all you need is yarn

I forgot to show you the yarns I have in my stash to make the log cabin blanket. Some are leftover from projects and others are full skeins that I never ended up using. It annoys me to have all this yarn sitting around so I happy to have a project to put it all (or most of it) to good use.

I couldn’t have planned this project better. Blue, purple & red are my favorite colors! :)

day 28: setting goals

I’m terrible at goal setting. I always say I’m gonna do this or I’m gonna do that. But I never write them down. A couple of weeks ago, I finally did – all because of a knitting podcast.

I was listening to the ‘Gives Good Knit‘ podcast, hosted by Tikabelle – and she mentioned ’101 Things in 1001 Days’ – about how she did on her previous list of goals and what she wanted to achieve on the next go round. That got me thinking about all the things I say I want to do. So I did a little research and found Day Zero – Home of the 101 in 1001 days project. After perusing the site and looking at several people’s lists, I decided to make my own. My start date was on Sunday. I probably won’t share me whole list here, but I’m sure you can guess that some of those goals involve knitting and/or spinning. I’ve already started one of them.

98. Knit an afghan

Since I started knitting, large projects have always intimidated me. I never felt I had the attention span to finish what I start. I was afraid to even try. But as I’m about to start my 4th year as a knitter, I realize I’ve learned a lot in these past three years. I guess it’s time to put all that learnin’ to good use.

Here’s a peek at my Scrappy Log Cabin Blanket as it looked on Sunday, November 1st.

It’s such a comforting knit.

day 30: building a log cabin

(NaBloPoMo – And so it begins. I’ll be counting down from 30 to 1… )

Several weeks ago, a woman came into the LYS with her Log Cabin blanket, looking for a color to match her final section and it caught my attention. I’d never considered making a Log Cabin Blanket but ever since seeing hers, I couldn’t stop thinking about it.

So yesterday, I took a peek at the Mason-Dixon Knitting book to get an idea on the construction and when I got home, found THIS PAGE at the January One blog and used both help me figure out how to make a log cabin garter stitch blanket.

I gathered all the worsted weight, non superwash wool I had in my stash, most of it remnants from other projects. Despite different brands & dye lots, I had a lot of blues, purples & reds plus a small amount of white, gray & black.

So I sat down and played a little bit with Photoshop and came up with a general plan:

Of course it all depends on the yardage of the yarn I have, but it’s good to have a basic plan. :)

My knitting obsession continues…