Joined up

Remember these? My pile of granny squares at last has a purpose – it’s becoming a blanket for a friend’s soon-to-arrive little one. I’ve joined them using Lucy at Attic24’s fabulously easy to follow tutorial, then worked a row of dc all around the edge.

The finished result is smaller than I’d hoped (how on earth do people make enough squares for a king-size bed?), but perfect for a pram or cot.

Blanket

Choosing an edging was tricky – more dc, picot, or something fancier? In the end I went with the Shell Edging from Craftsy, which is beautifully easy to work but gives a pretty finishing touch. If you ignore all the ends to weave in (which I’m doing my best to), it’s nearly done!

Fly the flag

I’ve taken a bit of a break from knitting recently to try and use up some of my other stash – fabric. What to make with scraps of quilting cotton left over from last year’s Christmas stitching, when you already have enough project bags to last a lifetime? Bunting, of course!

Bunting1

I found a tutorial at Glorious Treats and set to work with a simple triangle template cut out of an old cereal box. When I ran out of fabric for full triangles I went for patchwork ones instead, cutting out small squares and sewing them together.

Patchwork always seems intimidating, with its requirement of super-precise cutting, super-even seams and super-tidy stitching, but it turns out that if you ignore all that and just wing it, things can turn out looking ok in the end! After all, as I keep telling myself, no-one’s going to take a tape measure to your FO.

Bunting3

One happy day at the sewing machine, four metres of bunting and a bit more space in the stash. Perfect. All I need now is somewhere to hang it…

Bunting2

In stasis

It’s a knitter’s nightmare. I’m many miles from home, sitting on a friend’s sofa enjoying a natter and a cup of tea with my latest WIP beside me, when something rolls out from my knitting.

A needle. Or, to be more precise, most of a needle – I’ve sat on it and snapped it in two. I start coming up with MacGyver-esque solutions (Super glue and duct tape? Whittle down the nearest pencil to 3.25mm?), then resign myself to the fact that I’ve done all the knitting I’ll be doing this weekend.

Up until then, I’d been making good progress on my Stasis jumper – I’ve finally made it past the acres of stocking stitch and on to the Fair Isle design on the yoke. The sleeves are attached now too, so I can get an idea of the final fit: a little tight, but it’ll hopefully loosen up a bit with blocking.

Stasis

As for my knitting-free journey home, thank goodness for smartphones. My Neko Atsume digital kittens (the only thing keeping me from achieving full crazy-cat-lady status in the real world) have really been spoiled this weekend.