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June 08, 2006

Log Cabin Dilemma

I'm loving this log cabin square and have sore pinkies because I cannot stop knitting -- don't ask me why it's my pinkies that get sore!?  In light of my new love, I hereby officially promote this squre from experimental, who gives a damn status to full blown, work in progress.  But, opinionated reader, nona's faced with a log cabin dilemma.  Do I keep going and make one huge square?  Or do I make several related squares and patch them together?     At the moment, I'm leaning toward the 2nd alternative, as it would give me more flexability to play and experiment -- and really, isn't that what it's all about!

Growing, and growing, and growing.

June 8, 2006 in Improvisational Knitting | Permalink


I know you're leaning towards the latter, but I think if you keep going, the visual, abstract effect will be most stunning. Multiple squares might end up being too distracting on the eye, perhaps.

As before, I really dig it. I showed it to my dh, who is an art buff, and he really paused to evaluate it (as he usually brushes past anything knitting related) and said, "Wow, I really like that." He stopped short of saying I should knit something like that becuase he knew that would mean a very large order of yarn coming!

Posted by: Aura | Jun 8, 2006 10:05:19 AM

I love how it looks like an ordinary log cabin square, but a leeeetle bit drunk! :D

Posted by: AmyP | Jun 8, 2006 11:08:31 AM

I LOVE it. Love it love it love it love it! I vote for keep going.

Posted by: Cara | Jun 8, 2006 11:26:01 AM

Hm, it's hard to tell how big it is but I'm guessing a lot bigger than it looks. I'd go for about four big squares, maybe six, depending on how big that really is. The law of diminishing returns means you'll be really hating life by the time that square is big enough to be a blanket. And if you hate the squares together, you have pillow fronts (or front and back, flip depending on mood!).

Posted by: Daphne | Jun 8, 2006 11:53:11 AM

As cool as I think one huge one would be, I vote for doing several. I would think four large-ish ones would look fabulous sewn together into quarters, without being overwhelmingly large to work on. And, it IS almost summer . . . do you really want that much wool in your lap at one time? (grin)

Posted by: --Deb | Jun 8, 2006 12:01:49 PM

I would love to see it just as one big square... I agree with Aura about the visual impact.

And I'm also in love with the drunken look of the thing. If you haven't already mentioned how you get that effect (I'll look back and see if I missed it), would you mind posting about it?

Posted by: Leisel | Jun 8, 2006 12:04:44 PM

I'd love to see it as one big square, but agree that it might not be as fun to work on once it gets to be blanket size.

Posted by: Liz | Jun 8, 2006 12:11:36 PM

Keep going!! (This feels a bit like "Deal or No Deal".) If you make lots of squares joining them all might lead to diziness and fainting.

Posted by: Susan | Jun 8, 2006 12:15:54 PM

I think multiple smaller blocks would look fantastic. For some quilt inspiration check out:

(I know there are folks out there other than denyse schmidt doing fabulous modern log cabins, but her website rocks!)

it's looking fabulous so far! have fun with it!

Posted by: Jessie | Jun 8, 2006 12:27:45 PM

i think you should do several. it would give you more options on shape and design, as well as cool log cabin techniques. it looks great, nona!

Posted by: calla | Jun 8, 2006 12:44:06 PM

I vote for one large one. What you're doing now is so delightfully free-form. If you had several squares, you'd be introducing the constraint of sizing them so that joining them will be straightforward.

Posted by: alice | Jun 8, 2006 12:50:34 PM

I love the way it's growing and I am also in favor of one single huge square. Of course that's easy speaking, as I'm not the one who has to work on it... Yet I'm sure you'll get a much more impressive, extraordinaire result. Go Nona go!

PS: and the colours... just perfect!

Posted by: Sophie | Jun 8, 2006 12:55:22 PM

That's so cool! I would probably just keeping going because I hate finishing. But it will look cool either way.

Posted by: stephanie | Jun 8, 2006 2:05:29 PM

I vote for doing several related squares and putting them together. In my head, I see twelve (hmmm... too many?) with varying designs but in just a few, closely-related colors.... I love the colors in this one!

Posted by: janna | Jun 8, 2006 3:07:39 PM

By doing multiple blocks, there will be more design opportunities open for you. It's a lot of fun to arrange and rearrange quilt blocks - secondary designs often appear, etc. Whatever you end up doing, you have a wonderful start.

Posted by: MarilynA | Jun 8, 2006 7:09:35 PM

Ummm, difficult decision. Have you considered the scale of the room where this might live? If it's a large room, like a high ceilinged livingroom or greatroom, the one large motif would be stunningly unexpected.

Posted by: shelly | Jun 8, 2006 7:55:20 PM

on a differnt note--did you ever make your koigu clapotis? I am thinkging about doing one (after a year of saying i wouldn't) and wondered how it was for nona.

Posted by: Carol | Jun 8, 2006 8:06:35 PM

If you're going to be at our LYS tomorrow, any chance you could bring it in? I'd love to see/touch it! I LOVE it.

Posted by: esther | Jun 8, 2006 8:55:22 PM

I may have to try some myself- I'm thinking of cushion covers..

Posted by: di | Jun 9, 2006 5:07:05 AM

Love it! And vote for the 4 big squares idea.

Posted by: Amy | Jun 9, 2006 7:28:07 AM

mom and I are going to uncommon threads to see you latter today. mom wants me to show you everything i have knit in the last six months. i am trying to convince her to whittle it down to two things.

Posted by: callie | Jun 9, 2006 9:10:31 AM

Ohh - so nice! Definitely go with multiple squares, especially after looking at the log cabin quilt sites. That way, you can change colors or design while knitting depending on your mood. And you could also stop making squares whenever you tire of the project - no size committment!

Posted by: SaraH | Jun 9, 2006 12:18:14 PM

I think the juxtaposition of seamed straight squares with wonky lines inside will be great. I vote for many squares.

Posted by: colleen | Jun 12, 2006 3:48:30 AM

i like this very much! and i think i may ccopy you. if thats ok ;)
thoes are some of my favorite colors.

Posted by: vanessa | Jun 13, 2006 3:58:20 PM

Hmmm... it depends on how much finishing you are in the mood for.

Posted by: Beak Knits | Jun 13, 2006 6:21:52 PM

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