While I was looking for fabric, I was irritated anew by my FQ storage (stored vertically inside two converted CD towers stacked on top of each other) which was so overflowing that I couldn't close my closet door any more. I decided to have a New Year's clearout, and went through all of them and pulled out all the ones that I am never going to use, that are hideous, that are unusable novelties, that are ancient etc. This is the pile I amassed:
As you can see, I have divided them up into colour families. At first I thought I might chop them up into charity quilts but then I decided life is too short to spend ages pressing and cutting and sewing fabric I don't like. So Plan B (now started) is to sew them into backings for quilts. I am seaming them into panels at least 60" long all in one colour family. That's wide enough for a single quilt, then I can assemble coordinating panels to make a backing for single sized quilts. So that's what I will take to club on Saturday to work on.
On the knitting front, I finished my cherry gloves (thanks for your comment Greenmare!). This pic is taken before I steam blocked them - the blocking improved the appearance and evened out the knitting. I'm quite proud of them and have worn them a few times already. The second one, where I reduced the number of stitches, fits much better than the first. However, because all four fingers are knit from one horizontal plane, they don't fit my hand as snugly as I would like, since my little finger starts about half an inch below my ring finger. I have now bought a download of a glove book by Nanette Blanchard, which has lots of great tips on custom fitting gloves so that they, well, fit like a glove :) I will definitely knit another pair to try out her patterns.
For my next project (yes, I know I am ignoring my lace sock but I'm not really enjoying that project) I have started a fair-isle knitting pattern from my christmas present book of Norwegian knitting patterns. This is my first attempt at a fair-isle project since taking the course at Loop in the autumn. I am using Cherry Tree Hill sock yarn (again, but I love this yarn). I doing ok with holding the two yarns (I am holding the red in my left hand and the white in my right) but the tension is very difficult. My first go was way too tight and puckered, but as it turned out I made a major mistake in the chart just above the ribbing so had to rip it all out anyway. This time around I am going too much the other way, and some of the stitches are far too loose. I expect it is just something you have to practice, and in time you achieve a more consistent tension. I think I might do better on circulars as crossing the jump between dpns is tricky with the two colours and trying to manage the float simultaneously. Nanette also has a book on stranded knitting (which is actually how I found the glove book, when I googled on stranded knitting tips) which I also purchased as a download, and that has some helpful advice in it.