almost done!

I’m not sure why this happens, and I’m also pretty sure I’m not the only one with this problem, but sometimes, some projects get left behind. Some of those wips become neverending wips. At the moment I have two projects I started in 2012 and one that I started in November 2013.

It’s odd because it’s not like I’ve ‘forgotten’ about them, I just can’t make the time to finish them (for some reason). There’s always something else that’s more important, and that will get finished (or not).

My granny square, stashbusting project is one of those projects. I started this project on May 2, 2012 and I’m still not done. Now I must be fair and say that this has never been a high-priority project, but 3 years is a really long time for such a (rather small) blanket. If you compare this to the huge afhgans blankets some people crochet, this one is really small in comparison.

I had already sewn a number of squares together, but I had done so with a lightweight yarn and with a tapestry needle. In the end, I didn’t like the way it turned out and now I’m redoing it in crochet and sock (cheap) brown sockyarn. I like this a lot better, so I’m glad I chose to do so, but it does take a lot more time to finish up.

There’s not much left, so I’m happy with how it’s going right now. When this step is complete I’ll only have to weave in the ends and crochet a nice edge for the blanket.

In the mean time a few things have arrived:

I had ordered two sample series by LowLandsLegacy. I saw it on Dutchwooldiva’s knitting podcast and I knew I had to buy them. They have an awesome contest for which you have to use their wool and make something out of it by the end of this year. It seemed like both a nice challenge and a nice opportunity to learn more about fibers I haven’t spun yet.

So ofcourse I also ordered a new IST Crafts Russian style spindle:

 

Sorry for the phone quality of these pictures by the way, I’m working from home right now and my camera charger is at the studio. I keep forgetting to take it with me, but I didn’t want to postpone this post, so this will have to do for now. (at least phones camera quality is getting much better than it used to be).

I ordered one with a brass tip and I’m not disappointed! I’ve just been playing with it so far, but I’m already loving it!

Here’s a bit of a close-up. I love the texture on this one! It’s both smooth and grainy at the same time! I can’t wait to start spinning 🙂

I’ve also ordered a jumbo freedom flyer kit for the ashford joy 2. I love how the bobbins are big and you can pack a lot of yarn on there, but I’d like to ply all the yarn in one go. Not that I actually think that this will work, but at least it’s worth a shot. This bobbin is actually a lot bigger than the original. I’ve put them side by side for you to compare.

I haven’t been spinning a lot (since I’ve been working on the blanket so much), but once the blanket is finished I’m going to finish spinning this project. I’m 34 weeks right now so I’m going to have to hurry.. (I guess I’m a bit more relaxed because he’ll already have 3 or 4 blankets by the time he’ll make his entry into this world, but there’s so much more babyknitting to be done!

I haven’t been knitting much, because I’ve been distracted by gardening for a while. I planted a lot of things (which haven’t sprouted yet so no pictures), and I’ve reorganized my plants a bit. I’ll have pictures when there’s something to see!

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