Tiny Baby on a Quilt

I made this.

Tiny Baby on a Quilt

Hello, tiny baby

Joel David was born on October 9th weighing in at 9 lbs, 5 oz and 21 inches long. We’ve spent the last two weeks getting to know each other and nursing at all hours of the day and night. I’ve knit exactly four rows of my current sock in those two weeks and glanced briefly at my sewing corner, which is just fine with me. He’s a joy and a love.

Metro Rings FMQ

You guessed it, I’m still working on my Metro Rings. I’m filling in spaces with free motion loops and stipples and it is going well!. Here’s a little sample:

I’ve also been cutting and sewing for my QCR blog hop post, but you’ll have to tune in next week for the reveal(s)! In the meantime, I’m linking up with WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced.

Thanks so much for your thoughts on work and craft. It seems like a lot of us are in the process of thinking on this issue and living in this tension. This week for me at least feels more hopeful; I have a game plan for some additional creating on the side of my 9-5. Within my 9-5, my manager told me yesterday that she knows I’m creative and wants to use these juices in a few upcoming projects. So my mindframe is hopeful. Here’s hoping for creative outlets for you as well!

Last night’s Arcade Fire show included Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains) which I’ve been humming all morning. Yes.

BtC: HIGGS!

Behind the Curve! I post some stuff I like! Sometimes this takes place on Fridays!

By now, I’m sure you’ve heard that they found a Higgs Boson-like particle. Woo! Awesome! Science!

The scientists have gone on to turn the data gathered by the Large Hadron Collider to sound. Make sure you scroll down to the bottom and listen – isn’t it lovely?

In a lovely poem, Sarah Bessey suggests that the Higgs sounds like Cuban dance music – of course it does.

If you’re ever in Boston and eat meat, eat a KO Pie. Because they’re delicious.

Well, it’s a slim week. Hope you’re enjoying the summer weather!

Daffodil Joy

I love daffodils so much. So very, very much. They’re resilient, sprouting and blooming at the very beginning of spring (most seasons – this season is a little off-kilter because of that 80 degree week we had). They’re joyfully yellow and smell like fresh air. These daffodils had humble origins in a bucket at Stop and Shop, but have all bloomed and are currently filling my cube with their crisp, clean scent.

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Chevrons

January has set in.  Here in Massachusetts, we have snow on the ground and overcast skies.  And although slowly the light is returning, this time of year feels most like Winter.  ‘Tis the season for hearty soups, red wine, and general hunkering down.

I spent the weekend being crafty.  I’ve cut fabric for a new quilt, this time Chevrons, from Hyacinth Quilt Designs (tutorial and additional instructions found here and here).  I’m using Terrain by Kate Spain which has the most vibrant colors.  I love saturated tones and botanical motifs and Terrain serves up double helpings of both.

Soon-to-be-Chevrons!

Forgive the grainy iPhone pic – this was actually meant to be solely for my own reference as to how the fabric should be ordered.  But the fabric is too pretty not to share!

I also finished the binding on Foxes Out My Window.  This whole quilt was an adventure and binding by hand was no different.  I used the emerald green jewel pattern (as well as a bit of the forest green when the emerald ran out) for binding and was a big fan when the lines of the jewels matched up with lines on the backing fabric.  I noticed as I did this that my stippling tension isn’t perfect – the bobbin thread seems a lot tighter than the top thread, but I’m hoping that some of that will work its way out once I wash the quilt (or just make it more crinkly – I’m OK with that too!).

Binding

Tonight, I am going to try to darn a couple of socks with holes in them.  I don’t have a darning egg but Ravelry suggested a ladle!  Good call, Rav!

Christmas: the Gifts

I think I’ve mentioned before that Christmas this year snuck up on me.  Usually, I am knitting and planning as early as September.  I scour my stash and figure out who will get what.  I figure out what will take the longest time to knit and what will take the shortest and figure out how to devote my time accordingly.

But between taking up quilting, business at work, and perhaps even the unseasonably warm weather we’ve been having, Christmas knitting just hasn’t been on my radar.  Actually, truth be told, Christmas in general wasn’t on my radar until it was nearly upon us.

Once realization that I had family and friends who loved woollens hit, I got down to business.  Worsted weight wool makes for quick projects; handwarmers are also quick.  Put those two facts together and you have me, knitting desperately away in the goal of maintaining hand warmth.

A Handwarmery Christmas
1. Escalator Socks, 2. Handspun Handwarmers, 3. Evangeline for Lindsay, 4. Evangeline for Aimee

The Escalator socks (Ravelry link, click above for Flickr link) I begun last July for my best friend and co-gingerbread house builder.  We were road tripping through Pennsylvania and spent many hours in my little car together in the lush green forests of Warren County, Pennsylvania.

The pink handwarmers were for another favorite person, my grad school roommate, Sarah,  who is one of the most cheery, bright people I know.  She is also a big proponent of handmade gifts and mindful, resourceful living and I know that after a year of living with me and my wool, she’d appreciate something handmade.

Another college friend requested a pair of handwarmers for one of her coworkers.  I don’t usually take knitting on demand requests, but this one was different.  For one, I sort of lump it into my gift to her.  For two, the specific pattern she wanted (Evangeline) is a pretty fast knit.

So fast that I banged out another pair for another friend (the green ones) the weekend before Christmas.  Unfortunately, our friend gift swap was smack in the middle of that weekend, prompting me to fall back on the old knitter trick of wrapping a gift with the needles still in.  Luckily, I have very gracious friends.

I am still in process with other projects – a floppy hat and another pair of fingerless mittens. And I haven’t yet sent out my Christmas cards.  But then I was thinking that, as a Christian, the main message of this season is Emmanuel, God with us.  God with us in the present, no matter what month is is.  Thus, I will be sending out my cards and finishing my presents, trusting that they’ll be received in the spirit of Christmas.

 

 

 

In Process

When I get stressed, I tend to take up new hobbies. Quilting has been on my radar for a while now. I am inspired by a couple of modern quilters (Oh, Fransson! and Film in the Fridge, namely) but it wasn’t until work last month got crazy crazy that I took the plunge myself.

A few clicks later and I had a lovely bunch of fat quarters sailing their way to my little apartment. Then, several hours with my rotary cutter and mat produced the following:

Treasures & Tidbits by Piece O' Cake Designs for Robert Kaufman Fabric

Hello, first quilt!

A stack of squares all ready to be sewn. That’s tonight’s project. It is going to be Rectangle Squared when all’s said and done. But ssh – this one is going to be a giftie.

So far, so good. I really like how precise you can be with quilting. The little lines on the ruler really and truly can be lined up on with the cutting mat. Seams can be straight! Squares can be square! Most of my sewing in the past has been for garments. Costumes for high school plays were sewn on my Mother’s ancient 40-pound Singer. I may have been a Renaissance Faire geek at one point. But I think the number-one thing holding me back was that I could never fit the garments as precisely as I would have liked. But with quilting, I can line up the ruler for a piece of fabric that ends up being the dimensions I was hoping for. And this is very satisfying.

And then a funny thing happened:

Outfoxed by Lizzy House

Even more fabric!

Even more fabric got cut up – this time for me!

Wish me luck!

Hello!

Hello world!

I am Lucy.  I like to make things.  The things I like to make include socks, hats, gloves, quilts, soup, adventures, memories, and friends.