Craft Traffic Control
One of the joys of My Life in Needlework is the variety. I love following my various enthusiasms for materials, techniques, and end results. My handwork menu is as full and ambitious as a Greek diner’s.
This post started out as an update on my garter-stripe temperature blanket—we’ve passed from winter into spring, and are well into the second quarter of the year. But the temperature project has had its roll slowed by my latest obsession—and that is a non-hyperbolic use of the word: a Cropped Car Jacket from the School of Making, which you can see laid out in blue pieces in the photo above.
I blame you for pointing this jacket out to me when we were at the Alabama Chanin factory in Florence, Alabama a few weeks ago. (Thank you! Forever in your debt!) I fell for it, hard. With its flappy patch pockets, its short, square shape, and its rococo surface design, it’s a heavy contender for a wardrobe item that’s become a grail for me over the years: a handmade Chanel-style jacket. But what sold it is the way three different appliqué techniques transition over the piece. I’d never combined appliqué styles like that, and I knew it would keep me engaged.
I also realized that if I jumped right on this project—if I didn’t save it for some dreamy future in which life will afford loads of extra stitching hours (when is that coming by the way)—I could get it done fast. Maybe even fast enough to wear it at an important family celebration in June.
So, for more than a week, I’ve been stitching my fingers to the nubs, at all hours of the day and night. I’m having a fantastic time, and I’m only slightly worried about my languishing temperature blanket.
Speaking of which, here it is.
I’ve just completed the month of March, in which temperatures ranged from wintry blues to blue-greens and greens, with a smattering of daffodil days. It’s been such a cool spring in New York that I’m not as far into the warm colors as I’d thought I’d be. But I know they’re coming.
April was still fairly cool, but with some nice wide stripes of springy green and yellow.
Does anybody else have projects constantly vying for your time? How do you deal with it? Do you buckle down and focus on finishing one, or let yourself bumble along like a happy bee among the flowers? And how do you bring yourself back to a project that you’ve let go for “a few weeks?”
Temperature blanketeers, I’m with you, all the way. I just want to be with you while wearing a new jacket. Wait up—I’ll be right along! In the meantime, please pop your temperature project progress photos into the MDK Lounge, to keep all our motivation high as we head into those warm colors.
P.S. I’m experimenting with turning my Garter Stripe Temperature Blanket into portable knitting. Here are the colors of April, all packed up into a Bento Bag, ready for toting.