Saturday, May 30, 2009

Summer? Already?

I'm sure I'm not alone in this thought, but how can it be June already? My spring season was dominated (and I don't use that word lightly) by my parent's visit. It was a true gift that they could stay with me, though. After living in one-room studios, they were finally able to stay in our "guest room". It's really my crafting room, but that nifty little aerobed sure can make anyone feel at home. And to make it all worthwhile, my mom made my favorite homemade goody - dumplings.

I had spent a night traveling for work and when I got home I was greeted by this little line-up. Thanks Mom!

Anyway, I should have known the warm weather was here. Subconsciously, I must have been getting tired of all the heavy wools, and thick cashmere. I lost complete interest in the two sweaters I had been working on, one thicker than the other. My mind started wandering towards my sewing machine. My poor little machine had been neglected since last fall.

I decided I needed to pick up the sewing, which apparently is my warm weather craft. To me, it's lighter in a lot of ways. And I'm sure I'm not alone in that notion either. I had been planning to make the Luxurious Wool Blanket from The Purl Bee for quite some time. I had bought the O-Wool Organic Wool material months and months ago, probably more like a year ago. And, I had bought this beautiful french linen from The French General when I was in LA. While I had no plans to use the linen for this project, it seemed like the perfect match.

I never worked with linen before. I prewashed both materials, and the linen became incredibly drapey. I was a little surprised since it's so stiff when it's new.

It's a wonderful and quick project. Hand sewing binding onto a quilt is one of my favorite things to do, so this was a real pleasure.

Now... how will I be able to keep my little girl from making this blanket hers like all the others in the house?


Fer said...

It's true, knitting is our cool climate friend. The blanket is lovely.

Emi_Shimosato said...

Did you make Gyo-za (vegetable dumpling)? looks delicious :D