So what are your resolutions for 2012? I made a list of semi started quilt projects to finish in 2012. I have a quilt group that we put $2 in the "kitty" ( a plastic jar ) for each unfinished object we hope to complete by the following Dec. If the project was unfinished the money stayed in the kitty . We went out to lunch in December and it was hilarious to listen to " hmmm, what project was that ? " Yeah, resolutions can go astray.
Have you made a resolution to get fit in 2012 ? Of course with fitness we can all just order a device that makes our midsection contract as we walk around , work on the computer etc. I can just imagine cutting out a quilt while this belt makes my abdominals contract. Of course the person on TV was smiling and happy every time she got zapped.
As to other resolutions , I want to explore making complex cloth. That sounds rather lofty , it means drawing ,painting and wadding and dyeing the fabric , hopefully liking the result enough to make something out of it. I have a stack of Quilt Magazines in which I have dog eared the techniques I plan to try.
I have a knitting project that I would like to finish , before the spring thaw ; fingerless gloves , sans pattern. My friend ," A" , who has knitted since birth, is extracting the "how to" out of her head and explaining to me how to knit the gloves . So far, I have ripped mine out 4 times but I finally made it past the thumb to the pinkie . I am using sock yarn and I wanted a tight fabric, so I am using a size 2 needle . I started with 50 stitches ( about 10 stitches less than I would use for a sock ) and ribbed about 2 inches, switched to just knitting ( stockinet) and by looking at my hand , I decided to knit a few rounds before starting a gusset (increases) for my thumb. The gusset is formed by adding a stitch every other round at the beginning and end of the round , moving the increase over one stitch each time. I did find that putting a stitch marker on the 1st needle helped me remember to do the increase on the last needle , as I would see it as I came around the last needle and not have to rip back and do the increase. "A'' said the number of increases needed was about 1/4 of the total. Note, I said about. I increased 11 times and it looked big enough. Then I used a piece of cotton yarn to place those extra stitches on and continued knitting in the round until I reached the pinkie. The pinkie is set lower down so after leaving those 10 stitches on a holder , I knitted 4 rounds and will then divide the remaining stitches for my other digits. I am taking notes so I can make the other glove exactly the same. ( I hope so anyway, my note taking skills leave something to be desired) . I will be picking up the stitches of each digit and knitting a tiny tube of stockinet, ending with some seed stitch to keep the tubes from rolling inward. As you can tell , I needed to challenge myself on the knitting front.
|Fav. knitting tools , the red and blue thingy is a project holder and the needles are square, light weight metal by Kollage.|
|Fingerless glove finished past the thumb.|
|The same glove with the pinkie stitches on a holder of cotton yarn |
Well off to do those exercises that keep me able to knit and quilt , 'cause I don't have an ab. zapper .