Reader question… “I’ve been admiring your lovely afghans, cross-stitching and baskets. You mentioned sewing in your About This Blog and About Me page and I wondered if you also make quilts. I sew but have never done any quilting and I have become almost obsessed with the idea of making a quilt. I’m looking for an easy beginner’s quilt pattern. Any recommendation?”
My Creative Pursuits
I’m knitting slippers… or I will be… if I have finally found the directions I remember. I knew I had them somewhere, but I couldn’t think where until I accidentally came across them last week. Much to my surprise, the directions were exactly where they should have been… neatly filed away in a binder with other handwritten directions I have collected over the years. I wonder why that particular binder was the one place I never thought to look!
I spent an hour this morning before anyone else was awake finishing this gigantic basket I have been weaving. I wish you could have heard my husband laugh when he woke up and came to find me and saw the mess I had made! Normally I am a very organized person and I like things to be neat, but I turn into an absolute slob when I am engrossed in creating something. Over the years this has become a family joke.
I love the way simple knit and purl stitches combine in this pattern to look like real basket weaving. This basket weave stitch is a reversible stitch, and the back of the pattern looks exactly like the front, so there is no right or wrong side to the afghan. I added a simple garter stitch border on all four sides.
I thought I had knitted my last afghan for a while, but… I had a lot of leftover yarn and someone who REALLY wanted an afghan made in this pattern…
:o) This afghan is made with the mock cable fisherman knit pattern and like the feather and fan it consists of only four pattern rows, so it makes up very quickly.
I like simple patterns that I can remember after a few rows and mostly knit without having to constantly look at what I am knitting… like this “feather and fan,” which has only four rows that are repeated over and over again. I just use a multiple of the feather and fan pattern stitches to make the size afghan I want.
Here is a photograph of a small cross stitch project that I just finished. (As you can see from my blog footer, this prayer is one of my favorites.) I have made this same design several times, always with the intention of keeping it… but somehow I have always ended up giving each one to someone else. I’m pretty sure this time this one is for me!