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Blanket Progress

Blanket Progress

As my Mum noted, these squares seriously need some blocking/pressing, but that will just have to wait. In the meantime, I’ve added a couple more squares. An ‘official’ GAL 2014 square for Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy and one of my own interlopers. How could I have a geeky blanket without a Gilmore Girls reference?

The last few weeks have been a little harried and this blanket introduced a much needed dose of sanity. I was back at work last week and that is just unbelievable at the moment! I’m already working overtime and it’s supposed to be our ‘quiet time.’ Then the Scot developed two new lumps – you’ve never seen anyone look so relieved to discover an infection! And that was just the vet looking relieved. The infection’s all cleared up now and tomorrow I’m taking the Scot in to have his stitches AND the evil cone of shame removed. There may be jigging and jiving afterward. Possibly some slipper-stealing.

Back to blanket business, I’m so pleased with how the Luke’s Diner-inspired square turned out.

Coffee Coffee Coffee!

Coffee Coffee Coffee!

There wasn’t any question of it being anything but coffee-inspired (there is a caffeine molecule ‘official’ square) and I think I’m hitting my stride with double knitting and designing the colour work. I’m doing it by hand using my Knitter’s Graph Paper Journal and then popping the design up on StitchMastery. The graph paper is a dream – a knitted stitch isn’t perfectly square. The proportions of my Labyrinth square are slightly out because I designed it directly on StitchMastery. Taking the extra step to sketch it out on specially-designed knitting graph paper is totally worth it.

And in the meantime, I’ve been catching up on the Gilmore Girls twin, Bunheads, which is absolutely amazing and I’m beyond despairing that it was cancelled. Seriously, it’s witty, full of great female characters – and dance!! I was in stitches over the possum scene this morning. I just can’t get enough of the screwball-comedy-inspired-fast-talking of Amy Sherman-Palladino‘s heroines. We need more smart television.

Gelati!

Gelati

Gelati

Want to knit up some socks that pay homage to that greatest of all foodstuffs, gelati? You can now just hop over to Ravelry for a pattern to do just that!

I knitted these as part of my Italian trio of patterns (Como is out already). Here’s the first test sock at my favourite gelati shop in Prato, just outside Florence.

Mmmmm... pistachio!

Mmmmm… pistachio!

When I was thinking of designing a trio of Italian-inspired patterns, I couldn’t not include one for gelati and above you can see the pistachio gelato that I still have dreams about! I wanted the socks to steer clear of ‘candy’ shades and Socks That Rock has the loveliest pistachio colourway perfect for my ode to gelati.

Although, while I was in Italy last year, I may have cheated on pistachio with this peach, but oh, it was so so so so good.

Anyone for something peachy?

Anyone for something peachy?

Here’s how I describe my sock:

Gelato is just about my favourite thing in Italy. Beware of ‘tourist’ gelati, though, particularly the kind displayed in gigantic mounds. You want the good stuff and that means you should check the pistachio. If it’s dull green, that’s a good sign. If it’s bright green, that’s a bad sign. These socks are my ode to pistachio gelato.

The socks are knitted toe up, starting with an impression of three scoops. On the leg you have a delicious, baroque round of gelato cones, some with cherries on top. Be careful, though! They’re starting to drip in a simple pattern of eyelets down the leg.

Three scoops!

Three scoops!

That’s right, there’s three scoops at the toe! I’ve had people insist that two scoops is the max, but if you’re very canny, you can choose the right three flavours to go together (I recommend Stracciatella, dark chocolate and pistachio).

Hope you’ll enjoy this gelati treat!

Cones and Squares – It’s All Geometry

Squares are being added to the Geek-a-long blanket.

Approval of Sherotter

Approval of Sherotter

We have a square for Sherlock now! I will resist the temptation to shoot at the smiley face.

Proud Hufflepuff

Proud Hufflepuff

We also have Hufflepuff, because Hufflepuff is the best House. It always bothers me that in the books, the House known for students who are kind and hard working is shunned and ridiculed. That’s just wrong! Hufflepuff deserves the love.

Baby, baby get me out of here

Baby, baby get me out of here

And I invented a Labyrinth square! There wasn’t one. I needed a Labyrinth square. It’s my first shot at putting together colourwork and I think it works.

It’s been a strange holiday so far. The Scot has a lump, so he’s in the Cone of Shame as I empty out my wallet to have it sorted. It’s all good. He’s going to be okay! And due to good friends, I have stopped worrying and fretting. Almost.

$50 if you take this stupid thing off me - The Scot

$50 if you take this stupid thing off me – The Scot

Mind, I can’t wait to see him like this again.

Even a deflating ball is fun!

Even a deflating ball is fun!

Blanket Fort Update

Blooming 'Dahlia'

Blooming ‘Dahlia’

The blankets are growing! The Dahlia Blanket in Knitsch ‘Tangerine’ DK continues to be incredibly beautiful. She’s on a longer cable now and I’m on to the final row of petals. Of course, these are the BIG petals. I might be petalling for a while.

Granny Square Multiplication

Granny Square Multiplication

I’m continuing to produce granny squares. I think the two rows of white around each square should do the trick?

Geeking Along

Geeking Along

And I’m super pleased with how the colour scheme for the Geekalong Blanket is going. Notice the pink TARDIS? I might just be saying something about my views on a female Doctor there! After all, Doctor Donna is my favourite companion. However, that aside, I hope Capaldi stays for a good long while. Bring on the Christmas episode!

You’d think I’d be blanketeded out, wouldn’t you? But no. Tash would update The Holland Road Yarn Company’s Facebook page with this blanket. I’m in love. I’m searching for just the right greys!

I do plan in the next few weeks to release a few backlogged patterns. I’m just winding up work and then I have some time to catch up!

In Pursuit of a Blanket Fort

I’m not sure how it started. Did it start when I was a bit disgruntled after a meeting and ‘accidentally’ bought a bunch of Knitsch Worsted in Tangerine?

Nothing is better than a yarn hug

Nothing is better than a yarn hug

Did it begin when I learned the granny square and started to become obsessive?

A Granny Square Pile Up

A Granny Square Pile Up

Did it begin when I started seeing the squares from the Geek-A-Long Blanket popping up on Instagram?

However it began, I have three blankets now on the go. I lack remorse. Instead, I have plans for a blanket fort! Who wants to join me?

The granny squares are progressing nicely. I’m experimenting with a white border and I think two rows per square is enough, although I’m still mulling over three.

Granny squares squared

Granny squares squared

I’ve also started another colour. There’s one thing about this blanket – it’s using up the sock yarn stash of multi-hued madness. The colours just come to life.

Another day, another colour palette

Another day, another colour palette

Crochet is brilliant! Why was I so slow to learn? It’s a perfect occupation while riding buses and waiting in cafes for friends. I have so many plans…

Speaking of which, my Tangerine Knitsch perfectly complements my favourite flowers, the nasturtiums.

No filter required

No filter required

I’ve begun a Dahlia Blanket. It was a love-at-first-sight pattern and I don’t regret it for a moment. It’s one of those knitting projects where you stop every few stitches just to enjoy it all over again.

Dahlia in progress

Dahlia in progress

Then, because I’m upskilling, have been wanting to try double knitting, and was loving watching Geek-A-Long squares popping up…

Oh, who am I kidding? I saw The Princess Bride square and that was that. So I’ve begun at the point of inspiration, but have decided to be a rebel and am doing it all in shades in pink and green for a girlier geeky blanket.

My pensive Dread Pirate Roberts

My pensive Dread Pirate Roberts

Incidentally, I just read As You Wish and it’s great fun. Cary Elwes is so dastardly charming! I’ve been watching him in Psych too, but was there ever a more perfect swashbuckling pirate?

Anyway, in the midst of all this frenzied blanketing (totally a word), I also discovered the perfect rose growing in my garden.

Now to find a prince to curse...

Now to find a prince to curse…

Upskilling

Me: "It's not edible!"  The Scot: "It looks edible to me." Me: "Everything looks edible to you."

Me: “It’s not edible!”
The Scot: “It looks edible to me.”
Me: “Everything looks edible to you.”

A few years ago, I asked Mum to teach me to crochet. We spent a day creating a little owl. I was going to take a very cute photo of the owl, but The Scot got interested…

Fast forward to now. I took the beginner’s crochet class at KAN and hatched a plan to crochet a rainbow blanket. Only, I didn’t yet know how to crochet even a granny square. I did, however, have to make a quick trip home to see an irascible grandfather in hospital, and while Mum and I sat in his room, she took me through the simple granny square.

And I may now be slightly addicted to crochet.

A Granny Square!

A Granny Square!

I’ve always loved the concept of the granny square – embracing my inner granny and all.

You can never have too much colour

You can never have too much colour

A friend noted that I seem to have coordinated my crochet with my fruit tingles. Oh yes! It’s a great way to use those crazy skeins of sock yarn. I plan to use a few coordinating skeins and crochet around each square in white. It should look pretty as a blanket.

I’ve also been working on the Doctor Who sampler.

Appearing TARDIS

Appearing TARDIS

I’ve started on the TARDIS! I’m just figuring out if I can tweak the design slightly to include something from 12. Something about pudding brains… and a little Mary Poppins, because we always knew the truth about her.

A Quick Scarf Recipe

A quick project

A quick project

For the longest time, I had a ball of The Knittery’s “Daisy” wound up and ready to go. Only, Knittery yarn isn’t something you simply use. Since operations wound down quite a few years ago, I’ve been holding on to my stash and particularly “Daisy.” She needed just the right project. I started a few projects and just as quickly wound her back up.

Now, however, she is a light and airy scarf and I think it’s done her justice!

Light & air

Light & air

The colours are glorious, but a bit full-on. The open work of the stitch is what makes it work here. I’m also a fan of light, lacy scarfs. They’re easy to wear in cooler weather.

Scarf on a chair

The chair shot

The stitch is found in Barbara Walker’s second treasury and is a breeze. It’s actually a rib, so if you leave the scarf unblocked, you’ll get a squishier, ‘plumper’ finished piece. Here’s the basic recipe. Oh, I’ve called the scarf ’42,’ because I cast on 42 stitches and because maybe the question to the meaning of life is: “what’s the right pattern for this yarn?”

“42”

Cast on 42 stitches.

Row 1: K1, (yo, sl1 wyib, k1, psso) repeat until last stitch, k1.

Row 2: P1, (yo, sl1 wyif, p1, psso) repeat until last stitch, p1.

Continue repeating rows 1 & 2 until desired length is reached. Cast off. Weave in end.