Friday, October 1, 2010

Keepin' On Keepin' On

Whew! It's been a super busy couple of weeks. This is my first day off since mid-September. Work has been go go go what with "go live" and the start of the Phonathon.

In my few free minutes, I've been catching up on my knitting. Now that the weather is cooler it's a perfect time to get back to my fiber arts!

I finished the blanket I was making for Seth's sister, Sheila.

I love the hourglass cables. This is the same blanket I made for my dad and Lisa for their engagement gift. For Sheila, I used Valley Yarns Northampton, a wool two ply. This was my first time using this yarn. I usually knit with Valley Yarns Berkshire, a single ply alpaca and wool blend. The Berkshire is a bit softer because of the alpaca but the Northampton will pill a lot less being all wool and a two ply. I think that Sheila will prefer that.

I started on a new blanket.

It features cables interspersed with open work.

The pattern is a lot of fun and the results are pleasing. The color is a deep purple in real life but seems more periwinkle in these pictures. It's a deep jewel tone in reality.

Today, I was able to catch up on a bit of spinning. I spun up a merino super wash batt with black and bright colors. It looks great plied.

There is also a hint of sparkle in there, which is always fun! With the start of the fall my desire for warm blankets on my lap increases, so I am sure there will be more updates soon.

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