Saturday, August 25, 2007


I watched two movies today, and I finished quilting my Picnic Plaid. Yay! I was a little worried about bobbin thread when I realized that I had 2.5 bobbins of thread with me here in Pittsburgh and the spool was at the Lake.

This is the grand total of how much bobbin thread I had left when I finished quilting the last green stripe. Yup. A whole foot of thread. Perfect! It also reinforced my decision to not quilt the white center squares :) They are only 4" finished with Warm and White batting, so it shouldn't be a problem.

I’m probably going to pack this thing back up and take it to the Lake, where I will get around to hand-sewing down the binding. I know I should do a label, but I doubt I will. I just want to get the damn thing washed and in use. I’m never sure what to put on a label for something like this that has been a “back burner” project throughout its lifespan. I know I started it after I sent Bill his quilt, and I’m not even totally sure when I did that. *sigh* I should do a better job of documenting my quilts in a fashion that I’ll keep!

I had a bit of a crisis of conscience earlier on Thursday. Had a lot to do with not working and contributing to money going out, but not back in. For mental health reasons, I’ve spent a bit too much on yarn lately (it makes me feel better, and I'm not going OVERBOARD, just being a little less responsible than I'd like to be). I really appreciate that the Hubster understands what incoming yarn and fabric does for my mental health, but sometimes I get the guilties.

So I needed an immediate gratification project and cast on 12:01. I started on Thursday night and as of this afternoon at about 3, was done with everything but the handle. I’ll knit the handles next and take it to the Lake for felting this week.

I added two extra rows in the middle to make it a little bit taller, then kept going in the pattern because I was worried about running out of yarn. I guessed right, since each cake of orange Cascade 220 Heathers wound up with a leftover piece that rolled to about the size of a cherry tomato.

I used my food scale to divide the hank of green yarn into three semi-equal cakes and was happy that I had done the technique for the rolled top before (on my purple V-neck). Now it’s just I-cord City with a little grafting thrown in.

I’ll keep posting as best I can, but it’s going to be a bit of a topsy-turvy week coming up. My part-time job has a 4 pm call time tomorrow (Sunday) and I’m expecting to get home around 12:30 am.

I leave for the Lake on Monday morning and need to get a good chunk of piecing in both on Monday and on Tuesday morning so I’m ready for Border City at class on Tuesday night. Lake on Wednesday, then on Thursday I’ll leave for Akron to visit my best friend, who will be in town for the weekend with his employer’s volleyball team.

I’m guessing Bill will head back south on Saturday night, but whenever he leaves the state that's round on the ends and "hi" in the middle, I’ll head to the Lake for the remainder of the holiday weekend. I will probably stay until mid-day Wednesday, when I’ll head southward for Hurricane Knitters. Hey, I can’t miss that first Wednesady meeting … gotta hear the recap of SJ’s big day!


SJ said...

Have fun at your first day on the job at the "Ketchup Field" tomorrow!

MollyBeees said...

I LOVE ther 12:01 basket. I may have to whip one up. Fall's just around the corner!