Saturday, September 26, 2009

Chromium Star Blanket

This Chromium Star Blanket has already been gifted to a friend, but I'm planning on making another for Ben for Christmas. It was fun to crochet, but my wrist sure got worn out from all of the double-crochet! I was also reminded of why I'm a yarn snob and don't like acrylic yarn: the Vanna's Choice came in great colors, but was super scratchy and squeaky. I'm planning on making Ben's in wool.

I hope everyone's having a great weekend (I'm furiously working on a knitting project that will hopefully be up soon)!

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Autumn Exchange

I have completed my knitting for the Season's Round Autumn Exchange and have had lots of fun putting it all together. The exchange is for a fall nature table, must contain at least one handmade item and all items must be made of all-natural materials. We haven't had a nature table in our home before, so I thought that this would be a great way to start.

I knitted the pumpkin using this free pattern from Knitty, and the leaves were knit using a pattern from the Fall 2008 issue of Living Crafts. Both the pumpkin and the leaves were fulled in the washing machine, and I needle-felted some extra details onto the leaves. I enjoyed both patterns, as well as the finished results, but the pumpkin did take A LOT of seaming. Next time (and there will be a next time since I want to make one for myself!) I'll try knitting it in the round.

The play silk and snail were both purchased from the etsy shop, Syrendell.

Fall is my favorite season, and I'm excited to create our first nature table, knit up some cozy hats and other accessories, enjoy hot cups of tea, and play in the leaves with my boys. Today we're getting a taste of cooler weather as it's been rainy, cloudy, and in the low-60's. I love it!