The sun came out since we last talked. She still stays very low above the horizon, but as her delicate, shy rays hit my dusty rooms, I was shocked. I threw myself into cleaning mode. The temperature has been way down, -30ºC during some of the days. It is too cold to stay outside much, so there has been lots of time to clean. I am not nearly done yet, and not sure for how long I am inspired to keep going, but let’s hope lots gets done. This cleaning has almost felt like a passage from the winter hibernation to the land of the living; even though it is still very wintery, I have jumped into the spring winter.
This feeling is strengthened by the added amount of daylight. Another reason for the growing energy level has been the fact that Ruusu was better in last week’s check-up. I truly hope she keeps improving from now on. It always amazes me how much grief and worry take away from the energy.
I have three things to show to you. Let me begin with the little quilt.
I had something else in mind, and I was not sure why this bird ended up looking little bit angry or rather, determined… but then realized it is me in a cleaning mode. Even though I don’t hate cleaning and most of the time enjoy it once I get going, but to get me going, I need extra determination, frustration, adrenaline… It is a self-portrait in some odd way.
I made it using English paper piecing method, since I aimed for simple. Did not want to do applique, as that builds on the background and I was for a clean look. I have not done English paper piecing much, and made lots of mistakes, some very visible (like the white thread showing) and some less (where I had problems with the seam allowance, or the lack of it), but I will try to fine-tune those and make another with the same approach.
As you see, I did not use any yarn in the making and I am most likely going to keep it that way. It just gave me too much trouble and slowed me down. I did not want to add embroidery (chain stitches) to the picture, but since the whip stitches were showing so clearly at some places, I was forced to add it. Hopefully in my next work I do not need to camouflage my mistakes.
I tried my best, but I am not very happy with the workmanship. While making the bird, I thought about hanging it in the kitchen. I have an old-fashioned cupboard and entertained myself with the idea of dressing it appropriately for the season, but we’ll see.
Remember when I was pondering what to do with the left-over sock yarns… I wanted to knit rag socks without much planning and made this pair.
I follow Sandra Paul’s Cherry Heart Podcast and blog and long time ago she crocheted a blanket using left-over sock yarns and mini skeins. She did hers with (US) double crochet stitches and I really like her blanket. I could not see myself staying focused for the duration of a whole blanket and made this cushion instead (20" x 20"/50 x 50cm).
I used smaller hook (2,5mm instead of 3mm) than Sandra, because I needed to make a stable and sturdy fabric and instead of using double crochet stitches I used linked dc’s. I like the hand of the fabric, I am sure this cushion will wear well. It was fun to make, so much so that I have started a new one. Yet I have this small voice in the back of my mind asking, are you sure? I kind of like the pillow, but is it in a way like… you know when you leave something into a place where it does not belong… at first, it bothers you all the time, then you get used to seeing it there, so that in the end you really don’t see it anymore… it is like you eyes get used to it. Is it only my eyes that have grown used to this? I need to figure this out, before I make too many… But as it is not yet clear, I am making one with red leftovers (and there are also some unloved skeins there too). This method, join as you go, is really an interesting way to go and it opens up many different possibilities.
I think, there it is, my week in stitches. It is Monday, a new path to walk upon (yarn and fabric).
Wool with you,