Here is Miss Emme enjoying the blanket that was made by the wonderful women in the Vanna’s Choice Fan Club group on Ravelry to celebrate her birth. She just loves it and it is the perfect playmat for her now that she is rolling all over the place.
I was able to dye up some of the new yarns about a week ago, but with a friend visiting for the weekend, I wasn’t able to re-skein them and get them posted to my Etsy shop. Well, I woke up with determination this morning (and Miss Emme decided to sleep a bit late this morning) so I was get pictures and get my lovelies up in the shop. The majority of my yarns up to this point have been extremely saturated so I decided to go with a lighter method. I’m really pleased with the skeins and have decided to make these part of a new collection that reminds me of watercolor paintings. Without further ado, I give you ‘ocatarine’ and ‘aleger’
Well, work in progress Wednesday typically means that some progress of some sort has been made on some sort of project.
I’m here to tell you that I completely failed in that respect and have instead spent the last week planning plans. Hahaha – I really am staying true to my bee knitting type – I’m all over the place over here!
While I was knitting mitered squares to sprinkle into my log cabin blanket, I got intrigued with the possibility of knitting a two color mitered square. So all of my efforts and time were diverted to that front and many attempts of making a neat looking square. I had my a-ha moment on Sunday night have been perfecting the technique every since! And with a new technique, comes the plan of a new project – yay! So I got out my color pencils and graph paper and went to town…and then I needed new yarn to make this vision possible. So yep, not only did I not make any meaningful progress on my currently projects, I managed to start a new project AND buy more yarn. I would hang my head in shame, but I have to keep an eye on the tracking for my new yarn as it makes its way across the country! Hahaha. I’m keeping that project under wraps for now until I actually make some progress on it – ha!
Now I don’t want it to seem like I haven’t done anything for yarn for the past week! No sir! The night before last I was up cleaning the house at 2:00am and some how I ended up in my yarn room, where all of the yarn on the shelves was teasing me. I really need to make some space to store all of the yarns I am dyeing, but the only way to do that is to use up some of the yarn on the shelves (novel concept there!).
I have a TON of Vanna’s Choice yarn and was collecting it for years. So what in the world should I do with all of this yarn? The Wool-Eaters Blanket. of course! The stitches used really gobble up yarn and I hope that the color changes will keep me interested! If I get too bored, I could always finish off the project at a reasonable point and then donate the small blanket to the animal shelter. I’ll see how far I get and go from there! Mission make space on the shelf is underway!
The qualities of the bee knitter/crocheter are “busy and industrious, but can flit from one interesting project to the next as bright and shiny things capture their interest.” Well, this definitely describes my style of both knitting and crocheting. I find that I am always looking for the next, new thing to do. I am definitely more of a process knitter than a product knitter. I love to learn new techniques, but it is highly unlikely that I ever finish a large project.
And then there is the primary medium of the craft, yarn. Once upon a time ago, when I picked up my first skein of red heart to teach myself knitting, I swore up and down that I would never buy more expensive yarn because yarn is yarn. That mentality flew out the window the first time I visited a real yarn store. And then I found Webs in Massachusetts and was truly lost. Now I am a sucker for gorgeous yarn and when I used to buy all manner of fancy yarn, I just wanted to start knitting with it IMMEDIATELY. So that condition eventually compounded and…well, you can guess the result. Every year I tell myself that I am going to buckle down and finish something/not buy anymore yarn until I finish x number of projects. Alas, mt knitting self is undisciplined and flies freely from project to project drawn by the alluring promise of new yarn and new techniques.