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Archive for January 14th, 2003

Quilts and Handpainted/Embellished Fabrics

Tuesday, January 14th, 2003

It snowed today, which means I need color. Maybe you are in the same boat! You may want to visit this site with beautiful quilts and lovely handpainted/embellished fabrics:


The woman who does these, Melanie Testa, is on one of my dyeing email lists. Lovely stuff.

In knitting news, I turned the heels on the alpaca sox yesterday, then turned heels on a pair of turquoise jacquard Opals today. I’m always delighted to be past that part… not because I have trouble with it technically, but because I just prefer knitting without a thought in the world.

I’ll be happy now until I get to the toes on both pair. It won’t be too long on the alpaca, because I’m about 3″ past the heel and I like my sox slightly less than 9″ long. I still am decreasing the gusset stitches on the Opals. I’ll take pictures when they look like something!

The Opals are very very slouchy in the cuff and the alpaca only slightly slouched. I am looking forward to the alpaca for sheer luxury and warmth, and the Opals for the color. I am in a turquoise mood, I have been for several months. Turquoise is harder to find than fuschia and purple, my other two “standard” colors. It will be fun to finish something soon. Then maybe I will allow myself the time to start in on the sleeves on that stalled sweater!