Pinwheel Baby Afghan

This is the garter stitch version of Oat Couture’s Pinwheel Afghan. A very sweet project that I finished several months back and forgot to post here. Joey is enjoying it these days.

It is an easy pattern, with short row shaping and a knitted-on border. It is worked up here in 1000 yards (less two feet) of Plymouth Encore Colorspun #7009. This is one of the more delicate and subtle shades in the series. Encore is an easy-care, 75% acrylic, 25% wool blend. Perfect for blankets. Perfect for babies.


Michigan Fiber Festival 2011

It was a wonderful festival this year, in the Allegan Fairgrounds, as usual. Yarn everywhere. Knowledgeable vendors and shoppers. Good companionship. The heat was not oppressive. The thunderstorms were very impressive (but held off until Saturday afternoon). The animals were well groomed, well behaved and, well, just cool to see.

Here is a slideshow to whet your appetite for next year.

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Who’s clamming in Ghost Bay

Steve paddled into Ghost Bay early one day last week and was able to watch a mother raccoon and her three adolescent kits. These are two of the kits. Mom clambered up the bank at Steve’s approach. But the three kits continued their clamming and hamming it up as if oblivious to the approaching kayak. Even at fifteen feet, they were still busy and ignoring him.

Mom must be weary of the mothering gig.


Gloria.  Designed by Daniel Yuhas (moltingyeti on Ravelry).  It’s meant to be evocative of Gloria Swanson. The pattern is available on Rav and on the Knitpicks‘ site. I modified the design to make it less of a turban and more of a cap, by adding one set of knit and purl sections.  I also widened the purl sections to three rows instead of two.

The gathering up of the ridges at the midpoint in front is an interesting technique. You slip six stitches for a set number of rows, then in the two midpoint stitches on the last row of the section, you reach down to the rows below and catch the float along the back. It creates a bit of a gather. The gather would have been more prominent if I had not widened the purl rows, but I thought they looked a tad puny at two rows.

This was knitted in Plymouth Encore Colorspun #7009–left over from a baby blanket project. I believe it would have had more body with a true Aran weight. An interesting, quick knit.