The project I worked on at retreat last weekend involves blocks where eight points come together at the same place.
I used a hand piecing technique that gives a flat look to the front and avoids a lump of seam allowances all going the same way on the back.
To do this you sew the seam on the machine but stop at the place where the two seam lines intersect on each piece leaving the tip of the piece unsewn. When all pieces are sewn together press all of the seams clockwise (or counter clockwise). The important part is that they all go the same way around the circle. The points of each piece will make a star pattern. A little fussing with the points may be necessary when pressing.
The resulting flat block is well worth the extra effort.
I seem to make more knitting progress on little things. I finished one of the ladybug picnic mittens. And I'm more than halfway through a new pair of socks for B. With my new nine inch circular needles I can knit MUCH faster. I knit the entire foot of this sock during the high school orchestra concert last night! I also didn't have to worry about dropping a needle in the dark.
Socks and mittens are easy, comfortable knitting projects for me these days. I know what to expect and I like knowing that the finished project will fit and be worn.
Sweater knitting is another story. I am afraid this sweater is in danger of entering the black hole of unfinished sweaters. I love the yarn; I love knitting with the yarn.
I don't love the uncertainty.
Will it fit? Will I have enough yarn? Should I order more and start alternating skeins so the join will not be obvious? If I order more then I will have lots left over and what will I do with that? Should I go ahead with what I have and frog it if I run out? I want to make different style sleeves than in the pattern but what style do I make?
So, there it sits, taunting me while I work on smaller more predictable projects.
We had a beautiful "almost spring" afternoon, yesterday. I even went outside WITHOUT A COAT!
P and I walked around the yard and found our FIRST flowers!The chickens also enjoyed the warm sunny day. They were soaking up some sun and pecking around. I gave them a pumpkin that I had been saving.Cluck, cluck. I forgot how fun it can be to photograph the chickens.We still have some snow and lots of mud. Still, it was a beautiful, blue sky, spring like day. I guess I'm really not much of a winter person.