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!!