Friday, 22 May 2020

Free Motion Mavericks - Week 281 - Still Knitting

Ever so nearly finished, but I am thwarted by the lack of buttons, so this little cardigan will have to wait until the shops are open again.  It is almost completely stitched up, but I have yet to finish off under the arms and weave in all the tails.

I was pleased with the overall effect of the random pastel yarn, and the way the pinks and greys matched the mauve of the rib.  I was considering putting in a few stripes of the mauve around the shoulders, but decided against it because this is a V neck cardigan, and I always think a bit of contrast on the chest looks better on a round neck cardie.

So I have started a round neck cardigan, which meant a bit of frantic searching.  After taking copious notes last year when I was devising the pattern for these cardies, now I can't find the notebook.  The obvious place to look is the sewing room, which is still stacked up with furniture.  I managed to climb over a kitchen dresser and into the corner where I store my books, but no joy.  However I did manage to find the graph paper notepad where I worked out the neck shaping for the round neck cardigan in different sizes, so knowing I was in business, I cast on.  I was looking forward to trying this combination of random blue and random neutrals with a grey border.

My husband wasn't as wildly enthusiastic over the baby girl colours as I was (I wonder why), but he loves this combination.  Shame it's not his size.  Anyway, he's a jumpers man.  He shies away from cardies.

We are still waiting for a start date from the decorator, so I don't expect we will be anywhere near back to normal until some time in July.  In the meantime this blog will temporarily transform itself into a knitting blog, and I should make a concerted effort to finish the instructions for the knitting pattern.  Just think, if I had put all the instructions on the blog last year, I wouldn't have had to climb over furniture earlier this week.

Here goes for week 281:-

This week's featured project is Rebecca Grace's Spirit Song quilt.  If you haven't seen her blog post yet, nip over now and see more.

If you have no free motion quilting to show, feel free to link up and show any project you like.  Here are the usual rules, but feel free to ignore them.  To keep the original emphasis, however, preference will be given to free motion quilting when featuring projects from the previous week.

If you love free motion quilting, whether you are a beginner just taking the plunge, or you have reached the stage where you can do ostrich feathers with your eyes shut and still achieve perfect symmetry, then please link up.

Remember, FMQ is FMQ, whether your machine was made last week, or it is older than your granny.

Here are the very easy and slightly elastic rules:-

1.  Link up with any recent post, ideally from the last week but within the last month, which features a free motion quilting project, whether it is a work in progress or a finish.

2.  Link back to this post in your own post.

3.  Visit as many of the other participants as possible and say hello in the comments box.

4.  The link up will remain open for five days, from midnight to midnight GMT for the long weekend, Friday to Tuesday.

So far quilters from the USA, England, Wales, Australia, Canada, Germany, Holland, New Zealand, France, Macau, Russia, Ireland and Brazil have taken part.  The first participant from each new country will get a special mention the following week.


  1. Hi Muv, your girl's cardigan is so lovely. I think that it's one of my favourites! I guess not much is going to happen with your decorations for a while. Oh well, knitting is fun. I'm linking up with some slow stitching. I've really enjoyed it. It's going to take a while for it start looking full but there's no hurry to get it done. I've been playing in the garden and if it gets a little cooler, I will slow stitch there also.
    Take care.

    1. Thanks Andrée!
      Enjoy the stitching. A nice shady corner in the garden for sewing sounds like bliss.
      My main focus is the allotment at the moment. I'm absolutely loving it. Got to make the most of the good weather!



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