Margaret has her ten stitch blanket well under control. Margaret likes to experiment with colour and technique. With the ten stitch blanket it’s about technique. Her first way of doing the sides produced a double colour seam. She is now trying another way where you just get a single colour. She has found that she knits that a bit loosely for her liking and will now look at how she can adjust what she is doing so it is tighter. It looks very neat, though . Her blanket is nice and soft and very pliable. The yarn determines how these blankets feel. Hers is all cuddly.
Sonya is knitting a lovely crescent scarf which has nice spring colours. It won’t particulalry be for the really cold winter days but it will be a nice it to wear to keep warm on those early spring days where the weather can be a bit brisk. Crescent scarves can be made to any size and become shawls if you want them to be that big. It is worth mastering the technique if you want something where you can vary your project according to your needs.
There are two nice crescent patterns on Ravelry worth having a look at :
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.