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June 14, 2006

Log Cabin Decision

Thank you, thank you, thank you opinionated commentors for weighing in the other day on my log cabin dilemma -- I whole-hearted enjoyed your 2-cents.  After much wishy-washy pondering --  one moment leaning towards one huge square as proposed by Aura, et al and the next swaying towards multiple squares as spear-headed by Colleen and crew -- I let the square decide.

The Square
Give a click, to see what the square wanted...
(Don't you love Photoshop!)

In the end the square itself put a stop to my relentless see-sawing.  As the square grew, and grew, and grew its size became unwieldy causing us to tussle a bit -- and who wants to tussle with a square?  Also, as the strips got longer and larger I felt the square started to lose some of its spontaneity.  So, in the spirit of improvisation and anti-tussle, nona's going for the 4 patch.  I think my next square will start with an orange center -- quick, back to the needles.

June 14, 2006 in Improvisational Knitting | Permalink


I think that might be the most glorious square I've ever seen. Is it possible that I'm jealous? I think I need a tutorial on the square short row - did you just say - heck! Let's throw in a short row here? Oh my god. I have to send Kay over. I'll be back to study.

Posted by: Cara | Jun 15, 2006 4:08:09 AM

I'm dying with the log cabin love. Got to figure out how you did it! xox Kay

Posted by: Kay | Jun 15, 2006 5:45:54 AM

that is SO cool, Nona!!

Posted by: jess | Jun 15, 2006 6:00:38 AM

Coolest log cabin ever.

Posted by: Liz K. | Jun 15, 2006 6:19:52 AM

Looks great!

And I agree, photoshop is almost as much fun as knitting.

Posted by: Beak | Jun 15, 2006 7:30:01 AM

Yay! That was the option I liked best, too.... (grin) Smart square!

Posted by: --Deb | Jun 15, 2006 7:49:18 AM

So. Cool. It looks so retro and graphicy. Like it might be the blanket Samantha;s evil cousin Serena twitched up to hypnotize Darren on an episode of Bewitched. :)

I've got Log Cabin Fever too - just waiting for the yarn to arrive.

Posted by: stephanie | Jun 15, 2006 8:38:34 AM

Wow! Hello! I even got a link. I am feeling very proud! (Aw shucks.)

I think a four square option is a good compromise. Design sanctity, and designer sanity. :-)

Posted by: Aura | Jun 15, 2006 10:14:33 AM

Yes, the 4 patch. So cool, do we get a tutorial?

Posted by: shelly | Jun 15, 2006 10:18:28 AM

Good choice! It actually looks amazing with just four exact copies of that square, but there's not much fun in that. Like second sock syndrome, but doubly worse.

Posted by: Vicki | Jun 15, 2006 3:22:41 PM

I love it! Looks like the 4 squares will have a great effect.

Posted by: Liz | Jun 15, 2006 5:14:46 PM

I love it! Looks like the 4 squares will have a great effect.

Posted by: Liz | Jun 15, 2006 5:15:49 PM

I thought of you when I saw this:
Can't wait to see yours!

Posted by: Tara | Jun 16, 2006 11:46:56 AM

If you're thinking of making a "batting and all" real quilt, you might need to felt the knitted piece first, to keep the batting from poking out between stitches and to facilitate sewing backing, batting, and front together. Has anyone out there actually tried it?

Posted by: Gretchen | Jun 17, 2006 1:55:14 PM

Ooh, just thought of one more thing. You DON'T have to make all four squares exactly the same size, just roughly so (or to taste?). Then when you put them together fill in the gaps by picking up & knitting small rectangles, or (my vote) crocheting the main squares together, then freeform-crocheting fill-in areas as desired. . .

Posted by: Gretchen | Jun 17, 2006 2:02:59 PM

i like gretchen's crochet idea!

Posted by: callie | Jun 23, 2006 7:37:58 PM

Since you're making an improvisational quilt from improvisational knit pieces, you NEED to visit the DeYoung's currently running (through Nov) exhibit "The Quilts of Gee's Bend". That should cure anyone of obsessive-compulsive rectilinear thinking. . .

Posted by: Gretchen | Jul 18, 2006 2:19:00 PM

Oh, very cool! Have you seen some of Debbie New's free form work?

Posted by: Sheila | Feb 13, 2007 9:09:58 PM

Love this pattern! Where can I find directions? I especially liked the string of pearls knitted into it. Love it! Want it! Please share,

Mary Klarfeld

Posted by: Mary | Feb 15, 2007 6:40:00 AM

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