Thursday, 21 February 2008

Sew Boring....


I know it's bad form to be whinging again already but I am bored as a very bored thing with stitching together the 126 (ish) squares that I've crocheted so far for the Babette Blanket. (small sample pictured here)

I finished making the squares on Monday and since then I've been blocking and stitching the squares.... and I've got about 36 to do before I'm done....

T.D.Us.

And worse still I know that I have to do it all again! The pattern as written creates a 40 x 43 inch throw and I want something more substantial -- so when I've (finally) finished sewing these squares together it is back to the hook for the second half.

For the second half I have decided the Babette will be a secondary project to be worked while watching tv. I will also try to block and sew the squares together as I go along because I don't think I could face another 3 - 4 day sewing session.

I have a love/hate thing with the blanket so far. Sometimes the quirky colours amuse me and other times I think it's an uncoordinated mass of garish colour. I think both are valid viewpoints!

A few of you asked what yarn I'm using. Well, 15 of the colours are Indigo Moon Vancouver Series sock yarn, and 2 of the colours are Dream in Colour Smooshy yarn. I really love both, the colours are fab (regardless of what you think of them combined, individually they sparkle) and the yarn is great to work with and oh so soft when washed. And conveniently, both are superwash so perfect for a blanket.

Limbo
Apart from the blanket I really need to find a pattern to get my teeth into. I've got another crochet project lined up but I'm waiting on the yarn for that. (Crochet projects are like buses, you wait forever for one and then....)

I've ordered a couple of lace shawl patterns that look interesting - but they haven't arrived yet.

I joined a 'Year of Lace' club from a yarn shop in Calgary -- but I just found out that isn't shipping until the END of March (rather than the beginning as I'd assumed). (You may well wonder why with my ever increasing glut of laceweight I'd feel the need to join a lace club.)(I think it's because the shop is in Calgary and I lived there briefly.)(And it is yarn.)

So, all of the babbling to say I'm feeling the need to be inspired. There are lots of projects I want to do - but none are singing to me right now. Oh well, I'll know the project when I find it.

Until then I'll be sewing.....

16 comments:

Gale said...

That first half of Babette sure was fast. I too joined that lace club, and am disappointed to hear it's the end of March that they are shipping. (I think I paid for this in October).

Opal said...

Oh I'd be so intimidated by all that sewing! I think that's why I've never done an afghan with separate motifs. Still, the results will be amazing.

I can't wait to see which lace shawl patterns you have coming your way!

fleegle said...

Sew ineresting looking, though!

clarabelle said...

I'd be hanging Babette on the wall - I just love it as a work of art! (I hate sewing too, so I do sympathise with you, though!)

What about an 'easier' lace pattern in the meantime? I've got a couple lined up to try to get over a strange lace-knitting-ennui that I'm suffering from...

Viknits said...

Thankyou and thankyou! ;)

I love Babette in all it's garish glory, I think it looks awesome!

You must have the patience of a saint though to do such a huge amount of sewing, it'd take me months to get round to it!

Have to say nothing's really grabbing me right now either. I've got the first 6 rows of Hanami languishing on the needles but haven't got stuck into it yet :s

LittleBerry said...

it's beautiful and looks great worth all the sewing up....

The Caked Crusader said...

might I suggest in this "lull" that you put together a lemur spring/summer collection?

Kay said...

The colours are bright all right, but not ugly together--I think it's fun. <3

cinnamongirl93 said...

The squares look fantastic! I love the colors! I'll be checking in to see the finished Babette!

Batty said...

Oh, it's a mass of uncoordinated garish colors all right, but... I love it! It's just the right thing to make a person smile when it's gray and gloomy outside and you're inside, wrapped in this colorful blanket.

fleegle said...

Thanks for your kind, speechless words on Tischdecke!

LittleBerry said...

Soo.. I'm having issues with the alpine lace scarf from VLT... can you help? I don't wnat to fill your blog with my questions
my email is
ann dot cheetham at dsl dot pipex dot com

yarndancer said...

Your Babette is lovely - I love the yarns, and the colours! All the sewing will be totally worth it!

z's momma said...

I love your Babette! When I was young, I did a granny square afghan in 3 days (for a full size bed) and I vowed to never do another one again. But yours is so fun that I might have to reconsider.

owl knits said...

I think the Babette blanket will be awesome. I love the color mix. My I suggest that you check out the books by Pat Ashforth and Steve Plummer - Woolly Thoughts and No Pattern Knits. They have things you can knit in shapes and build as you go.

Jane said...

The squares for Babette are very pretty but I know it sucks to sew so you have my condolences. As for inspiration, perhaps it will pick up once the weather is a little bit better? That usually does it for me.I'm interested to see how that lace club thing turns out for you.