Just in time for the Australian winter

Some final pics of the bedspread before it gets packaged up and sent to Queensland. I absolutely love the attached i-cord edging – there’s a very helpful video here that I used.

Attached i-cord

You do need a needle size bigger than the one used to knit the main section (tried it with one the same size and it puckered like mad). It took ages to weave in all the ends – at least four ends per block and then the sewing-together ends – and I hate weaving in ends. But it’s done now!

Crunchy snowspread

New Year, old project

I am determined. This year I will Finish More Things. And avoid the seduction of casting new things on while current projects languish in the Great Basket of Forgotten.

With that in mind I cast on a new square for my sampler aran blanket last night. This has been lurking and not progressing for at least a year – I don’t think I knit a single stitch on it in 2009. For some reason in my head it always looked rubbish and I got disheartened, but when I got it out a few days ago I thought  ‘actually that doesn’t look half bad’. I love cables and lacy patterns, and even if you know that all that marketing garbage about people on Aran identifying the bodies of washed-up loved ones (how gruesome?) by their sweater patterns is – well – marketing garbage (ie not true), cables are endlessly fascinating. It never ceases to engage me how one stitch this way, two stitches that way (or whatever) can result in an intricate web of pretty twistingness. I’ve got a whole book of cable patterns and still find others on the interweb. These are a couple of the blocks to date – I’m on block 12 of 25.

Afghan block

Another afghan block

It does feel good to be nearly halfway through the block stage – after that comes the border stage and I’m not quite sure how I’m going to do that. In any case it feels good to be working on a blanket when the world outside looks like this:

Snowy garden

and the thermometer hasn’t gone above freezing for days.

Dissatisfaction

What to do when you’re 45 rounds through a 75-round shawl border, and you realise that you’d rather you’d knitted it in garter lace rather than stocking-stitch? Either frog all the way back to the border pickup stage OR live with it and hope I get to like it. I think it’s going to be frogged… but I can’t bear to do it just yet. So the Third Way is to cast on something else while I think about it.

The new edition of the Debbie Bliss magazine arrived yesterday. Really liking the project from the cover – this scarf/wrap.

Debbie Bliss magazine

Debbie Bliss magazine

Such a simple idea – basically knitting an edging attached to a wide scarf – a way to use some of those really pretty border ideas that normally you’d attach to a shawl or the edge of a cardigan. Makes me want to go out and buy this book that I’ve had my eye on for a while…