Monday, July 14, 2008

Log cabin with a twist

Sorry for my lengthy absence. SO much to talk about! Since I last posted I have been to Kentucky, finished two projects and started 2 more.

I will start with the long promised debut of my mystery project. It is related to the trip to Kentucky, as it was a wedding gift for my nephew and his intended (now wife). I wanted to make the happy couple something extra special, so I spun up a fleece that I have had in my stash for several years. Here's a picture of Tippy, a cormo lamb whose hoggett fleece was fine, soft, and very white. I spun up the yarn, then immersion dyed it, first blue, then (after removing half) overdyed it with yellow to make the emerald green that is one of the bride's favorite colors. I held two strands together as I knit to make a very cushy, warm blanket. To give the log cabin pattern a modern twist, I varied the thickness of the stripes as I went along, instead of doing the traditional balanced squares. I thought I could finish it by the end of April, but with a busy schedule I found myself still knitting away until the end of June, sweating under a heavy blanket in 90 degree temperatures. I think it was worth it. I am so pleased with how well it came out that I want to make another in purples for my trailer. Here's the happy couple with the blanket.

6 comments:

Sharon said...

I think it is gorgeous and I can't imagine a more genuine gift to wish a couple happiness.

Mim said...

I love it! from the baby lamb to the finished blanket beautiful gift.

~~Sittin.n.Spinnin said...

Very nice Amy! Every time I see something you have made I want to know how to knit! It just seems like so much work to learn a new fiber hobby.
Great work! I agree with Sharon, I was thinking what a wonderful gift you made and how much heart you put into it. I bet she was very awed.

magnusmog said...

what a fantastic gift - lucky lucky people :)

Beryl said...

I peeked at the wedding photos on your Flickr site and saw the pictures of her opening your gift. She is very lucky to have you as a new aunt.

MX said...

WOW!