Two more sleeps

Hard to believe that in another day and a half I'll be moving in to Farnham Maltings and setting up the SweetGeorgia booth for Unravel!

It's nervewracking to be sure but luckily I'm so busy with last-minute stuff that I don't have much time to be nervous! Yesterday I did a quick run to IKEA for some extra things for the booth and today I'm waiting for a few things to come back from the printers. In the meantime I've been making packing lists and pulling everything into one place. And I've also been seaming!

My blanket layout options. I've tweaked the colours here so they show up a little better in the image.

My blanket layout options. I've tweaked the colours here so they show up a little better in the image.

The squares have been finished and borders done for a few days now. I didn't have a lot of time to play around with the layout, but I came up with two options that I really liked.

I was originally planning on only tying the corners of the squares together from the back of the blanket (a la Beekeeper's Quilt with the crazy hexipuffs). That way, as Felicia adds new colours to her range or discontinues others, I could easily pull apart the blanket to rearrange things at will.

Lara, my uber crochet expert, and I were chatting on the weekend and she taught me her favourite simple seaming technique. No kidding - we were on FaceTime so she was able to demonstrate it for me, and I was able to practice at my end then show her right back. Loving using technology for an in-the-moment how-to lesson!

The nicest thing about the seam is that it's very quick to pull out if necessary later on, and it's almost invisible. The blanket is almost complete and I'll be sure to get some pics this weekend in the booth for a full reveal to you all!

KCBW Day 4: Taking a spin on the colour wheel

Interesting exercise for today's Knitting and Crochet Blog Week post - we had to first think about our preferred colours for crafting and identify if there's one we like to use more than others, or a colourway that we tend towards when buying yarn, or fibre, or other supplies. Then, after writing about that colour, we had to go into our projects and stash and see if that is indeed the colour we tend towards the most often.

My Seaport Skirt - knit for me, and definitely a fave colour!

My Seaport Skirt - knit for me, and definitely a fave colour!

I have to say, I found the whole thing kind of fascinating. My immediate thought went to the bright pinks I favour when ogling stash in a shop, then the comment that someone made on a project of mine once that they always see me knitting with red. If it's something for myself, sure, but I also knit a lot of things for others and those won't necessarily be personal favourites.

A sweater knit for my DH in a colour that suits him (and the sweater) better than a red ever could.

A sweater knit for my DH in a colour that suits him (and the sweater) better than a red ever could.

And in terms of what colour I favour when stash enhancing, that varies too. I've often said that I tend to cycle through phases, which could be even be a visceral, emotional or environmental response to what is going on around me. It's been a very dreary winter here - quite damp and cold. Doesn't it stand to reason then that I've been attracted to various subtle shades of grey and in warm, bulky fibres and textures? Now that we've had three solid days of sunshine with temperatures in the double digits I'm obsessed with bright, almost neon, chartreuse green (and looking at my stash I think a lively, fresh green is a theme with me in the spring months - I don't necessarily gravitate towards it the rest of the time).

 Remember this? Gorgeous texture but I'm happy it's spring so I don't have to knit grey any more!

Remember this? Gorgeous texture but I'm happy it's spring so I don't have to knit grey any more!

So just what's in my stash then? Well I wasn't wrong about reds, deep pinks, purples and even coral and even some orange having a dominant spot. I was however, surprised by the amount of blues in there, and in varying shades too. And there's even a fair bit of neutrals!

I think I'm definitely an "equal opportunist" when it comes to colour (kind of like I'm a Bee and an equal opportunist when it comes to multiple projects!), and often before attending a knitting or stitching show, I'll go through projects and see if there's anything I should be on the lookout for in particular. Even if I don't buy anything, there will definitely be specific colours that I gravitate towards.

Funnily enough, this weekend is Wonderwool in the lovely Welsh town of Builth Wells. I'll have to report back and let you know what colour dominates my browsing in the marketplace, and of course if any browsing turns to buying... ;)