In which I attempt something I’ve never done

This is the Christian season of Lent, or, as we church professionals like to say, “relentless” because although it is supposed to be a reflective season, when you are the church staff, it means there is more of everything.

Easter ends the season of Lent with a celebration of new life and there are lovely symbols of new life: eggs, and lilies and butterflies. And that brings me to my latest fiber challenge from our arts director at the church : create a butterfly in the fiber arts that can be installed on Easter Sunday. Gulp.

While I have knit all manner of things with many kinds of techniques, I’ve never done art installation kinds of things. The word “art” actually makes me a little nervous. My dad, Tony, was the artist:

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but not me. My drawing skills are at the elementary school level, if that.

But back to the butterfly. Having been given this challenge, I started to put things into steps. For the butterfly to be big enough, it needs a superstructure – so our facilities manager, Daphne, found me some wire, and I roughed out a shape for the butterfly – just the wings at this point:

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Next, I rummaged into my almost a yarn store’s worth of yarn modest stash and found a lot of colorful scraps of yarn:

along with some shiny things:

 

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and I’m going to look at Pinterest to find some crochet and knitting techniques. I mean, really, this shouldn’t be that hard, right? Right?

Relentless indeed.

Project reports:

The autumn fusion shawl is now knitted and in blocking. I’m trying to decide whether to add I-cord edging in the contrast color. Izzie has opinions, apparently:

 

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I also began and abandoned a baby blanket for our Knitting Guild’s contributions. The only reason I started it was because the charity committee gal urged me to, and then I went and bought acrylic yarn that I hate to knit with. I gave up partway into the first skein, and will give the yarn to a staff member at church. Just not my cup of tea at the moment!

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