It has been a long dream of mine to make a throw blanket. If you go through my past blog post, you can see how many I have started. The reason there is no finished blanket on here is because I never got around to finishing them.
Honestly, when I started this Chunky blanket, given my previous history of making blankets, I wasn’t sure if I would finish it. The Outlaw Chunky Queen Bee yarn , and the easy and fun Chunky Blanket Pattern , made this blanket dream of mine come true. To my own surprise , it turned out to be a quick knit.
With the little leftover yarn, I decided to make tassels because I just wanted to use them up and also add a fun element to it. I was tossing between pompoms and tassels but then I decided to go with tassels. I am happy with how it turned out.
Project Details :
Pattern : Chunky Cable Blanket
Yarn : Queen Bee Yarn in Smudge, Yara, Titania and Zelda ( 9 skeins in total)
I’ve always enjoyed learning to make new things and the two seasons have been really good on that front.
First thing that I wanted to learn to make this year was to learn to make socks. I did not get a good result when I attempted to teach myself. When a class was announced at a local yarn store, I did not think twice before signing up. The yarn and the needles were part of the class.
Good thing I did because, not only did I learn to make the socks, i really enjoyed it as well as one colour transitioned to another .Whats so exciting is that they fit my foot perfectly!.Im still learning to do the Kitchener stitch perfectly though.
A local yarn store advertised for sample knitters and I applied and got to make a sample blanket.The yarn and pattern were given to me by the yarn store plus paid to make the blanket.
Honestly it was so fun to work on once I got hang of all the repeats right. The yarn was really lovely to work with as well.
What I really liked about this blanket was that the edging on the blanket was also a chevron.
By the time I finished this blanket, this yarn store decided to move to a near by town . So I took a bus to go there to return the blanket which turned out to be another adventure!
I also made a pony tail headband to wear when walking Amber . The yarn is Malabrigo Rios in the colourway Lotus. Its really cozy and warm to wear.
I also tried my hand at candle pouring. Which was really fun too.Ive been using these candles I made constantly
I also took a Botanical Skin care Workshop with Tuwahiwi Botanicals , which was a wonderful workshop and I learnt a lot of face oils .
This work shop took me straight back to the days when my mom and I used to make all sorts of natural skincare powders.
My dad would tirelessly went to the local native medicine shop to get all the things from our long list of ingredients. Some of the ingredients we often collected from the plants growing wildly near our home.Beautiful carefree days to reminiscence and cherish the love that went into my upbringing.
Looking back at all these things it feels like a very productive season.
Its been a while since I wrote on my blog. My last post was in March 2019! I did not mean to be away for so long. But I have been busy doing things and not so regular in updating the blog
It was the school holidays. I happened to stumble on a book called How to Hygge by Signe Johansen in the library online and promptly downloaded my first ever e -book loan from the library.
I have read a couple books on the Danish concept of Hygge but nothing spoke to me the way this book did . So I decided to put some of the things into practice .It really helped, I must admit.
I added cushions and a faux fur throw to cozy up our couch ,
Used dried lavender from our lavender plant for our kitchen counter
dried hydrangeas from our garden in the hall
greenery from pothos plants that I have been propagating, pine cones that I found in our walk in the Christchurch Botanic Garden
some fairy lights and some candles I made at a Workshop
Beginning of Autumn, we spent a day walking around the Christchurch Botanical gardens. Every season there is something to enjoy at the gardens, but my favourite times to visit there are Autumn and Spring.
The colours are just spectacular during this time. I’m sharing some of my favourite pictures my son shot.
Walking around the Rose garden ,the roses and the scent of roses pervading all over the garden was glorious.
We spent a good amount of time watching the ducks chase each other on the water
While the geese glided around seemingly oblivious to the commotion happening around
This swan was so graceful in the water
Creating a cozy space, having greenery inside the home, taking note of the things in nature really helped me, to focus on the beauty of simple things and take pleasure in them.
Also, during this time, a friend and I together , started a knit / craft and chat that like to call the Knit2together group in my home . This turned out to be a simple yet cozy way to connect with the ladies in my church doing something we all loved.
Practising gratitude, enjoying the seasons , connecting with nature and other people made Autumn a very lovely season for me.
Being intentional this way also helped me to forget dreading the approach of Winter .(which I would always do and work myself into a knot)
The thought of knitting with two colours of yarn was somehow intimidating to me , that I never attempted to even try it. Then I saw one of the ladies in church wearing a similar looking cowl in lovely earthen colours that I was tempted to give it a try.
It always takes some time for me to work up the courage to try new things. Once I start,I always realise that it was not as hard as I thought of it in my head! (Over thinker alert right here ). Sometimes , simply just doing it is best.
When I went searching for an easy -ish free pattern on Ravelry , this pattern came up in the search. I decided to make this pattern only because it came with the tip to look up ‘Blister Stitch ‘on You tube ,which proved to be super helpful.
I decided to use the scrumptious Nunnaba gradient and Naturally TweedI had in my stash . Once I got an understanding the stitch pattern down, it was a pleasure to work on and proved to be a quick finish.
I made a few additional rows than the pattern called for as I wanted the gradient yarn to come through.
I couldn’t however, figure out how to do the jobless join in this cowl . Its ok I think ,as when I’m wearing it, it may not be that visible .
This cowl is so so soft. I love it.
Surprisingly for this project ,I did not use up all the yarn in the gradient yarn like I wanted to.I also have a little more of the brown tweed left over as well.
In an attempt to organise and decorate everything, I have been quietly working away on adding in little cozy corners around my home ,for me to feel inspired and be creative.
So with the help of J, I put together a little blogging nook for myself. I’ve always liked to have a little desk in the corner of our bedroom to read ,write , plan and contemplate.
It is not at all fancy, the table is a hand me down from Steve and the chair is a thrifted gem from the Eco store in Christchurch. But I was extremely happy with how it all came together to serve my purpose.
When we finished working on the space,I was doing my morning devotion with my tea in hand and realised I did not have coasters that went with the space.
So I went stash diving and found this lovely Egyptian cotton my friend Jessyz had gifted me , at one of our meet ups, a very long time ago.
I had tried making many things with this yarn, but nothing made me happy . Each time I would make something, not feel the project, and then frog it and wind it back into the ball.
The best thing about this yarn is that, in spite of the several making and frogging I did, the yarn held its shape without pilling or losing its sheen.
This time, when I tried making these coasters , it made me very happy with how it turned out, that I decided to make a set of four.
I used Laura cotton for the edging which made it go perfectly with my space.
( I do not have the pattern. I saw the picture of the coaster online and kind of made up on my own from the picture and assumed the pattern was by Marinke Slump! Funny thing is, I just now discovered that I made a mistake of who the designer was,as I was writing this post! )
This shawl started as a knit along with my friend. We both decided to use Rosewood Wool , mine is 12 ply while hers is 8 ply I think.
Soon after , she started working at a school and I left for India, our knit along kind of took the back seat.
Coming back from India dealing with all the change in weather and home sickness, I started knitting on it with Amber sitting on my feet for company acting as a little smooshy cushion , listening to podcasts , munching on Nagercoil banana chips….
( I mention Nagercoil chips in particular because ,there is a huge difference between Lakshmi Vilas Nagercoil Banana chips and Banana chips available in other parts of the country. Nothing comes close to it and it is one of the those comforting taste of home food)
Also because knitting on this shawl was more like eating chips, cannot stop with one.`And before I knew it I had finished two of the three skeins I had, along with my stash of chips I brought back with me from India..
Then I had a chance to go to an afternoon to Handy Dandy craft group at the library and in the almost two and a half hours I was there, I had reached the end of the third ball and only the border was left to be done.
Back home, little more knitting and just like that this shawl was done. Much like the packet of banana chips that finished before realisation came about! (So regretted not getting more of this taste of home , and now that I write about it, I’m craving for some )
Every single winter since I came to New Zealand, I’ve wanted to get a cabled hat. A cream one. Now I’m not big on wearing hats but that’s another story. Anyways, every time I see a cream cabled hat in Kmart, I’d come with some excuse not to get it .The underlining fact behind all those excuses is one and only reason .And that is ,like every maker, I always think I can totally make that .
Only, I never get around to making it because I’m distracted by something or the other . Another reason I’ve realised over time is that when something intimidates me, I keep putting it off until I work up enough courage to tackle it. Thats what happened to the cabled hat as well.
Then in one of the video podcasts I watch, I saw a baby cabled hat and heard of the Antler hat pattern from Tin can Knits.Since this site is widely spoken of as a beginner friendly pattern site, I decided to give the baby Antler hat a go, the smaller size seemed less intimidating. The sizes run from baby to adult size.
A few false starts later, it was smooth sailing. I still made a few mistakes because I was too tired and sleepy to count properly or distracted.
I used one whole skein of Heritage Polwarth and 5 mm Chiagoo needles.
Tid Bit : “Now I’d actually pay you to make me something like that ” Those words coming from an usually disinterested teen is high praise I think and says a lot about the pattern 🙂
This hyacinth plant is special because it reminds me of a friend who came by to spend half a day with me. When she came to visit me, she brought this lovely hyacinth plant for me. I never knew hyacinths had such sweet scent before then.We shared a meal, learned a little bit about each other, exchanged recipes and bid good bye.
When the flowers withered, I planted the bulbs and did not remember about them until I saw the flowers.
They remind me of a lovely time and also that spring is slowly making her entrance .Can’t wait to see the earth bloom and come alive with flowers of different colours.
I missed a big chunk of Winter , but coming back from really hot weather, it has been hard. We have had cold, gloomy rainy days. However I try not to let it get to me.There are so many things to be grateful for .
Sewing my hold and cherish bag over and over again has made me so comfortable with my sewing machine that Sewing has become my craft of choice lately.There is not one thing that I don’t like now. Not even ripping out seams!
The pattern is a bit addictive in its simplicity and the variety of results that can be achieved with the change of prints and colour in fabric.
I find strange comfort in cutting up fabric and sewing them together. I’m not upto date with my blocks yet .
It has been a learning curve,with fabric selection and finding out how they work together for the overall look and feel of the quilt but I’ve loved it so far.
I’m hoping all my blocks when done will make the quilt look coordinated .I’m not going to be too bothered if my quilt turns out to be uncoordinated though. I’ve enjoyed it so much, its going to be special anyway.