. Regardless, I’m going to keep plugging along because quilted blankets can be more practical than stretchy, knitted wool blankets and I love the look of them and the care that went into them. I still enjoy looking at sewing tutorials and I’m looking forward to getting better and I know that it takes practice. That’s what I say to everyone who tells me they wish they could knit. “I’ve been practicing for five years now!”

So, here’s some more practice.

K-Day

September 10, 2010 § 4 Comments

Every fall, my school hosts an expo-type event where all the organizations can set up booths and let everyone know what they’re about. As a result, we get Friday classes after noon cancelled so the students can attend K-Day (or Keweenaw Day). This marks the third year where I just went home after classes to enjoy the slightly longer weekend. Kelly and I rode bikes to class at 9 and after our only class, we rode downtown to the yarn/sew shop. I picked up a few fat quarters and some of my favorite Clover stitch markers.

Then for dinner I made chicken salad, like Cameron’s mom makes. I love it. It’s got grapes, pecans, lemon juice, and celery in it. I like to eat it with a slice of bread, homemade preferred, but Italian bread from the grocery store will do since I have yet to really try making bread.

This sock photo is misleading. I’m just finishing with the gusset decreases already. That’s what happens when I pair up handspun and an afternoon off.

Looks like I need a Plan B

September 7, 2010 § 1 Comment

Intuitive is finished. So much for keeping me occupied in class. I think it’s time to cast on for a pair of vanilla handspun socks for classes!

Tomorrow I’ll be busy nearly all day long with classes starting at 9am, a KSI meeting, and then one more night class that runs from 7-9:25. It’s a good thing I have a few hour or two breaks between most of everything.

Fiber Arts Friday

September 3, 2010 § 5 Comments

I’ve meant to do one of these posts for a while, but I think this is my first one. If you’re curious to know what FAF is, head on over to Andrea’s blog to find out.

This week was back to school week for me, as you know, and after two days of sitting through syllabus readings, I was getting restless and I needed to have something mindless to knit while professors lectured (although most of my teachers aren’t officially professors apparently). I spend a lot of my time surfing Ravelry, add many, many things to my queue and favorites. I enjoy looking at European (mostly English, Danish, Finnish, or Swedish) knitters’ notebooks because much of their stuff is so amazing to me! I’ve found a few designers this way and this is how I arrived at my current knitting project, Intuitive (ravelry link). What attracted me to this pattern was the slouchy nature and the ‘inside out’ version. Once I started knitting it though, I realized this free pattern was very similar to the $5 Porom I bought and knit two years ago. I haven’t gotten to the decreases yet, so that might be different, and keep in mind it’s been two years, so I could be wrong how similar they are.

This was taken yesterday and since then I knit about four and half inches more during classes and downtime today.

Happy Fiber Arts Friday!

funky!

September 2, 2010 § 1 Comment

Here ya go!
205 yards of dk weight superwash merino, dyed by Funky Carolina, colorway Fright Fest. I’ve been waiting for the right time to spin this for nearly a year now. It was the perfect project to try to spin thicker.

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