Bertie’s Blankets

Wow! I didn’t mean to be absent for so long from the blog!

And, since I haven’t posted in so long, I still haven’t shared my friend Sam’s donation project: Bertie’s Blankets. Sam decided to make some blankets to donate to Trinity Hospice in honor of her Dad and the care he received there. Initially, she is putting together 3 blankets to donate. Two of these are knit/crochet blankets, either an aran/worsted weight sampler afghan or a scrappy sock yarn blanket. The other is a wonky log cabin quilt. If you’re interested in donating squares for any of these blankets, here are the guidelines.

I have contributed squares for two of the blankets. First up is the sampler afghan:

Aran Squares

Just recently Sam received enough squares to complete this afghan. However, Bertie’s Blankets is an ongoing project so new squares are always welcome :)

Since I’ve been sewing more recently, I also made some squares to add to the wonky log cabin quilt.

Wonky Log Cabin

I plan to post again next week so I can share several squares and other items I’ve made relating to the Denver Quilt Guild. Thanks to anyone who is still here and reading after my long hiatus! Enjoy your day :)

* Thanks, Sam, for the beautiful pictures of my squares!

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Camp WannaKnitKnit

As I briefly mentioned before, I spent last weekend with my friends at our annual knitting retreat, Camp WannaKnitKnit. We stayed in a lovely house in the mountains and enjoyed yummy food, good company and knitting, of course!

Prior to the weekend, a few of us got together to sew these fun knitting project bags for everyone:

I took a few knitting projects with me, but mostly I worked on knitting some felted clogs. Thanks for the yarn, Stacey! A few other people had knit these clogs, so on Sunday we had a felting party:

It felt pretty good actually finishing a project over the weekend :) The first clog I knit was a little wonky, but the felting made it look more normal. I might have to make a few more of these!

Helping?

Last week I was packing for Camp Wannaknitknit (weekend knitting retreat – more on that in another post). I was getting some knitting projects together and Kennedy was jumping on a box in the closet. The next time I looked over she was getting comfy:

She’s not much help in the packing department, I guess!

Old Shale Scarf

A couple of months ago a friend had an open house to showcase hand-dyed yarns and patterns fromย Myra Garcia of Fancy Image Yarns. Myra had some lovely yarns, and I picked up 1 skein of a really pretty fingering weight yarn, 50% merino wool/50% tencel. I decided to knit the Old Shale Scarf pattern by Tiennie Knits (link opens as PDF).

The skein had just 220 yards, and I was initially thinking about casting on fewer stitches so I would have a narrower and longer scarf. In the end, I didn’t change anything and simply followed the pattern.

I used every bit of yarn and the scarf did seem a bit short when I finished knitting it. Luckily, after blocking it the scarf grew to a better length :)