Current Projects: 1/4/2013

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I haven’t been on here in ages…but in my defense, I’ve been a busy girl!  I started some online classes in December, I’ve published two knitting patterns, I’m trying to dedicate more time to my true love – writing – all while attempting to spend more time with friends, old and new alike.  I suddenly found I have much less time to blog than I thought!

Anyway, I’m still cranking along on that Granny Stripe Blanket, and I’ve started two new knitting projects and completed a third.  I never can stick with a single large project until it’s done – I have to have smaller ones to carry me through.  Right now, I’m working on my first ever (believe it or not) shawlette, aptly named Balm to the Soul by Jaala Spiro, as well as a pair of socks, entitled Busy Bees from the book Sock Yarn One-Skein Wonders by Kerin Dimeler-Laurence (the pattern’s available for free on the link – it’ll take you to Ravelry), that I am enjoying but that are going mind-numbingly slow on size 2 needles.  Perhaps developing patience would be a good goal for me this year.

I recently (as in 5 days before Christmas) finished the Hallows Scarf for my husband.  Nothing like waiting until you’re down to the wire.  It was easy as pie, but I enjoyed making it.  Berroco’s Vintage worked up into a very warm, cushy scarf.  I think I’m going to have to make one for myself.

Now that fall is over, I am anxiously awaiting spring.  However, I would like to finish the shawl and the socks before spring arrives – which, around here, is usually in Mid-March.  Guess I’d better get crackin’!

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Current Project: Granny Stripes Blanket

Hello everyone!  Lately I’ve been working on a new crocheted blanket/afghan for either our sofa or bed.  (I haven’t decided yet.  It will probably start on one and end up on the other.)  My pile of acrylic yarn (all at once now: “EWW, acrylic!”) has been piling up over the past couple of years, and though I have come to prefer more natural fibers, I just couldn’t throw out or give away all this perfectly good yarn.  I am of the mindset that acrylic has its place in the universe, and keeping me warm in the winter is now that place!

I’m going incognito as ladylovely over at ravelry, where I found this great pattern.  I know this pattern has been around for ages, but I can’t resist how cute it is or how well it lends itself to the use of multiple colors.  I have been knitting almost exclusively when it comes to yarn crafts and found that I was really missing crochet.  I have been enjoying working on this project.  I’m using several bright, cheery colors that will brighten my day in the middle of February when it’s rainy and dreary and bitter cold.

Are any of you knitters or crocheters?  If you do both, are you preferential to one over the other?  Why?  Please share – I’d love to hear!