My post title says it all--I've been on a ruthless winter de-cluttering and spring cleaning binge--not just in my own home and garden, but in my church's kitchen and my son's house. After Christmas I got this de-cluttering urge that could not be ignored. After putting away the Christmas, I sent boxes of unused/unloved/forgotten treasures found though out the house, not just the kitchen, to Goodwill. Also, our church's professional kitchen was sadly in need of a de-clutter attack and deep-deep-cleaning and since my role as Fellowship Elder revolves around food and the kitchen, I organized a small team to take it on. Then lastly, my son is moving a few miles closer to his work and was overwhelmed with the packing and all that he had to do--mom and dad to the rescue! And all of this was in January, but my cleaning madness actually started in December when I helped my mom reorganize her kitchen and bathroom with the advent of new cabinets and paint. I don't need any help or inspiration to clean up and clear out--it comes naturally to me and I'm one of those kind of people who actually enjoys it. I've heard that we spend the first 40 years of our lives accumulating stuff and the last 40 years trying to get ride of it. I wish I had known that 40 years ago! So...if you've noticed that this blog has been neglected lately, that's why!
As for the last segment of my blog post title: new knitting projects--I have taken on a few. We have a few spring trips planned and I look forward to packing my knitting projects even though it's tricky, this packing for travel: something smallish and light, but must last the length of the trip and hold my interest while not requiring a lot of concentration. Here's my new projects from which to choose:
|This is a feather and fan lace sweater, Simone from Kim Hargreaves knit in the new Summerlite DK, fantastic stuff and is the nicest cotton I've ever knit with: tame and soft, but more about it later. Probably not a good travel knit for me.|
|This is going to be the Speckled Shrug from Lion Brand knit in some vintage Rowanspun Aran. I'm really glad I hoarded this lovely tweed yard and found the perfect project for it. This is a touch knit project and has become my movie knit and probably too bulky for a travel knit.|
|This is my version of Tochigi by Lisa Richardson. I'm using the new Rowan Softyak DK, and man do I love it! It's softer than silk, but more about this later. This I hope to have finished before my trips so I can take it and wear it.|
|Hmmm, possibly a GREAT travel knit. I adore Kidsilk Haze and all it's sweet sisters. This is some sparkly Eclipse in an off white. If you knit this doubled it becomes a DK weight and would be perfect as Martin Storey's Sapphire. I've got the pattern copied and needles ready to cast on!|
|The lovely yarn in the cage above is for a variation of Marianne Isager's Tokyo using some lovely Isager yarn. I purchased this kit last October in London at the huge yarn show at Alexandria Palace. I saw the knitted shawl in person and bought the kit on the spot. The colors are soft grays and taupes with a bit of white and pale blue and a smidgen of orange. Great travel project.|
|This has possibilities of being a travel knit. It's the beginning of the new Martin Storey KAL afghan knit in Rowan Pure Wool Superwash Worsted. I'm making a baby blanket in these 4 gorgeous colors. I'll add links at the end for this free pattern.|
Martin's afghan Knit A Long has just begun and we are on the first week. There are 8 free square patterns in total; one will be released every 2 weeks to give you plenty of knitting time. First, login to the knitrowan.com site before downloading. If you are not registered, it's free and easy. Martin has designed 4 colorways, blues, greens, neutrals and spice or you can choose your own. All the information can be found on the Rowan site below. The pattern makes a full sized afghan, but I'm making a baby blanket and chose my own colors.
Download the first pattern, Moss Stitch Hearts (free)
Watch this interview with adorable Martin Storey and check out Kate's coat!
There are a few KAL forums on this Rowan Ravelry group and lots of lively chat!
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