1. Forest Path Lace Shawl
Status: tier 1 almost done: see pics below
2. Black, red & gray baby hat to go with blanket (see earlier posts)
3. "Rosewood" scarf
Status: 16", side project, much more going on
4. Bridal shower quilt
Status: planning stages: see below
Finally home after 3 weeks visiting family and this past weekend going to the 75th anniversary of the music camp I attended as a camper and counselor in the '90s. It was a great road trip with friends to Maine, and I've realized how much I miss music as a central part of my life- we'll see how much I can rectify that.
Time to dive back into crafting full steam. I have many projects going at once right now, some personal, some commissioned projects. I leave for another vacation trip in a week and a half, let's see what I can get done!!
Let's start with what I got done last night: A baby hat to go with the blanket I made on my trip to Illinois. It is for a friend who wanted a non-traditional, more "goth-style" present for her friend who is expecting. I wasn't sure whether to make the hat completely match the blanket or simply use the same colors, and I went with the former. The hat is pictured above (#2), the blanket here and in earlier posts.
On my road trip I met with a friend from high school who has commissioned me to make a quilt from rectangles written on at a bridal shower. It will be traditional to some extent, with a bit of a twist in layout as 13 of the 14 squares were written on in "landscape" orientation, one in "portrait" orientation. I have put the portrait one towards the center, to be counter-balanced by another square rotated to portrait as it was written on by a toddler and is not as legible as the others. See the plan pictured here- the gray will be the blue fabric, the darkest squares in the design the deep red fabric. Assembly will not be as straightforward due to the center square and the alternating rectangles around it, but I'm looking forward to the challenge- I just need to figure out the right order of assembly.
The rosewood scarf mentioned above is to go with a hat and mittens already made, but may not be finished up quickly as I have two friends who have commissioned other mittens or scarf sets that I will probably work on before this one, but this is the one that was easily brought on my trip.
Finally, my first adventure in lace knitting, the only personal project amongst all those above, is going slowly but fun. Most of what I have done so far was while I was stuck in the Bloomington, Illinois airport for 12 hours last week. The pattern is of interlocking tiers of 3 different patterns, called "forest path stole" from a book of the best patterns from Interweave Knits. Some is going better than other patterns, but I have only done each square about once, I'm on a learning curve. The "lilly of the valley" square was a bit frustrating, it involved multiple increases and yarn overs on one row, then purling 5 together on the next. I think it will take many more tries to get it right. With 40+ tiers, I think I'll get it eventually. The "leaf" square came out much better in half the time. The stole is hard to photograph, as the true pattern will only be seen well when it is blocked a the end- right now the stitches are somewhat bunched together. Blocking a huge piece as this will be when I am done will be a challenge- if anyone has any tips let me know!!
Off to see how my recently serviced sewing machine works, as well as devoting a little time to getting ready for the upcoming school year (mostly still ignoring that, I have about 2.5 weeks to procrastinate)
May all your days be filled with crafty happiness and satisfaction!