A few weeks ago, my family and I visited the Oregon Flock and Fiber Festival. It was celebrating its 22nd year this Autumn. We’ve visited every year for the last six! It’s always fun to see all the animals, crafts, and happy people when we go.
Melissa Leapman’s Indispensable Stitch Collection for Crocheters is a wonderful book for a crocheter of any skill level to add to their collection of resource books. This book isn’t some boring instructional book full of lackluster by any means. There are two-hundred stitch patterns worked up in a plethora of color shades found in the Cascade 220 wool yarn collection line. It’s a visual delight!
This is my second knit Diagonal Comfort Blanket. The first I knit in an aqua/teal for my soon to be born baby girl. This blanket with the stripe color changes I made for a friend whom is due in late June. I am pretty tickled on how well the blanket came out. Finished the blanket is about 30×30. It took me about two months off an on of knitting. You can find the free pattern on Ravelry here: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/diagonal-comfort-blanket
I’m knitting a few of these up for my baby girl! Less than five weeks and she should be here to start wearing them. I found the “Spring” Baby Headband by Amy Andersen pattern on Ravelery and love that it can be adjusted to a number of sizes.
I finished the one in these photos this week in pink and yellow and have already cast on for a pink and teal colored headband next. I figure a few general combinations will likely match all her Spring and Summer clothes!
Last Fall, I shared about Coloring Animal Mandalas by Wendy Piersall. Her book opened the door to a side of me that had been left dormant for far too long. In coloring again, I’ve been able to relax easier, stay focused, and rediscover that sense of accomplishment when a design is fully completed in coloring. I was encouraged to start experimenting in my art and in doing this I discovered new techniques I never imagined I’d enjoy so much. I’ve been very inspired by Wendy and her gorgeous designs that I feel obligated to share about one of her latest offerings “Coloring Flower Mandalas“.
When the days are far too hot to spend time outdoors in the Summer sun and heat, it’s always nice to spend time indoors working with ones hands. Crafting preferences differ by individuals so there’s a huge array of kits and books to jump start one in a direction of interest. Today will be the first of many more craft kits and book post I’m happy to feature for children to adult. If you or someone you know is a fan of working with yarn and either knows or wants to learn to crochet, you’ll be happy to learn about the following Granny Squares Scarf Kit!