Finished it – now its time to start again!

Did you take part in the 2014 Finish It Challenge organised by Stitches and Scraps and Mollie & Claire? [If not, why not – don’t tell me you don’t have an unfinished project or three lurking somewhere in your house!]

Well I did and I’m doubly glad I took the trouble – not only do I now have a great top to wear when the sun shines ….but I also won a skein of SparkLynne 4 ply sock yarn from The Knitting Goddess, provided by Claire, in a beautiful pale blue with a hint of bling.

hand dyed, 4ply, 75% superwash merino Sparklynne by The Knitting Goddess

hand dyed, 4ply, 75% superwash merino Sparklynne by The Knitting Goddess

A huge thank you for providing us with the impetus for completing a project, donating super prizes….and to Claire especially for picking my name out of the hat 😉

Now I know exactly how I’m going to use this yarn…but not exactly what I’m going to do with it……so suggestions please.

My son and his fiancee are getting married next spring and they are basing their colour palette around ‘the sea’. The colour of the yarn would fit perfectly and it feels right that, having received the yarn as a stroke of luck, the luck should be passed on to two people starting their life together.

But what could I use it for (100g, c.400m) – ideally something that can be used both on the day and afterwards? It may be sock yarn but I can’t see either of them tripping down the aisle in pale blue, sparkly socks! I was thinking possibly about a large doily/small tablecloth as a centre piece to the top table, but my creative juices have yet to start flowing so ideas wanted please – knitting or crochet, I enjoy both.

Into Intarsia …and happy anniversary to me!

Intarsia montage

Well, apparently it is one year since my first foray into blogging – how fitting that I should get back into it on my first anniversary! Haven’t blogged for ages, which is a shame because I’ve had loads to talk about…and I’ve missed my blogging buddies!

Over the last couple of months I’ve discovered a love of intarsia, which I used to hate because I was pants at it. It all started with my lovely Baltimore Ravens fan friend requesting a cosy for her little tea pot and from there I went on to create a Lambretta-style scooter, an art deco design, a soccer themed Brazilian flag and a British bobby’s helmet. I love the process of making the pattern charts (which is probably what has occupied my blogging time) and the way in which they are used to create order out of a chaos of yarns…..a metaphor for life perhaps? If you have a plan and stick to it, it is possible to bring all the threads of your life together in harmony?

Enough philosophising! Enjoy some of my favourite designs! Do have a go if you haven’t tried it – it is a great way to use yarn oddments because you use a separate ball for each colour. However, it is a good idea to make sure you are sitting comfortably and not expecting too many disturbances. Trust me – leaping up to answer the phone/doorbell not a good idea with a lap full of 10 balls of yarn 😉

How many is enough?

How many knitting projects is it acceptable to have on the go at once?

My family already tease me because of my reading habits – doesn’t everyone have an upstairs book and a downstairs book, a book for lunchtime at work…and a Kindle for travelling? So am I weird to have a ‘watching mindless TV’ project (something a bit challenging),  a ‘watching something interesting’ project (something easy), a ‘sitting in the kitchen having a chat after eating with the family’ project (usually a bit of crochet) and a ‘passenger on a long car journey’ project (something small so I don’t poke hubby with the needles)?

I’ve got so many ideas going round my head at the moment that I can’t wait to start them – but I am trying to ration myself. Let’s complete at least one of the four current projects before I start the next. C’mon folks, what’s the most you’ve had on the go at once?