Sunday, 5 March 2017

Winter project link party - March

For the past few months I have written about Sam's quilt. It is now finished and I am waiting for a break in the miserable weather to take photos. In the meantime, I have two projects that I am working on. One quite enthusiastically so, the other one not so much.


You have seen the beginnings of my v-stitch scraps blanket already. I really enjoy working on this despite saying frequently that I don't like to crochet much. This project is fun to work on, each row is made with a new colour, which adds to the fun and breaks up the tedium of endless rows. There is of course the issue of thousand ends to sew in but I have to let you in on a secret: I noticed the other day when I was sewing in some that I actually quite enjoyed this. I wasn't drinking or taking any hallucinogenic drugs or anything, it just seemed quite therapeutic. I am not saying that I'd happily sew in the ends of all your projects so please don't put then in the post just yet! I'll let you know when I have reached this step.

There is another confession I have to make. I noticed early on that I didn't actually have enough scraps to make a whole blanket. Maybe I need to rephrase this slightly. I had enough scraps of some yarns to make a great many rows but only just enough of others to make one single row. Needless to say that these latter were the colours that I really liked, that's why there is so little left. I didn't want to make a blanket with largely colours that I had acquired for balance. You can guess what happened next. Indeed, I bought more yarn. I 'needed' that variety of colours, the burst of sunshine mixed with paler and darker shades. Luckily, the Drops Karisma range is not expensive and I have maybe spent £18 (not including postage) on yarn. The astute amongst you will notice the flaw of argument, full economic costing would reveal the true cost of the blanket: all the yarn was of course purchased at one point or other but the other purchases were in different financial years so really don't count, yes? 



Before I get myself tangled up trying to justify the purchase of yarn, I'll move on to the other project. I am determined to finish this knitted Polaris jumper. I started making it during our summer holidays in Switzerland in early July 2016, it flew of my needles as if my life depended on it. Then, all of a sudden and without prior warning I fell out of love with the project and it has remained dormant ever since. The jumper has a very clever front gather detail that I like very much. The wraps that you see are knitted in the rounds that follow and shape the waist beautifully. If you ask me, the designer is a genius. The pattern is easy to follow and explains every single stitch and would be achievable for a knitter with basic skills but little confidence to tackle something a bit different. I am using Drops Alpaca for this jumper. It is very soft and smells lovely, too. I bought it several years ago, on a whim when it was on sale. I am gathering enthusiasm to get the project out of its bag. I just have the sleeves to make, it really shouldn't be that much of an effort.

What have you been working on lately? I am going to see if you have added your link to Jennifer's Winter Project Link Party, where I have added my own post, too. Thank you Jennifer for hosting the project link-up. I read it is the last one already, I am a bit disappointed actually, I'd love to have a year round monthly project link-up. Wouldn't you?

Thanks for stopping by and saying hello, it is lovely to hear from you! xx

10 comments:

  1. I'm still working on the large cross-stitch that was supposed to be a Christmas gift last year and a spring colored afghan throw. I love the sweater!!! The color is gorgeous and I like the design of it. Makes me wish I could knit.

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  2. I am looking at your gorgeous blanket and thinking two things: one, I wish I'd done v-stitch not the granny stripes I'm doing for Angus's, and two, that my yarn scrap blankets always involve the purchasing of more yarn. Always. x

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  3. Your blanket is looking great. Don't blame you buying more wool. I always seem to end up buying more even though I've got a big stash. Never seems to be quite the colours I want. Looking forward to seeing your finished jumper. Love the look of the neck. I'm still in sock mode. Can't seem to stop making them 😹😹. B x

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  4. The front gathered detail looks very pretty.

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  5. Love the gathered front on the sweater and the beautiful shot of the blanket and flowers with the sun streaming in ! :) I look forward to seeing the quilt finish when you get a weather break.

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  6. I recognise many elements of your economic argument, I have lots of similar justifications 'It was on sale' 'I bought this ages ago' 'I need something just to pull it all together' etc. But Inagree there's no point in putting lots of work in to a blanket (or anything else) if you don't care for the yarn/fabric etc. I have enjoyed Jennifer's crafty link up too, it has been so nice to see what crafty adventures have been taking place over the winter months x

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  7. I am still trying very hard to not buy yarn and get rid of yarn I am not in love with anymore. Much like clothes I think. Love the balnket and sweater. You need to finish the sweater as it is a gorgeous color and brilliant design.

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  8. You know with these fabulous projects you are not very different to me! You have a lot on the go and I like the way you can change from one thing to another depending on time, mood, parenting, cost etc. The blanket is gorgeous and it is actually a very small amount to pay, so your arguments have won me over! That mustard colour is everywhere so get it finished and you will be bang on trend. Jo x

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  9. The jumper will be great to wear this Spring so I hope you get it finished soon. I think it's perfectly fine to get more yarn for your scrap blanket. You need these colours to complete the project and Drops yarn are very good value, too, so don't worry about it. x

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  10. Hi Christina, thank you for joining in with my link party. I'm sorry to be so late getting to your post but I've been struggling to get well. I think it's okay to buy more yarn for a scrap blanket. Sometimes I do that when I need more of a particular color that will help tie all the others together better. Usually it's a neutral like gray or cream. Your sweater looks great. I think that gold color will be very nice on you.

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