Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Blankets galore

Saturday came and went, and I dropped my 5 "competitors" off at the State Fair to be judged.  This means that I'm going to be biting my nails until I get to go to the Fair, which could be next Monday, or could be whenever Grandma & Crappaw Darling decide they'd like to go  (I know you're reading this, and I'd just like you to know the suspense is killing me).

I haven't gotten pictures of my crochet stash-eater afghan, but I think you kind of know what it looks like already.  Hopefully there will be a pretty ribbon on it for the post-Fair pictures.  Same goes to the red lace tablecloth, which I also didn't get pictures of.

As you may know, I've been working on 2 projects exclusively since then- Amy's afghan which is a real group effort, and I'm shouting out another huge THANK YOU to everyone who has helped so far or still has a square on the needles/hook. I've been getting little envelopes and boxes in the mail with your donations and it makes me go a little fuzzy on the inside to know that you amazing crafters are taking time out of your day to work on something for my friend.  Here's the afghan as it sits now:  I'm also working on a white square with flowers on it, not pictured here.  The wake is next Friday so I'm crocheting as fast as I can to get them all there and put together.
I'm also (barely) competing in the Knitting/Ravelympic Games in the sweater sprint.  I'm almost a week in to this sweater, but I can't work on it without feeling Amy Afghan guilt.  I don't think it's going to happen.

And lastly (and my very favorite-ly), here is an update on my very first quilt!  A lady that took this class with me came to the last of the 3 classes with a finished quilt.  Not a quilt top, but a top, a back with batting in the middle, completely quilted and bound.  It was one of the more beautiful things I'd ever seen.  I was trying to pick my jaw up off the floor and ask how she could possibly make a queen sized quilt in 6 weeks, and she told me about her long arm quilting machine and offered it up for a few hours.   I had to wait until this week while she finished the project that was on it (which I completely understand) and yesterday I took over my top and bottom (finished Monday night) with my batting and we started around 9 am.  By 2:30 I had this.  It was awesome!
It's not done yet (still needs bound, which I still need to learn how to do) but it is now technically a quilt.  The binding is going to have to wait until a few more projects get done.  I hear it will only take a few hours if I do it by machine. Here's the back while I'm thinking about it...  I think it looks like little stockinette stitches.
Here's a close-up of the quilting pattern that Sally designed just for me and my quilt!  It's perfectly whimsical and I love it!  The fabric is cotton and the batting is 80% cotton (I couldn't find any that was 100%) so I'm hoping that it will crinkle up nicely when I wash it and get that fabulous vintage "been in the family for 80 years" look to it. And I'm really hoping that the crinkling will cover up the fact that I'm a beginner at quilting and don't have the sharpest corners. 
And my favorite part of yesterday sounds a little bit silly, but I'm going to share it with you anyway.  It was Mary Poppins. 
Mary Poppins is a Welsh Terrier.  I feel like it's not a terribly well-known breed, but it was the breed that I grew up with.  Sally has 2 of them.  I lost my Welsh, Toffee, about a week after I left for school in Essex, and it really tore me up for quite a while that I wasn't there to say goodbye (I'm tearing up a bit now actually).  But for 5 1/2 hours yesterday I had a dog that looked like Toffee, threw pillows off the couch and then flopped down like Toffee, snorted in the A/C like Toffee and cuddled like Toffee.  And it was a wonderful thing. 

1 comment:

Bonnie said...

The afghan is going to be fantastic! I was in 4-H but have never entered anything in the Fair as an adult. I'm excited to hear how you did. I've cut out the squares for my first quilt, but that's about as far as it's gotten. I didn't realize how unforgiving fabric is compared to yarn!