Several times over the past few months I've considered discontinuing my blog. Readership is down and I honestly struggle over what to blog about. But in looking back over the years I realize that this blog is about as close to journaling as I will ever get. I love looking back and reading about meeting my daughter-in-law for the first time, the wedding and the birth of my two granddaughters. So I will continue to blog, for myself if nothing else.
I will, however, consider a new direction. As those of you who follow me know, I tend to dabble in several areas of artistic endeavor. At any given time, one will capture my attention more than the rest, which will be relegated to a back burner. Not forgotten entirely, but taking a backseat. Currently quilting seems to have grabbed my attention and I'm enjoying tremendously what will probably always be one of my first loves.
I posted several months ago about embracing the hand elements of my quilting and that has brought a whole new enjoyment to the process. I am currently hand quilting this beauty:
I'm actually beginning to see the light at the end of the tunnel. Of course, in hand quilting terms that means not days or weeks, but months. But I'm currently working on the outer white border with the vines and flowers, so that puts me awfully close to the end. I'm anxious to get this done so that I can start quilting on this as soon as I finish the top:
The center is done and I've started the applique work on the border:
I'm using the freezer paper and starch method of preparing the applique and am loving the results. It's a little more labor intensive than straight needle turn, but I like the finished product. I'm especially loving making little circles using Karen Kay Buckley's Perfect Circle templates:
I think I could happily sit and watch episodes of "Fringe" and make little circles all day long!
I also invested in her thread set, so I am all set for whatever color may come my way:
In knitting, I'm also heading off in another direction. I've been known for knitting lots and lots of elaborate shawls. I do so love the process, but as I put away another shawl into the already packed drawer of shawls, I had to come to the conclusion that I have more shawls than I can possibly wear. I recently became aware of Amy Herzog and her "Knit to Flatter" book. She also has a Craftsy class that I signed up for when it went on sale. I am very excited about her outlook on the whole sweater knitting business – that we tend to make sweaters that look good laid out flat on a table rather than sweaters that look good on our bodies. I'm beginning to see that I really favor the simple, classic sweaters that she designs and am getting materials together to knit myself a simple, stylish, well-fitting sweater. But first I need to finish this:
This will be for Isobel's 9th (!!) birthday in May. She has worn the last sweater I made her nearly nonstop, so she deserves a new one.
Last, but certainly not least, you might remember that I ran a half marathon last year with my daughter-in-law. Immediately after we swore we would never do it again. So this year, she ran a FULL marathon and I did the half! It's kind of like childbirth – you have to forget it before you try again. So proud of Abby – her time was great! Mine was not so great, but my training was not up to snuff this time. But we both finished (and I was not last) and that's what counts!
I hope to be a little better about blogging – next post I'll go into a little more detail about the sweater knitting and will hopefully have few more happy little flowers to show.