Well, now that THAT's over with, I can get back to "regular" life.
Seriously, first you face Halloween, then a tornado sort of begins to swirl and you end up in some sort of angsty vortex until it's New Year's Eve and you just want it all be over with. Then, you spend New Year's Day watching TV, hiking, what have you, and you tell yourself that it's safe to go out and about again and then it hits you like a brick in the face: Valentine's Day is coming! I used to be a marketing professional so I know the shtick, but man. It's outta control nowadays!
Lots of things have been happening. For the past couple of months, I've done a LOT of sewing. Susan B. Anderson has a blog that I follow. She knits but she also sews. And when I see one of her projects that I must sew, well, I drop the knitting and get out my sewing machine. In this particular case, she was sewing some quickie placemats. I'm a sucker for that kind of thing and I have lots of fabric hanging around so I made some!
Quickly, here's how I did it:
1. I gathered fabric that I liked, each in lots of about 1/2 yard each. I planned on making six.
2. Since I wanted to make six, I used an existing placemat and cut out 12 rectangles roughly 1/2 inch longer and wider than my existing placemat.
3. Then, I cut out six pieces of batting that were the SAME size as the existing placemat.
5. Last, I went to the sewing machine and simply sewed straight lines, reasonably straight, or crooked (that kind of thing doesn't bug me too much because we dim the lights while eating dinner) and then I sewed all the way around the edges, just to neaten things up.
6. Last, last, I clipped notches all around the raw edges.
7. Last, last, last, I threw everything in the wash.
Now, for some knitting.
For those of you who love artisinal yarns, I was introduced to a new company called M J Yarns. This is a yarn that is hand dyed in Colorado. I have two colorways, each with a different base. I'm going to keep one and give one away very soon. I just need to swatch the skein that I'll keep before selecting a winner.
Here's my dilemma: I don't know what to make with it!
I plan on keeping the golden one. It's obviously fingering weight and it is a blend of merino, cashmere and a bit of nylon. It almost seems a shame to knit socks, but with that nylon content, I'm certainly tempted. Another idea would be armwarmers.
What do you think?
Please tell me what you think in comments, and based on them, I'll make a decision and then pick a RANDOM winner of the M J Yarns Simple Sock Fingering Weight in the colorway, Green Orchid. If you want to name specific patterns in comments, that's cool too. I know people love to read through things like this to get ideas of their own.
I'll choose a winner in about a week.
Now it's time for me to wind my skein and do a little swatch and wait for your ideas!
COMMENTS NOW CLOSED! Congratulations, Catherine, you've won the Green Orchid Simple Sock! I've sent you an email!