Life Lately v.04
Remember the good old days of blogging where I used to overshare all the time? Well they're back! Sort of. It's been a long and strange road navigating Grainline from where it started in 2009 as a small personal blog, to the full grown business with employees it is today. During that time I gradually stepped back on the personal side of the blog, but I miss sharing my individual making journey with you all and hearing about yours! So after a lot of thought, I'm back starting with this random assortment of things I've been working on over the summer. Get ready because it's all over the map! Carolyn Friedlander's Collection Quilt At some point in 2015 (I think) I signed up for a block of the month kit for Carolyn Friedlander's Collection Quilt. The quilt functions as a needle turned appliqué sampler so I was excited to hone my limited skills in that area. I took a class with my mom many years ago, before Grainline was a thing, and wasn't half bad at it. I've always excelled at tiny, fiddly stuff with limited real world application so appliqué was right up my alley. The quilt kit started showing up in bits, month by month, and I really struggled with having the space and proper equipment for the project. I had to cut the pieces at work, then hauled them home and had to set up at our tiny kitchen table with a mini ironing board and low powered travel iron. A 500sq ft apartment just isn't large enough for two adult humans, one cat, and anything besides a knitting project! I packed away the kit, which kept arriving in pieces for the next 12 months btw, with the hopes that we'd have a larger space someday. Cut to us buying a house and POOF! Larger space procured! Last summer was filled with moving, projects, etc. so this summer I dug out the kit and went to town! I finished the first block in May and the second in June, then my travel schedule for work got crazy and I had to set aside the pieces I'd cut for the 3rd block. I'll be getting back to that soon, and I'm so excited! My plan is for this to be our living room couch quilt someday. Nani Iro Quilt This is another long in the making quilt that was waylaid due to lack of space. I picked up this Nani Iro fat quarter pack back in oh, June of 2015, when I was teaching a Morris Blazer class at Fancy Tiger Crafts. I stayed at Jaime's house and slept under her amazing Nani Iro quilt and knew that I had to have one of my own. As you might be able to guess, this is another tale of getting fed up with trying to work in our tiny apartment that had no sewing machine so this got pushed to the side as well. Back in May I pulled the fat quarters out of wherever they were and pieced the top. Now I just need to decide if I'm going to quilt this myself or have it done somewhere... Assorted Knitting Projects I did a fair bit of knitting this summer, as usual. Some of it was for the Summer of Basics Make-Along that just wrapped up, and some of it was just for me (or Jon). Clockwise from top left:
- Getty, part of the Summer of Basics and blogged here.
- This grey sweater was one I finished for Jon last winter as part of the Fringe and Friends top down KAL. Turns out it wasn't finished after all and needed 3" added to the hems of the sleeves and body. I think this one is done for real now!
- Ludlow, also part of the Summer of Basics and blogged here.
- High Pines Cowl knit in Arbor. I've never knit or worn a cowl, so I figured a work trip would be a great place to knit my first one. It still needs blocking, and cool temps, so the verdict is still out on how much I like cowls.