Yes, it has been a shamefully long time since I last blogged. Life here on the farm just requires way more time than we ever seem to have. The brutal winter didn’t help much, as we shifted between trying to prevent ice damage and frozen pipes, and endless hours of snow shoveling. (Worst of all: where to put all that white stuff??)
Thankfully we believe the winter is over and gone, and we are appreciating somewhat warmer days and (for now, at least) rain instead of snow. I was, however, able to use some of those no-electricity days and too-tired-to-work evenings to keep up with some knitting projects.
Naturally I started about ten new ones, too, so I’m just now (and very slowly) finishing them off one by one. Here are a few of the off-the-needles-at-last efforts. (Click on photo to enlarge, and to find out what these are.)
Ten-stitch baby blankets, using Frankie Brown’s pattern (Ravelry).
Scarf/shawl: Elaborated Print O’ the Wave pattern by Eunny Jang, from her Craftsy class “Lace Knitting: Basics and Beyond”. Yarn is Interlacements Irish Jig [African Violets].
Lace shawl: Fiori Autunnali, by Romi Hill
Detail of Fiori Autunnali
Second Fiori Autunnali in turquoise heather alpaca, before blocking. Looks pretty ridiculous at this stage! (And no, this is not finished; I’m including partly so you can see the difference between the finished ecru shawl and one in progress, and partly because at the rate I’m going this may never come off the needles.)
A small blocked swatch of the turquoise shawl, with several “test” beads. I settled on the dark, metallic blue.
I usually have several hats and socks going at the same time as more intricate projects—gives my hands a rest.
Finally got around to making the May blocks for our Craftsy Block of the Month class. What a hoot to make “wonky” blocks with no pattern—just keep adding rows, cutting widths and angles as the mood strikes.
I decided I didn’t like the color direction that I started with and decided to change it. I’m sticking with the batik theme, but I like the yellow/green/brown fabrics the most. And I have more of them than the others, so there’s another good reason to shift around. So I redid the January blocks …
… and finished my two February blocks this afternoon.
Unfortunately the colors look washed out because I took these photos at night with artificial light. If the sun is out tomorrow I’ll get and post new photos with lively colors!
My (biological) sister and I have decided to take the Craftsy Block of the Month class (it’s free, so if you’re interested there’s no good reason not to do it!). We’ve both chosen mostly batik fabrics, though we have different color schemes. I’m excited.
I’m planning to learn some new and some faster ways to quilt, and machine piecing is fairly new for me, too. Besides, how hard can it be to make just two blocks a month?
Here’s my “badge”, and (if I can remember to do it) I’ll post pictures of my blocks as they roll off the sewing machine.