Quilting-wise, I am really excited about the newest improv top I have started. I am using a bunch of my favorite fabrics and slashing them up, no measurements, and then am piecing them together as I go, adding bits of neutral scraps here and there. I came up with the idea and had a rough sketch drawn in about 3 minutes, and usually my favorite quilts start that way, just done for the love of stitching. I have a recipient in mind for this, but no timeline, so I will pick at blocks here and there. Here is what I have so far.
In the knitting arena, I decided a new year warranted casting on a new sweater! The pattern is the top-down cable yoke jacket by Cotton and Cloud, and has the sweetest braided cable yoke and a hood. This will be a longer term project, and is for The Middle Child, who is so sweet and my biggest crafting cheerleader. She was asking for a purple sweater and this yarn, Malabrigo Rios in Purpuras, is knocking me out with its softness and gorgeous tones. Might need a big-girl one! It is coming along quickly thanks to my latest obsession, Downton Abbey. I treated myself to seasons 1 and 2 as an early birthday gift and so that has planted my arse on the couch with my knitting needles more frequently than normal. In fact, I have named this the "Downton Sweater" and have joined up with the Downton Abbey Knit Along over at luv in the mommyhood. Good fun! Just started Seaason 2 and really enjoying it!
I have a couple other quilts to finish up, and a swap project to work on, so I am hoping to get some time to get at these! In the meantime, my sidekick and I are likely curled up on the couch like this.... :)