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Winter projects


For most of February we (like most of you!) have had cold, snowy or rainy weather. For the last three weekends there have even been some travel advisories in our area. Partially because of this Rob and I have spent a little more time than normal pursuing some fiber-related hobbies.

I have been working on my little on-line quilt-along project that I mentioned in my post called Winter activities. I strayed a little bit from the posted directions, but not too far. The blocks went together quickly and the piecing was fun. I decided to go with black for the sashing because of all the other colors that were involved. I am now working on the machine quilting and am using a variegated thread called antique Christmas and am doing some outline quilting and hope to do a little bit of free motion quilting as well. I've been doing a lot of reading and some practicing in preparation for this step.

picture of Square Quilt Unfinished

Rob has been working on a very cute knitting project. Shortly before Christmas we found this self-striping yarn. He just finished this adorable little baby sweater. I think it is pretty amazing how the yarn forms stripes all on its own. We found the sweater pattern as a free leaflet near the yarn in the store. Here is a link to a .pdf of the pattern.

picture of Striped Baby Sweater

How about you - have you been doing any crafting during the month of February?

Becka


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A belated Christmas gift


Sometime last year I saw a picture of this shawl and found the directions for making it. I asked Rob if he would make it for me for Christmas. He agreed to do so and has been working on it ever since. We picked out the yarn together and he began working on it. He started at the narrow end, so each row became progressively longer. I especially like the picot edging. He finished it recently, so now I am all set to hunker down in my warm shawl on chilly fall and winter days.

picture of Shawl

Becka


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Another little project


Aren't these just the cutest little mittens? They are for our little grandson, Drew, who as my DH says, "lives in the tundra." (Michigan)

picture of mittens

Actually I did not knit these. My DH, Rob, did. He learned the basic knitting stitches from his grandmother when he was a child. He did not touch knitting needles again until one winter when we were living in MI and were snowed in for several days. He picked up a rather ambitious knitting project that I had started and took off with it. The rest, as they say, is history.

picture of book

He completed all the squares in this book, combined them to make the afghan, and has become a very accomplished knitter.

Here is a sweater he knit for our daughter Nora. He has knitted many other things for our family and for baby gifts. He is working on a project for me right now that I will post about in the future.

picture of sweater

Did you know that many men used to knit? It's true. Knitting was, in fact, an activity reserved for men. The book No Idle Hands includes many interesting facts about the history of knitting here in America.

picture of book

Firemen used to knit as they sat around the station waiting for the alarm to ring, especially during war time when socks, scarves, gloves, etc. were needed for the soldiers. Sailors also used to knit while they were out to sea. They would knit distinctive patterns into their sweaters which could be used to identify them if they came to an untimely end. (This always reminds me of Madame Defarge in A Tale of Two Cities, who encoded the names of those who were to be executed into the shrouds she knit.)

I'm not much of a knitter any more. I have enjoyed knitting dish cloths the last couple of years. I stick to this basic pattern that doesn't involve a lot of counting. It's relaxing in the evening to knit a few rows before bed or to knit while we are traveling in the car.

picture of dishcloth

Here's the pattern:

Grandmother's Favorite Dishcloth
Designer: Unknown, modified by Rob.

Materials: Sugar and Cream yarn; Size 7 needles (US)
Instructions:
Cast on 4 stitches
Row 1: Knit 4
Row 2: Knit 2, yarn over, knit across the row.
Repeat Row 2 until you have 50 stitches on the needle.
Row 3: Knit 1, SSK, yarn over, k2tog, knit to the end of the row.
Repeat Row 3 until you have 4 stitches on the needle.

You can now either bind off or do a round of single crochet and make a little loop of chain stitches in one corner so you can hang the cloth to dry when you are finished using it.

Are any of you knitters? If so, what is your most ambitious project to date?

Becka


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