In Response to Amina — Blanket Overload


Off topic: Are you going to do another mood blanket for 2015?

This is the first time I’m responding to a comment with a post, but I think Amina deserves to know what’s up in blanket land for me this year.  😀

It had crossed my mind to do another mood blanket after the first one turned out so well but requests and promises made caused a change in that plan.  To date, I have four blankets on tap for 2015!  Yes I said four!  Nuts … I know, but here’s why:

image courtesy: Lion Brand Studios

After staying wrapped up in my mood blanket for 4 days while we went through the “blizzard” in January, my little cousin requested his own throw/blanket.  We went through Ravelry patterns together and he picked this cabled blanket.  According to him, he wants it big enough because he’s taking it to college — college for him is 4 years from now.  Be still my beating heart.  ❤

The yarn is already in my possession, he picked some crazy lime green colour but it’s his blanket, all I am is the maker so I had to accept the colour choice I was given.  He was so very resolute in his colour choice.   😀    The bulky weight should make this project go fairly fast so I’m confident I can get it done (all things being well before the end of the year).  He says he expects it for Christmas since my mood blanket took the entire year.  What a sweet-heart. ❤

The second blanket is more of a decorative throw but I love the look of it and actually started to make it in December.  I didn’t have the yarn used in the video — Bernat Blanket Yarn — which is a velour type, super bulky weight yarn:

Bernat Blanket Yarn

so I used two strands of KnitPicks Brava bulky held together.  The look was okay but still not what I was going for so I ended up scrapping that project.  Then a friend went to Michael’s after Christmas sale where the Bernat yarn was 40% off.  She knew I was not buying yarn this year so she picked it up and called it my “Christmas” gift.  Still not sure if she meant Christmas 2014 or 2015.    😀     Either way, this blanket is back on the 2015 to do list.

image courtesy: Purl Soho

The third blanket on tap is a Double Seed Stitch blanket (baby version) for my friend’s son.  I was supposed to do this before he was born.  He’s going to be 2 in July.  :/   In my defense, I did start the Honeycomb pattern for him but it wasn’t working up the way I liked so I’m going to adopt this Purl Soho pattern, making it in stripes as opposed to one solid colour.

And finally, a blanket for me — a free Martin Storey KAL (knit a long) afghan from Rowan Yarns.  This version of it sold me completely so I’m also doing mine in one solid colour rather than multiple colours as the original pattern suggests.

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The project is done is squares, then joined and finished off with the cable binding.  The squares shouldn’t take too long but I read that the binding takes a bit of time.  I bought the yarn for this in December — Patons Decor in Eggplant.  Since I’m in no hurry with this one, I’m going to finish the others first then get cracking on this.

It might seem a lot — four blankets in a year but I’m finding that I like projects like these and I don’t mind the length of time they take.  So there you have it Amina … no mood blanket but plenty of others to go around in 2015! 😀

What about you all — any blanket plans for 2015?

Old Skool Inspiration

This “trend” started somewhere! 

It started with the housewives, crafters, and home-makers trading secrets over tea or lemonade.  Or sometimes preparing for a long winter with little to no resources.  While rocking sleeping babies and keeping an eye on the mischievous munchkins.  Through the fences, church groups and home economics classes.  Do they even have those classes anymore?

All that trial and error, intuitiveness, secret sharing and creativity rolled down to give us the inspiration and the instructions that we, in these times, now embrace as knitters and crocheters.  Heck, the same applies for every other creative/home-making endeavor.

With all the modern day trail-blazers, it’s hard sometimes to appreciate the foundation.  But their work can be found and you don’t even have to look too hard.  You’ll find it in your grammy’s old work-basket, your auntie’s bookshelf, at flea markets or in thrift stores and sometimes, you find their secrets for pennies. 

In finding foundation for pennies — I lucked out recently.    A friend’s thrifting got me this beauty for .75c!  Yes … that’s .75c!!!  Less than a dollar.  It cost her more to ship it to me than it cost to purchase it but I’m glad she sent it. 

She sent me this beauty: Better Homes & Gardens Treasury of NeedleCrafts.   480 pages of foundation.

My publication copy is from 1982.   Even being dated 30 years, this beauty is packed with inspiration galore.  It’s packed to the gills with knitting, applique, patchwork, crocheting, quilting, embroidery, rug making and needlepoint goodies.  I’ve already found my first project — Grandmother’s Flower Garden Afghan. 

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My W.I.P. this week is a practice flower motif.  It’s my first go at clusters and I only did three rounds, but I’m ready!!! 

My motif doesn’t look like much now but I’m gamed and ready!  This afghan is going to be beautiful!  I love the size, the texture and the opportunity to personalize.  The hardest thing to do now is to choose my colour choice!  With 271 motifs, it’s going to take me a while, but I can’t wait!

In addition to this new project, I’m still working on my granny square cushion.  My goal is to complete it by the end of August.  

So cheers to old skool inspiration!!!  What are you all working on?