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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

I disappeared!

Not really, it just seems that way. Last week was a super busy week at work, made doubly so by my co-worker being on vacation. It's just the two of us now, for all intents and purposes, and so when one of us is out, the other has to cover everything (we used to be a team of 6, with a much lighter workload overall).

So I spent most of time in the evenings doing knitting on one project or another. Here are a few updates.

Entrelac Scarf is now one-quarter complete. I know this because I have used up one full skein of the four I got for this project. :)

I finished knitting all of the pieces of My First Cardigan Sweater, and I've sewn the raglan seams together. I'm working on the collar now. I decided to knit the longer collar instead of just the one-inch neck band. It means it will take a little longer to finish, but I think I will like it much better.

And I couldn't help myself. I finished an Age of Brass and Steam Kerchief (still to be blocked so no photo yet). So I gave myself permission to start a new project. Here is Saroyan, a scarf that has a leaf motif repeated along one side. I thought the lovely fall colors of this yarn (Malabrigo Rios in Volcan) would be perfect, and I'm loving it so far.

I managed to put together the fabrics I wanted to use for backing on the Anniversary Stars quilt, and plan to drop it off at my quilter's this Friday. I am so excited that my mother has also finished her first quilt top! I can't wait to see it quilted also. Hopefully I can get a photo to share. My mom has always sewn clothing, home dec items, made alterations, etc. But she showed no interest in quilting until very recently. I have helped her figure things out like measurements and order of piecing, and she has managed to piece it all together in about a month. Go Mom!!!

Oh, and I entered three quilts in a local quilt show at our Oktoberfest, and Quilter's Palette was awarded a third place ribbon. There were a lot of beautiful quilts. However, it was very difficult to see many of the quilts because they were in a couple of large roped-off areas. It was virtually impossible to see the names of the quilters also, even with my glasses because they were so far away. That's a shame, because I would really like to know who designed several of the lovely quilts. These quilters put their hearts and souls into their quilts, and it was hard to appreciate them as much they should be. I hope the organizers can find a better way to display the quilts next year.

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