Sunday, March 8, 2009

Girls Just Wanna Have Fun!

This past week, the yarn for my nieces sweaters (this pattern is really called a bolero) came in. If you've never knit with Lorna's Laces, you must. It's a really nice and soft yarn - perfect for the girls! It's washable too. I cast on for Ava's sweater in this pink colorway I chose for her. Alex's will be purple - after all she's 6 a/k/a way too old for pink!
I have to give G credit, when I came home with the yarn he admired how soft it was and said it would be perfect for Ava. In the course of conversation I said "please don't ask me how much this was". And he didn't. Gotta love that! Let's just say it cost a lot more than the Berocco Comfort I made their last sweaters from.

I was behind in my quilting homework so I got up early this morning and got busy. This is the first time I've chain pieced. I enjoyed it.
Also my first time doing flying geese (which need a good pressing).
Yesterday I made my my first dresden plate - which is a mess/disaster/wreck. My seams were just too scant. It'd be perfect with one less piece but then the patterning would be goofed up. I'm either going to rip this one out and resew or start over from square one. But not today.
At first I was a bit upset about this. After all I was behind. But then I just decided to sit down and just sew until I was done. Whenever that was. I started with the block I had to have prepped for this weeks class (the one with the flying geese). And then I went on to a block I was supposed to have completed. Then to a 2nd one that was supposed to be done. By the end of the day I'd been at my machine the entire day with the exception for a family trip to the movies (we saw Taken, it was great). I'm totally up to date except for the dresden plate block and I have all the remaining blocks all cut out. I accomplished way more than I intended. I'll admit that this class was beginning to feel like it wasn't fun. It wasn't that the homework was too much but that it was too much with my current work schedule and my stressing over it was making it much worse. Turns out, it was really my own attitude that was causing the problem!

Lesson Learned: Just have fun with it! And when it's not fun, STOP!

14 comments:

Debbie said...

Very impressive. Such incredible accuracy. I think this new passion really agrees with you...and then I see how terrific your knitting is and you blow me away!!

metrosupialdesigns said...

The fabrics you chose in the last picture are wonderful! Is that the Dresden plate?

It feels so good to sit and sew like that. I keep thinking I'll knit, but just never do it.

Candace said...

Jackie - that yarn looks wonderful! And your flying geese are perfect - nice, crisp points!
The Dresden plate looks great to me!
Cheers!

Daisymum said...

cute quilt blocks and yarn

Chris said...

Nice photo of the yarn. I can see how soft it is. I can't believe you are trying a Dresden plate already. You are jumping right in with both feet.

Simone de Klerk said...

Good lesson! Thanks for sharing. I love the colors for all your projects. How very talented, the Dresden Plate! Look forward to see the finish!

Zlaty said...

I love the color of that yarn Jackie!I bet they will love their sweaters!
You did great on the flying geese block! I have never made the Dresden plate block, you can do it!
What doesn't kill us makes us stronger!
I wanted to see "Taken", glad to hear you liked it!

Have a nice week!

yarnjourney said...

Wow! So much accomplished. I wish I could feel that yarn and have little girls to knit for. Love the rose colored patchwork, you always put fabrics together in such a lovely way.

mjnauert said...

When making Dresden Plates, I work in quarter sections of the circle. I paper piece each quarter section, then join the quarters together to make the plate flat. Sometimes the Dresden Plate has an odd number of petals. When this happens you can do 3 or 5 sections or whatever works for you. Good luck!

imquilternity said...

Oooh...can't wait to see the finished sweater in that gorgeous pink Lorna's Laces yarn. Looks yummy! I like your Dresden Plate block too...it's a keeper in my book...anything red or pink and I'm loving it.

andsewitis Holly said...

Hi Jackie,
I love the looks of that yarn. I just started knitting dish cloths to learn various stitches and am really enjoying it. Someday I hope to "graduate" to socks. lol

Leah/ Texas/ United States said...

nice way to analyze. i love the colors in the dresden plate. do you applique it after that? I would be intimidated by all those lines and points and wouldn't know what to do with it. i absolutely love the light pink yarn in the post after this one and i love the dark pink yarn in the post before this yarn. with such gorgeous yarns, i bet its not too much of a chore to knit, hmm?

Jenny Cooper said...

The colour of the wool is beautiful. What are you going to use the chain pieced strips for?

Aunt Spicy said...

You are my new hero! wow! I have been looking at all your pictures (you have mad photo skillz!) and am just in love with the color/pattern choices and how beautiful each piece is! I am still learning and I am super impressed!