On a roll

I finished the Noro stripes scarf last week, but finally had a moment to take some photos.  This one only took a week to knit, a record for me!  I don't know what it was, perhaps the fascination with the changing stripes, or the pure mindlessness of the pattern.  Anyway, I really like this one.   

I love how you can take two seemingly mismatched balls of yarn and get something so good looking. 

I think there may be more of these in my future.

Rippling Along

The crochet ripple blanket continues to grow.  I've added 18 more stripes since the last photo.  Okay, I did have to ask Scrabble to pose for this photo, but I think it's tradition now, don't you? 

By the way, he did get groomed today so he was picture perfect.  I spent one whole evening this week weaving in the ends of all the stripes I've done so far.  I can't believe how long that takes!

My basket of yarn is dwindling though and that's a very good sign.  Dare I say this blanket may be done before the winter is out? 

I just have to show you this.  It's not a sea urchin in my teapot.  It's Jasmine Globe green tea from Harney Tea.  It's so cool looking and the fragrance is heavenly!  This is my afternoon pick-me-up lately.

I haven't given up on the liberated blocks.  In fact, today I made good progress on putting together the "Night at the Improv" top.  I also got out some crumb/string blocks I had made last year and made a few more to round it out at 25.  I need to get some red for the sashing because, even with a nice basket of reds, none of them are quite right.  I also think I'm going to use a yard of cheddar for the setting or sashing on the blocks with the red and brown tones.  It's getting fun now that I'm figuring out how to use some of these blocks! 

Argosy Revealed

I finally got to blocking Argosy last night.  What a wonderful knit. I enjoyed the pattern once I got used to it.  Actually a few weeks ago I lost the pattern and had to print it off again.  I found that knitting charts had been added and it was significantly easier to remember the pattern once I had seen it written out in chart form.  This wrap is long!  It's 105" by 15".  If I were to make it again I think I would make it wider and shorter.  The story of how I started this wrap is here.

This is Noro Silk Garden.  I don't think I have the colorway information anymore.  I didn't pay any attention to the way the striping went.  When I came to the end of a ball, I just started another one randomly.

So, another big finished object!  I'm making progress here.  The scrap blocks are coming along.  I can't believe how much time it's taken.  I only started last weekend, but I still have strips that haven't been incorporated.  I think by the time I'm done I'll have several quilts out of these!  They'll probably be wall sized or smaller, but still...  I have noticed that I tend to make certain blocks have a color theme, so I think I'll divide them up along color themes somehow.  Also, I got tired of making just crumb style blocks and ended up doing some liberated blocks according to Gwen Marston and Freddy Moran's Collaborative Quilting.  That was lots of fun.  Photos to come soon!

Pay it Forward

I'm excited to participate in the Pay it Forward exchange! I found out about this on Linda's blog and I think it's a great idea! If you hurry, you might be able to get on Linda's list.  Linda is one of the Dixie Chicks from Camp Cockamamie and she just started selling hand-dyed sock yarn!  She's got a lovely way with color, as you'll see.

The idea of the exchange is I will send a handmade gift to the first 3 people who leave a comment on this blog post requesting to join this PIF exchange. I don’t know what that gift will be yet, and you may not receive it tomorrow or next week, but you will receive it within 365 days, that is my promise! The only thing you have to do in return is pay it forward by making the same promise on your blog.

Coming from me, your gift could be almost anything handmade!  I so look forward to coming up with something just for you.  So play along and post a comment!  It makes no difference what part of the world you live in either.  I'll contact the winners by email and then get their addresses then.

PS:  The knitted votive above just might be a possible gift!  I've got more supplies for these and I think they are so pretty.