I’ve been knitting late at night when I am unable to sleep…something that happens often when I have a difficult assignment in school or some life event that requires serious thinking. Being able to think… really THINK and still be working on something with my hands is one of the reasons why I love to knit. Of course some projects require constant attention and unrelenting vigilance to create a specific pattern…but I try to always have some fairly simple project going at the same time so I can turn to it and just knit without having to be carefully following a pattern. This second purple sweater is that kind of knitting…mindless! Just 5 rectangles of garter stitch and the only thing I have to pay attention to is making the rectangles the right size. Love it!!
Soooo, while I can knit mindlessly when I want to do it…on the other hand, I have a project that is lace knitting, something I’ve never had any good luck with. This time, however, I bought a series of video lessons that will teach me how to knit lace! With some visual aids and an actual teacher I think that this time I may actually be able to make something lacy!! I’ll keep you posted, but don’t hold your breath while you wait…this promises to be a challenge.
This little hen is easy to make and can sit on your sewing table or dresser and hold pins. She is equally at home when she is wearing something more stylish. Just make her using fancier fabrics and, if you are adventurous, you can do lots of embroidery stitching like on a crazy quilt. Dressed up like that she is quite comfortable sitting on a shelf in a bookcase or on a small table….and proudly shows off your sewing skills.
The little hen is made using triangles for her body and another of the same dimension for the side she sits on; the size of the triangles depends on how large or how small you want the finished product to be. Once you know how to put the triangles together, you’ll be surprised at how easy it is. You will actually spend more time “creating” the fabric you use for the triangles. But watch out because making them is so much fun you’ll want to make several. One year I made one for every lady in my sewing circle. Another year I made one for each grandchild and all my girl children (so they wouldn’t feel left out) for a small Easter surprise. For those I used a single fabric–that was 14 different single fabrics and 14 different little hens–instead of piecing fabrics together as shown in the picture. My sewing table looked like a pastel chicken farm!
If there are requests for more about the little hen, I’ll try to find a video that will show you how to put her together. Failing in that, I will attempt to write directions for you myself….this should be entertaining for those of you who are good at writing directions…and more so for the authors whose directions I used to edit.
I was a technical editor prior to my retirement. My job was to read other people’s directions and make them easy to understand. I wrote suggestions for changes the original author should make….not directions for a project from start to finish. My goal was to be able to make whatever project I was editing. Talk about having a job that is just what you want to be doing! Making beautiful books about textiles and textile arts was a dream I’d had for a very long time. For many years I did just that. I really do feel blessed.
And I’m sending blessings to all of you!