Monday, August 24, 2009

What's On My Design Wall? Something Different

We had a wonderful time at our weekend mini-retreat. There was lots of laughing, sewing, good eating, and fun. It's nice to be able to get away from real life for a while.

The nine patch is put together, except for the border, but it is too big to hang on the design wall, so I've put up my Provence star blocks.

I love this star design. The plan so far is to set them with plain setting squares of the same green as the background of the squares, so that they look like flowers (or stars) in a field. I need to get a few more done before I can tell if that plan will work out. I had bought a little extra green earlier in the year, but this weekend I bought more, so I think I'll have enough to do what I want.

I also found some more of the white. I had been running very low on that, so finding it means I can make many more stars. I also found some more of a blue in the same line last week, so I think the borders will be taken care of. At this point I have seven complete stars, but I can make many more.

This afternoon I learned of the death of an old friend and fellow guild member, not unexpected, but sad nonetheless.

Instead of sewing tonight I pulled out a simple stockinette sock I've been working on sporadically. There is something very calming about the simple rhythm of knitting round and round. Unfortunately, as you can see in the picture, I dropped a stitch five or six rows back, so I've frogged as much as I've knitted tonight. I just find it better to keep my hands busy.

You can check out what lots of other bloggers have on their design wall by checking out Judy's blog.


Marita said...

The stars looks great, never seen these before, I think.
I also knit some inbetween and find it quite relaxing too. A tip from me: If you drop a stitch you don't have to frog, just use a crochet hook and pick up the stitch again and again upwards until you reach the knitting needle. It is very easily done.

Jackie said...

Your stars are really pretty!

There are times when I end my day with less knitting on the needles than when the day started.

Anonymous said...

One day I hope to try knitting socks but I still feel like a novice. Plus I need to finish up the last little bit of my felted purse (the bag part is knitted, just need to knit the straps and then assemble it) and the shawl I am knitting for fall. I enjoy knitting so much.

Julie in the Barn said...

Love your gorgeous stars. That's going to be stunning quilt!

ranette said...

I love the colors in your star blocks...very pretty!

Ruth's Place said...

The stars are wonderful.

So sorry to hear about the loss of your friend. I'm like you, I find the simple rhythm of the knitting needles very calming and meditative.

Nancy said...

You have chosen the perfect fabric combination for your stars. They are gorgeous and will make a beautiful quilt.