Friday, April 17, 2009

Warm Breeze, at Last

The day outside is gorgeous. Gorgeous! Sunny and fantastic. I'm sick but I'm enjoying the weather from inside by having a nice breeze flutter through my room while I sit around in my favorite chair and knit and surf Ravelry. Recently, I won a contest on the Feeling Stitchy blog, a blog that features embroidery and cross stitching from really really talented people. For awhile now, I've been admiring embroidery but I haven't picked it up. I don't know anyone personally who embroiders and I haven't really had the time for another hobby. The contest was for a book - The Kitchen Linens book. It's all about embroidered kitchen linens, printed kitchen towels and such, and is written by a 'collector of vintage fabrics'. (Wish I had that job.) Anyway, Feeling Stitchy was giving away a copy of the book, and having one of those comment drawings, so I made a comment about my grandmother's embroideries (we have a few around the house on various things) and mine ended up being the random winning comment! Exciting! I won the book and about five colors of embroidery thread, as well as a linen kitchen towel. Fantastic. It arrived in the mail yesterday and while I haven't had a chance to really read through the book yet, I'm hoping this weekend will be a good time to do so.

Meanwhile, I've been knitting up a storm on the Coraline. I think I'm going to lengthen in just a little bit (it asks for 94 rows of stockinette but I'm going to take it up to 114), which will be a better length on my body, but unfortunately will take a little longer. Then will come the fun part of the sleeves and yoke and all that. After some nice, long, mindless knitting I'm certainly ready for something a little more interesting. I've taken a picture of my progress so far, sitting on one of the vintage card table chairs that I'm hoping my mom will let me turn into my new apartment's dining set when I move in. I love these chairs and table! They're lightweight wood with seafoam green plastic seats and would look so adorable with little cushions and placemats. I love the way the sunlight coming in through the window makes this cardigan look like liquid gold. Silky Malabrigo is a very luxurious yarn - you should all try it, for sure. Especially on a sunny day.

2 comments:

  1. Hey! I so hope you enjoy The Kitchen Linens Book as much as I enjoyed writing it! Let me know,

    xxEllynAnne, author TKLB
    Tie One On...an apron, of course!
    www.apronmemories.com

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  2. I used to do a lot of embroidery in my early twenties. Maybe I should have got out more? I also love collecting vintage linens with embroidery on, there's something so special about knowing what time and effort went into making them, and keeping them in use today.

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