Thought I'd posted somewhere in an archive about the first piece in what I'm calling my "Spirit" series -- but I can't find the link. Ah well. The piece is called God, of Your Goodness, and is inspired by the first line of a prayer from Julian of Norwich:
God, of Your goodness, give me yourself,
for you are enough to me,
and I can ask for nothing else that is to Your glory.
And if I should ask for anything else,
I would still be in want,
for only in You have I all.
|Robe - Right Front Section|
|"Heart Paisley" Detail|
I'm at the quiltiing stage with this piece, and decided to do some "Heart Paisley" (per Leah Day) filling stitches on the sleeves of the robe belonging to the God-figure. This resulted in a great deal of procrastination on my part, but I finally bit the bullet and practiced, practiced, practiced. On Saturday afternoon, I went for it on the actual piece, and am quite pleased. Onward and upward!
As my friend A poiinted out, this sort of McTavishing can result in a fairly firm fabric. This means that on the sleeves, where I want to show 'flimsiness', I am going to quilt much more lightly. I am also undecided about quilting the lame lapels of the robe; I'll leave that decision until I have finished the other front, and the centre panel.
Lesson Learned: there's a place for dense quilting, and a place for not-so-dense quilting! :-)
On the knitting front, I posted a query on Ravelry about how many strands to use in the single-colour section of the argyle (my second kilt hose commission), when you use 2 strands for the marl section. It was generally agreed that I should use 2 strands throughout, which has me fussing about whether or not I have enough of the main colours (blue and green). Think I'll order more, just in case. I can always use this basic sock yarn for something else if I don't need it for the kilt hose. I swatched the first 32 rows of the cuff, 75 sts on #12 CAD (2.75 mm) straight needles -- and got 15 sts and 20 rows to 2', when I should be getting 11 sts and 17 rows. Sigh. Pulled it out (recycle!) and will try with #11 CAD (3 mm) straights. Yep, these hose are intarsia -- knit flat and seamed before working the foot. Every minute with them is a learning experience, so I'm still having fun. :-)
Now back to the sewing machine!