Knitted scrap blanket

My fascination with blankets is growing day by day.. I have a lot of yarn left from my previous projects and I can’t make anything out of them..I have seen a lot of posts on the internet about making a blanket out of scrap yarn, which is also a best way to learn new stitches.

So, here are the blocks that I have been working on..Its great that I learn so many new stitches, and I finish the block even before I get tired of the pattern! I’m making cable swatches at the moment, patterns are taken from Vogue stitching dictionary -cables.

What a great way to make use of your leftover yarn!

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Stitch markers

You are about to start the design part on your hat, and you can’t find your stitch markers/knitting markers… You know you had them somewhere, but you can’t remember where! You can’t go to a store and buy some as the weather is nasty and the store is quite far off.. You don’t wan’t to order online as you don’t want to wait 2-3 days for them to arrive.. And the knitting is getting so interesting that you don’t want to stop and wait till you get your markers..What do you do??

Well, you make some at home!!

Things required:

1. A pair of scissors

2. Wires used in packaging (these wire like things used to hold thicker wires together)

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Step 1: Cut the wire.

Step 2: Bend to form a ring.

Step 3: Your marker is ready!

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Something new on my list………

Few days back I ordered some fabrics and batting for my very first quilt……………………….

I have been meaning to do that for the past 3 years!!! For 3 years now, I have been looking at endless numbers of quilting blogs, browsed thousands of patterns, read hundreds of books and tutorials…but, I never got an opportunity or the confidence to create a quilt..  Now, finally the day has come! 🙂

I also ordered a quilting beginner’s set from Amazon… It’s a Fiskars Rotary Cutting Set, came with a mat, ruler and a rotary cutter.. Practically everything that I require to start a quilt…And I also found out that my new Sewing machine came with quilting accessories 🙂 🙂 .. Now, I’m just waiting for my fabrics to arrive, its supposed to be delivered today…

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WIP

Yesterday was an absolutely amazing sunny day. I took a trip to a nearby lake, took some pictures..Had to return after a while because it started getting quite cold..

Here it is, the beautiful lake union,shimmering in sunlight 🙂

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I could just cover 5% of this beautiful place…Will go there again, some day..

When I’m not roaming around clicking pictures, I’m working on my crochet blanket and teaching myself to work with pastels. Need to work a lot on learning to blend the colors.. The edges are still sharp..

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I wasn’t too happy with the light purple block.. So, I changed the pattern to granny square and added a bit green to it.. When I lay it down on the floor, I felt I should have added white instead. But its too late now, I have finished all 8 blocks and that’s too much of work.

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Few weeks back I found out Seattle had a library..So, I got myself a library card!!:) I love books..This library has a very good collection of books on art and crafts too!

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That’s my library card, isn’t that cute?  They had lots of designs, I just loved this one.. I guess its probably meant for young members 🙂

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I just can’t wait to finish these and rush back to the library to get more awesome books 🙂

What’s on my needle?

Weather in Seattle definitely motivates you to knit something… My crochet blanket is progressing fine, but my fingers have started to trouble me a bit.. I thought its best to take a break before it turns into something serious..

I picked up this pattern from Ravelry.. I have been dreaming of knitting a cable hat for sometime now.. I decided to knit this one ,obviously after hours and hours of browsing through the pattern list..They were all so good, but since I learnt to knit cable just recently, I wanted to pick something simple. This is my first project with cables, hope it turns out fine 🙂

The pattern is called Ashley and can be found here: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/ashley-5

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Coming back to the crochet blanket, I still have to finish about 23 squares..Meanwhile, I changed the pattern for one of the squares as the previous pattern wasn’t quite appealing…

This one:

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