Monday, January 9, 2012

Haunted by the FWQAL

I promised an upbeat knitting post, and there's one coming -- but I'm currently haunted by the FW blocks so I have to say a little more about them.  I have been knitting for 30 years and it feels like second nature; knitting projects don't worm their way into my brain the way these little FW blocks have done (or at least they haven't for a long time).  I love the mittens I'm working on, and the book I'm using is so interesting that I really do want to share it with you all, and will do soon, I promise...but please bear with me!  The comments on my last post were so helpful -- I truly appreciate them!

SO: I thought I was done, or at least due for a lengthy sabbatical from "farmer's wife" stitching, but I guess I'm back.  I just can't get this project out of my mind, and although it may take a long, long time to get the blocks done, and although some of my blocks are less than perfect, I'm going to keep trying.

I whipped up my 44th, 45th, and 46th blocks -- and each one had to be pieced twice to get them to size. (I didn't measure until I had pieced all three.  Brilliant, huh?)  Yuck.  I am a bit of a glutton for punishment, I guess.

I am working on my 1947 Featherweight right now, while my Horizon is being cleaned and repaired (I have problems with the bobbin case leaping out of place).  I love the Featherweight, but even with my new 1/4" foot and seam guide -- which have helped me to get a reliable scant 1/4" seam on this little machine -- I still end up with FW blocks that are smidge undersized.  I think there may be a little problem with the printing of the pdf's from my FW disk...I don't know.  I don't generally have this problem with the FW blocks pieced on my Horizon.

NEVERTHELESS, I am going to hang in there.  The blocks don't need to be perfect, they don't need to be done by a deadline, and as long as I am getting some satisfaction from making them I am going to keep on going!  My main goal is to choose fabrics for them that I really like.

So here are block 58, Mother's Dream -- which had been languishing in a half-made state:

block 77, Seasons (a new one):

and block 92, Streak of Lightning (also new):

And finally I made a beautiful fussy-cut version of block 85, Square Dance, but it too was undersized and I haven't had the heart to rip it open and re-do.  More on that in a future installment of the farmer's wife melodrama!

Next up: bright, cheerful, and angst-free Norwegian mittens, I promise!!


Tong said...

I'm glad you decided to continue with the farmer's wife blocks, and you are right, there is no need to set deadlines for yourself, just make them whenever you want. I think your blocks all look fabulous! By the way, I have a box full of fabrics for you from Brenda, let me know when you want to come by and pick it up! =)

Annabella said...

Well kudos to you for hanging in there! Your blocks are beautiful and I love the fabrics you have used. I`m not sure how you could have been knitting for 30 years...when did you start? In the crib? ;-)

Prof. S (the enchanted bobbin) said...

Yes, 30-years-a-knitter does make me sound old...but I guess I am! I'm 43 (how did that happen??) and I started knitting at 13. But thanks for the feigned disbelief, Annabella. It is always appreciated, my friend :)

And thanks too to Tong. I hope we can have a sew-in again some time soon!

Archie The Wonder Dog said...

These blocks are lovely but I'm sorry you've had such a hassle with the sizes - could you put a narrow border round Square Dance to bring it up to size?

Prof. S (the enchanted bobbin) said...

I might just do that, or at least give it a try. Square Dance is detailed enough that picking apart and re-piecing is probably more trouble than its before I cut an entirely new block I might as well try the existing mini-block with a border. Thanks, Helen (channelling Archie's wisdom, I presume!).