In Response to Amina — Blanket Overload

Amina

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.

image courtesy: http://www.dayanaknits.com

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?

Red With A Little Grey On The Side

Okay … so this inconsistent blogging is getting on my nerves and it has to stop.   LOLOL!   I’ve been cheating with Instagram; it’s so insta!  😀

Once again I have to say, although I haven’t been posting here, I’ve been crafting.   Crafting has been such a refuge these days while job hunting, it really has been helping me unwind after the daily search.   But let’s get to the projects:

first up is the first cross stitch project I’ve finished.  Maaaan … this thing was a dream.  Once I found my rhythm it was zen.  This piece was made for the front of a card for my friend who’s birthday is on Valentine’s day and she’s also a crafter and a Potterhead.  For those of you who are not Harry Potter fans, the sign is the Deathly Hallows (book 6).

Deathly Hallows Cross Stitch

It didn’t take me long … maybe about 1.5 hours and it was an absolute delight.  It was an internet freebie and it’s certainly piqued my interest in cross stitching.  So much so … errr … let’s just say, I fell down another rabbit hole!  LOLOL!

The next project I’m working on is the ever popular Sockhead Hat by Kelly McClure.   My goal is to finish it is by Saturday.  I’ll show it off then.

Sockhead Hat

How divine is this Madeline Tosh yarn?  Can you believe I almost gave it away?  I tried to sell this so many times, I just couldn’t get rid of it.  I need my head checked right?  It’s just so divine with this pattern.  I can’t wait to finish it, complete with a very large pom pom.  😀

And of course, these days, there’s no crafting for me that doesn’t include dyeing.  I’ve been messing around with natural dyeing and with acid dyes.  So much fun.   For this project, I was shooting for a semi solid grey and I think this works:

The Grey Lady

Meet “The Grey Lady”.   Not sure what she is going to be,  I’m just going to wait for her to tell me.

I thinks that it for now … until next time — happy crafting.  😀