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My CLC is chugging along. Soon I'll be ready to steek!!! Eek! Here's what it looked like before steeking:


And here is the finished CLC:


As you can see, it's up to the neck, and maybe you can't see that I've finished the purl row for the fold and have begun to work down the facing. Next comes the steek! The coilless safety pins mark the edges of the steek. I had them handy when I started the sweater, and I just kept with that method. I think I will try the crochet edge, but there's some mention in the pattern of piercing the yarn when sewing for the steek, so maybe I'll reinforce it somehow.
I'm doing the neck with two circs. It got a bit too small for one, but this is working well. I didn't do the BO for the underarms, so will be grafting them for a clean finish.
I'm also thinking about making an afterthought pocket. I actually thought about it when it could have been an "aforethought" pocket, but I decided it was easier to wait, so I could see exactly where I wanted to put it and how big to make it. I may use a single strand for the lining of the pocket, so it won't be bulky...at least until I put my snotty Kleenex into it!

I've been working with my new camera, taking photos of my completed quilts. It's fun to see the quilts show up so much like real life. Here's what my bedroom looks like right now:


The quilt on the bed is a replica of the quilt that was on my bed when I was growing up in Jamaica Plain, MA. At least, it's close to what I remember the quilt to look like. I didn't learn until years later that the fabrics were from the '30s, so the fabrics at least were already a few years old at the time.
The quilt is a wagon-wheel design, with blanket stitching around the wheels. I used reproduction fabrics and hand quilted the quilt. (As you know, I love hand work!) Here's a close-up.


At the foot of the bed is another replica quilt. It's a copy of a quilt a friend found in a thrift store. She paid $19 for it and was afraid they were going to pursue her out of the store, saying it was a mistake. I had goose bumps when she pulled it out of the bag at our quilt guild meeting! She let me take photos, and after some research, I discovered that the orange color was "tango," a '40s color, which I was able to reproduce after some research. I also hand quilted this one.


In the living room, I have the quilts already on display among the photos on my page: the log-cabin quilt and the quilts for the two dogs. In addition, there is an applique quilt I made in 2007, using three blocks from the house quilt in the book Home Sweet Home. I have forgotten the name of the author and gave the book to a friend to use, so I can't refer to it, but it was a fun project.


I picked the three blocks I liked best, used the colors in my living room with black fabrics for background. I hand-appliqued and hand-quilted it, but I used the machine to sew the blocks together and piece the border. I used a braid border, rather than the swag that's in the book, because the swag would have made it too big to fit over my mantle.

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Tags: CLC, coilless, pins, quilts, safety, steeks

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Comment by Peggy Stuart on August 20, 2009 at 4:27pm
Cristi: It scared me, too, but by the time I actually did it, I had had plenty of hand holding, so I was fearless! Now I've done my second steek: on the Sipalu Bag handle! --P
Comment by Cristi-Lael on August 20, 2009 at 12:59pm
Oh, seeking scares me! The CLC looks great! And I LOVE the quilts!
Comment by ruthmci on July 12, 2009 at 12:24pm
Wow, Peggy! Congratulations on finishing the CLC. And the quilts are great, too!
Comment by Peggy Stuart on July 10, 2009 at 3:54pm
That's a good photo of me. --P
Comment by cellogirl on July 10, 2009 at 2:28pm
Your sweater is georgeous--Congratulations!! That bit of shine really adds some sophisticated sparkle!! You're going to enjoy wearing it ---and receiving all the compliments--the color is perfect for you!!
Comment by Peggy Stuart on July 9, 2009 at 5:24pm
Here's my finished CLC.

Comment by need2knit on July 9, 2009 at 12:48pm
WOW!!! You are quite the crafter. My aunt quilts and has them hanging on her walls. They never cease to amaze me. I made a blanket once but, it involved sewing untrimmed fat quarters together and sewing them together with batting and a pretty sheet from the store and tying it with matching yarn. I definitely loved being able to make it at a fraction of the cost and as big as i wanted! Your CLC is looking wonderful! I would love to try that one to experience the art of the steek. I'm glad your trips went well!
Comment by Peggy Stuart on July 9, 2009 at 6:24am
Judith: When I couldn't knit or quilt, I read about knitting and quilting. That was the only way I could keep myself occupied. Other than during the boring trip to San Diego in the car, I have only worked on the CLC since I was able to spend as much time knitting as I had time for. My Nonna is languishing, and we have another trip coming up. We'll be taking the trailer. Hope DH lets me take my wheel. Otherwise, it's my Kristi socks and maybe my Grazing Sheep bag. Either way, it's fun. --P
Comment by parisribbons on July 8, 2009 at 5:11pm
Dear Peggy,

I am amazed and impressed! you are almost done with your cardi. I keep hitting so
many potholes that I despair of ever finishing. I didn't even get to work on the other projects.
I'm in another fibro flare because I pushed myself too hard and didn't quit and rest when
I should have. I just get so weary of never getting done what needs to be done every day.

Your quilts are splendiferous. You are such a talented woman. ---- Judith
Comment by Peggy Stuart on July 8, 2009 at 5:55am
How do I do it all? I've been retired since 1993. I also have low standards when it comes to housekeeping. --P

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