22 May 2010

I should be in the other room sewing but. . .

. . . I'm hoping that Scott is in there working on wedding invitations. . .

I wanted to quickly get out there a few things I've been meaning to blog about all week.

1. Scott's sister gave us this crazy picture two years ago for Christmas. (I'm hoping that clicking on the image makes it larger so that everyone can enjoy. If not, here's a link.) I love it in a crazy way. I love the old 50s look of it. I love the fish in the cruise ship bar. I love everything about it. Scott tried to cut a mat for it a few months ago but it just didn't turn it quite right. It's been sitting - with the frame - on a little table in our bedroom staring at me accusingly ever since and last weekend I finally got around to framing it. I went to a local marine supply store and found a nautical map of Charleston and cut it to fit the frame and centered the print on it. I think it was the perfect thing.

2. After meeting with the wedding coordinator on Wednesday (because this thing has gotten so big that I need to be coordinated. . . .), I went back to her shop to look for paper and found this INSANELY FANTASTIC RIBBON!!! With big tears in my eyes I explained that we needed to find a way to use it in the wedding so she pulled the spool off the floor for me. No idea what we'll do yet but I know it'll be fab.

3. I've still probably got another week ahead of me on little Peony's blanket but I'm mostly pleased with how it is progressing. I'm amazed that using exactly the same colours as this blanket but in a completely different pattern has resulted in something that feels like I've used different materials altogether. I'm not sure what I was expecting but this blanket is a constant surprise to me.

4. I'm zigzag obsessed right now. I've started work on the wedding quilt but that'll have to wait for another post. Which is why I should be in the other room sewing. . .

10 May 2010

Project for Peony (or start #892)

In addition to everything else that my family has going on this year - our wedding, my little baby brother's graduation from high school, my mom's wedding - the longest anticipated is the arrival of the first baby. No, not from my brother who is graduating. . . My gorgeous brother Chris and his beautiful wife Kari are having a baby. Due two days before the wedding. (When I shared the good news with Scott, he said it was very selfish of them to have the baby so close to our wedding. I pointed out that the baby was in the works before he proposed so it was we who were the selfish ones. . . ) The bummer of this is that Chris & Kari won't be able to attend the wedding, but when it's all said and done we'll have a beautiful little niece!!

They were sweet enough to share the gender with us so I've been able to plot and plan but with so many other things on needles - both knitting and sewing - I felt like I shouldn't get started on anything new just yet. But the two things I've working on recently - another baby blanket and a quilt - are starting to wear on me. They'll get finished (and hopefully soon) but the itch in my brain wouldn't be relieved until this little baby was started. I made this blanket in more muted colours for another baby last year and once I realized I probably had enough yarn left over from Elliot's blanket, I had to get a something on some new needles. I love it so far. It's the best TV project ever because there is one row of a very short simple repeat and then rows of knit and purl. With so many of the TV shows I've been watching about to come to an end for the summer, I'm imagining being able to knit this one up fairly quickly.

I love you baby Peony! (Which is what I'm calling you since that's my favourite flower and the wicked new parents are claiming that they're not going to share your name until you show your pretty little face.)