Wednesday, September 10, 2014

WIP Wednesday update!

Well, it's been a productive week. 

I finished the granny square blanket... I'm still a bit in shock, I think. I've had this on the go for so long I don't think I really believe that it would ever be finished. 



The blanket was done a few days ago, actually, and we've had it on the sofa ever since. It's quite heavy, but in a good way, and very cuddly and warm. The boys love it, although I've had to scold them a few times for digging their little toes into the granny squares. I guess it's quite tempting... 

I'm so so happy with it!

In fact, I'm so happy with it, I decided that with the remaining 9 squares (they were the first ones and the gauge was just totally different because I was still learning) I was going to make a little cushion cover for the new stylish Matilda the Caravan. I edged these with blue so they'd match her new shiny outside paint. This is not finished, but I'm planning to crochet around the edge until it's the right size to cover that side of the pillow. I'll then hand-sew the crochet onto the cream pillow itself and tadaa! new cushion cover made out of an old (and rather worn) one!



In between all this I've obviously completed my handspun mobius cowl. I've actually been wearing this on and off - it's great to wear. How did I know know how comfortable cowls are? 



I've also continued to make progress with the Lombard Street sock #2. I've had a couple of hospital appointments this week and as I'm sure we all know, that always entails a lot of waiting around. All good for sock knitting, though, so to be honest I quite enjoyed the quiet time to sit down and work on this .I can't show you a picture though, because, guess what - I've forgotten it at work.

I've also been digging around for some yarn that might be suitable for Steph's Hitofude KAL and I managed to find this:



This is a HUGE cone of some sort of burgundy wool. I think it's lace-weight, so a little thin for Hitofude. May do a swatch, though.

Then I found this:



Honestly, I'm a little bit horrified. There are two cones of 4-ply, one of them superwash. There are also two hanks of Knitpicks yarn, one of them lace-weight, the other 4-ply. Seriously, I had no idea I had all this stuff!! The problem is that I'd have to dye it. Perhaps some Koolaid dying might do the trick? 

I'm also looking forward to starting Liesl. Here is all the yarn - should be enough, no? 



There is still no progress on the Garter Yoke Cardi, but it's next on my list. What with the crochet obsession I've just not found a moment to think myself back into this project (what row was I on anyway??). I'm looking forward to reconnecting with it in the coming week, though.


Oh, and last but not least, D's auntie gifted the boys with this:


Boy #3 calls him 'Ratty Bear'. Isn't he adorable? 

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26 comments:

  1. YIKES! you may have me beat on the WIPs!!! Of course, the afghan is over-the-top!!! Love it! What would be so awful about an ivory Hitofude? I think you might find it a wardrobe staple!!??!! (I'm using what I think is considered a light fingering wt...a real lace weight might be too thin).....
    farmer bear is a total hoot!!! (I sort of covet his watering can!)

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    1. Steph, I think you may be right - I seem to have a bad case of starteritis at the moment... I'm still fretting over Hitofude and that yarn. Perhaps you are right and it just wants to be ivory? Decisions, decisions,...

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  2. I love the finished granny square blanket, it is a real delight.

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    1. Thank you - I love it too! I still can't quite believe I've actually finished it!

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  3. Your blanket is fantastic! good work.
    Ratty Bear is so cute!

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  4. Wow, everything is so pretty. I love that granny square blanket and the gift from your auntie.
    Stopping by from yarn along.

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    1. Thank you! I'll return the favour and stop by at your blog - I try to visit a few each week. :)

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  5. So many choices.... Kool Aide will work if you don't mind bright colors. I have had some good results with Easter Egg dye as well (although you would have a hard time finding that at this time of year!). What a beautiful blanket!

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    1. Well, if I fret about it long enough it might get close enough to Easter to get the dye!! ;) I may try mixing some of the brighter Kool Aide with some brown to make the colours a bit more muted, but then again, perhaps I should just see if the cardi wants to be white!

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  6. Really enjoyed your post this week... It made me laugh to think you had all that yarn that you didn't know about. I love the yarn choice for Leisl and yes ratty bear is very sweet x

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    1. Thanks! I'm absolutely hopeless with my stash. I did a bit of clearing out recently, but I'd forgotten about yet another huge box!!

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  7. love the blanket! it is so wonderful.

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  8. The blanket is fabulous, well done on completing it. Love the mobius, looking forward to your next project.

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    1. Thank you - I'm still a bit in shock that the blanket is actually finished!

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  9. Lots going on, love it. The blanket turned out wonderful and the cushion will be just darling. How cute is Ratty Bear and I'm going to love seeing Liesel come together in that yarn.

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    1. Thank you. I'm looking forward to starting Liesl. Just wanting to finish up at least one of the many things I have on my needles at the moment, and hopefully there will be enough yarn!

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  10. The granny square blanket reminds me so much of the ones that were on the couches at my aunt's house.

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  11. WOW! The blanket turned out gorgeous! Great job. Ratty Bear is precious.

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    1. Thank you, I'm so thrilled with it! :)

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  12. Oh, how cute. Little toes digging into the spaces of the granny square blanket. That blanket is fantastic. It makes me think of fresh flower beds with popping buds of colorful flowers.

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    1. Haha, I didn't think it was too cute when it was happening, but yes, thinking about it now it kind of is! They adore the blanket - I think seeing it come together they appreciate it more and they have been fascinated with knitting and crochet these past few weeks!

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  13. Ratty Bear is sweet - looks like he should be helping on your allotment. And the blanket is AMAZING!

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    1. Thanks - Ratty Bear was actually made by D's auntie with the allotment in mind! ;)

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