Queen of Hearts

Screen shot 2014-05-02 at 5.00.58 PMThat’s me. All 100 hearts finished on Happiness.

I’d actually started quilting lines in the white sashing. Stopped. Looked at it. Ripped it all out. I don’t like it. So Happiness is sitting draped over a chair in the living room where I can consider options for holding the layers together a bit more without long lines of quilting. Currently I’m favouring tiny buttons in colours to blend with the squares: blue, aqua, pink, red and yellow. 20 of each, colours distributed fairly randomly, and sewn through all the layers at the sashing intersections. When I say tiny, I mean something about 3/8″ or about 3/4cm. I’m well and truly ready to finish this quilt, and I’m not ready to start another round of complicated quilting, so I’m thinking the buttons will win. If not buttons, then embroidery floss ties.

Screen shot 2014-05-02 at 5.05.47 PMI’ve had a bit more fun with the weeny knitting needles and red wool. Look! Moss stitch, 2k2p ribbing, stockinette and basket stitch. To be frank, I’m starting to hate those tiny needles and am well and truly ready for grown up ones, rather like graduating from training wheels on your bike. But it’s been a fun exercise in very basic pattern reading. I didn’t even rip any of it out… I don’t see any mistakes, but the more expert among you probably will.

There’s one good thing about this knitting lark, which is that I don’t need to do it in my sewing room, I can actually spend time with the Husband, even if I am going “shhh, I’m counting” an awful lot!

15 thoughts on “Queen of Hearts

  1. I love the idea of the buttons – I think that would look lovely
    Great knitting btw!

    • katechiconi says:

      Blush! I take that as a major compliment from the Sock Goddess! I’m liking the buttons idea more and more, especially compared with another load of quilting!

  2. Buttons, wow, that would be fabulous! I am impressed by your knitting too! (I am horrible at knitting, I think!)

  3. tialys says:

    I have made a lap quilt using hearts and finished with buttons in the intersections so I know it does work really well. Unfortunately, when my dog Stan was a pup he had a penchant for soft furnishings and chewed all the buttons off it leaving some nasty holes so it is but a fond memory :{

  4. segmation says:

    Interesting use of delightful color choices! Isn’t hard picking the correct color to use?

  5. Kirsten says:

    Look at that!! I think you are ready for the big needles now. Glad to see you did a bit of moss stitch – it’s one of my favourites.

    • katechiconi says:

      I’ve also done a bit of a test piece of the pattern I was proposing to use for Fluffy Thing. I’m not used to lacy type knitting and it looked like a horrible mess for about three lines. I was on the verge of pulling it all out and rethinking, and then suddenly a pattern emerged and I got it! But I’m pretty sure 26 stitches isn’t going to be enough…

      • Kirsten says:

        That often happens with patterns, they can take a few rows to emerge. You might be better with the larger number of stitches, depending on how wafty you want it to be.

      • katechiconi says:

        I’m worried that if it’s too narrow it’ll roll up and turn into a skinny strip. Wider will, I think, be better.

      • Kirsten says:

        Hmm, yes, that could happen, especially as it will be quite light and airy. Blocking could eliminate some of that, but it is a pain.

  6. anne54 says:

    Wow! Well done You! That knitting looks ace. 🙂

  7. You are right, knitting can be more social and portable.
    I cannot believe you finished all those hearts so quickly!

    • katechiconi says:

      It didn’t feel that quick to me! I’ll be posting the finished quilt tonight; I have about 10 more buttons to sew on, then the binding, and she’s done. Got to get it done while the sun’s shining so I can get a good photo of it hanging on the line, otherwise it’ll look dull and blah.

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