The Goose is Getting Fat

I was going to entitle this “Christmas is Coming,” but then I remembered some little song I’d learned a long time ago.  It was a round, I think.  The words are

Christmas is coming, the goose is getting fat.
Please put a penny in the old man’s hat.
If you haven’t got a penny, a ha’penny will do.
If you haven’t got a ha’penny then God bless you!

So, I am working on getting things done for Christmas.  The following are finished:

Cabled Hat on needles

Cabled hat for an adult.  (Obviously this is not the “finished” photo, but it is done.)

Socks Done

Socks for Ed.  I’m feeling especially clever that I figured out where to start each time (InLine 150g ball, US 4 needles) so that they would actually match.

Scarf done

A purposefully scrappy scarf worked from 4 odd balls of Wool of the Andes (50g each ball, US 7 needles), worked in 1×1 ribbing.

Not done yet:

Scarf not Done

This wonderful UFO among my stash.  It’s an early version of Manos del Uruguay, still in that thick-and-thin texture.  It’s 1×1 rib (again) on US 10 needles and it’s about 1/3 finished.

I have started and frogged several attempts at socks — it’s like I’ve lost my sock mojo, but I hope to get two pairs of socks knit before Christmas.  I think, however, that these will take a back seat to other projects (like more scarves).  We’ll see.  At any rate, Christmas is coming and I’m going to be a little bit ready for it.  Always a good thing. 🙂

Six Shades of Cream

6 shades of cream

There are nine sets of fabric strips (2″ wide) here; six in a variety of cream/white combinations and three in shades of tan (the darkest one is disappearing from the bottom of the frame). These are the fabrics for the wedding quilt.  I am still working out the layout, but I can still sew the strip sets while I decide the fate of the blocks.

Each fabric was a 1-yard cut, so this will likely be a queen/king size.  Planned purchases of fabrics make constructing a quilt top a lot faster than sorting through odd-sized scraps, as I was doing with the red/brown/black/gold/green swatches from my scrap heaps bags.

Reds Greens Blacks

These bits, sorted by length, will eventually make it into a smallish quilt, probably something comfy to throw on the sofa, but it will take a long time to get it from the cutting table to practical use.  There are bits in here from the quilt for my sister Marcy, a carpenter star quilt I finished recently, a king-size quilt worked for Marcy’s son and his wife, and two or three wall-hangings I made for other people over the past 10 years.

Odd lengths means I will have to plan well to use up the scraps.  This is a challenge I enjoy because I love the colors and I love seeing how one plays next to the other.  These are boldly colored scraps so they will need some care in how they pair up.  It’s the kind of thing I enjoy sorting out on a rainy day.

The wedding quilt, however, with its shades of cream and tan is a very different kind of puzzle, one where I have to wait until nearly the end to get the full effect.  In stressful times I enjoy the delicacy of the neutrals, the subtle differences of hue produced by the size of the white ink on the cream background.  There is so much variety in those six shades of cream, and I can see that variety as plainly as I see the variations of red in all of the scraps above.

Color is a wonderful, blessed thing.

For promis’d joy!

In honor of Robert Burns we have today’s title.  It’s actually after the lines about how … “The best-laid schemes o’ mice an’ men / Gang aft agley, / An’ lea’e us nought but grief an’ pain, …” but I’d really rather not dwell on that part.  Yet.

Service Cardi Progress sm

This is my progress to date on the Service Cardigan but it is worked with a dk weight yarn on US 6 needles.  I knit the sample (you can see a bit of it in the above photo) with Cascade 220; fortunately, I know how to recalculate to get it close to the size I need to work.  At any rate, I am up the back panel and ready to make decreases for the back armholes.  I am constructing it in the manner that is traditional to the period, which is to start at the back hem, work up to the shoulders, then continue down each front.  I strongly considered just working it in a modern fashion, but I’m doing this for Pauline at WAG Screen, so it needs to be much like the original.  She gave me the yarn and I promised to knit it.

But, in the words of the poet, my best plans don’t always come off smoothly, much to my distress.  I had the idea for another cardi and I hoped to get it submitted to Knitty for the First Fall issue (deadline is 1 March, I think, but it might be 1 June).  I have only to work the sleeves, collar and front band, and then I’m done with the knitting part.  Also, the pattern is nearly all written.

Except that Valentine’s Day is coming up and perhaps I could knit a pair of socks for my DH?  I played around with a pattern and that got me to having about 1/4 of the first sock done.  That’s three projects on needles, and I have only two hands.

And then I remember that my dear friend Bree is getting married this year.  (Where is that postcard with the date on it???) I thought I should make a quilt for her.  I went through my fabric stash because the one I had started was all reds and blacks and browns — not really colors for a wedding gift, if you know what I mean.  Besides, I don’t think it would be a very big quilt.  So I pulled out the ones that are turquoise and teal and I started cutting.  About halfway through I realized that this wouldn’t work, either.  And then I found the bundle of fabrics that would be perfect for a wedding quilt: ten 1-yard cuts of whites and creams and ivories with a bit of tan thrown in.  Except that I’m far too tired tonight to start in.

For promised joy, I will start cutting that fabric tomorrow when my mind is a bit fresher.  Until then, I am going to sit upstairs and watch some television while I knit a bit more on the Service Cardigan and go over some numbers for the quilt blocks in my head.

Clearing Out

Fiber, Ink | Design is a blog about the various things I create, whether it’s with knitting, sewing, or graphics.  I’m an irrepressibly creative person.  This is where I write about it.  Or not.  I have two dogs, two cats, a husband, a full-time job, a mountain of laundry every week, and an opinion on nearly everything. You never know what might show up in this space.

First up:  Coming to terms with my Stash.  (Yes, that’s a capital-S.  It’s not that my Stash has a name; rather, it is because it has an enormous ego and therefore demands constant attention.)  I have fabric (silk, wool, cotton, and some unmentionable synthetics) and yarn (the same); paper, ink, and books; patterns, plans, hopes and dreams.  It needs to be sorted by what stays and what goes.

Second up:  Coming to terms with the UFOs (that’s UnFinished Objects, for the uninitiated).  I believe I have more than 30, and that’s just with the knitting.

After that we’ll just have to see what happens.

Or, not.