Friday, July 12, 2013

On the Needles

I have been following Judy over on Patchwork Times for quite awhile. Along with admiring all the quilting, gardening, and chicken raising she does, I've enjoyed seeing the projects she creates with her knitting. I've been inspired by her creations, so much so, that I've taken up knitting!

My mother was a knitter years ago. I would have loved to have her teach me but she now has Alzheimer's and is unable to do so. She and Dad moved into assisted living over a year ago and in going through her things I found a bag of knitting supplies. So about a month ago I pulled out some needles and yarn and took to the internet to learn. I initially found it hard to work with the metal needles so fortunately I found plastic ones in the bag. After playing around with the yarn for awhile I felt like I had the knit stitch down (I still want to go clockwise with the yarn every now and then though) so now I needed a project. I chose one and then went out and bought yarn, needles, markers, a counter, and a! Who knew there were so many gadgets related to knitting too!

So here's my first post for Judy's Friday posts, On the Needles. It's a free download from Ravelry called Wingspan and so far it's not too bad. I did have some issues with the metal needles but I'm getting better with them and working with circular needles is a challenge but I'm working through that. I should have purchased the bamboo circular needles but I didn't want to put a lot of extra money into this new hobby until I know I'm going to keep at it. I know I have some imperfect stitches in there but I don't care. I am enjoying the process and looking forward to seeing how it all comes out. Maybe I'll even have it done by the time winter gets here!

Monday, July 8, 2013

Almost Design Wall Monday

Here's what I'm working on currently. Given I haven't sewn in about 5 months, it's been good to be at the sewing machine. This is a small wall hanging from an older Debbie Mumm booklet. I'm sorry it's a little blurry. I had to take down my design wall since we're trying to sell our house and I used my cell phone to take the picture for expedience. I'll get a better photo when it's finished. When I'm done quilting it I'll be adding some yo-yo flowers and a couple of bee buttons. The binding will be the checked fabric used in the first border.

I love the pattern but it's now associated with good-byes. Since I live in Utah, the Beehive state, this wall hanging has been something I've made for friends who quilt when they move away. This is the sixth one I've made in 5 years so I think this is it. When I moved here 6 years ago I was part of a small quilt group associated with the local Air Force base. I'm the last one of the original group left and the group has petered out so I think it's time to retire the pattern. Working on it has reenergized me so I'm looking forward to the next project.