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.
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 )
One thing that has been rubbing my colour loving brain the wrong way ,is the lack of colour around me.Give me the blinding neon red orange with copper sulphate blue flower lungis and sarees please,I miss them in this sea of muted shades, blacks and greys.
This must be the reason I find myself drawn to bright colours ,unconsciously.
Ironically, I preferred lighter colours much to my mom’s angst, When I lived in India with her.”Choose bright colours please”, she would nudge me and I’d stubbornly pick a cream or beige saree.
My brother and I rolled with laughter at those very red orange with copper sulphate blue flowers lungi, we spotted people sporting. Little did I know, it was all going to come and bite me in the back, with me longing to see those exact colours around me!! Funny , no?
Winter projects are coming off my needles one after the other. I may not need it now, as Spring has given us some glorious warm sunshiny days… still its good to have them handy.
I prefer cowls to scarves because of how fuss free they are around the neck. You don’t have to keep adjusting them. They keep the neck warm and they are quick knits. Makes one feel like a very competent knitter, you know. Churning out FOs in half the time it would take to knit a shawl or a scarf even.
The pattern , the yarn and the needles are all same as this cowl, just the placement of the chevron is Missoni inspired .
Utility projects always have my vote. I’ve wanted to make a table runner for our dinning table and a knit one at that.
The pattern for this table runner came from a basketweave dishcloth pattern I had scribbled on to a a piece of paper I have no idea of the source.
Knitting as much as I could with the two skeins of yarn I had, resulted in this Basket weave table runner
I was surprised by how quickly I finished this project. I like to believe that my knitting skills are getting better.
The Lily sugar and cream yarn ,which was a gift from my aunt a long time ago, and the addi circular 4.5 mm needles proved to be the perfect yarn and needle for it. I often forget what I have in my stash until they catch my eye when I’m looking for something else.
Now I’ve decided to keep everything where I can see ,so I know what I have and where.How do you organise your stash? Do you know all that you have or are you like me, out of sight, out of mind?
Encouraged by the fact that some people I met here, really liked the cowls I made before, I added a couple of them to my felt store.
The idea for these eco friendly face pads to remove makeup or apply cleanser took shape as I was trying to teach myself to knit ergonomically. I may not have succeeded with that, but I’m very pleased with how these face pads turned out.