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Saturday, February 11, 2012


"It was a dark and stormy night..." Ok, I'm not Snoopy, but it's definitely a bitterly cold and windy night. A quick check of my iPhone and I know that it's 20 degrees with 18 mph winds. Can you say "brrrr?"

But this is about inspirations and inspirational people, so I'm going to move on along here and connect the two things. That weather is inspiring me to warmth. We're bundled up here in the office/knitting room, the cats and me. I've got Mission Falls 1824 Wool on the needles. I'm making another warm and cuddly blanket:

I've been enamored of this wondrous yarn for a long time, ever since I made my Log Cabin blanket. And then I saw Chawne's blanket. So many of Chawne's creations speak to me. She uses color in a way I can only dream of. Usually, what she makes is not complex from the standpoint of technical knitting. That blanket there is garter stitch. Just garter. Reminds me of another of my inspirations, the woman who got me going with my first Mission Falls 1824 Wool banket - the Log Cabin, and that would be the Queen of Garter Stitch herself: Kay Gardiner of Mason Dixon Knitting. I'm drooling over her Mitered Crosses blanket in Rowan Denim blue & white. That's going on my queue - when I can swing the Rowan Denim.

And then there's Kaffe Fasset. I probably don't need to say anything more, do I?

These folks are all about Colorplay. And I'm inspired.

So much so that, if you find you have some partially finished balls of 1824 Wool you don't intend to use and would like to offer to a good home? Please let me know. I promise, they'll be very happy here.

The Meezer just loves 1824 Wool...I'm sure you remember, right?

And of all this just reminds me of why I started quilting all those years ago: Amish Quilts! Particularly Sunshine and Shadow.

I adore the graphic nature of my Log Cabin Blanket, Kay's gorgeous Mitered Squares projects, Amish Quilts, and Chawne's & Kaffe's lovely blocks of color in their projects.

Now I'm off to knit a bit...but do let me know if you've got any odd balls of 1824 Wool, okay?


Blogger Bonnie said...

I don't have any 1824 Wool but if I did I would send it. Meezer sure looks comfy on that beautiful blanket!

6:59 AM  
Blogger cauchy09 said...

I love all your inspirations here and look forward to what you'll make!!

Stay warm!

7:48 AM  
Blogger Knitting Linguist said...

I wish I did, because I'd happily send them your way - you're clearly making a good home for that yarn!! Such gorgeous colors, and exactly what that cold weather (brrr indeed!) calls for :)

8:14 PM  
Blogger Brenda said...

What a great blanket idea! I love it when people use color in interesting ways. I don't have any 1824 wool, or I would send it to you.

6:52 PM  

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