Wednesday, May 07, 2008

Imaginary sweater, real quilt

I had a great day yesterday. I started doing research for my thesis proposal, searching for sources that will help me put together a proposal about tabloid newspapers (i.e., the "gutter press") published in Canada during the postwar period. After spending nearly the last year (!) chafing against my comps, spending just one day doing library searches related to crime and deviance, media, and the 1940s and '50s felt like settling into a comfortable favourite sweater -- maybe a merino/alpaca blend, a little too big, and, um, with lots of traditional cables. (I'm just trying to help you with a visual. So the sweater is ecru, too. And it looks really good on me. :) I still have to defend my comps, so there's still a small cloud over my head, but I can mostly move on now, and I'm very happy about it. Finally, my own work.

Before getting back to work yesterday, I spent a few days sewing! I set up my machine and retrieved all those little triangles I'd cut out before Christmas (from this fabric), and I sewed them together. I now have the 14 strips done, and once I sew the strips together I'll have a finished Flock of Triangles quilt top! I also went out and bought solid yellow for the binding and a medium grey solid for the back -- but I forgot to buy the batting (duh). I'm planning to quilt this one by hand, so once I put the quilt sandwich together it will probably be a while before it's actually a quilt. Once I get the top together, I'll take some pictures -- I really like how it looks.

It's a beautiful day today, and a friend is coming over later so I can show her how to turn a heel. Another sock knitter is born! How many points do I get?

8 comments:

Kim U said...

I defended my qualifying exam back in March and I totally understand what you're saying about finally getting back to your own research. I love the sweater analogy, I'm going to have to remember that one! I think my sweater also has a few really hard lace panels thrown in and at this point also has some issues with color coordination :)

Michelle said...

Major points!

Sarah said...

Oh dear, I'm feeling an incredible compulsion to run out in search of yellow fabric! Good thing the fabric store will be closed by the time I get home from faculty meeting. I can't wait to see your Flock of Triangles quilt - I'm sure it will be a glory!

Thinks too much said...

Can you redeem those points for travel?

Stacey said...

I can totally picture that sweater....mmm...cuddly soft with lots of dense cables.

Yay! The world can always use another sock knitter!

La Cabeza Grande said...

*shakes fist* That darned batting! Blame the batting for not jumping into you cart. It can take it.

Congrats on finally getting the chance to swim in your own thesis pool. I know it's going to be terrific.

As for points on the birth of a sock knitter, you've already earned your Knitting Proselytizer badge!

Paula said...

My maternal grandfather was an RCMP officer in NS; he served mainly on Cape Breton Island. Apparently, several of the crimes/murders he investigated were written up in the AllĂ´ Police tabloid. Mom used to have copies however; they went missing during one of our moves.

millie said...

That sweater! Isn't it the lovely "must-have cardi" you made?