so did you really think i would do anything other than talk about knitting today? i thought not. happy to live up to your expectations!
i have a mishmash of knitting projects to chat about. let’s start with the log cabin blanket, since that throw was the last project completed:
this blanket will be part of the quilt auction on saturday, may 26th, out at the new hamburg mcc relief sale. if tradition holds true, mom and dad and i will go to the preview the evening before to look at all the works of art (because, really, that’s what the stitched quilts are).
this is the third contribution i have made to the sale. here is a photo of the pattern of submission #1:
i didn’t write down a date for when this blanket was part of the auction; maybe around 2003?
the second blanket was a mosaic pattern:
when i made this blanket, i used the same colour shades as in the book, there, and the yarn was purchased at (the now defunct) “cloth & clay” in uptown waterloo. i DID date this pattern, and it was part of the quilt auction in 2005.
what is next? well!…it depends on
how insane i am how much i want to be challenged! my eye keeps coming back to this kaffe fassett pattern that i have in one of his books in my knitting library:
my hesitation to embark on this project is due to a couple of factors: 1) sourcing the yarn: there are over 25 colourways involved, and i imagine it would cost between $500-$1000 for yarn alone (no len’s mill specials would suffice for this masterpiece). 2) the mind-bending nature of the pattern – i for sure would NOT be reading and knitting while *whipping up* this creation:
3) the time that would be needed to complete this project -> i am guess-timating a year? it would be a whole life-consuming kikiproject in and of itself!
can you imagine how amazing the finished product would look, though?!
i love and adore making baby blankets. they give me an excuse to use variegated yarn (my favourite type), insanely small needles, i can work on them and read at the same time, and then i like having the blankets on hand to give as gifts whenever a friend pops a baby. i had been working on a blanket which i set aside in order to focus on the log cabin blanket. i have now returned to the cast-aside baby blanket:
because i cannot resist a challenge, i have given myself the deadline of april 30th for finishing this blanket. it will be a one-of-a-kind: never again am i going to do an entirely seed stitch blanket on 2 mm needles.
once done, i HAVE to take a break from making baby blankets – look at the stash i have accumulated!
at least yarn does not have a “best before” date! but i seriously DO have to back off from the baby blankets.
in september, when mom and i attended the annual knitter’s fair (blog recap here), we found an awesome deal on red heart yarn. i bought three humungous balls of orange (total bill? $11.00):
my intent was to make…a baby blanket (groan). change in plan! i’ve decided to make myself a sweater! orange is my favourite colour, i have orange sweatshirts but no orange sweater…this is a good idea!
i have narrowed down my options to remakes of two sweaters i already have:
…which would be an update of…
…which would be an update of…
i’ll putter around with the tensions and see which pattern will work best – i have no strong feelings one way or the other. i just want an orange sweater!
we’ll stop there. knitting is one of those things about which i could go on and on and on!…
i kan’t kome up with any kool kwestions today. i guess you kould komment if you knit. i know a few of you do!