Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Cheez Pleez

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More about work, I guess.

Knitting? What am I knitting? Oh yeah, this is supposed to be a knitting blog.

Actively on the needles:

Lacy Diamante socks - I still really like these, but I get distracted. One sock is finished, toe and part of the instep on the second.

Possibly the World's Ugliest Log Cabin Florescent Kool-Aid Dyed Extravaganza of a Fambly Binkit. So I had this great idea, right? To make a blanket? Using all the yarn the kids and I have dyed with Kool-Aid? Two things: 1) It's warm. 2) And RILLY BRIGHT. Plus it started as a traditional log cabin and is moving into a Moderne Log Cabin (see Mason-Dixon Knitting for the Moderne version). So it should be interesting. Also bright.

Should be on the needles but ain't:

Mumma Smitten Hat - it needs to be about two inches longer, plus it's been fa-reezing here lately. Should be lengthened. Should only take an evening or so. But I haven't done it. I mean, I already finished it once! Status: in danger of being declared a UFO.

About to be on the needles:

Secret Pal project for the Miss Marple Read Along & Scarf Exchange. I want to do the flower scarf from the cover of the 25th anniversary Vogue Knitting in my pal's chosen color(s), but having a hard time finding yarn I like. I bought some today, but the plan is to see if I can return it tomorrow for something else that caught my eye at the shop. I would stick with this yarn, but it's a wool/silk blend. And, I don't know about you, but I have this weird habit of smelling my yarn. The silk? Kinda fishy. Not good.

In Quilting News...

I have the strips cut for another Easy Lap Quilt, this one for a baby of mystery gender. I tried to make a unisex quilt, but I'm having a hard time committing to color order and whatnot. One way it's too girly for a boy, the other way, not girly enough for a girl. So it's going to have to wait until the baby gets here, any day now. The problem with any day now is that we are going out of town in two days for 12 days, then when I get back, I work two days, then out of town again for 3 days, back to work for two days, and that's just the stuff I know about! You can see how this quilt might be done by the time the kid graduates high school.

Two quilting books I now love besides Bend the Rules Sewing (which is not strictly a quilting book, but whatever): The Quilts of Gee's Bend and Denyse Schmidt Quilts. If you like traditional, precision-cut and precision-pieced quilts, these may not be for you. But if your favorite quilting book heretofore was titled That Dorky Homemade Look (which is by Lisa Boyer and is awesome), and you basically adopted that philosophy to your whole entire life, then you might like these books as well.

(Unlinked titles not available at Borders.com. My Inner Tightwad suggests that you check your local library. Also, my inner activist says I should support my local recession-riddled state and link to locally-owned Border's whenever possible.)

Well, we're off. I'd apologize for being gone so long, but you are all probably used to that by now.

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