Tuesday, April 23, 2013

When in Doubt, Knit

 Things have been unusually busy around here, which is the reason for the hiatus, but the semester is winding down and summer offers the prospect of more creative time in the days ahead. 

I may have discovered the reason why my vintage 1930s quilt blocks were abandoned in the past: it's boring to do the same thing over and over.  I haven't made much more headway with them, but they're still in the sewing basket waiting for me to be in the right mood.  

Instead, I've been working on some knitting projects.  Currently on the needles is a top-down child's sweater for the Afghans for Afghans campaign to donate 500 handknit sweaters to a girls' school in Afghanistan.   I'm using up leftover yarn to boot.  The body of the sweater is almost done, then I'll pick up the sleeve stitches and knit those, and add some ribbing to the neck.  The sweaters are due in early summer if anyone feels inspired to contribute.


I also made this easy and attractive scarf: The Favorite Scarf Ever by Lisa Bruce, with some self-stripping sock yarn.  The scarf was a well-received birthday present for a friend.

 At the end of last year I cast on this sweater for myself: Miss BB by Bonne Marie Burns.  It's a fun knit and the tailored design is great for work.

I couldn't resist adding this snazzy ribbon as button band reinforcement.  It makes me cheerful just knowing that ribbon is hiding on the inside of my work sweater.

I have had some good news: my quilt "St. Francis Preaches to the Birds" will be part of the Sacred Threads show this summer.  

I hope to resume more regular posts.  That's my plan anyway.

Sweater Genesis

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