Here it is Sunday night already. What makes the week go so slowly and the weekend go so quickly?
Friday I finished the latest baby blanket and made the cutest little care label for it. I uses Brava yarn from Knit Picks http://www.knitpicks.com/yarn–fiber-en/yarn-color/yellows/brava-sport-yarn.html it is affordable and reliable. The texture is soft and cuddly and machine wash/dry care make it perfect for babies. I’ve made this pattern before: Baby Blanket #4659 by Bernat Design Studio, which is a free Ravelry pattern. The writer made it much more complicated than necessary, read the notes from other crocheters, and follow the advise of repeating the 3 pattern rows and ignoring the different number rows after 1-3. That being said, it is really a cute pattern and I really love how the shells turn into hearts.
One of the craftiest gals I know, K2 gave me an awesome “knitting label kit” for my birthday. It included stamps, custom labels, inks and cording to attach them. Here is the one I made for Lori’s baby’s blanket.
On Saturday I finally got back to Culture Stock in Aurora, IL for the weekly Knitting Circle (actually a Fiber Circle as there are knitters, crocheters, cross stitchers and needlepointers ((if that is a word?)) ) there. It was fun reconnecting with them because I haven’t been there in months. If you live close, you have to check out Culture Stock (https://www.facebook.com/CultureStock?fref=ts ) it is a great place.
I’ve been working on the possum yarn shawl, making fairly good progress. Here’s the latest pic. I pulled out one side because it is getting to large to see the whole shawl.
Regarding the TKGA Master’s I am really behind. I have such lofty goals in January…
Future fiber fun – the class list is out for Stitches Midwest. I will either go on Saturday or Sunday, I am just not sure which day yet.
Tomorrow I am going to Culture Stock to work on the dreaded snowflake afghan. When I was there the last time one of the gals was talking about working on a charitable project. Project Linus was brought up.
I was a member of an informal group of ladies that made handmade blankets of all types to donate to Project Linus. They distribute them to hospitals togive to children that come in with either emergencies or for surgeries to help comfort them.
Here is what the link to Project Linus had to say:
“ABOUT PROJECT LINUS
Project Linus is a non-profit organization, dedicated to “Providing Security Through Blankets,” for ill or traumatized children and teens. Inspired by a picture of a three-year-old cancer patient holding her security blanket, Project Linus was begun in 1995 by Karen Loucks. Nationally, Project Linus has donated more than 4,270,084 handmade blankets to help comfort children in need in hospitals, shelters, and hospices. Project Linus has 368 chapters in the United States. Project Linus was named after the adorable security blanket toting character from the Peanuts comic strip.” http://www.projectlinus.org/
The Project Linus national website has a great listing of patterns for you to use, or you can use one of your own. The gals I used to meet with knit, crocheted and sewed blankets for the gal that organized the group to take to the local chapter to donate. After you complete your first blanket, you get an adorable Project Linus patch. I love working on blankets that might help comfort a child when he or she can’t understand what is happening and is sick and/or afraid.
I hope we chose this charity. I know there are a lot of very worthy causes for needy children, adults and pets. This one is close to my heart 🙂
tks to Google Docs for the Linus pics
I’m late with last week’s Work In Progress report, it is almost time for next weeks, so I’ll only bore you once with the details of what has been happening.
I still have 8 squares to complete for the afghan, but that is almost next on my list. All of the strips are completed so far, so it won’t take tons of time to complete it once the last squares are done. This week I plan to go to Culture Stock on Saturday morning and will take this project along.
The Helix Scarf for my daughter-in-law is almost done. As soon as I finish writing this, I hope to finish it. I’ll post a picture over the weekend. I got the yarn for a scarf I am going to get my girlfriend started on at work. She asked me to find a Harry Potter scarf pattern that was simple because her grandson asked her to knit him one for Christmas. Ravelry had a ton of Harry Potter scarves, but most of them were more complicated that she felt comfortable making. Then I found one that is knit in the round, which would have been perfect. Straight knitting, no fancy change of stitches, and the tube shape of knitting in the round would eliminate curling edges.
The problem was she didn’t want to work in the round. So we are going super simple. Half the stitches of the “tube” design, straight knitting to achieve a garter stitch fabric that won’t roll. The only challenge will be changing color every 20 to 22 rows. I think she can handle it so we are going for it.
I ordered Knit Picks Brava worsted because it is durable, washable and soft. But I am a dope because I put the colors in my shopping bag, then printed out the colors so she could see them. She liked the pictures, so I promptly ordered 2 of each color. Forgetting the original order was hanging out in the inbox. So now I have enough for two scarves. I think I’ll make one for my oldest son as a joke. He is an avid reader and enjoyed the Harry Potter series and living in MD has seen a lot of snow the past few years.
So here is my plan of action. First on the agenda is the Helix Scarf, as a bit of entertainment, I will get my girlfriend going on her grandson’s gift. Then I am going to work on a couple of washcloths for my cutest little cousin who will be a year old right after the holidays. I’ve found a couple of cute patterns. One has a dog, one has a bunny, one has a kitten..you get the idea. All of them very quick and I already have the yarn. If I get busy I can do two of them in a week.
Then the snowflake afghan will be the last project that has to be done before Christmas. If by some crazy chance I have a little extra time I’ll work on the extra Harry Potter scarf. Since next week is Thanksgiving already (how did that happen so soon??) I am not very confident that will happen. Because we all know life can easily get in the way.
My work in progress update is kind of early this weekend. I don’t have a lot of progress so I thought I’d just get on with it.
I still have nine squares to finish for the snowflake afghan and will get on that hopefully in a week or so. I want to finish the scarf for my daughter-in-law then will go back to it. I am half way done with the scarf. Check out my progress.
Because our kids were here today, I didn’t go down to Culture Stock this week. Next week I am going back to see the progress everyone has made. While we were there last week, my cousin was talking about the washcloth I made for her daughter last Christmas. She said she loved it, and it was her favorite. How can I not add a couple more to my list of Christmas knitting? They only take a couple of hours to make, so I should not have any trouble whipping them up before the holidays.
So for Christmas I will be finishing the scarf, snowflake afghan and washcloths. I should have plenty of time as long as life doesn’t get in the way. If I have a bit of extra time (stop laughing!!) I got a really cool pattern today for knit ribbons. Some of the gifts would look pretty cool with these – but I am not sure I’ll actually have time to do these. Just the thought of tying up those cute little washcloths in a pretty homemade bow sounds like a plan. We’ll see how this best laid plan works out.
That leaves a pair of socks, the alpaca hat and buffalo mittens undone for the year. I don’t feel horribly bad because I’ve made good progress on all the other goals I’ve set.
The biggest short coming (is that an oxymoron??) is my lack of progress on The Knitting Guild of America’s Master’s Program. I’ve completed three of the swatches, but am going to do them over again because I have different yarn to use. It hasn’t even been wound yet, but will be done between Christmas and New Year’s because I have a glorious 10 days off work.
So I am now getting my 2013 list of projects ready. The Master’s program, two baby afghans (prolific parents in our circles!), shawl for my girlfriend’s birthday in March and the three leftover projects from 2012 are on the pre-list list for now 🙂 And possibly learning how to work my awesome knitting machine that I got from my mom.
This has been a great week. Both knitting and crocheting progress made and a found a new group of fiber friends to hang out with. My cousin sent me an invitation on FaceBook to join her and a group of friends at a Culture Stock in Aurora. Today was their first meeting.
Culture Stock is a “Book Store · Performing Arts Education · Lounge” located in Aurora, IL at 43 E. Galena Blvd. For those of you that grew up in and around Aurora, it is in the building that used to house Fannie May candies and is right next door to the fabulously wonderful Riverfront Playhouse.
Comfy and cozy, Culture Stock is a bright open space. The Fox River flows past the same windows that frame the renowned Paramount Theater Marquee. Sitting areas invite conversation and relaxation. While a great mix of books call to all bibliophiles.
I joined my cousin and nine others on the maiden voyage of fiber art enthusiasts. Knitting, crocheting and counted cross stitch were represented. Needles clicked while we chatted about projects, kids, techniques and pets. Projects were shared, tips passed along and websites recommended.
I hope everyone had as great a time as I did. I can’t wait to go again next week. If you live in the area, check it out.
Now for the work in progress updates. Only nine more snowflakes to completion on the afghan project. I couldn’t stand by my resolution to complete that afghan before starting another project. Knitting needles called me and I answered.
The gal I work with showed me a scarf she was working on and I immediately fell in love with the pattern. It is a fairly easy project. All knit with short rows creating a rippled edge scarf that will be perfect for a Christmas gift. I’m using Knit Picks Stroll Glimmer in pomegranate. It has a fun silver fiber woven throughout which will make it just right for Christmas. Check out the pattern on my Ravelry site – I’m writeknit.
I suspect my WIP will show more progress on the scarf than the afghan this week. I’ll keep you posted. (pics from Culture Stock’s FB page & the Paramount’s website. And my cell phone :))