Wednesday, February 24, 2016

It's the little things...

I've finished one blanket this week and have this Arrowhead Blanket still to go.  Late last night I found a mistake about 6 rows back and while I had missed it previously and told myself probably no one else would ever notice it, in the end I decided to rip back to correct it.  It was mildly discouraging as I had woven in yarn ends on several sections and had to sacrifice a few yards of yarn to cutting out those places, and I suspect I'm going to be playing yarn chicken as I finish this.  But I will be happier, in the end, knowing those mistakes are not there.  And my resolve to check after each row or two (two rows together create the "arrows") - and again before weaving in ends - is redoubled.


After working with a chunky wooden size N hook and double-stranded worsted for several days, going to a size H hook and a single strand of worsted feels almost like I'm working with a tiny steel hook and making lace. Which is kind of funny because this Arrowhead Blanket is really pretty thick for one made with just one strand of worsted weight yarn.  It's a bit of yarn-eater, but the easy pattern and lusciousness of the blanket more than makes up for that one downfall.

The book I'm reading this week is A Life Less Ordinary by  Zoe Ellison and Alex Lengendre.  These two English women from different walks of life met as young adults, became friends, and eventually partners of the business called Igigi a store in East Sussex, UK - a lovely place where they sell reclaimed and sometimes refurbished items.  AND there is a cafe upstairs!  Check out the link - it appears to be quite a perfect place.  If you've been there I'd love to hear about it.  

Their book is at times a sort of "lookbook" of decorating ideas using very simple and mostly unassuming reclaimed items, but is also a collection of stories and thoughts about friendship, family and home.   The uncluttered pictures make me want to clean my house, and the stories make me want to be more intentional in my relationships.  It's a beautiful book on so many levels.  And looky there, how it goes perfectly with my blanket I'm crocheting. :)  It truly is the little things...

Joining with Ginny Sheller at Small Things

11 comments:

  1. a very pretty blanket!!! that book looks lovely, home and stories! and beauty!

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  2. That is such an interesting pattern, very pretty. I like the colors. Wouldn't it be fun to visit the shop in the book? I hope to visit England one day.

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    1. Thank you, Lisa. It sure would be fun to visit Igigi.

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  3. Hi Becki,
    Thanks for visiting my blog! your blanket is beautiful. Unraveling those rows reminded me of the huge queen size ripple blanket I made. I had to unravel a few rows. Oh my. But it was worth it.
    Where from Indiana? I'm a Kokomo girl!

    Cindy Bee

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    1. I wondered where your farm is! Dh and I are both life-long Hoosiers and currently living just south of Indy.

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    2. We head South of Indy every fall to go to Nashville/brown county. My husband lived in Mooresville for a few years and my Brother and his family live on the South side of Indy. We are life long Hoosiers as well.

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  4. LOVING the texture of that blanket! Are you using a pattern?

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    1. Yes, it's an Yarnspirations pattern - searchable on their website under the title Arrowhead Striped Blanket, and I will be providing link when I publish a "finished" post. And yes...the texture created with this pattern is great.

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  5. I LOVE the interior look books. Always so inspiring and this one looks absolutely amazing. Just like your blanket - the colors and texture are perfect for each other!

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