I’ve got another pretty cool collection for you guys!
This one is another collaboration with Knit Picks- but this one is a little more of a “choose your own adventure” than the usual patterns I make for you.
Introducing, Milestones and Memories!This book is a collection of colorwork charts (all the same size, and all super cute) that you can use to make memory blankets and cute themed pillows for everyone in your life.
Does your grandma love working in the kitchen? There’s a pillow for that!Does your cousin love the great outdoors? There are squares for that!Did someone you love just get married? Why not celebrate with a blanket?
I love the open-ended nature of this book. There are squares that would be perfect for anyone in your life! And, the blankets and pillows end up looking just adorable!
Oh boy. I really, really underestimated the amount of work on this quilt.
It’s coming along, and it’s going to be really pretty. But, at this rate, it won’t be done until well into the 2020’s.
Isn’t it funny, I have no trouble spending hundreds of hours painstakingly knitting away on a lace shawl or a cabled sweater without noticing time passing. But, when I get out the sewing machine, I want everything to be finished as fast as possible. On the other hand, you know that there are plenty of quilters out there who sew big, complicated quilts but don’t have the patience to knit a pair of mittens.
Weird how that goes.
Anyway, I’ve gotten my first square done, and it is beautiful (and big)! I love it! It’s about 18″ across, and my little squares fit together pretty evenly(not perfect, but well enough).Now, I’ve just got to make 11 more!
Have you ever bitten off more than you could chew?
My Great-grandmother Anna was a remarkable woman. She was married at 16, lived through the Great Depression and World War II, and raised 11 children (and nearly a hundred grand-children). And through it all, she spent every free moment knitting and crocheting to keep her family warm. She even won a blue ribbon at the Wisconsin state fair for her knitting!
I never got to meet my great-grandmother, but her legacy lives on in the projects she has left behind. I like to imagine that every piece of her knitting is a friendly little “hello” through the decades to me and her other descendants.
This counterpane is based on a bedspread that one of my mother’s cousins inherited from Great-grandma Anna. The pattern has been lost, so I decided to come up with my own. The original was made with white worsted-weight cotton, like most traditional counterpanes. Feel free to substitute your favorite fiber, or change the color to give the blanket a more contemporary feel.