Wendy has got her ten stitch blanket up and running. One by one we are all coming around to it and all finding our way to do it. It is interesting how much a voyage of discover the ten stitch blanket is. Karin started us off last year with a workshop showing us the German short rows with wraps. Alexis brought along a blanket without the wraps so we could see that. Some got up and running and others were finding their way and some are still pondering the wonders of the ten stitch blanket. We like it because they are cosy and use up oddments. Once you master the techniques involved it ends up being an easy knit. You have to do it your own way and in your own time is what we have discovered. Wendy has been able to use her new needles from Equipment Day and she is loving it. Sometimes you have to try it and then unpick it and try something else. You cannot get going until you are happy.
Another two big projects were finished this week. When you work on big projects they take forever and then you feel like you are not doing anything. When you see the finished items, though, it has always been so worth it. Karin’s 10 stitch blanket has been much admired and popular. When we saw it finished we just loved it. She hadn’t chosen the colours as such. She was knitting from her yarn left over from other projects and deciding which colour to do when she got to the next bit. The blanket looks really good. It’s warm, inviting and the colours are restful.
Cathy has been spinning and dyeing wool for her crochet blanket all year. Most of it is natural colour from FinnX, alpaca and then natural dyes like avocado, onion skins, Tasmanian blue gum leaves and red cabbage. There are bits of red and green from Susie Horn’s bit and then some orange and yellow and banana fibre silk from Kathy’s Fibres. There is ramswool and BorderLeicesterX. Cathy joined the group in June last year and knew nothing so this blanket is about what she has learned from the group. The autumn colours look good.
Shawls are a good thing to have available. They can dress up an outfit , they can be used as a small blanket and they are handy to quickly protect a small child from the cold . Wendy’s shawl was very popular with us because it is thick and squishy. It’s from her own hand spun wool . The dove grey will go with anything. It’s a warm, comforting shawl and we appreciated it because Adelaide has been icy and draughty this year so a shawl has high appeal in this weather. A shawl like this provides and extra layer quickly . It will suddenly get very cold here and if you have a shawl you can just pop it on and keep warm and not interrupt yourself looking for warmer things to wear. Choosing garter stitch has given the shawl a good functional thickness and the fringe is all about the cosy, comfort factor. There is an easy, free triangle shawl pattern on Ravelry provided by Lion Brand wool.
Karin brought along her 10 stitch blanket to knit. She is stash busting and allowing the blanket to grow intuitively and so the colours are added as she knits. It’s very neat, soft, squishy and looks good. The colours are all toning in well together.
Hers is reversible so there is a ridge on one side and it’s flat on the other. YouTube has videos to show you how to do the mitred corners and how to knit it without the ridge. It is a great project for using oddments and produces a lovely blanket which has a stylish look. There’s a free pattern on Ravelry by Frankie Brown.