I love it when people bring in their finished projects. It's my favorite thing that happens around here. Today I was doubly lucky: I had two classes that had finished objects for showing off.
First was my Big Quilt class. I love this quilt. In its variations (BQ1, BQ2, BQ3), I have made about 5 quilts. (My BQ3 using Amy Butler fabrics and solids is hanging behind the counter at the moment.) The BQ quilts are quick, they look good, and they are just plain old fun. Roberta took the BQ class from me and quickly made this pretty Christmas throw:
She was so happy that she's about to make another for her daughter!
Today we also finished up a lot of knitting around here: The wraps (or the really, really close-to-finished wraps) from my annual wrap class. I do this class every year, starting in January. We end in October, just in time to wear them. It's kind of like a quilter's block of the month--two to three knitted blocks each month, and we end up with wondrous wraps. Thank you, Knitting at Knoon, for your great pattern!
I was especially proud of this group, who didn't let a mere knitting pattern stand in their way. When they wanted to change something, they changed it.
Laura Lee added more blocks along the edge and made a throw instead of a shawl:
Look at this. When she realized that she forgot to offset one of the blocks that was supposed to look like brickwork, she decided that she loved it and kept going:
Wouldn't that windowpane make a gorgeous sweater?
One more picture of this work of art, a close up:
Lesley ignored the instructions that you're supposed to have self-striping yarn. She wanted a wrap that was subtle so she could wear it every day: She used a semisolid olive, then added lime trim to jazz it up a bit:
The semisolid shows textures that will produce gasps when the lime catches people's eyes and they start looking more closely. I think she will wear it every single cold day this year. She made me want to do one in a semisolid. I'll mull. (Do I really need a 4th wrap??)
There has never been a bad wrap. This is Betty's:
I love the dragon's-tooth edging on hers. She accidentally added stitches, and it made the edging a little bigger. She decided it was a happy accident:
Did I mention that Irene is a bit of an overachiever? She also made a wrap for her sister while she was at it:
She is kind of hoping that she gets mad at her sister for something--anything--and decides to keep the wrap for herself.
Who can blame her for such thinking?
Carol's. You're going to see a lot of orange and gray this coming year. Start looking for it. It is a stunning combination:
Carol decided that the top edge of her shawl was "boring" since it was just garter stitch, so she added beads. I love that detail.
Here is Bonnie's. She wasn't sure about the pink, but if you take out the pink, it just wouldn't be the same. I think she is finally coming around to agree. How could she not?
How can anyone not be helpless in the face of this?
Nicely done, everyone. You made my day.