Saturday, January 10, 2015

Experiments: in Crochet, in Blogging

I know I'm on record as having no desire to crochet.  I KNOW.

AND YET.  Learning new things is fun to do.

With that said...  these should surprise no one:
the last of my discontinued Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Superchunky
Traditional Granny Square [Rav] by Leonie Morgan; crocheted with 50yds of Caron Simply Soft Paints in colorway Harlequin

The headband is improvised to teach myself the double crochet stitch -- which until this week was a complete mystery to me!  I’ve attempted some shaping with two rounds of double on top, and a round of single crochet topped with slipped stitches along the back… which is my entire repertoire so far.  The granny square is a granny square, and as such it is relatively unimpressive, but it's my first crochet blanket square ever and it doesn't look so bad!

Oh, and Happy New Year!  I've been busy knitting like a crazy person
and there's a new blog that I've been working on.
You read that right.

I'm not abandoning this space by any means, but if you feel like you want to read about knitting things that are fun and possibly unnecessarily complex...  my friend Honeyspoon and I are doing an  
awesome year-long knit-along!!
If this sounds at all appealing to you, please visit us over at
Two Girls, One Queue to hear about the patterns we like enough to knit at the same time, our progress on said patterns, and our intrepid travels to the various Houses in the Harry Potter Knitting & Crochet House Cup.  :) :) :)

Friday, December 26, 2014

FO: to L, from Mom

Now that the gigantimous secret project has been received by its owner, I can share with all of you!  Such is the nature of presents, Christmas or otherwise...

Last year I received a yarn mega-inheritance from the estate of Alice, a wonderful lady who is much missed.  This overwhelming gift had one natural conclusion: a very large one-of-a-kind blanket for Alice’s daughter, my amazing aunt.

Almost 3500 yards used!  The final dimensions are 55" x 73"-- each square is 17"x17" with a half inch border in green -- and all the color combinations are meaningful to my aunt for one reason or another.

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A properly turned corner, finally!

There was so much yarn, you guys:
a veritable mountain

I wonder if there's enough left for more blankets...

Thursday, December 11, 2014

New Stuff, Future Stuff

The OMG I'M DONE-ness of the major secret gigantimous project left a quiet hole in my autumn and that has been more than okay.

I've been bopping along with the blue round-type cape shawl and the eight pattern repeats of the body before edging are finished:

Poor thing can't look any more squooshed, can it.  Hopefully I can start doing the edging soon and slowly liberate it, stitch by stitch, from the circular cable.  That plan may have a hitch in it, though, becauuuuuse
I cast on a new thing!

It's a test knit!  It's wine-colored!  It has beads!
I wish I could will it into being immediately.

This new pretty thing is the very beginning of a year-long experiment -- an adventure, if you will -- that I'm attempting with my good friend Honeyspoon.  You'll hear more about it soon...
for now, suffice it to say, there will be knits.   :)