I’m relatively new to being and Auntie, but really, it’s not that hard. You get to giggle, play, spoil, laugh, woosh around, go for walks, and if when the unfortunate event of crying happens – someone else usually steps in. Sweet deal. What is hard, I’m learning, is the challenge of trying to photograph little nieces and nephews along with a new hand knit design, specifically Seedling.
We’ve made a few attempts, yesterday, today, before a nap, after a nap, inside, outside – you can’t stress it too hard, but things just weren’t coming together. However, whilst hanging up the laundry to dry and oohing over how everything is so small and cute, I decided that perhaps this is a perfect way to capture the simplicity of Seedling.
Seedling is a fully textured baby blanket showcasing how simple yet impressive just the use of the knit and purl stitches can be.
Sizes : One size.
Measurements : Approx. 33 inches square.
Yarn : 4 skeins Naturally Dyed by Annie Claire 100% organic wool, 4oz, 250yds. Photographed in ‘Mint’ – well, it was actually Lichen, overdyed with Mint, so it came out a little richer than the usual Mint of the current Spring Collection 2011.
Needles : Two US 8 5mm 32” circular, or size to obtain gauge.
Gauge : 16 sts and 28 rows = 4 inches in seed stitch.
Notions : Tapestry needle, stitch markers, one unique for beg of round.
Purchase Seedling Pattern PDF here : $5
Along with the coming and going of the British sunshine, blue skies and dark clouds, in the ten minutes I was out there even a little rain came and went, the breeze blew strong and then disappeared. What was just as enjoyable as the colorful micro baby clothes blowing in the wind, were their shadows dancing on freshly cut grass.
In other news, I am taking part in the Knitting and Crochet Blog week over at Eskimimi Makes.
This is day one and today’s topic is Colour Lovers [the code for day 1 is 3KCBWDAY1 : google it to find out who else is joining in.]
As you can imagine I love colour, especially in the yarn world. When you walk into a yarn store colour screams out at you from all directions – the bright colours of art yarns, intense deep hues of hand painted yarns, softer pastels from natural dyes, and even the tones of yarns left in their natural fleece colour – all of it speaks to me.
We all have our own preferences. I have enjoyed getting to know a few girls at the local knitting store, one of which I get on with amazingly, but we couldn’t be more different with our colour choices! Sometimes on ravelry I will stumble upon a pattern that initially doesn’t grab me until I click through to other people’s projects and find someone has knit it up in an olive yarn and it totally wins me over! Colour is fascinating.
To quickly sum up, I’ve always been a muted tonal person, reaching for earthy, softer colours. I love my work with natural dyes and discovering the plants that hold these magical pigments. I was astonished to discover the burn orange of Toyon, and the dusty rose of Horsetail still gets me every time. However, my favourite colour – there one that I will always fall back – on is green. Right from the bright and vibrant grassy green to a brown, mud green. I often find it hard to select something other than green when choosing a colourway for my next project, but we must make sure we do, we must step outside of our safety zone, otherwise we would be missing out on this, this and this!
What is your favourite colour?