|Elfin Bonnet from the front|
So, my week of lots of work-related deadlines has most fortunately been punctuated by opportunities to get my hands on fabric and yarn. First up was a knitting class with Master Knitter Lisa Wilcox Case
. When I saw the hat in Home Ec (and felt it—knit from the springiest, softest merino Millamia), I had to make one.
|Such a cute side detail!|
Lisa calls it the Elfin Baby Bonnet and she recreated the pattern from one that an elderly neighbor gave her when she was in college. She described a woman who lived alone, across the hall, and knit hats for babies. Lisa still had the pattern the woman shared with her, typed up on an index card like a recipe. The construction of the hat is so cool—you knit it flat, then fold it in half and use a three-needle bind off to "stitch" the two sides together. Lisa hopes to have the pattern available on Ravelry soon. I knit a red one, and bought a different yarn yesterday to make a pink one. With spring coming, these may not be appropriate gifts for babies for awhile, but I'll have a nice gift stash for next fall and winter.
Then yesterday I taught my first quilting class
. I was a little nervous—Would people like it, would it be enough to fill the time? It turned out that I knew all four of my students, some long-time friends and some new friends, so that helped with the nerves.
|The group discusses layout possibilities for HSTs|
It was so much fun to catch up with them, find out about the connections between them, and watch their very different fabric choices become half-square triangles. I can't wait to see what they ultimately do with their squares. And I hope they enjoyed the class.
|Nora and her HST blocks-a pillow for her bed?|
It's always surprising to learn that you know something other people don't...it's easy to just assume what you know is common knowledge. But in hindsight I am grateful to my half-square triangle sweat shop
for making me adept enough at half-square triangle-making to share it with others.
|Maureen and her Heather Ross-polka dot HSTs|
And everyone agreed that Laundry Basket Quilts Triangle Papers
are a pretty nifty tool.