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Just an update on one of the two leftover sock yarn blankets I've been working on. I've been working on this current square on and off the last week as I've been too busy to knit much. I started working on this quilt from the book Knitalong in January 2010 with the thought of doing 72 squares which would cover a twin bed. This my 49th square and this month, I've decided to stop at…

These socks were started near the beginning of summer on July 1st. It feels like time has flown by since then. I've been very busy and preoccupied to sit and knit. I need to finish these by the end of the month for Sockdown. I'm past the halfway point though. I only turned the heels on them last week! As I've written in recent posts, knitting has become less and less of a priority for…

It's been awhile since I put up a WIP post, and I almost forgot about it. Since April 1st, I've been working on the Welsh Country Stockings by Nancy Bush from Folk Socks: Nancy Bush is still my favourite sock pattern designer even though I always modify her patterns. This one I went all out and converted it to toe-up which meant changing the heel, the toe, and due to shortage yarn, the colour scheme…

Lately, I have been working on the Paper Dolls pattern by Kate Davies, but I am doing the Totoros variation. I'm using Sandnes Garns Sisu cream, green and dark grey for the Totoros so it will resemble the big one in the film. It was the most cost effective twisted yarn that I could find, and actually, it's not bad so far. Just a tad fuzzy. I really like the look of the corrugated ribbing…

Last week, my first ever yarn/sock club purchase came in the mail from Hazel Knits Yarn Club. I have been waiting for this package for almost a month. Actually, if you factor in the fact I bought the early bird, I've been waiting for it for two months! I am not sure why it was delayed. From the USA, things can take as quick as one week, usually less than two weeks. I became increasingly…

A quick update: I haven't worked on my Girasole blanket very much. I am on the last repeat of Chart G now. It won't be finished before September. Oh goodness, I'll be so glad to finish it. Hopefully cooler weather will allow to work on it before the four month mark. Onto better news... On Saturday, I went to the first Twist Festival. It was good and I hope they do it again next year.…

Good grief this thing has taken forever. Progress on the blanket that never ends: I am on the first repeat of the penultimate chart G. After finishing this chart twice, it'll be the edging. This blanket has taken the whole of summer. I am now focusing more of my spare time on this blanket because I want to finish it soon. The weather has cooled down so I can come home from work and knit.…

Last week, I wanted to post a WIP Wednesday, but found I hadn't progressed very much either in spinning or my knitting. Mostly because this has been the hottest summer in my hometown. We do not have air conditioning so it makes me averse to knitting a giant wool blanket. Having said that, it cooled down for a few days, and I have been crafting again. An important thing is that I bought Abby Franquemont's…

[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="430"] Rengas Tiger & Bloodwood 1.4oz Turkish spindle[/caption] My spindle arrived last Tuesday! Yes, I have been mad enough to add onto my ever growing hobby and interest list after reading, movies, photography, cooking, baking, running a blog, and travel. I've been curious about spinning for awhile. Most knitters and fibre crafters are to some degree because it is one step before the process of knitting, crocheting or weaving. At the beginning…

As you can see above, that is not Girasole, I cast on for Veera Välimäki's Paris this weekend. I was motivated by the Sweater Odyssey Ravelry Group's Veera knitalong. It's a great little group, and I had the yarn and pattern all ready for it. It is more or less a rectangle with sleeves. I really liked it when I first saw this on Veera's projects. I've already knit five Rain Knitwear designs; she's one…