Can you believe the first quarter of 2011 has been and gone? It is an oddly cheerful thought and I have had an excellent first three months of the year. Selected highlights:
- I knitted a purple cardigan
- ..and finished another cardigan which I really, really need to sew together.
- I celebrated my ten years of blogging
- I celebrated my mumble-mumble birthday.
- I bought a sewing machine
- I exhibited at the Tramway Art Gallery
- .. and helped the curators with fun bits and pieces behind the scenes.
- I took a jazz singing workshop
- I was in UK knitting magazine Let's Knit
- .. and also in UK newspaper The Guardian
- I did a quilt workshop at The Life Craft which resulted in my first quilt
- I saw Patrick Wolf in concert, huzzah!
- I also saw Submarine (youtube link) which was excellent..
- .. and Skeletons (youtube link) which was very odd.
Not bad. I just need to read more books because I only finished one (one! ONE!) book during the first three months of this year. That is abysmal. I blame Zadie Smith's On Beauty which I really, really did not like.
New project on the needles. This is my take on the Unwind wrap from Rowan Magazine 49.
The original has a very muted colour scheme - soft mauves, dusty blues and earthy neutrals - but I have long wanted to combine three bold colours of Kidsilk Haze so I took my inspiration from Bollywood instead. I'm using a very bold fuchsia as my dominant KSH colour together with coral red and deep orange with lime green as contrast and a neutral pink to tie things together. The pattern also uses five different colours of Rowan Summer Tweed and again I have opted for pink-red-orange-green hues.
The wrap isn't difficult to knit as it's all stocking stitch. I think the difficulty lies in which colours to choose. These colour schemes spring to mind: ocean blues, greens and greys; spring garden in pretty pinks, greens and yellows; earth and stone in browns, beiges, fawn and soft greys; girly in soft hues of pinks and whites..
.. my Fancy jumper is zipping along really well too. It is weird having two KSH projects on the go at the same time. I think I might try to counterbalance all the airy mohairiness with some sewing later this week. I have some self-imposed deadlines (as always) and I'd also like to wear some self-made things on a trip to Yorkshire I'll be making next month.
I wonder what my next quarterly review is going to look like?