Picking up speed again

My short break from quilting has become a slightly longer break than I thought.

To be fair, I’ve been at work the last couple of days, which is not fun just now, and prevents me from diving joyfully into sewing the minute I get home. I have only small progresses to report.

I have unpicked my 4 ties, and there is indeed quite a lot of fabric once it’s all opened out and pressed flat again. But as they’re cut on the bias, they need to be carefully handled. I haven’t decided their eventual fate yet, but every so often I go and look at them and arrange them into different shapes and think about it. Something will present itself from my subconscious.

I tried to make a start on Happiness, by sewing the short white pieces to the side of each square. But I was tired and irritable and kept getting myself tangled up in things, so rather than stuff something up, I put it aside again for a day when I have calm and the freedom to devote a couple of hours to the job. Happiness is supposed to make me happy, not grumpy!

The best progress of all has been on Mystery Woolly Thing. My crochet action is becoming quite fast, and Thing is growing nicely. I think I’m about halfway through, but it’s evolving by itself, I’m just along for the ride! Take a look:

Thing.  That lilac band is what I'm currently working on. Yes, those are my toes...

Thing. That lilac band is what I’m currently working on. Yes, those are my toes…

I was inspired by photographs of the rock formations around Petra, in Jordan. The rock is weathered and smoothed by the passage of time, wind and water. The colours range from palest cream, through gold, ochre, brown and rust, with occasional bands of lilac and almost purple. This link to my Pinterest Landscapes board shows exactly what I mean: Petra rocks. The guy who took the photos is a genius at capturing the colours…

Tomorrow I have a fairly busy day of preparation for our trip south. We’ll be two days on the road, two days there, and two days on the road back. Thing will be coming with me as my car work, since the Car Quilt is a bit in-betweenish, and I don’t want to cart it around for fear of mucking it up. It’s not going to be a trip for fun, but for business, and while I’ll be taking my camera in case of anything lovely to photograph, I may not be posting much. I’m feeling the withdrawal symptoms already 😦

Right, I have to go and hold forth in the kitchen.  More tomorrow.

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13 thoughts on “Picking up speed again

  1. It’s a HUGE woolly thing!
    Lovely pink toe nails by the way!

  2. tialys says:

    That seems like an awful lot of wooliness to have over you in a hot climate!

    • katechiconi says:

      It’s protecting me from the icy blast of the aircon! The humidity is astronomical today, and it’s very hot, so we have to have it up high or drown! On the other hand, Thing is quite light so it’s not like having a massive blankie over me.

  3. sindhoooo says:

    Wow! It looks really awesome!

  4. Kirsten says:

    Will there be room for you to work on it in the car without suffocating yourself?

    • katechiconi says:

      If it gets too much, I shall recline in the back seat, surrounded by a sea of Thing, and command the Husband to turn up the aircon! Seriously, though, it’s not that large… for now.

  5. wombatquilts says:

    Oh that mystery wool thingy looks so cozy. It would be perfect for the cold wet weather here in a Portland.

    • katechiconi says:

      The colours are not in my usual favourite palette, but are cosy looking, aren’t they. I have to say that I’m enjoying crochet action again after so long – Thing is becoming a sort of pet, and I shall be sorry when it’s done. Then, I suppose, there will be Son of Thing, Sister of Thing, etc…

  6. I love the mystery woolly thing’s colours – and of course the bright pink toes.

    • katechiconi says:

      I couldn’t resist the yarn when I bought it about 3 years ago, with no idea what I was going to do with it. I love the boucle texture and the way the colours blend. It’s turning out warm, but still very light. I’m afraid pink toenails are a bit of a permanent fixture – perhaps I should have gone with fluoro orange to blend better with Thing!

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