Special yarn for a special blanket

Since my last post I have finished three baby blankets (a vaguely masculine blanket, a vaguely feminine blanket and a Blue Skies blanket), although I haven’t had a chance to photograph them. I will, soon, and then I’ll tell you more about them.

I’m now starting a fourth blanket and I’m so excited about the project I couldn’t wait to write about it. I had been admiring the Vivid by Tin Can Knits for quite a while and when then had a BOGOF sale a few months ago I decided to go ahead and buy the pattern, together with Pop. Shortly after that Townhouse Yarns began selling mini skeins of their popular Grafton 4ply yarn in bold rainbow colours. And a plan was formed.

SummerI contacted Townhouse Yarns over Twitter to see if they had any other colour schemes planned for the mini skeins and Jenny offered to custom dye some yarn for me if I had something specific in mind. I didn’t, but took the opportunity to do some research and come up with something. After spending waaaay too much time online I found the image above on Design Seeds. I wanted something gender neutral but with really bright contrasting colours.

Townhouse_Yarns_001Jenny did not disappoint. Here is what she came up with. See why I’m so excited? Using the mods detailed in this project on Ravelry I rekon I can get three squares from each colour which means 18 squares. I might use some dark grey from my stash to make up two last squares to make it an even 20.

Townhouse_Yarns_009I really hated to take these mini skeins out of the packet and wind them but now I have 12 gorgeous cupcakes of yarn ready for knitting. I hope these squares won’t take tooooo long to knit up and I’ll soon have a beautiful custom dyed, hand knitted blanket for a special little someone who is arriving in July.

Lamenting the loss of my knitting mojo

You may have noticed that things have been a little quiet around here lately. One of the reasons for this is because my knitting mojo seems to have taken a sabbatical. In fact my creativity full stop has gone on holidays so I haven’t even felt much like writing.

But I am determined to break through the barrier and get back to my knitting and my blogging. Because even though I don’t really feel like doing either I still miss them.

Cadeautje by Ysolda TeagueSo what have I been up to? Well the last project I actually finished were a pair of Cadeautje by Ysolda Teague for the Knitmas swap I took part in before Christmas. I finished those at the end of November and I didn’t even have time for a proper photoshoot before posting them. Since then I’ve started several projects but have yet to come even close to finishing any of them.

Awaiting finishing are:

  • Cladonia by Kirsten Kapur. I’m about a third of the way through the picot bind off on this one, and it’s been sitting waiting to be finished since about mid-November I’d say.
  • A second pair of Cadeautje by Ysolda Teague for my sister-in-law. I finished one slipper in time for Christmas but the second has yet to materialise. Sorry A! I had also planned on knitting a pair for my husband and a pair for me. I’m not holding my breath.
  • Mug Sweater by nawano. I had a great idea to knit mug sweaters for each of my colleagues for Christmas, I think 15 in total. I even knit, blocked and seamed about half of the bodies and bought the little clasps for the hands, but that’s as far as I got. Maybe for Easter?
  • Bronntanas by Ysolda Teague. This was for a special friend who agreed to do some graphics for my blog. I’m a couple of rows past the brim. I’m using my favourite Coolree yarn and it’s a really straight forward pattern so I don’t know what’s holding me back. Sorry Y!
  • Super Easy Baby Blanket by Purl Soho. God! I haven’t even started this one, but did choose the pattern as well as some yarn I picked up at HandmAid. I know at least 3 people who are pregnant at the moment so this was planned to be for one of these new humans.
  • Chevron Baby Blanket by Espace Tricot. I bought the yarn for this blanket in the sale in This Is Knit just after Christmas, again planned for one of three new humans. I even mananged a few stripes before realising I had cast on too few stitiches it was too narrow. I need to rip this out and start again.
  • in threes: a baby cardigan by Kelly Herdrich. I’m actually making some headway with this one, mainly because this fourth new human has actually arrived. Having said that though progress is still slow.

I am a monogamous knitter so this does number of WIPs does not sit well with me. At all. But I have a plan. My plan is to finished the In Threes cardigan for the newly arrived new human. Then I’m going to finish my Cladonia (that I cast on in October!). Then I am going to knit my SIL’s second slipper. Then I’m going to reassess if my knitting mojo has fully returned and see where I go from there.

As I mentioned there are three new humans on the way over the next year, and each of them belongs to a close friend or family member so I suspect there will be much knitwear needed. And that’s ok, because until my knitting mojo returns with gusto small, easy projects are probably all I will manage. I have a feeling 2015 is going to be a year of baby knitting for me and that’s ok.