Friday, September 17, 2010

FRIDAY STATE OF MIND

Glorious cannot begin to describe this day.  I won't try.  Scarves and sweaters were blocked.   Dogs were allowed to wander around until they asked to go indoors -
We shared chunks of sharp cheddar cheese and I threw the ball until Harley lost interest.  Then I sat on the stoop and worked on my cousin's hat.  It's an original.  It's being knitted in (aaahhhh) cashmere.  She's a lucky woman!
If she loves the fit and gives me her nod of approval, I will share this, my first pattern, with y'all.  Did you hear my drawl - I picked that up when I lived in Kentucky and have never let it go, entirely.  Miss the south sometimes.
Isn't this color contrast amazing - the true color falls some where in between these two images. I wish that you could reach in and pat the screen - there isn't anything that feels like (aaahhhh) cashmere!
This is one of those knits that I will MISS when it's finished.  I never get tired of the feel of it in my hands.  Here comes an understatement - I am really truly hooked on knitting.  Socks are next.  Did you hear that, Jelli?  SOCKS.  
We wandered out to the vegetable garden to pick some zinnias and mexican sunflowers.  One of my late-bloomers is showing off tiny hot peppers - I wish that I had kept the label because now I don't remember what I planted.
They look like little green candy corns.  I'll bet they can bring the tears to your eyes.  Upstairs to work on the Bento Box flannels and I think that I've got enough blocks now.
NEED. MORE. WALL. SPACE.  I was so close to chucking these flannel scraps.  They'd been sitting around for a long time and since I've become a truly discriminating non-hoarder, they were destined to join the league of other 'collections' which were falling into the 365 day category.  If not used within a year - one of three things needs to occur - (1) give it away, (2) contribute it away, or (3) throw it away!
I'm wondering how to quilt this flannel top w/o compromising its soft appeal.  Machine quilting is fantastic, but it does give rise to stiffness.  Any ideas?





5 comments:

Exuberant Color said...

Why not machine quilting in a wavy line grid like I did my Chocolate and Caramel quilt? It won't get stiff with that kind of quilting.
http://exuberantcolor.blogspot.com/2010/02/one-quilted-three-to-go.html

sophanne said...

mmmmmm.....cashmere.....

JelliDonut said...

Bwah ah ahhhhh! I am horribly jealous of your quilting and gardening skills so I feel no guilt over the sock thing. Also, when I get into trouble for buying cashmere, I fully intend to blame YOU. Just so you know...

SusanB-knits said...

Love cashmere!! It is sooooo soft. The blue mystery socks I'm knitting has some cashmere in it. Can't wait to see the hat pattern.

Bea said...

hmmm...I am so not an expert at that. Loosen the stitches (make them longer) and then also don't quilt it quite as much? Now I'm sure I'm a couple weeks too late for an opinion but there it is anyway.