it has been nearly two years since I posted on this blog, and as you may have noticed, I waved my magic wand and made all my prior posts private. In part, this was due to not wanting to be reminded of the unpleasantness of the events of 2012, in which the C word played a major role, in part because I could think of nothing to say, and in part because I was trying to hide from the world.
Truthfully, my thoughts have not been material and my material has been less then worthy of thought.
But lately, I have perked up and become interested in a variety of textile arts, mostly of the weaving ilk, that I thought I could blog about and if you want to read about it then we have what is commonly referred to as a mutually convenient situation.
As I sit here eating my dinner of half a flax-seed English muffin with organic peanut butter and local honey, accompanied by a glass of my favorite low-cost red wine of the year (H3 Merlot, 2011, a Columbia Valley wine produced in Washington State), I consider what to tell you first.
How about this: I am a grandmother! This to a sweet little girl born the first of June, given an Irish name loaded with more vowels than is legal in Scrabble. She abides in a land far far away in the regions of the maritime Carolinas, and I shall refer to her with such monikers as seem proper at the time, including but not limited to Sweetpea, Babydoll, Sugar and the like.
As a new Grannie, my current knitting project is all about Baby. It grows slowly in the form of many shades of pink, which I am informed is her favorite color. Indeed, from my own entrance into the world and up until and including the present, my own favorite color has been any shade of pink. I well remember my bedroom curtains and bedspread as a child with its three wide ruffles of successively deepening pink. I remember them mostly because they were cotton and I was the one who had to starch and iron them. (My baby half-sister hated them and as soon as I left for college she burned them and painted the bedroom blue.)
But I digress. The idea is that I am using the stitch pattern from The Rainey Sister’s Surrounded afghan, reducing it to a 3″ block, and knitting these in 3 shades of pink plus a pure white (the yarn is Dalegarn Baby Ull). These will then be arranged in nine-patch blocks so as to produce a traditional quilt arrangement called Sunshine and Shadow, thusly:
The knitted blocks look like this:
I have completed 7 of 9 for the first nine-patch, and am working on the last 2 simultaneously. So I am almost 1/16th done. Hopefully I will pick up speed and get it finished by September, when I plan to visit my magical wee girl descendant in the land of her birth