Mom and I visited several quilting shops over the weekend and came away with all sorts of goodies. My favorite: roving! It’s wool that’s been cleaned, combed, carded, dyed, and so on – it’s all prepared for being spun into yarn. Now I know almost nothing about spinning, and have never tried it, but I have been really excited to give it a whirl, and have had an offer of using someone else’s spinning wheel – so when I saw these beautiful little tufts of wool (right) at 50% off, I had to go for them.
Of course, I’m not really sure if I hope I love it, or hope it’s just so-so. I think it would be great fun to work with a wool from start to finished product … but I don’t exactly need another hobby right now. Perhaps I can justify it, by saying it’s just an extension of my current (knitting) hobby?
On the left in the photo is an array of fabric squares, fat 1/8ths, and fat quarters that Mom and I picked out to bring home and, first, use to choose colors for another possible quilt she’ll make for us (yay!) and second, stitch into some small projects of one kind or another. I have to say, quilt shops are (to me) more overwhelming than yarn shops – there are so many beautiful fabrics in every direction – but the upside is you get to use a lot of them in a single project. It’s fun having such a beautiful (mini-) collection on our dining table.
(Although I’m not sure John exactly agrees with that sentiment.)
I also wanted to show you my progress on my gray tweed hoodie sweater. I don’t have a photo of the whole thing, but I have finished the hood, the edging, and most of the i-cord bind off and all of the i-cord buttonholes. All that’s left is (1) knitting the front pocket squares (about 1/3rd done) and stitching them in place, (2) confirming that the current length of the sleeves is what I want and binding them off, and (3) sewing the buttons in place (1/4th done).
You can’t see much here, since it’s just the lower edge of the front of the sweater, but it does nicely show the icord bind off, the two buttons I’ve sewed on, and the very beginning of the pocket flaps. They’re worked by picking up stitches along the bottom edging and knitting upward, then stitching the two sides in place; I’m doing them two-at-a-time, as you might not be surprised to hear.
I’m so close – and so excited! This sweater has been two and a half years in the making, at least if you count planning and plotting. And here it is, with only a couple of hours work remaining. Hooray.