I'm heading for QuiltCon tomorrow! These four quilts will be in the show. I'm planning to do several posts about the adventure so look for that next week. If you are attending I hope to see you there!
This piece was started and finished on Wednesday when the news came out about Elizabeth Warren being silenced from reading a letter by Coretta Scott King on the floor of the senate. I was outraged by this, along with thousands of others around the country. These words took on a life of their own and you'll find many, many artists were inspired. This is the first sewing I've done since November.
This piece was created with a thrifted linen woman's shirt that I overdyed several years ago when I was hand dying a lot. I cut the buttons off the placket and added them back after the piece was finished. It measures 13" x 6". It's all hand stitched except the line of white stitching and the floral embroidery that were already on the fabric.
I have been thinking about a textile response to the election and had already prepared some fabric. I have an idea in mind, though I'm not sure exactly where it will take me. Then, today I found out about the Threads of Resistance call to entry and wanted to be sure to spread the word right away. Deadline for entry is May 1, 2017.
January- what a month! If you follow me on Instagram none of this is new, but I thought I'd make a note of this remarkable month. I started off the year with a bad case of bronchitis and a slow recovery. We already had a couple of feet of snow on the ground when a double whammy of storms hit us in early January. My husband managed to get out to his business trip to Chicago which left me here to deal with the snow on my own. As of now we've had over 5' of snow this winter- very unusual for Central Oregon. Some of that had melted by the time the big storms hit, but still there were roof collapses all over town including a school gym (luckily no one was in the building). Lots and lots of buildings are also dealing with ice dams. The roofers are going to be super busy this summer. We were lucky to not have roof issues, but Mark spent the week after he got back dealing with roof snow and ice. There was a week there where we were out shoveling and snowblowing several times a day.
When the sun came out we were greeted with the most beautiful snowy views around Bend! We also had the good fortune to be able to ski right out the door. I spent loads of time watching and feeding the backyard birds. The feeders have been so incredibly active. Even now, more than two weeks after the last big dump of snow the snow on the ground at our house is over 18" deep with snow banks and plowed piles reaching 5' or more. We've had some melting and the roads were a mess for a while, but it's been pretty cold this past week so melting has slowed down.
When I haven't been dealing with snow I've been knitting. I ended up making 13 pussy hats. Six of them went to Washington DC for the Women's March. Six went to friends here in Bend (plus one for me) for the local Women's March. The local march was amazing and it was wonderful to see the huge marches all around the world.
I'm still using up stash yarn and decided to continue to make pussy hats. The two below are in blues because some people might not care for pink. These are available for sale in my Etsy shop.
Another thing I've been doing lately is all these little bird watercolors. I'm having so much fun with them. I've put a selection of these original paintings in the shop as well.
If you've read this far I thank you! One thing you will notice is the absence of any fabric based artwork. I haven't sewn in a couple of months now. I think I'm in a bit of a rut, though it doesn't bother me. I'll get back to it at some point. This past week has been distressing due to the death of my father-in-law and the current political climate. I plan to spend the foreseeable future knitting, painting, reading and just taking care of things at home. Quilting and sewing will happen again when I get some inspiration. I will be heading to QuiltCon in late February and that always gets me fired up.
This week I've taken up a whole lot of knitting projects. I've gone through the bins that had old projects and decided which ones I want to finish, which to let go. I've been working on several of the ones that I decided to finish and I'll have more about those projects in the future. Today I want to talk about the Pussyhat Project.
The mission of the Pussyhat Project is to make as many pink, kitty-eared hats as possible to either send to Washington for the Women's March on Washington on January 21 or to wear in your own home town for a march. I discovered just two pink yarns in my stash and have already knit them up. Pussyhat #1 is knit with a pretty purple-pink yarn I picked up in Maine on my trip there in 2015. Pussyhat #2 was made with some Frog Tree Alpaca sportweight that I've had in the stash for years. I had to double it to make it work, but it's super soft. If you want my very simple pattern to make a hat of your own, just see the end of the post. For more info on where to send hats see the link above. The most important details can be found here. I am planning to mail my hats on Monday to arrive by the Jan 14 deadline.
This morning I was about to head out to do some errands including going to purchase more pink yarn, I remembered this old handknit sweater. I had been wanting to repurpose it anyway and it's a perfect source of pink yarn. I am washing the yarn now and will be knitting more hats this weekend.
Easy Pussyhat Pattern:
Using a yarn appropriate for a size 7 circular needle, cast on 80 sts with a long tailed cast on. Link into a round and K2P2 for 3 inches. Switch to K every st for 5.5 inches. The total height will be 8.5 inches. Turn the hat inside out and use a three needle bind off to close the top. Weave in the ends, turn the hat right side out and you are done. I have found that the ears look better after blocking so set aside time for that.