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granny square blanket

My blanket is growing. I get in moods where all I want to do is work on one thing and thats what I did. All day saturday, it started off gloomy and rainy and those days do not come often here in north texas so I took advantage. I crocheted the day away with little tea breaks in between. It felt so good to not have anything at all on the agenda. The sun did come out eventually and we took a walk with the dogs, a very muddy walk. My running shoes were completely cover so probably not the smartest idea but maggie can't stay cooped up for too long because she drives us crazy with her puppy energy. 
I'm using jamieson shetland wool, its not traditionally used for blankets I guess but I love the heathery colors. All the pinks! I have reached the point where I have to figure out what I would like to do for the border as the rounds are too long for the bits of yarn I have left without mixing it up and I like it as is. Its about lap blanket size at this point so its perfect for being cozy and rewatching some of my favorite shows. The color names are what I love most about this yarn, clover, old rose, thistledown, sand... they evoke such dreamy images of what I can only imagine Scotland looks like since I've never been. one day! 

crepes & eco printing

Its been all about crepes yesterday morning and today. I woke up really this morning and decided have some for breakfast again. Sometimes the craving just hits you and thats all you want to eat, so we did for the past 3 days every morning. I substituted milk for almond, its all I had and it worked fine. I don't have a crepe pan and its on my wish list now. This recipe works great. No fillings, just powdered sugar but if I happened to have any nutella, trust me they would have been slathered. 
I feel like I've been so busy but with not a whole lot finished.. As I look around my craft room there are just piles and piles of wips. I was bit by the cast-on bug last week and so the piles just seem to increase. I have to take a week or two or three and just buckle down just to finish some things before it gets out of control. I have 2 crochet blankets on the go, one crochet shawl that just needs ends woven in, 2 shawl test knits currently in progress and a few lingering sock projects that I just work on from here and there. My log cabin pillow is still in progress, I knit on it when I have a few moments for a few rows but it is almost done. 
I find it so hard this time of year, I feel inspired by everything. The promise of spring and the coming wildflower season always gives me so many ideas. Bits of green are starting to peak out here and there everywhere we go even though today is just so cold I currently have 2 pairs of socks on, a hand knit sweater atop a long sleeve shirt and my long johns (yes those are great for lounging around the house) I have embroidery projects in my mind that won't go away, patterns that I am just itching to knit, cross stitch projects I want to finish and start and of course lovely yarn just staring at me waiting to be turned into cozy socks. Have you ever seen such pretty yarn, I am currently obsessed with Autumn Indigo!!!
 I have lovely stitch patterns floating in my daydreams that would be more lovely patterns. Its the scent of spring in the air, or my allergies and I'm delirious from all the meds, I suppose!
I've been so pleased and grateful with how well my recently released sock patterns have been received. Thank you to all of you who have cast on and let me know how much you are enjoying the patterns. Its means so much. I feel like I've made so many new friends through it. 
 I love knitting socks, I will always be a sock knitter. Been knitting them since my early teenage years when all I had to work with was worsted wool or acrylic yarn. I bought them from Lewis Craft in Canada which is now closed. My mom and I used to buy any yarn we came across at garage sales or value village.  The yarn that I love now is good, I look back and think about all those years I knit with those funky yarns and I am so appreciative of the indie dyers that make this their career. I am so envious as I do not have the patience or the inclination to learn how to dye. 
What would I do without etsy?!?
Speaking of dyeing, awhile back I asked Maria from ninja.chickens to eco print some linen for me and I recently got it back. It was so lovely of her and it turned out so beautiful. I have never had this type of dyed fabric before and I let it sit on my desk for awhile. I mulled over how I wanted to cut it and I had forgotten that hidden away in my stash of precious fabrics (insert me looking like Smeogal with my precious) some nani iro, oh how I looooove double
It paired perfectly, so I made a few bags. One will go to Maria for being so kind with her time, a couple for some knitterly friends and a couple for the #thlsockalong (how are your socks coming along) and of course one for me. The one below, I made deep and full of pockets because I love pockets for notions and big enough for a shawl project. Little snaps to keep the yarn from tangling. I love it!