my first progress post of the new year. lots to talk about.
I won a free skein of malabrigo with my eatsleepknit Black Friday order. i chose a braid of the new malabrigo nube. I've been spinning the singles on the minispinner. at first i wasn't putting in enough twist and my singles would fall apart but i'm getting used to it now.
I've been steadily working on my winterwoods sampler. i took a brief hiatus to do some cross-stitch for a friend of mine but now i'm back on track. my vision is not what it once was--i have some trouble seeing the holes in 28-ct linen at times. i think after this i will stick strictly to 14-ct aida.
I'm still knitting Spicy's seamless hybrid. i finally joined the sleeves to the body. i always forget how long it takes to knit the yoke of a bottom-up sweater. after the joining point you think it's almost over, but those extra long rows take awhile to complete.
my leaders/enders postage stamp is getting a lot of attention thanks to my new project, the 6-inch sampler. it really is surprising how quickly it goes when working on another project in tandem. i'm almost finished sewing my pairs into 4s, then it'll be time to start putting the 16-patch blocks together.
and finally, my newest work. over the holiday i dug out my overflowing scrap buckets and organized. after putting things away my scrap drawer barely closes, so it was time to start a major scrappy project. i've been wanting to experiment with smaller blocks so i took out my trusty copy of 501 Rotary-Cut Quilt Blocks and my bolt of PFD Pure Organic cotton, and started making 6 inch blocks for a sampler. i love working with pure organic. it has a crispness to it even after prewashing that makes it easy to cut and piece.
The problem is that sampler quilts like the farmer's wife or dear jane kind of make me want to vomit, and i mean that in a visceral way. there's just something about how busy they look that i actively hate. so for my sampler, i'm sticking to one color blocks with lots of white space. i'm not 100% decided on the layout yet but i'm going to do all that i can to keep it from being too overwhelming. right now my goal is 45 blocks. i made several over the weekend but now that i'm back at work my goal is one block a day.
we'll see how far i get with this project before i get tired of it. right now i'm still having fun.