Friday, 27 September 2013

Tutti Frutti Blanket 2 - The Start of the Holidays

A short post from me today to say that I am nearly finished the Tutti Frutti Blanket. I had made a pact with myself to finish it by the end of today to mark the start of the holidays. As I have only got eight more rows plus cast off, that should be easily achievable this evening with the aid of a glass of red and something fun to watch.

I managed to get a quick snapshot in the garden today, which is in contrast to the rest of the week of howling gales and rain....maybe spring is here somewhere! As I lay this out of the lawn, I could not help thinking how much I enjoy making these baby blankets. It is the same pattern many times over but the combination of different colours and the softness of the cotton always make it such a wonderful experience. I may be doing another one of these soon!
Have a wonderful weekend!

Saturday, 21 September 2013

Tutti Frutti Ripple Blanket 1

It is windy and pouring down with rain again, despite being almost at the end of the first month of spring! The advantage of course, is that due to the poor weather, there is no real urgency to get out and about, fix things around the house or garden. As the boys have also been quite sick these last few days, the slower pace has enabled us to think a bit about our new house, what changes we'd like to make and investigate kitchen designs. Having always lived in rented homes, I always lived with what I had and now the notion of designing something that I actually want is both exciting and daunting. I have found that a few lines of knitting at a time helps as you browse kitchen designs or talk ideas through. 

My project of choice to do while I'm thinking of other things is this Tutti Frutti Ripple Blanket, made from Bendigo Woollen Mills Cotton and a tiny bit of Panda Cotton Blend (for the orange). I love doing these little pram blankets and they have been much appreciated by family and friends. This one is destined for the A Passionate Yarn online shop.

At the same time, the fact that we are not having to go to any more home opens this weekend has enabled me to get some of the finished projects washed and blocked. The blanket on the last post is now dry and ready for its ends to be weaved in. It is now the turn of the little red cotton Feather and Fan cardigan (size 12-18 months) to take its place on the drying/blocking board. This will also go to stock up the A Passionate Yarn online shop which has been sadly neglected over the last few months. I am not sure exactly when I will be able to post them back up, probably in late October/early November. In the pipeline is also a green cotton cabled sleeveless cardigan (Size 4) which I have started.

Thursday, 19 September 2013

Back from the Wilderness

It has been a while since my last post and so much has happened in our lives! Many small things that add up to a very busy time of our lives - birthday party for Little B, house hunting, a number of different childhood illnesses, cake stalls, etc. However, I have decided to slow down for a little to go back to the things I love to do for myself. Even went to the gym today!

I cannot tell you much yet about the house hunting but I can say that it has been a real learning journey for my lovely husband and I. The highlight has been that we actually had a similar goal and style in mind. The negotiation on how we get to the outcome has taken its time but I think we are both happy with the result. The real downside of house hunting are both the time taken and the emotional ups and downs you go through every week. Thank goodness for knitting to take the edge off!

In this time of upheaval, I have been keeping my knitting very simple and targeted at babies as there are a few due in my circle of friends. Another cotton ripple blanket has come off my needles and is now blocked out to dry. This is intended as a unisex blanket and I really like this colour scheme. Quite happy with the result! These pictures were taken prior to the soaking and you can see a few spring flowers coming through.

I have also finished a little cotton cardigan (Size 12-18 months), adapting one of my favourite patterns to incorporate a feather and fan lace border. I think it will look great once I've blocked it and added a wooden button with little ladybirds on it.
You may see a few more of either of these as I attempt to rationalise my stock of cotton yarn. I do have an ulterior motive here - it is not actually to reduce the yarn amount but rather to have a turnover of stock in potentially new colours. I am aiming for perhaps a large delivery in the new house? As a house christening gift of course.....

Saturday, 7 September 2013

Mermaid Ripple Blanket

It is election day here and we've been busy doing typical election things - voting, baking and manning the primary school cake stall! Yes, I managed this year to do three ginger cakes with the fourth rather failed attempt staying at home with us (still tastes great).

Having completed all the mandatory activities, I am now gearing up to satisfy my inner geek with the ABC's coverage of the election - lots of statistics, probabilities and waffle. I am armed with a big pile of Bendigo Woollen Mills cotton yarn and hopefully soon some chilled white wine! Snacks are also at the ready, along with a dinner that is already all prepared for the boys.

It has been a long delay since my last post - mostly due to Little B's fifth birthday party, house-hunting and a surge in work activity.It is in these rather hectic times that I have found again the delight of simple baby blanket knitting. I love working through which colours to put together and see my pile of cotton yarn diminishing. Here is the latest version, the Mermaid Ripple Blanket.
As you can see, spring has also arrived in our garden with these beautiful pink everlastings. Hope you have fun too on this election day!