I have a few finished projects to show off here in my favorite month. I finished a simple crocheted blanket for my congregation’s Shawl Ministry. I seem to have deleted the photo after I posted it on Ravelry, but you can see it there. I also finally competed a knit-along! I am really happy with my Sleeves shrug (pattern by Martina Behm). It’s made from sock-weight yarn, so I may not get to wear it much until the snow is gone.
I also finally finished a small felted bag. The knitting and shrinking was done months ago, but I never quite got around to lining it and putting in a zipper. Probably this was because the bag didn’t come out exactly rectangular, so it seemed like it would be fussy.
Today I picked up a plastic zippered pouch, similar to a pencil case, at my local craft store and sewed it in. I decided not to do anything about the little bit of excess flared-out material on each side, and I centered the pouch and sewed it in. It will make a nice notions bag to carry with future knitting or sewing projects. Sewing the pouch in took less than 15 minutes, so why do we knitters tend to wait so long to do the last bits of finish work? One of life’s persistent questions.
I finished up a few last garden chores. I pruned my Caroline raspberries back to a few inches and mulched them with straw and leaves. I only use leaves from my own yard now. For several years, I helped myself to leaves from neighbors’ piles before the city came to pick them up. I’ve been wondering if I accidently got some with pesticide on at some point because I have a few areas in my main garden that just don’t grow anything much; I can’t say for sure as it could something much simpler, and I don’t even know for sure how much pesticide could leach into from someone’s grass into their leaves and then into my garden. Still, I’ll stick with my own leaves. I also mulched a few other areas with leaves in hopes of keeping the weeds down in early spring.
In case you’ve put your garden to bed and need a new craft project or three, here’s some good info for you:
Two of my favorite Etsy shops just had big updates : Knitcircus Yarns and hipstrings (modern support spindles and fibers to spin on them). If the name Knitcircus sounds familiar, I may have mentioned before that I wrote for Knitcircus when it was a magazine and also that the lovely Jaala is a friend of mine (although she doesn’t know this plug is coming). Knitcircus is now an indie dyeing company, and the yarns are really beautiful! Jill of hipstrings makes really fun support spindles that work great and come in several sizes, so you can choose the right one for the fiber you want to spin. Come to think of it, I need to take a beauty shot of my spindles and the lovely dyed cotton fiber I bought from Jill.
Knitting designer Susan B. Anderson has let her blog readers know that e-book versions of her books are all on sale right now! I got her newest book for a tiny amount of money and encourage you to do the same. All of her patterns are really sweet and well-written, too. Toys, baby hats, sweet nursery projects, you will really like them all.