The design emerges.

And here is the back.

I have seen, on the blogs, people with many ends to weave in on their intarsia designs. I don’t know why they do that. The single thread visible in this picture is the working yarn snaking down the piece. I never cut it; I just pick it up when I need it.  This is how I have always done colorwork, so I don’t know what the other methods are trying to accomplish, but I know that this method works just fine.

So this weekend, in addition to knitting, I weeded the garden, cleaned the house, did the laundry, baked, bought strawberry netting, and wrestled with the quilt. I am feeling back on track.

I also went to the Newcomer’s Luncheon with the Methodists, where the pastor told me that she didn’t think of me as a newcomer. “You just belong here,” she said. Which made me feel very welcome. Asked directly, I admitted to Presbyterianism. She mentioned Predestination as the major theological difference, but then it was time to get in line for the luncheon.

An elegant older lady who is in my Sunday School class was telling how she was instrumental in starting the Prayer Shawl Ministry at the church. It struck her as a good idea, but she did not herself knit. Now, a year later, she is beginning her second prayer shawl. She frogs more than she knits, apparently. However, a shawl that takes almost a year to knit — assuming that she prays the whole time she knits — will be so filled with love and caring that it might have healing powers. SUPERshawl! I am joining the Prayer Shawl group, although I work during their meetings. They assure me that I can knit at home and it will still count.

As to the quilt…
Bouthdi: 
how’s it coming?
CHOMPHOSY: 
as I do one piece, the others come off the fabric
CHOMPHOSY: 
and tear themselves up
CHOMPHOSY: 
while the quilt responds with evil laughter
Bouthdi: 
what piece are you supposed to do?
Bouthdi: 
or rather
CHOMPHOSY: 
like BWAH hahahaha
Bouthdi: 
what are you supposed to do with it?
CHOMPHOSY:  cut the windows out and sew fabric into the holes
CHOMPHOSY: 
but the the framework is coming apart
CHOMPHOSY:  so i don’t know what I will do
Bouthdi: 
that sounds un-simple
Bouthdi: 
sew fabric into the bits?
CHOMPHOSY:  you make holes
Bouthdi: 
I caught that
CHOMPHOSY: 
and put cloth behind them
CHOMPHOSY:  like glass into a window
CHOMPHOSY: 
and then sew it in
Bouthdi: 
sew it in?
CHOMPHOSY: 
in a deeply uncomfortable position
Bouthdi: 
like applique?
CHOMPHOSY: 
in order not to tear any more of the framework
CHOMPHOSY: 
yes
CHOMPHOSY: 
like backwards applique
Bouthdi: 
that’s weird
CHOMPHOSY: 
the whole technique is insane
Bouthdi:  oh
Bouthdi: 
oh I see
Bouthdi: 
that is trouble
Bouthdi:  Matt62842003<!– (6:12:24 PM)–>: oh yeah, well I had something pop into my mind. It was extreme
Bouthdi<!– (6:12:53 PM)–>: an extreme thought? or the jarring popping action.
Matt62842003<!– (6:13:01 PM)–>: jpa
Matt62842003<!– (6:13:17 PM)–>: I get rushes of extreme jpa all the time
Bouthdi:  ok
Bouthdi:  love you
Bouthdi is away at 6:46 PM

So did Bouthdi suddenly run off to rescue Matt+manynumbers from his attack of jpa? We may never know. But that encapsulates the state of the quilt.