Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Live and Learn

WOW: so amazing!
I learned so very, very much 
while doing the banner project for our church!
I love a good challenge, and this certainly was.
Above is a photo of our Nave
that I took Saturday morning after we had hung the banners.
As you can probably tell,
some hang flush against the pillars and some stick out.
Being pretty much a seat-of-the-pants dyer,
I was afraid that my method of dyeing would result in a mottled effect,
which was not what we wanted.
So I got out my dyeing Bible: "Dyes and Paints" by Elin Noble.
As Elin says, "For 'level' dyeing (even color), stir, stir, stir."
.......and she is so very right!

In the meantime, I've been piecing a crib quilt for our
soon-to-arrive grandchild.
We do not know the gender, so these are fairly whimsical and neutral fabrics.

I'm enjoying it so much, that I'm now planning another bed quilt 
for our granddaughter Maggie.
I will dye the fabrics for this one.
.......or perhaps I can get Maggie to lend a hand.
I think she would love it!

I'm also knitting like crazy.
I've begun the Baby Tea Leaves cardigan for the new baby.
The yarn is a yummy madelinetosh Pashmina
(75% merino wool, 15% silk, 10% cashmere)
in the Spectrum colorway.

.....and I continue on with my Fisherman's Daughter Sweater.
I'm on the home stretch: almost up to the armhole decreases on the front.
When finished, I'm going to miss it like one misses a best friend who moves away.
But the good news is, there are lots more yarn and patterns out there!

That's all for now.

Thanks for stopping by.....
and even more thanks if you leave a comment.
I do love feedback!

Peace to you and yours.


Ginny Huber said...

Hi Judy: Always love to see the marvelous range of projects..xo

Carol said...

The church looks magnificent, Judy, a wonderful dying job and a lovely colour. Your sweater looks so complicated, but I know you will make a great garment. I love the colours in the wool for the baby, very pretty but suitable for a boy or girl. You clever, clever girl. xxx

Maggi said...

Your banners are a lovely colour but oh what a stunningly beautiful church. Your latest projects are looking good too. I'm loving knitting with my Madelinetosh yarn.