Thursday, February 7

so far so good

starting prep
well a week of school down and we have not been late... so far!  Miss Whizzme has settled in well, and is enjoying being back with her friends.  That her first question to me on the way to school on the first day was "how late are we Mum?" was not the most amusing moment, but the following day when we arrived extraordinarily early and she asked "is it lunch time Mum?" even I had to admit that her expectations of us getting back into routine were pretty low!  

It took most of last week to finish all the final unpacking, washing, putting away that coming back from holidays brings, so I was much encouraged this week to think I might get some sewing done.  Unfortunately, I miss calculated just how long it was going to take to finish the winter edition for the Four Seasons Quilt Swap - a few days late - sorry partner.  But it is finally in the post - phew!  Now on to the mobile swap - I have some ideas but not ready to share them yet.  So instead I will share the new project I have started for 2008.

new project for 2008
I have wanted to create a ripple blanket ever since I saw one on Alicia's blog.  While we were at the beach my sister was finishing off the throw from Erika Knight's Simple Crochet book.  It looked so wonderful, and moved along so quickly that I immediately abandoned everything else, took out my odd balls of 4-ply cotton and started.  It is now being allocated as a single bed throw for Miss Whizzme's bed.  The odd balls of 4-ply cotton I have (and I have quite a few) make me think about new colour combinations as I crochet, rather than working it all out beforehand.  I really have no idea how long my cotton will last, but I am determined not to have to buy any yarn for this project.  It is currently being carried every where I go, as it is quite addicted once you get started, and easily picked up when stuck in traffic, waiting for school to finish, waiting for a Dr.'s appointment, sitting in front of the tv.  In fact, it even went to the swimming centre with me on Monday, when I took Miss Whizzme and her friend there for a swim after school since the weather was so swelteringly hot.  The photo you see is actually my progress up until then, as I had planned to post Monday night (dreaming!) so there are even more rows now.  The joys of a project that is mediating but progressive enough that you can see it growing.  I also managed to finally up load all the holiday photos, but now need to sort them, so no more pics just yet.  Might be my weekend project, especially as I have so many great op shop finds to show, and finished projects, yes, you read that right - finished projects!  I am still basking in my own glory of that.  Hope your week has been great so far... back again soon.

10 comments:

Jodie said...

I too , have heard of the myth of the finished project. It is talked about by the chosen few in hushed tones.
Your daughter looks so happy !!!

argee said...

I look forward to seeing finished products, should be more of them!!!

ash said...

That is so pretty!

Jelly Wares said...

The ripple blanket looks gorgeous!!! My quilt for the swap was sent out a couple of days late too, I'm sure our partners won't mind...

Jodie

leslie said...

loving the colours of your ripple blanket, can't wait to see the whole thing!

SadieandLance said...

Yay Ripple Blankets and progress!

cazza said...

Ripple blanket looks great but 4ply? Too slow for me - bigger ply and hook = much quicker! How wide have you made it (and how many stitches across with what needle)? Have decided to finish Miss Z's rainbow rag rug but then decided that I could not live with the kink in it due to early tight sewing (tripping hazard) so undid it all again. One day it too will be a finished project (Miss Z may have left home by then tho').

Stacey said...

I take my knitting everywhere - you just never know when you will get an opportunity. There's nothing more frustrating than unexpectedly having the time, but not having the project with you.
The boys have swimming lessons on Friday nights and I always take the knitting bag with me.
Blanket is lovely - pink and apple green are one of my favourite colour combinations.

Lazy cow said...

Hey, if a non-crafter like me can FINISH one (170 rows for a double bed width) you certainly can. Like the pink/green combo. Now I'm itching to do another one.

greenolive said...

I have that book, I need to go an have another look at it. Do you agonise over what colour to use next? I know I would so that's why I tend to keep to a single or restricted colour palette.