Christmas Elma Family Handmade Handmade for Elma Handmade for Kitty Kitty Knitting Quilting Work in Progress

Thinking in yarn


I know what you’re thinking; that my self professed project monogamy has turned out to be remarkably short lived even for me.

And certainly there is a weight of evidence that would seem to support that verdict, not least the presence of slightly less yarn sat on the end of the sofa, and what I am in no doubt would be the prosecution’s Exhibit A, a finished hat.

Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade family life

Well mostly finished. Technically it still needs a giant pompom on the end but that’s not going to get me off the hook.

But back to the quilt. I have finished all of the embroideries, and given them a little steam press face down into a fluffy towel to get rid of their creases and prepare for patchworking, and then I ironed the printed patches to get rid of the creases cased by years of sitting in a bag in my cupboard, and then I sat and looked at the two piles.

And looked. And looked again. And got the tape measure out.

The printed patches are 9 1/2 inch squares to give a 9′ finished block. The embroideries are 9 1/2 inches tall, no problem there, but they’re also 8 1/2 inches wide. Which is a problem.

This would be what happens when you try to combine two different sets of patches wouldn’t it. So far I’ve toyed with the idea of putting little plain white borders around the embroideries (fiddly and annoying), using spare red spotty backing to add little borders (fiddly and the red spot is too wide a repeat to get more than one row of spots and has every potential to be incredibly unforgiving if my cutting if a nano-metre less than perfect), or cutting everything down to be 8 1/2 inch squares.

I think that’s what I’m going with, it’s just that if I do that then I’ll want to make it a 6×6 quilt and that means I need some peace, some time, and some serious consultation with the tape measure to see whether I’ve got enough fabric to do that.

Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade family life

And while I was thinking, a couple of balls of yarn might just have fallen into my lap. I’m claiming it helps me think. Well that’s the excuse for Elma’s Christmas hat, I’m just not quite sure what I can say to justify casting on for Kitty’s.

Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade family life

Wool fumes – and too much time spent looking at people’s pictures of first snow!

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  • Suzanne3childrenandit 15/11/2014 at 9:27 am

    Aw this is gorgeous! Must have taken you ages. Are you selling them?

    • Carie 15/11/2014 at 9:30 am

      No, they’re for the girls for Christmas – matching but not matching so all’s fair but we can still tell them apart (the hats that is!)

  • Vickie 15/11/2014 at 10:50 am

    How cute is that hat! I can’t wait to see the finished hats, complete with pompoms, sitting on your pretty girls’ heads. 🙂

    The wool fumes have got me too! I have a terrible case of startitis at the moment as not only am I working on Bubs’ blanket, I have a cabled capelette and a pair of socks on the needles for her too. If I’m not careful she’ll end up looking like that boy on the card you mentioned the other day!

    • Carie 16/11/2014 at 10:06 pm

      Well she’ll be in good company with my three anyway – sounds very cute, I hope you show us them when they’re finished!

  • susan 15/11/2014 at 2:13 pm

    Oh, that hat is just so sweet. I have barely learned to knit so the picture of the four needles is just mind boggling to me – you are really quite talented!

    • Carie 16/11/2014 at 10:09 pm

      It looks terribly impressive but you’re only ever using two needles at a time so it’s quite easy really!

  • Donna 15/11/2014 at 10:30 pm

    Your creative streak is inspiring but knitting in a circle like that makes me eyes open wide! I have no idea how it would even happen and just the thought makes my head hurt. Beautiful hat and I hope your quilt gets sorted x

    • Carie 16/11/2014 at 10:10 pm

      It’s really not as hard as it looks I promise!!

  • sally 16/11/2014 at 10:26 am

    That hat is very cute! I feel for you with the quilt, very annoying.

    • Carie 16/11/2014 at 10:11 pm

      I think it’s going to be OK – I just need to cut everything down and hope for the best!

  • Lucy Blossom 17/11/2014 at 11:22 am

    They are really cute, I’m sure your girls will love them for Christmas.

    • Carie 20/11/2014 at 11:38 pm

      I hope so!!

  • Louisa 17/11/2014 at 2:12 pm

    I understand the problem of only having one project at a time on the go. It is pretty much impossible, sneaking another one in between is a necessity I say. I love your little hat, it’s going to be amazing with a pom pom. #handmademonday

    • Carie 20/11/2014 at 11:33 pm

      Hopefully – I’ve finished the second one now, now all I need are the pompoms!

  • Jess @ Along Came Cherry 18/11/2014 at 3:53 pm

    You really make me want to learn to knit! xx

    • Carie 20/11/2014 at 11:24 pm

      You totally should!! It really is very easy once you get the hang of it!