Friday, April 25, 2014

For the Birds and Bunnies

Happy Fiber Arts Friday!  Despite a couple of really windy days and a few cooler evenings this week, I think spring has finally sprung!  I see some green poking out from our muddy yard, the birds are singing sweet melodies and the sun is shining today.  

Those birds having been singing so much, they reminded me to finally do this.


I stuffed one of my suet holders full of yarn scraps in hopes they will weave together some very colorful nests this year.  


I'm not sure if I'm too late with my offerings or if the colors are too loud (hello birdies, I even shared some Madelinetosh with you... do you know what that costs?!), but it doesn't appear as though they've taken much yet.  Although the wind sure has, so I guess we'll wait and see.

As for where those scraps came from, well I've been working hard to make a conscious effort at finding more and more time with my needles.... and, uh-hum, actually getting projects off  my needles.  I still have flare-ups of startitis, but I'm working on that.  The latest to come off my needles was this sweet Bunny Blankie Buddy.

Bunny Blankie Buddy posing on the #racecar before I have it to Miss Quinn today #knitstagram #oneskeinwonders #BlanketBuddy #PlymouthYarn #knitting

Pattern is from the 101 Designer One-Skein Wonders book.  Yarn is Heaven from Plymouth, with a tiny bit of Noro for the eyes.  It used up just under 2 skeins of the Heaven, including what I used to stuff the head (this yarn is so soft it made perfect sense).  The results were a super squishy, fleece-like bunny blankie that made the perfect gift for a special little lady's first Easter.


I think it's safe to say she loves her new buddy... which makes me smile just as much as she does!

While I do have many projects on the needles, my current concentration is on the Airy Summer Infinity Scarf.  I thought it would make a great warmer weather accessory.  I'm using Cascade Ultra Pima Paints in the Desert Sage colorway (and, yes, my favorite project bag).

Pre-game #knitting on my #airysummerinfinityscarf in #Cascade #UltraPima #cotton Let's go boys, game 4! #GoBs #bruins #playoffhockey #knitstagram

I actually stepped away from my usual color comfort with this one.  While the picture doesn't really show it well, it's a beautiful mix of sage green, cream, and taupe.  I tend to lean towards the purples, blues and reds, but thought this would be more summery for sure.  I just started the second welt last night and am already loving how it's knitting up.

Back to that startitis thing... I received my April Yarn Box and Loopy Ewe April Spring Giftables boxes this week.

Received my April #yarnbox today and although I was really hoping for the purple, I got the blue/teal and LOVE it! #Fyberspates #yarn from UK #knitstagram #stashenhancement #merino #knitting  now... What to make with this 436 yards of DK?!

Received the second #LoopyEwe #spring giftables club box! #love #SocksThatRock #Yarn #spindlecatstudio #ThingAMaHook #knitstagram #getyourkniton

Now, what to make, what to make.... Although I still haven't cast on anything with my previous Yarn Box yarn yet, so I'm not sure how quickly I'll get to these.  I did try to cast on Painted with last month's Loopy Ewe spring kit the other night, only to realize I bought two of the same size needle tips (this pattern is knit with two size needles at the same time).  Ooops.  I'll have to exchange those at the shop on Tuesday.  At least it kept me working on the infinity scarf in the meantime.  

How about you?  What's on your needles or soon to be off?  Are you driving anyone crazy with decisions? My poor baby Zeus is exhausted just listening to me mumble about all this fibery goodness...  Enjoy your Friday!

Zeus says Good Morning IG! I wish I could curl back up with my #pillow like he has with my #Brookstone #NAP pillow that he loves so much! #dogstagram #ilovemyseniordog #ilovemydogs #morning


Golden Daily Scoop said...

We love your projects, how cool! Zeus is absolutely adorable!!! Have a great weekend!!

WonderWhyGal said...

I love that bunny blanky! I've been thinking about how I want to use the "trash" part of our shearing for the birds. Last year I didn't even put them in a wire holder, I went and flung the underbelly and leg fleece on a bunch of branches in the marsh. Good call with the yarn bits.

Kathy R said...

Looks like I'm missing out on some good stuff from Loopy Ewe. I haven't checked them out lately because I have SO MUCH yarn already.

The Rantings of a Drama Queen's Mum said...

I like the infinity scarves a lot. Those colors look good too.

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