Gearing up

Posted by on Monday, October 15th, 2012

I keep promising myself that I’ll cut back on unnecessary projects.  I mean, really, doesn’t everyone who wants a knitting wristlet already have one?  Why do I need to make hundreds more?  I don’t, do I?  But then I think of the eventual move, and how it would be best if I had less fabric to pack, and how making bags  uses up fabric.

And then things get blurry for a while, and I’ve suddenly cut out the pieces for 42 bags.  I even cut fabric that had previously been considered sacred and was sequestered away from the regular bag food.  I’ve gone mad, I tell you!  That bright turquoise on top is a Tula Pink print that’s out of production, and several other members of that line are in the pile too.  Now, to see if I can complete these all in time for Rhinebeck.


(yes, yes I can.  I already did.  Yay me.)

Before the head-swimming rotary-cut-athon, I made this.  I liked the string-pieced bags I made last autumn, but I felt like they were a bit too chaotic, and possibly not quite big enough for a big sweater project.  This is the new take on the same concept.  I love all of the orange, and that teal and orange batik–that was one of the first sacred pieces that would up on the cutting mat.  It opened the flood-gates, as it were.


I even took pictures of the outside. They’re . . . coming. Lightroom still feels foreign to me.

Also, our friends Anna and Sean had a beautiful baby girl this summer. I made her this:



I’m really enjoying the concept of a baby quilt preceding a full-sized bed quilt out of my studio. It’s a great way to test sashing, and it makes me want to finish the larger quilt, and it just keeps making space in the stash.  I quilted the bejeesus out of this one, and encouraged Anna and Sean to use it and wash it with abandon and just drag it back to me if it develops any holes.  We’ll see if they do.

This is the finished trim I made for Adon’s wedding:


I hope I’ll keep seeing it around for years and years, and I think I will. He did a beautiful job adding it to the tunic.

Back to the needles . . .


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4 Responses to “Gearing up”

  1. gayleon 16 Oct 2012 at 4:38 pm 1

    Oh, I LOVE that quilt!!! Makes me want to raid my own stash and start slashing strings…
    Have you got pics of the Great Heap O’ Bags?

  2. Margaret Woodon 28 Oct 2012 at 11:24 am 2

    I have search your website looking for the tutorial on how to make those wristlet yarn bags that you had at this years Sheep and Wool Festival in Rhinebeck, but I can’t find it anywhere. can you provide further direction on where it is? Thanks.

  3. Niteowlon 06 Feb 2013 at 2:06 am 3

    Margaret….check out Dec 2nd 2007

  4. lellaon 07 Mar 2013 at 5:47 pm 4

    Thank God I found out how to read your latest posts. I am slow and old, you see. You must be almost on your way to Mississippi by now.

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