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Sneak peek

Making baby item after baby item gets a girl thinking. Not necessarily about babies – for me it’s more about family members I only know through the blankets and sweaters they created for me when I was born. I wouldn’t recognize most of my extended family if I met them on the street, but I recognize my great-aunt’s tendency to crochet every row through the back loop because of the heirlooms I still have.

Thing is? These things, though full of love and still useful, are pretty ugly. I think it makes them more endearing. There’s something really comforting about designing around a recognized need and on-hand materials, with necessity and simplicity overshadowing intentional design choices.

So sometimes, when planning a project, it’s fun to skip the imagination-based design steps, and just use a train of logic. There will be babies. They will need wool blankets. This is the wool I have. 2+2=4.

Based on this design philosophy, the color choices of my family’s heirloom afghans, a not-so-recent purchase, and these two blankets, I started crocheting.

I should mention that this blanket isn’t done yet, and I don’t want to photograph it until it’s been blocked. So sorry if you were expecting any sort of finished product.

The yarn I’m using was hard to take off the shelf. I bought it at a thrift store ages ago, mainly because the packaging was so lovely:

Zephirwille Orchhidee vintage tapestry wool box

I really don’t know much about tapestry wool, but I’m pretty sure that’s what this is. Each box (I found five) contained ten 10-meter skeins of a light fingering weight, soft, unassuming wool.

Zephirwolle Orchidee vintage tapestry wool

Sheesh. The skeins are so damn cute.

Anyway, here’s the breakdown:

  • 14 skeins of Pale Yellow, color #2286
  • 10 skeins of Purple, color #2132
  • 8 skeins of Slate, color #2845A
  • 5 skeins of Red, color #2831
  • 4 skeins of White, color #2800
  • 3 skeins of Bright Yellow, color #2899
  • 1 skein each of Grey (2848), Pink (2879), and Tan (2240)

Each box was fifty cents, making the total $2.50. There are 49 skeins, each with 10 meters, for a total of 490 meters, or 535.9 yards. I joined them with simple square knots, because I’m too lazy to felt 98 ends to each other. And I don’t much mind weaving in ends.

The colors don’t coordinate in any modern way. When mixed together, they simply remind me of grandma’s acrylic afghans. It’s both off-putting and endearing. Or maybe I’ve lost it. I’m almost through the ball of joined 10-meter lengths of wool, and then I’ll do a thick border to give the blanket a bit more heft. Not sure what color the border will be yet – it depends on what I have on hand.

Sidenote: Does anyone know if old-school yarns that claim to be mothproof contain any harmful chemicals?

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This is a test.

Jenn! If you read this, here are your options for your slouchy hat. If none of them are to your liking, give me some more specific requirements.

Of course, the yarns on all of these are negotiable.

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G!

G is for … I don’t know what G is for.

I really just want to do a general update. And, you know, post some knitting pictures. Because isn’t this suppoused to be a knitting blog?

1. Anthropologie Inspired Cardigan (Ravelry)

This is kind of the redheaded-stepchild of all of my projects. I know it’s there, and I don’t treat it poorly; I just ignore it. I really have no feelings toward it at all. However, I do fear that it will make me smell like a wet dog if I ever wear it. So perhaps it will be sold? We’ll see.

2. If my calculations are correct, I only have to work fifteen more days, and then tax season is over. FIFTEEN MORE DAYS! That’s only 120 hours! And, most March clients are happy, patient, reasonable people (so far). Finally, I’ll actually be able to make some progress on all of the moving and decorating and sewing and knitting and planning that I have to do!

3. Lacy Beanie (Ravelry)

Is it a problem that I really don’t remember making this hat? She’s a nice little topper, even though she doesn’t look too great in the picture. I’d include a picture of me wearing it (I decided it was too weird to continue referring to a hat as a “she”), but I’m so terribly unphotogenic unless the picture is taken by someone who really knows what they’re doing.

4. I really need to send in my applications to this summer’s fairs. I intend to show my work at Orem’s Summerfest (June 13-14) or Springville’s Art City Days (June 8-14) (I haven’t decided which yet), Lindon’s Lindon Days (August 4-11), Pleasant Grove’s Strawberry Days, and maybe Provo’s Freedom Festival (July 3-5). But before I send in my applications, I need to come up with a name! Here are my options thus far:

  • Something Else (this is really boring, but I like the flexibility of it)
  • Cathexis (I don’t like the word so much, but I really like what the word means)
  • Follow the threads (or something like that. Apparently it’s a legal term)

Thought I’d have more than that? Thought I was creative? Well you’re wrong.

5. Scrunchie Hand Warmers (Ravelry)

I do love this project, despite the jogging (if only I had seen this before I started), and how terribly slow it is. Why is it slow? Because the yarn is too soft, the needles are too blunt, and there is a lot of ribbing. But they’ll be so lovely when completed.

6. You’d think I’d be reconsidering this whole ABC-along thing, but I’m really not. It’s a good reason to keep posting, and I like the organization of it. I don’t know how I feel when it comes to difficult letters like “U” and “X”, but we can worry about that later.

7. Seaman’s Cap (Ravelry)

I finished this a hundred-thousand-million years ago, and really haven’t done anything with it since. But it’s suppoused to be for my nephew Benson. For Christmas. 2007. But I don’t want to give him a present and forsake his little brother. I mean, I’ll still give Jack a present, of course. I just haven’t finished it yet.Anyway, I actually really like the pooling patterns on this hat. The brim has this awesome candy-like swirl all the way around. However, since then I have found the perfect recipe for a hat. So I probably won’t make this pattern again.

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Pictures. Lots of pictures.

I finally faced the snow like a man and did a full-on yarn photoshoot. So now I have one million pictures, and eventually, you will see all of them. Just perhaps not tonight.

For right now I’ll just show you a bit of my Thanksgiving.

Benson, Jack, Adam, Dave, and Dani did a bit of turkey detox while watching the Christmas Story (a long standing tradition).

I whipped the meringue and started early on the potatoes.  Jenn was a cooking/baking MACHINE. I don’t really know what grandma was doing, but she sure stuck to that corner of the kitchen. Grandpa would come in once in a while and pester us to go faster.

I got mad at mom for daring to take eating pictures, and wore TWO different kinds of plaid! At the same time! Don’t worry, I said my hail Marys. Hail maries? I don’t know. Has that word combination become a noun in and of itself? Or is the “Mary” in it still a specific name?

It was also a collective celebration of November birthdays, and mom got a recipe book from Dani. And she made a very silly face. (Take pictures of me while I’m eating, will you? I told you you would get your reward!)

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