Since then, I've made a top that will be a gift for a friend (no photos; she might read this post) and finished (except the binding and sleeve) a commissioned hanging for another friend (again, no photos as this is a gift for someone who might read this).
|J's Xmas Socks 2018|
If you're curious, they're made with 6-ply sock yarn from Online, and the pattern is my adaptation of the Yarn Harlot's Sock Recipe, found in her long-published book, Knitting Rules. (Lest you're wondering, E's socks are in reds. Same yarn source; same pattern source.)
And...I've actually managed to create an original piece! My contribution to the 2018 "100@100" fundraiser for the Alberta Society of Artists was mounted on its artist's panel today and is ready to ship as soon as I can find a box that will accommodate it -- without being too big!
I call it "Blue Pot", and it's taken from a photo of the geraniums I have over-wintering indoors in my sunny back room...in a ...well, that should be obvious!
|Blue Pot (C) 2018 - 10" x 10"|
Machine piecing and fused applique,
machine quilting, faced and affixed to an artist's board
|Blue Pot - Detail|
I got to play with the free-motion quilting on my new machine for this one, which set me up to do FMQ on the commissioned hanging (mentioned above). I still have to practice to get really good at it, but I certainly appreciate the features on my new Pfaff Performance 5.2 and the 'hovering' darning foot. I may explore a more traditional spring-loaded foot as time goes on...we shall see. For now, this does the trick!
|Mosaic Wrap - first panel|
I'm able to do this because, outside the above-mentioned socks, I'm making fewer knitted gifts this year. I've made one (a small scarf in exquisite yarn) and am building a long, cable-trimmed hooded coat for my daughter -- which she knows about because fittings have been involved -- but that's it. There will be the Annual Xmas Boxer Shorts, of course...but they're not quite on the radar yet.
This has freed me to work on some embroidery kits I purchased long ago -- in another life, it seems -- which I've offered to donate to the gift table at our annual church Bazaar and Bake Sale. The kits even include frames, and they're turning out quite well, so I hope they will find new homes! Each one is a tiny gem -- no more than 4" to 6" square -- in simple cross- and half-cross stitch, so a bit of time stitching each morning with my coffee and reflections...and two of the three of them are now finished.
Meanwhile, my Sewdio Assistant keeps me company...
And my leaky 13-year-old hot water tank is on Permanent Vacation (awaiting replacement on Wednesday!)
So...ca vien bien! (It goes well!)...
How have you been, Gentle Readers?
Linking very late to Nina Marie's Off the Wall Friday...and hoping she's well too!
And because this post is that sort of late re: last week, it's early enough to be shared with the Canadian-based Needle and Thread Network for this week -- so I'm linking to that too!
Have a good week -- what's left of it!