It may be Sockuary at the knitting blogs and Juneuary in the weather forecast, but it is definitely January at the gym. That means there are lots of people there. New people. People who read the directions on the treadmill. People who have made New Year’s Resolutions.
This reminds me that I am not a neophyte at the gym any more, and should probably quit being lazy and doing the same exact workout that I was doing when I started. I think it was challenging then, but now it just gives me a chance to read magazines.
I have learned many things at the gym, including who Jen and Brad are, how to hairspray a ponytail, and the surprising fact that one’s goal in shopping for clothes should be to look young, skinny, and affluent (the article used those exact words. I am not making these things up). Sometimes I take in copies of The Nation or Sojourner or Newsweek and leave them in the magazine racks, but they always disappear. This is either because readers get all engrossed in the news while on the elliptical trainer and take them home, or because the nice people at the gym feel that it lowers the tone of the place and throw them out. I don’t know which.
But that is the thing about resolutions: most of the new people at the gym will not be there reading Cosmo and Lucky next month. They will have given up their resolutions and quit. That’s why I like goals better. I have nine goals for this year. Some I have scheduled, for summer or for Tuesdays or Sundays. Others I work on every day. Others I can take steps toward, knowing that at some point in the year they will be completed. My knitting goals are under #8, my fiber-related goals, which include two sweaters and two quilts.
This is obviously not an ambitious goal. However, I have to leave room for the inspiration of the moment. You never know when a scarf or sock or slipper might beckon irresistably.
The two sweaters are settled, but I am still planning the quilts.
#1 son’s quilt is the highest priority. I hope to have it finished by April. We are thinking of using this pattern:
This is the type of quilt known as “stained glass.” I have never done this kind before, so it will be a learning experience, which is of course always good. The medallion shown here would go in the middle of the quilt, with borders which are also yet to be determined. If I can figure out what I’m doing with this quilt by the end of this month, I should be able to make it by #1 son’s birthday in April.
The other quilt may be another table runner. I have a pattern for a very cool Christmas design which I have been thinking of making for some time. It is fairly elaborate, but small enough that I could work on it during the summer, when it is too hot to think about bed quilts.
The other possibility for the second quilt is one of the UFOs I mentioned yesterday, the teacup quilt. As my daughters were growing up, I made them lots of pretty dresses, and I used scraps from each one to make an appliqued teacup square like this one.
A couple of years back, in my brief Bad Girlz quilting stage, I put the blocks together. I even sandwiched the front with batting and backing. I set it aside for later quilting. You can see it below, in a very unclear picture taken with my toy camera. Though it is not very clear, it is clear enough to show the Bad Girlz sashing.
Bad Girlz quilting involves slapdash folk-art cutting and sewing, as though you don’t own a ruler. A friend from my book club does it, and I admired her quilts and took it up for about two weeks.
The result was a Hallowe’en table runner, which I finished last October and now quite like, and this quilt. The contrast between the Good Quilter applique and the Bad Girlz setting may be too much. I may need to take the whole thing apart, buy some new sashing fabric, and do it again. This may be why this is a UFO instead of a beloved completed quilt. Hallowe’en may be the only time I can really like Bad Girlz quilting. I’m just not really a Bad Girl. What can I say?