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!

Water-logged WIP Wednesday

Mr. H and I were soaked (despite wearing raincoats and wellies) on the way home from school so we decided to forego our outing for today in the hopes that we'll have better weather next week during half term. I'm not sure how thrilled he was with the idea of seeing Kensington Palace anyway, although the promise of a trip to the pirate-ship playground next door in Kensington Gardens seemed to be working.

I'm thinking half-term might be a good time for Mr. H and I to visit the Thames Flood Barrier and learn how it works.

I'm thinking half-term might be a good time for Mr. H and I to visit the Thames Flood Barrier and learn how it works.

In any event, the torrential downpour this afternoon is the perfect excuse to catch you up on what I've been working on.

10 squares down, 43 more to go!

10 squares down, 43 more to go!

Of course you all know about the crochet squares in SweetGeorgia's gorgeous semi-solid colourways that I've been making into Bear's Rainbow Blanket in preparation for Unravel. It's knit night tonight so I'm hoping to chug through this pile some more.

I have exactly 49.5g left of a 100g skein to knit the other mitten. It's going to be close...

I have exactly 49.5g left of a 100g skein to knit the other mitten. It's going to be close...

More "work knitting" includes the commission I have for a pair of simple, fingerless mittens. A fellow in Jordan's office admired his and asked if I'd be willing to make a pair for him. We've happily agreed to barter. He's getting mittens and as he's a graphic designer, I'm getting a professionally-designed flyer for this year's Great London Yarn Crawl. Hooray! The pattern is Ysolda's Garter Stitch Mitts, knit in Spud & Chloe Sweater.

No lace charts. Just 9 pages of line-by-line instructions. Just the way I like it!

No lace charts. Just 9 pages of line-by-line instructions. Just the way I like it!

And then of course there's my "Olympic Knitting". This year I've joined Team Canada to try and stay motivated with the knitting and the various groups and activities going on on Ravelry. I've generally tended to do this sort of event-based knitting on my own but I think that this time around, being away from Canada, it's important to me to feel more connected. I don't agree with the politics of this winter games' host country or how scary it must be for some athletes to not be able to be themselves at these games. Rather than boycott though, I'm knitting to show as much support for our Canadian athletes as I can. In their honour, I'm knitting the Maple Leaf Knit Shawl in some Canadian Fiddlesticks Knitting lace-weight yarn from deep in my stash, held double to get closer to gauge.

What have you been working on lately?

The first epic project of 2014

Back in January I proclaimed that this was going to be The Year of Epic Projects and that a lot of selfish knitting would be involved.

My first project (or rather, first project to finish, since it's been a WIP since last year) is kind of for me, but more in a work capacity since it's something I've been working on in anticipation of the SweetGeorgia booth for Unravel.

While I'm not a huge crocheter, 2013 saw me pick up a hook on multiple occasions - enough to cause me to purchase a set of hooks at the Great London Yarn Crawl. And I've been loving it. Most of the time I still feel like I'm not sure exactly what I'm doing, but luckily for me there are some great tutorials online, like this one for Bear's Rainbow Blanket from the Purl Bee blog.

I've been going a little crazy with SweetGeorgia scraps and a crochet hook...

I've been going a little crazy with SweetGeorgia scraps and a crochet hook...

The blanket is beautiful, and crocheted with another fabulous Canadian yarn - Koigu. But the kits to make it are intimidatingly expensive - if you want to do the original as shown, you have to buy a skein of each of the colours, even though a very small portion is used. But since it's such a small portion of yarn, it makes it a perfect blanket for working through scraps of sock yarn, which I just happened to have leftover from the mini skeins of SweetGeorgia that RachelCatherine and I knit into mini socks to be able to show the colours more fully to yarn shops interested in carrying the yarn. 

These are some of the mini socks that Catherine knit. Aren't they adorable? Such a perfect way to see the richness of the hand-dyed yarn. Photo courtesy of Catherine Hopkins.

These are some of the mini socks that Catherine knit. Aren't they adorable? Such a perfect way to see the richness of the hand-dyed yarn. Photo courtesy of Catherine Hopkins.

I've been working on crocheting these little squares since last year, in between and around projects and always trying to keep an extra scrap ball with me when on the go. Of course, once the new year arrived, I had to kick it up a notch and it's been what I've been working on almost constantly (I'm slow, what can I say?!).

Of course, all those ends are going to have to be woven in first...

Of course, all those ends are going to have to be woven in first...

There are about eight squares left to go and then I can get them all washed and Soak-ed before adding the white borders. With any luck, this blanket will make a fab backdrop for photos of fans of SweetGeorgia with their newly acquired yarns at Unravel. Their only problem will be choosing their favourite colour!