leftovers

I’ve had plans to knit a sock yarn blanket for years.  Then about a year ago I decided it was never going to happen and got rid of all my little balls, but unsurprisingly they’ve started to build up again.  Before it all gets too much, I figured I should just cast on, and then I can knit in the little balls as I go…and it seems to be working!

I decided to use only superwash yarns, as I figure this will probably be gifted to the next baby to come along after it’s finished.   The pattern is based on Debbie Orr’s Zig Zag Pram Blanket, but without the edging and a larger size.  I’m not sure how I’ll finish it – either some kind of crochet edging or strips of garter stitch down each edge.

(Rav links – in case you’re interested in the original projects!)
1. Avivah Socks  2. Paul Atwell Socks  3. Trousseau Shawl  4. Mona Socks  5. Rhombus Socks  6. Garter Yoke Cardi

This project is making me so happy – it’s perfect mindless knitting for when my brain is too full to think and the colour changes are keeping me going.  Here is my little queue of yarns to look forward to, and yes, in two colours time the yarn ball is still attached to another project…

 

a little quilt and some yellow dogs

I got a bit overexcited a few weeks ago when I found out that a cousin was expecting a baby.  Luckily my knitting buddies talked sense into me, she might be family but making every baby thing I’ve ever favourited was going to be a bit excessive.

In the end I narrowed it down to a couple of little cardigans, and this quilt.  I started this on a whim with no planning, other than that I wanted to try the quilt-as-you-go method my buddy Fiona keeps talking about.  I used a tutorial from Film in the Fridge, and it was done in an afternoon…

The tiny doggies and the yellow edging me make me super happy…

Materials: a few random fat quarters (dog fabric is from Purl Soho), some leftover wadding and plain yellow backing, lots of yellow cotton thread

 

knots

Since I got back from the US yesterday I’ve spent most of my time with family, my dogs, and unpacking into my brand-new kitchen.  While forcing myself to stay awake though I finished off my embroidery project from Squam Art Workshops

I started this in my Embroidered Knots class with the lovely Rebecca Ringquist, and managed to take home another three samplers from the art fair.  During my time at Squam I knit only a little, but instead worked on this in class, sitting on the dock and in the evening.  I didn’t have much to do to finish it off, just the large chain-stitched knot in the centre, a little machine stitching to keep the borders together, adding a backing and binding.

I’m still feeling very tired from the traveling so this post will be a little short on words (if you have any questions about it leave a comment and I will reply when I’m more awake!) – all I mean to say is that Rebecca Ringquist is wonderful (go see her website!), I loved stitching this and have plans for more projects.  Next, I will embroider a cake…!

squam art workshops

I’ll write more about my wonderful time at Squam later.  It was an amazing weekend and lovely to see friends again and make some new ones.  Somewhere on my travels I seem to have lost my desire to knit*, but luckily my classes in the woods of New Hampshire gave me some other options.

I am buying embroidery threads and shipping yarn home.

*this happens to me every few months, don’t worry, it will pass!