Thursday, May 21, 2015

Progress on the baby blanket

I've been working away on the edging of the baby blanket.  It seems a little strange to me that the baby blanket never got its own nickname. Almost every other project around here seems to get one. However, this particular project has always just been 'the baby blanket' in my mind. And that's the kind of weird thought that flits through a knitter's head as she's staring down a seemingly endless job like this edging. If I were Kate, I'd have told you exactly how many rows that edging was, and how many stitches that represented. However, Grandma Coco hasn't the heart for that. The number would be crushing. At any rate, without further ado, here's what the baby blanket looked like this morning as I dumped it unceremoniously out on the table for blocking.

Blocking is magic, and I'm really looking forward to seeing it all blocked once I release it from its wires and pins. I rolled it up in a dampened towel before I put the wires in, and stretched it out. Then, I spritzed it with a little more water. I'll let it air dry.

See that little bit of yarn in the lower left corner? That's all I had left of the 2nd skein of Cascade 220 Superwash.

And then, there are the waste yarn bit to remove and about a million little ends to darn in. Surprisingly, I quite like that part of the process, but it may take me a while to get that accomplished.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Rainbow Trout

Cookies, that is. I was thinking of fishies when I asked what other images you all saw in the over-sized cat shapes. Karen saw fishies, too. I've used up all the pre-baked cookie blanks. Monique's owls and Karen's hot air balloons will have to wait. Kate's penguins will almost certainly get made. Penguins in knitwear! Who could resist?

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Pincushions revisited

I'm still fascinated by pincushions. Clearly. I've discovered various pincushion facts. For one, the Victorians had a thing for them, and there are many antique pincushions from that era. They liked to collect them. Two...pincushions can't just be a blob of stuffing. If there's too much stuffing, you run the risk of losing your needle down in the middle of your pincushion. Here's my latest:

Very small. Just intended for my embroidery needles (which I really wouldn't want to lose) and a couple of pins.

How small, you ask? Well, here's the Kingdom of Coco's own Vanna White to illustrate:

Built on a wooden ring that's been hanging around my workroom since the age of macramé. With felt flowers and embroidery.

Monday, May 18, 2015

I couldn't see the forest for the trees

My friend Karen remarked that if you took the long view on the cat cookies, they could be giant cat heads. When I looked at them again, I thought, "Of course!".  (She's so smart!) So, in honour of Karen, here are a few giant cat head cookies.

Some are even wearing sun glasses.

I'm curious. Here is the naked cookie. What other cookies do you see in this shape?

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Border patrol

The squares for the baby blanket are all joined. Now it needs a nice border. I decided to add a knitted-on garter stitch border. It's 9 stitches wide, and I think it's looking pretty good. The corners are a simple case of mitring with short rows. It's just more of the same for while. Not really good blog material, but necessary. And satisfying.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Care for a cookie?

The wheel turns, and we're back to cookies!! If you're going to be in the village of Lyndhurst, Ontario, at the giant plant sale and yard sale, this coming Saturday morning (May 16, 2015), be sure to drop by the Lyndhurst Feral Cat Project's table to get yourself a cookie! There will be all sorts of interesting things on offer like crafts and home baking, but you're going to want to get yourself a cat cookie! All proceeds (from the Lyndhurst Feral Cat Project's sales) go to the cat colony. The sale starts at 8:30.

And if these cool cats look familiar, it might be because you saw them here first:

The   Say, "Cheese"! quilt!! Cassie's sittin' on most of them, but you can still see one or 2. This image is one of my favourites, and it's going to show up again soon, I think.

Monday, May 4, 2015

I am a dope

And here is the proof.

After knitting 3 (THREE) joining strips, I flipped the work over only to find that the back of the joining strips looks really nice. I mean REALLY nice. That's when it hit me. I like the back side best, don't you?

The original strip is on the left. The upside-down strip is on the right. No contest, right?  (Ignore the faint turquoise line on each side of the joining strip. That's just my lifeline that I'm leaving in place for the moment.)

In my defense, there are a lot of variations possible in this process. If you slip the stitches that need slipping in a purl-wise fashion, the result will be different from what you get if you slip them knit-wise. If you join with a slip one, knit one, pass slipped stitch over manoeuver, it will look different from joining by purling 2 stitches through the back loop (from the back). There's a lot of trial and error and a lot of just doing it the way you like best. There's no absolutely right way to do any of this.

For those who are still wondering about it, this insertion is a little like adding an edging to a knit shawl. There is no grafting involved, nor is there any sewing. I don't have anything against grafting or sewing, but I find this process very intuitive and pleasant and versatile.

Once you figure out which side you're on.