I went to Saratoga Needle Arts on Thursday after work to find yarn for a baby blanket. I have been coveting the Ripple Crocheted Afghan and asked my niece if she would make one for the baby. In trade, I am making the flowers for her Noni bag that she has been dreading making. I think I made out ahead and she thinks she made out ahead!
I wanted the blanket to be gender neutral, not too light in color, and washable. I plan on using this blanket for the stroller, car seat, etc. I decided on Cascade 220 Superwash and I got two skeins of each color. I'm hoping there might even be enough left over to make a complimentary garment or accessory.
Sitting next to the Cascade 220 was some fabulous Art Yarns. I don't think I have ever seen it in person and just couldn't leave it there. I got a free modular scarf pattern to knit this up with.
On June 11th, MaryBeth, Jude, and I went to Ye Olde Yarn Shoppe and Gifts going out of business sale where everything was 50% off.
I picked up 5 skeins of Noro in each of these colors to make over sizedBooga Bags. The purple, blue, and lime is for myself. The neutral beige and browns will be a Christmas present for my mother.
I have a shawl collared cardigan sweater that I started 2 Octobers ago. It is Debbie Bliss' Lara. I want to finish it and wear it this season. I saw the same pattern in infant and children sizes in a book that I bought at the sale and I bought this gender neutral color to go with it. If I have a girl and if I have enough left over, I will make another one in purple.
I also bought all of this cotton for a bunch of hats from Itty Bitty Baby Hats.
For all felting fanatics--Interweave magazine is putting out a special edition of their magazine which is all about felting. It will be out 7/17. I got a glimpse at it at my LYS but it was there only copy. Borders didn't have it yet. I am considering getting it through their website. I love Interweave and felting--how can it go wrong?
I love how the daffodils are taking over one of our flower beds.
The raspberry plants are actually starting to produce. We were gifted them two years ago.
My husband has re-done our flowerbeds along our walkway. We bought pressure treated lumber which hasn't been installed yet because we need to borrow a saw that will cut all the way through them. He laid down this really cool recycled rubber mulch. It should last for years and years instead of having to be replaced every season. Plus it is good for the environment!
See the ceramic bunny? My mother-in-law gave me two that she made. Too cute!
Portia and Bentley want to remind you to take some time to sniff the flowers!
Lisa left a comment about my Chevron Scarf and picking colors. I looked at lots of scarves on blogs and flickr before making my choice. I found that light and dark combos seemed to work the best. The monsoon has a dark purple and dark green while the watermelon tourmaline has a light purple and a light green. Good luck!
OK, so after wrestling with my camera for a couple of weeks, I WON! :) Here are some pictures!
This is my Chevron Scarf from Last Minute Knitted Gifts. I LOVE it!! It is STR Monsoon (the first month from this year's club) and Watermelon Tourmaline.
Who would think these colors would be so fabulous together??
In January I bought some Louet Flax and have been on the lookout for a knitted market bag. While at Wiawaka, I found one in Jude's Knitter's magazine and ran out and got one for myself. It's going on the "to be knit list".
On the same trip to Border's, I checked out the knitting books section and I just couldn't leave it behind. Movie is coming out VERY soon!
I went to my LYS today. I'll post my loot soon.
By the way, I just started my 17th week of pregnancy. It is going quickly! The baby is now the size of an avocado! :)
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