Monday, July 6, 2009

What Class to Take?

Here is the beginning of the Dragon Melody Shawl I'm making with the yarn I showed you in a prior post. It doesn't look like much. It's a big project for me and I'm a slow knitter. So this one won't be finished any time soon. I'm also at the really Plain Jane part but here it is:
I've also been pondering over which classes to take at my LQS this "semester". I know I want to take at least one. This is the sample quilt for a class that one of my favorite instructors will be teaching. I'd be learning some new skills for sure. There is a variation on this pattern where flowers replace the boats. I think it would be perfect for one of my nieces!
I'm also drawn to this quilt - the pattern but not the colors shown here. The good thing about this class is that it's a one nighter...which is also a bad thing about this class if you know what I mean! As a new quilter, it might be better to take a class that gets me almost to finished flimsy stage.
I'm also taking a zipper class. It will teach me (hopefully) how to sew in 4 different kinds of zippers. I think this would be a great place for me to learn how to sew in zippers without frustration. The instructor is also a teacher who teaches sewing in a high school so I know her tolerance level must be high. She should be able to handle all my newbie sewing issues!

While my weight loss has been self stalled, I took my measurements for the first time since January and I'm pleased to see that I lost 1.5 inches in my waist and .75 inches in my hips. As I'm fond of saying, I don't care what number the scale gives me as long as my rear is getting smaller! I'm on week 2 of being back to the gym after my blister from vacation and while I don't love it, I also don't hate it. Maybe one day I'll get to the point where I do love it. I'm having a really good week food wise and hopefully the combo of exercise and good food choices get my head back in the game so to speak.

Enjoy your stitches!

14 comments:

Julia said...

Wow! Congrats on the loss of inches!! I love both of theses quilts. I like the colors even in the second one. 5 ways to put in zippers! Wow!

QuiltSue said...

I'll look forward to hearing which class you opt for.

Well done on the inch loss too - that's great.

Micki said...

I'm a slow knitter too...My problem is the counting part, as I am dyslexic. It is looking great!
Micki

Beth said...

Both class quilts are lovely, but it looks like you might learn more "new" skills in the sailboat class (and between the prairie points and the ric rac it is just too cute!!). Or you could take both!

Debbie said...

I'm always curious to see how the colorways of variegated yarns will look once knitted. Your shawl is going to be very pretty.

Quilting classes and zipper classes..your mojo is definitely back!

Congrats on the disappearing inches.

yarnjourney said...

Your shawl is going to be gorgeous! Both quilt classes look fun. You put fabrics together so beautifully either one would be a good choice. Congrats on your gym attendance and diet!

Pamela said...

I love the yellow quilt, I would take that class. That pattern I could see being done in many different color combinations and turning out beautifully! Good Luck.

Candace said...

Ohhhh...sample quilts are great since you get to learn many different techniques, Jackie! I'm sure whatever you take you'll have fun! I love the colors of your knitting - I'll be waiting to see what it grows up to be!
Cheers!

Tammy said...

I like both of those class offerings Jackie - how will you choose? Hey, after you take the zipper class would you pass along techniques to the rest of us, that is something I haven't done for years and I'm not sure I could do it today. Have fun and let us know what class you decide on.

Simone de Klerk said...

Your knitting work in perfect as always and great color combination! I think I would go for the first quilt, so you learn different techniques.
Congratulations on loosing those inches!!! Must give you a very good and satisfying feeling.
Have a lovely week.

ruthee... said...

I like the yellow quilt - you should take that class and give me the quilt. *wink*

Be kind to yourself about your "self stall". You will get back in the game soon!

Chris said...

Jackie, I love the yarn in your shawl. I can't wait to the finished piece.

blushing rose said...

I am not fond of yellow but that yellow quilt is divine. TTFN ~ Marydon
PS Pop over for a visit.

em's scrapbag said...

I could really use a zipper class. The other two look fun too.