It’s been snowing here in the Portland area – first time all winter. So far, not enough to really cause any trouble but enough for me to get excited and dreamily watch it fall while looking out giant windows. I hope it’s still coming down tonight because I have a feeling it will be super peaceful walking home from the train station with the stillness falling around me and not a whole lot of traffic.
I really like snow.
I thought after last winter when things got stupid I’d be done. But my new job means I take the train which means I no longer have to choose between calling in and risking my job or driving in and losing my life. Capitalism everyone!
That was a bit cynical. But it’s how I felt at the time. Right now it’s Tuesday and I’m at the new job a bit early and watching the snow fall in front of the courthouse and loving it.
And I’m thinking about knitting.
What is it about snow that immediately makes me want to cast on a hat? As if I’m going to finish it in time to wear it during this winter event. It would take me a few days at least but here I am, daydreaming about cables and squishy yarn. A little tiny part of me even thought “hey, work on that sock on the train so you’ll have warm socks”. I may knit fairly fast when I put my mind to it, but even I can’t finish a sock in half an hour.
I still may cast on a hat though.
Since I can’t get backing fabric for the Rainy Day quilt until payday, I decided to work on the Secret Quilt!
The center panel is essentially split into 12 parts. I’ve finished the top row of 3 already. And I keep forgetting how big it’s going to be. The pattern can be found over at Cora’s Quilts. The fabric is from Connecting Threads and I’m not using the interfacing method that the pattern recommends…what can I say? I’m a rebel.
I did a thing!
After making the Christmas Quilt I’ve been wanting to do another Jelly Roll Race Quilt.
So I did.
I had a jelly roll of Rainy Day by Me & My Sister Designs for Moda Fabrics and I was up early enough on a weekend to sit down and sew.
Real talk? I love the colors of this one. After a long, gray winter the bright cheerful colors are just what I needed! Plus, living in the Pacific NW means that rain is a constant presence in my life and it’s nice to have something cheery celebrating rain.
Now to decide how I want to finish this up. I want to do a border…I’m thinking in the lime green if I can find it. And I have to decide on the binding. I was thinking about going out tomorrow and picking up some backing fabric & border fabric but then I…accidentally…bought some gorgeous yarn on Etsy so it will likely have to wait.
If you’re here for pictures, I suggest you move along now.
Blocks of text more your thing? Then have I got a blog post for you!
I haven’t knit much, worked on some socks on the train ride home today but otherwise it’s been me lazing about being lazy.
However, the other day one of my bosses was telling me how I should knit everyone beanies…and I said I’d teach everyone how to knit their own. She mentioned she’d love to learn how to knit.
Then she mentioned it again.
So what’s a girl to do?
Clearly make up a “learn to knit kit” and offer to teach her. DUH.
I found a pair of 15 wood needles I had laying around and some leftover bulky yarn and threw it in an unused project bag and took that shit to work. She said it was the nicest present she’s gotten and hugged me. We haven’t started our lessons yet but hopefully soon! I haven’t really ever taught anyone how to knit before so this should be a fun adventure.
I’ve been pretty monogamous with my craft projects as of late. At home I mostly work on the scarf – if I’m not reading on the train or too lazy I’ll pull out the sock. On my weekend I cleaned off the table and dusted out the sewing machine so I’m hoping to put some work in on the secret quilt I’m making for my husband.
We’ve got family in town this weekend, so we’ll see how much progress I make.
I’ve also still been slowly working on the fiction story I’ve been noodling with. I don’t expect anyone to ever see it but it’s nice to work on something creative.
Two posts in a row.
As promised here’s some final shots of the Christmas quilt I made my mom. I ended up being about a week late – gave it to her on Thanksgiving instead of her birthday but she loved it. In fact, she cried and that made me feel incredibly special.
Close up of the quilting
Hey everyone! It’s great to see you! Sorry I’ve been missing in action again but I’ve finally gotten myself to a place where I feel like I can blog more so look forward to that.
It’s 2018 and I’m feeling cautiously optimistic about this year (it’s going to be better than last year even if I have to live in a false reality to make it happen).
I was reading back over my last few blog posts and I realize I definitely need to get some updates to you guys.
First and foremost, I finished the quilt. I’m planning on doing a whole post about it later this week though…just know my mom loved it. And it was really hard for me to give it up.
But I also thought I’d update you guys on some personal stuff so you could maybe get a better idea of why I’ve been so MIA.
There have been some major life changes for me since the end of October…well, really since the summer. If you don’t want to read a bunch of updates about a person you may not know, feel free to skip the rest of this post. Just know knitting and quilting content is on it’s way back!
I pieced together this quilt top over the weekend:
I used the jelly roll race technique and probably pieced it together in under 3 hours total. It would have gone a lot faster but I’m bad at following directions and had to rip out a lot of sewing because I sewed in the wrong direction.
C’est la vie.
I used a Pinwheel of Christmas Cheer by Patrick Lose Fabrics. I’m going to put a border on it, probably in solid red and then bind it with something green. I’d like to get something from this fabric line if possible so I’m going to have to hunt down some yardage…otherwise, I’ll just go with plain colors.
This is destined to be a birthday present for my mom. She tends to be cold anyway and I thought it would be festive for her to use while she’s at dialysis three times a week during the holiday season.
The technique is fast and fun. Next time though, I think I’d iron my joins before starting the full sewing process. I’m hoping most of the wrinkles will iron out!
If you’d like to learn how to do the jelly roll race technique, I used this video tutorial from Missouri Star Quilt Company.