It has been since I last bought yarn!

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Back in the Saddle

As Stampede draws to a close tomorrow, I thought the best way to break the good news to you was using a western themed blog title.

I. AM. BACK.

After nearly two months of "meh" progress- this July I feel like the old knitting me has returned! Baby is growing and healthy, but thankfully not sapping my energy anymore and I am squeezing in the time to knit again! The Welsh blanket is coming along at a lovely (although admittedly, a little boring) pace!

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Not only that, pressed both to have a project that's a little more portable (Welsh blanket is pretty but not easily portable) and having a little stash guilt, I cast on another blanket that I decided to take around with me when I go out.

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Meet "Moving Mountains"- a blanket that will probably be a little bit smaller than my regular sized blankets, but is using up some cotton yarn that I got on a mega sale this Christmas. The pattern is simple enough to move quickly but interesting enough not to be entirely boring. This blanket is my "portable" project until I wrap my head around a pair of socks to throw in my purse!

With my mojo back- I'm feeling antsy to get things done and move on to more knitting projects. I've been dialed into Ravelry all week, scouring cute project ideas and trying to think of the perfect "coming home" sweater for our little one. I've seen some good possibilities but I'm having trouble selecting just the right one. My favorites folder are getting a heck of a lot fuller- that's for sure!

I need to also congratulate my Mother in Law, for her Stampede success this year. While I am still feeling a little sad that I wasn't able to participate this year, I was heartily cheered up when I found out how well MiL did with her entries. She placed 3rd in the lace shawl category, (sorry I don't have a photo) and 1st in the cable category. Not only did she get her first red ribbon- but she did it with a BANG- placing second over all in the entire knitting section!

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I'm so proud of her! Clearly my family is a knitting force to be reckoned with. Look out next year Phyllis... I'm coming for ya! ;-)

6 comments:

Rycrafty said...

Congrats to your MIL! That was me last year ;)

This year I didn't get to take part either. I wanted to, and I had some socks allllmost done, but the wedding planning got the better of me. I need to start planning for 2012 now!

Melanie said...

I would also like to let Phyllis's ass know that I'm coming for it next year as well. DIGGER JACKET!!!!

Debbie1085 said...

Your MIL's afghan is gorgeous. May I ask where I can obtain the pattern like that if she doesn't mind? I ain't coming after her in Stampede if she is worried about that! LOL!

Jen said...

Hi Debbie! The pattern is called "Cable Blanket" by Debbie Bliss it was published in her "Simply Baby" book. Hope you're able to find it- the results are stunning!

Debbie1085 said...

Thanks a bunch Jen and make sure you thank your MIL for sharing the info. I should kick myself in the rear... I should have remembered to CONGRATULATE you on your upcoming bundle of joy... I am sure you will be knitting big time for the wee little one! He/She will be dressed well! Again, congratulations!!

SharonG said...

So I'm just getting caught up on my blog reading and I just wanted to say congrats on your pregnancy!!! How exciting!! I love seeing all of your amazing blankets (and other projects) and I can't wait to see what you come up with for your little bundle!!