Since my last post, I emailed Scarlett Letter and ordered the au ver a soie for Mary Burgess from Wyndham Needleworks. It appears that my silks shipped yesterday so they should be appearing in my mailbox shortly. As I hadn’t heard back from SL, I followed up a phone call. She wasn’t sure what it was I wanted, so she hadn’t gotten back to me. I thought it was clear that I wanted a new piece of fabric, but in any event, that was finally made clear and she is shipping out a new piece today! SL also said if I run out of silks to let her know, so it is a happy resolution, even though she told me that my 19″ square piece should have given me 1.25″ of margins for my piece. I had given myself 2.5″ at the top, which I thought was thin at best. A way long time ago, I worked for a needlework shop in Connecticut (18 years ago!) and our practice then was to give 3″ on all sides for a piece that would be framed without a mat and 6″ on all sides for a piece to be matted. But that’s just my opinion, and now I know going forward to measure my linen beforehand and not just assume that what comes in the kit will be adequate. I have never (in my 25 years of needlework) not had a large enough piece of fabric. Has anyone else run into this?
So, while I am impatiently waiting for linens and silks to arrive in the mail, I have been knitting
on an afghan my library knitting group started well over a year ago. It was my grand idea that we knit this and raffle it off to benefit the library so we all did 4″ squares, although some came in at 4.5″ 5, or even 6″ square. Then I seamed them up and it looked like crap, so I stuffed it all in a bag and hoped no one would remember, but of course someone did and as our big annual fundraiser is in May, wouldn’t it be a great idea to finish it up? Oy. I dragged it back out, cut it apart and decided piece the squares together in blocks of four and knit a border and sashing like a quilt. How do I get myself into these things? This is what it looks like now. I’m going to hand it off to the group to weave in the ends. : )