April 23, 2013

Barbara Checks In

 Things have been unusually busy around here, but the semester is winding down and summer offers the prospect of more creative time in the days ahead. 

I may have discovered the reason why my vintage 1930s quilt blocks were abandoned in the past: it's boring to do the same thing over and over.  I haven't made much more headway with them, but they're still in the sewing basket waiting for me to be in the right mood.  

Instead, I've been working on some knitting projects.  Currently on the needles is a top-down child's sweater for the Afghans for Afghans campaign to donate 500 handknit sweaters to a girls' school in Afghanistan.   I'm using up leftover yarn to boot.  The body of the sweater is almost done, then I'll pick up the sleeve stitches and knit those, and add some ribbing to the neck.  The sweaters are due in early summer if anyone feels inspired to contribute.


I also made this easy and attractive scarf: The Favorite Scarf Ever by Lisa Bruce, with some self-stripping sock yarn.  The scarf was a well-received birthday present for a friend.

 At the end of last year I cast on this sweater for myself: Miss BB by Bonne Marie Burns.  It's a fun knit and the tailored design is great for work.

I couldn't resist adding this snazzy ribbon as button band reinforcement.  It makes me cheerful just knowing that ribbon is hiding on the inside of my work sweater.

I have had some good news: my quilt "St. Francis Preaches to the Birds" will be part of the Sacred Threads show this summer.  

I hope to resume more regular posts.  That's my plan anyway.


Debra Spincic said...

Your work sweater looks like the perfect style. I like a shawl collar on a sweater.

Congratulations on your St. Francis piece. I can't help but think it was this group's encouragement that helped you to the finish line.

cq4fun said...

Congratulations on getting your St. Francis piece in the show! That's great! I don't knit, but I appreciate the work of those who do, and I love the idea that your sweater for Afghanistan is made from leftover yarns and is so adorable!

Suztats said...

I love that strip of snazzy ribbon! You've been very busy with your needles- and well done having your St Francis piece in the Sacred Threads show! Yay!

Cy said...

Oh well done Barbara. Congratulation on getting your St. Francis quilt in the Sacred Threads show. What a great achievement.
I see your knitting needles have been getting red hot lately with all that action. Lovely projects.

ladyhawthorne said...

Wow, wish I could knit that well. Every piece is super!
Congrats on getting in the Sacred Threads show. We now have 2 famous quilters in the group with you and Debra.

Judy S. said...

Congrats on getting your wonderful piece into the Sacred Threads show. Wish we could all go! Wouldn't that be fun? Loved seeing your knitting, too. Do you happen to remember the pattern you used for a shawl where you included one skein of beaded yarn? I think you modified the pattern. Guess who has a skein of yarn to use.......

Barbara C said...

Amen to that. I own finishing St. Francis entirely to this group.