Wednesday, August 19, 2009

My Very First Project

I was digging through a box in my storage unit recently and came across this:

My very first yarn project ever. It's a throw made of Lion Brand Homespun. The entire body is worked in double crochet, and it has a single crochet border.

You can see that this was before I understood the importance of the dye lot.

It was also before I truly understood the function of a turning chain. Each of these stripes is made using a full skein of yarn. I worked with the given colour until I didn't have enough yarn to complete another row, then switched to a new skein. So why are the stripes at the top so much thinner than the stripes at the bottom? Because the whole piece is about 8" wider at the top. I kept increasing at the beginning of the row with out ever realizing I was doing it.

This photo shows how crooked it really is. I can see why I chose to toss it in storage. However, now that I have rediscovered it I love it, imperfections and all. It's actually the perfect thing to grab in the middle of the night if the air conditioning has made my bedroom just a little too cool.

This past weekend I went to the World Quilt Show in Manchester, NH. There were tons of quilts, and tons of vendors. It was really a great way to get out of the heat and spend the afternoon.

I took lots of pictures, but I am only going to share this one here. Although this was not my favorite quilt in the show I was still amazingly impressed by it. Read the description below:

Almost 53 THOUSAND pieces! And it's hand quilted, too.

Also, while at the quilt show I bought several black and white fabrics to work into my quilt. Here's what I did when I got home:


Yarndude said...

That quilt is crazy! 53,000 pieces? I would have died.

In other news, I still love your quilt beyond what is reasonable.

Joansie said...

I think your first project is as special as can be. You showed determination and creativity.

Anita O said...

Isn't it amazing to see how far you've come in your craft? Now you design, spin, dye, etc. Crazy!!

the quilt is amazing!

And of course your block is very cool.

Dave said...

I think I burned my first project. Because it stank. Because I gave it to the dog for his bed. :-)

Toni said...

Hey there.. I love seeing your first project. I remember my first project. I was in 2nd or 3rd grade. Wish I could replicate it. Thanks for sharing ..

The quilt is amazing.

hakucho said...

Your quilt is very attractive! The best throws are the ones you can cuddle up with...comfort beats perfection any day in my book ;)