The State of the Kiki Mariko
October 9, 2008
I hope everyone in Nashville will be glued to the tee vee tomorrow when you appear on TALK OF THE TOWN. Whatever are you going to do without me interrupting you? Save me a bite of whatever’s on the cooking segment.
Travel Knitting: Do’s and Don’t’s
One of the rules I live by: if it needs its own seat, it’s probably not a good project for travel knitting. Here we see the current status of my Kiki Mariko rug. Carrie is 4′ 11′ (ish); the rug tape measures out to 4’6″. So I’m closing in on the finish line. I have to look at the pattern again and figure out when I’m sposed to stop.
I have to say that this project was fun and relaxing from the start, but it got a whole lot more fun when I decided I didn’t need no stinkin’ repeats of the stripe pattern. There is something in me that resists a regular repeat. I really enjoy changing the colors, and those bits where it goes off kilter, like a lot of blue or a lot of orange in one spot? That was on purpose. For the thrill. (I’m not being sarcastic. Those spots are exciting to me.) I am eager to see if I still like it when it’s felted. It’s a low risk project because it’s going to be one of those rugs you walk over on your way in the door and don’t really look at. I’m not hanging it on the wall or anything.
To those who have asked how I plan to felt this, given its large size: I plan to use a regular washing machine and a king-size pillercase. I have washed big fat blankets and comforters in the machine; I think this will work fine as long as I take measures to filter the fluff (which is where the pillowcase comes in). Felting this will generate a LOT of stray fluff.
I like to think that if I were knitting Fair Isle in a fine Shetland wool, I would be getting a smoother fabric than I’m getting with Lamb’s Pride Bulky and Manos. But I don’t know. It’s a leap of faith that felting is going to cure all ills. I believe, Miss Ann! I believe!
Quilts Are Everywhere
I’ve had quilts on the brain, even more than usual.
A very quilty sign, to my eye. I love that this advertisement doesn’t say the name of the hospital on it. If you’re walking under this sign, you know the name of the hospital. And since they were taking care of Hubby in there, I found the sign very uplifting. (Hubby is home! All is copasetic!)
Another quilty sign. This one inspired me as to both layout and palette. I like things with letters. Wouldn’t the Margaret Sweater make an awesome blanket? You could really lay some TEXT on a blanket. (Note to self: Start with dishcloth.)
There is also quilt inspiration in actual quilts. Here is the master’s latest annual collection of quilts. Fasten your seatbelts, people: Kaffe is doing the textile version of the Wall of Sound. Layers and layers of overdubbed, drenchy color. Contrast is not really a concern. And there are brilliant contributions from regulars Roberta Horton, Brandon Mably, and Liza Prior Lucy. And remember how I was all excited about the grit & glory combination of rose petals on black asphalt? This photo made me gasp:
Allotment Quilt by our excellent Jane Brocket. Who styled that photo? Wowie. Many more photos, and a wonderful article by Jane on patchwork and gardening, in the book.
There’s lots to look at, everywhere.
See you in Lexington!