Monday, October 27, 2008

Yet again, I play catch-up

Yes, I know that I've been a bad blogger. Yes, I know it's been another whole month since I last posted. But it's not for lack of content or lack of planning. You know you're a blogger when you make decisions based on whether or not your actions make good blog fodder.

However, the combination of lack of time and a top-secret project that I finally finished and gifted this past weekend is really the reason.

You see, CJ had a baby shower yesterday. She is excused from blogging duties because of baby brain. I knew she had knit a baby blanket for herself, and I knew that at others were knitting for her. So I decided to do something differently.

Behold - the Very Hungry Caterpillar baby quilt/playmat! The caterpillar and all his food is on the front and the butterfly appears on the back.

I had so much fun making this quilt!

Considering that I've never made a quilt before, I learned several things about the process:

1) I really need to do more sewing. I didn't realize how much I missed it.

2) If you're machine quilting, you really need a walking foot for your machine. I thought I had one, but if I did, I can't find it! There are a couple places where the fabric puckered more than I'd like.

3) This is another slippery slope that I could easily slide down and get lost in!

I went to PIQF a couple weekends ago and bought some gorgeous fabrics for a quilt for our house. Hubby wanted something with an ocean feel to it. What do you think?

I've also been spinning - mostly because I was on the phone last night with my best friend who lives in Las Vegas. It had been a while since we talked, so that's what cell phone minutes and bluetooth headsets are for. I'd show you a picture of my bobbins, but they are black and grey, with just a hint of lavendar and orange; in other words, not very easy to photograph. But it's the Black Sun colorway of Corriedale Pencil roving from Crown Mountain Farms.

On the yarn front - yes, there has been yarn action: Cleite is coming along. I've just started the 6th repeat. The crocheted hoodie has reached the 12" point, so I need to divide for the fronts and back. And I've finally restarted the Susie cardigan, but in Dream in Color Classy. Pictures on all of these will happen at a later time.

We had a day off from school, but now I need to get going and run a few errands. Spinning and blogging and it's already mid-afternoon. Or, maybe I'll just take a nap...


Jasmine said...

Beautiful work! Have you ever seen the caterpillar sweater?

handknitter said...

Gorgeous fabrics. Very ocean-y!

tiggerr said...

CJ was talking about that quilt. time...ask your quilting friend/sis about walking feet.
I got 3. said...

Wow, that is an heirloom, Kathy! And the caterpillar sweater that jasmine referred to is another amazing work of art. Now it's on to--the ocean quilt, which promises to be gorgeous and soothing.

Marie said...

The quilt is lovely!