I am possibly altogether too pleased with myself.

This is a post from a happy Layli.

sheet as quilt backing, with matching perle cotton

sheet as quilt backing, with matching perle cotton

This is a second-hand queen-sized 100% cotton sheet, which will become backing for a twin-sized quilt. Atop it is some the perle cotton I plan on using for the ties & quilting the border.

sweet peas fabric, with matching vintage pillowcase

sweet peas fabric, with matching vintage pillowcase

On the left is a second-hand 1.5 yard-ish cut of cotton, with a vintage pillowcase that would make excellent trim/contrast for whatever I make out of the first.

plaid flannel in jewel tones

plaid flannel in jewel tones

This is a nigh-unphotographable 3-yard-ish cut of gorgeous soft flannel, also second-hand. The colours are accurate here, but it looks much fuzzier than it is.

plaid flannel in jewel tones, close-up of pattern

plaid flannel in jewel tones, close-up of pattern

These colours aren’t accurate, but the pattern is.

Buying only clearance, remnant, and second-hand fabric is how I justify & afford sewing, quilting, knitting, crocheting, and occasionally (very sloppily) embroidering.

In which I make decisions of questionable soundness.

Since I have a serious case of not heeding my own advice, this is what my floor looked like when I went to bed. (Why yes, I did have to move my couch to get it all to fit on the floor, and climb into my loft to photo it all. I am nothing if not dedicated.)

finished laying out my Birdcage on a Chain quilt

finished laying out my Birdcage on a Chain quilt

I’m trying to piece it, but my sewing machine is giving me serious shit, to the point where I’m considering hand-piecing it. Eep.I have hand-pieced a quilt before, it was an awful t-shirt quilt that I never finished. And while this would be much more enjoyable, I think I would rather knit. Particularly as I’m considering hand-quilting it already. Decisions…

I’m off to go fiddle with the tension again, now that I’ve given my machine a bit of a time out. I’ll probably take a long walk if it’s still not behaving.

Don’t be me. Don’t make irresponsible crafting decisions.

Case in point: deciding to lay out a large quilt in your studio flat when even 2/3 of it clearly won’t fit on your floor. Particularly as it’s late at night, and you have not left a path to the kitchen, bathroom, and ladder to the loft where you sleep.

Don’t do this. Take my word for it, just don’t.

laying out my birdcage on a chain quilt

laying out my Birdcage on a Chain quilt

(Birdcage on a Chain by Anna Maria Horner with random fabric I have)

It’s so pretty, and looks exactly like I hoped, but don’t be me. Don’t make irresponsible crafting decisions.

Never let it be said that I am not spontaneous.

Sitting on the couch knitting and watching a show, when there was the strangest noise outside. Instead of the predicted thundershowers, it was hailing quite hard. Without the slightest hesitation, I put on shoes, shuffled down the stairs, and walked around in the hail for a good ten minutes. Highlight of my day, except for any compliments received.

Conclusion: I am spontaneous in the most mundane, boring ways possible.

I finished the first sock, and now I’m trying to motivate myself to cast on the second one, but all I want to do is cast on a new cardigan.

I’m reading this for fun, instead of deciding what to knit. I was reading up on synesthesia (again), planning on making a post about synesthesia as part of a spectrum, with (weak) conceptual metaphor theory somewhere on the other end. But it just didn’t come together, so…

Second sock or cardigan? No one should be forced to make choices like this.

colour moods

Recently, I seem to have been in this kind of a colour mood:

pimpelliese, hand-knit socks, and yarn

pimpelliese, hand-knit socks, and yarn

In the far back is a generic slouchy hat, no idea what the yarn is, as I stole it from the fiber arts club at school.

Upper left is a modified Pimpelliese. Yarn is Knit Picks Wool of the Andes tonal (discontinued, Canopy colourway). My modifications can be found here. I really should take some photos with it, but I wore it to school while it was still damp from blocking, so now it has a nice neck-shaped crease along one side. I’m hoping to get around to re-blocking it soon.

The socks towards the front are Noro Stripey Socks made with Knit Picks chroma fingering (in discontinued colourways again, Elfin and Riverrock).

noro stripey socks in Knit Picks chroma fingering, riverrock and elfin colourways

noro stripey socks in Knit Picks chroma fingering, riverrock and elfin colourways

The balls of brown and blue are what I really want to be working on, but I have something else I have to finish first. I’m so antsy to knit the colours up, they’ve been stuck in my head for months.

Instead, I’m knitting these for my mother (for Mother’s Day, per her suggestion), because she buys me yarn sometimes. But the colours aren’t anything that I’m excited to work on right now. See?

nine-to-five sock, in Knit Picks stroll tonal, queen anne colourway

nine-to-five sock, in Knit Picks stroll tonal, queen anne colourway

(Nine to Five socks, in Knit Picks Stroll tonal, Queen Anne colourway)

That’s the first sock. I’ve been knitting it (and nothing else) for over a week. I just can’t seem to get through it. Uggggh. Thankfully, it’s mindless knitting that I can get done while watching Malcolm in the Middle. I just hope it doesn’t consume my whole spring break.

Finally, there’s Sacre du Printemps in Malabrigo Sock, primavera colourway.  Since they were named after Spring twice, I bust ass getting them done by mid-March so that I could wear them through Spring.

Now, back to knitting the pink swirly barf.