On Valentine’s Day is seems appropriate to talk about expressions of love–handmade love. As witnessed by the response to last week’s blog, quilters love their craft . This week, let’s hear from the knitters and crocheters.
I’m more adept with needles and yarn than I am with needle and thread. As usual the impetus for my projects is a baby in the family. This little blanket is not much to look at, although I tried to dress it up with a picot border, but it is made of a yarn that babies love. It is very, very soft and the little ones always reach for it when they want to snuggle down.
This was a more ambitious project and one of my favourites. I loved the soft texture of the yarn and warm cream colour. I did not love sewing it all together! Each square is made up of four little squares. I had eighty short seams, then twenty long seams to do, then a border. By the time I finished I was vowing never to tackle that project again.
For the next project I used a technique where each little square is attached to the next little square as you go along! There is a term for this but I can’t remember what it is. I’ve tried Google, but they only help when you can tell them what you’re looking for. J Anyone here remember the name of this technique?
And while I’m on the subject of baby projects, here are a couple of crocheted blankets I made to welcome newborns to the family. The pattern is all printed on a grid so I had to get a magnifying light to read it. Very easy to lose count of the stitches. The one with the pig I did twice as the first effort was lost in a house fire. I thought, if I could replace at least one of the items destroyed it might help to ease the family’s pain.
Not all my projects are for babies. Here is an afghan I started to use up the leftovers in my stash. My friend persuaded me to put it in the fair, where it won a “special mention.” The judges loved the colours but noticed that I’d run out of yarn on one stripe and had to substitute another. Just like with quilting, I like to use up my left over bits.
Anyone else want to share? I’d love to see pictures of your favourite projects.
Do you like to read about household arts in your favourite books? I enjoy weaving a bit about my hobbies into my books. In “The Man for Her,” the heroine is adept with needle and thread.
And please, if you know the name of that technique for knitting one square onto another, please tell me.
Happy Valentine’s to all my readers.