Saturday, March 7, 2009

Hello Again.

It's been so long since I have blogged that I almost forgot I have a blog. There were a few reasons for this. February was really busy; so busy I can't believe it has already come and gone. I did almost no knitting or crocheting for the entire month. I was also with out a camera, and if I had done anything I would not have been able to document it here.
Well, now it's March, and I seem to be finding a little time to spend with my fibers, and I have a brand new camera.
Even so, I don't have a lot to show you today.
Last week I bought Jan Eaton's 100 Crochet Blocks for Afghans, Blankets, and Throws. It's a great book, and I have been having a lot of fun playing with the squares patterns in different colour combinations. I have yet to get an actual project underway with the squares, but I will show you a couple of my favorites.

The first one is called Willow. I made it in Peaches & Creme in burgundy, sage, and camel.

The next one is called Fudge. Jan's pattern calls for 5 colours, but I cut it down to 4. This one had many more ends to weave in than I would usually care to deal with, but I really like the look of it. Not sure if I could handle an entire afghan's worth of these, though.
I've also managed to get a little spinning in this week. It had been months since I had used my wheel. I missed it terribly, but I finally spent an entire evening spinning.
I did a few mini-skeins blending odds and ends of singles left over for other projects, with a few fun results. None with yardage enough for even a small project, though.
Then, when I had a few empty bobbins I spun up two bobbins of a sky blue merino/silk blend that has been sitting in my stash since April, and a partial bobbin of hand painted silk hankies. I made two hanks of yarn, one two-ply blue merino silk, and the other a three ply, adding in the hand painted silk.
There is a total of about 300 yards of sport weight yarn. My plan is to use it for socks, with the 3-ply being used for the toes and heels. I promised Deb I would work on a simple pattern with an after-thought heel, so maybe I will use it for that.
I hope to get to work on some new projects vey soon. So, I hope to have more exciting blog entries in the not so distant future.


Joansie said...

Welcome back! Love the squares! I haven't had time to use my wheel either.

Lynne said...

Beautiful squares! The photos came out great!

Anita O said...

Wow. Glad you're back. I was starting to wonder what happened to you! The squares look great. I really like that pattern book.
And the yarn. To die for. Gorgeous as usual!

LDSVenus said...

Yes, welcome back, great to see you posting again. I like crocheting, I just haven't done any in quite a while. Maybe when I'm done with the blanket for my grand daughter I will crochet a throw for my couch or something :). I've been spinning a little here and there, I really need to finish that red and green yarn and get it plyed. I have some light green/turquoise/light blue polypay I'm going to buy that is so pretty. Will spin up into a novelty yarn rather than a smooth plyed yarn. Should be fun. Glad you have some time now for the things you really like to do :).

Lil Knitter said...

Good to have you back! I think I might be back now too. :P Thanks for visiting. I've sure missed everyone.
Love the squares. I hope to get my crochet "stuff" out and start trying to learn soon. I want to try one of those Shamrock pins Joansie made..too cute.

knitterbynature said...

I like the afghan squares. That does seem like a fun book, with infinite possibilities.