Plain Jane Knits Up A Storm

A few musings about my needlecraft hobbies - knitting, crocheting, quilting, & cross-stitch along with my other love, genealogy. While growing up, I used to HATE the term "Plain Jane", but when it comes to knitting & crocheting, I've realized that I really *am* a Plain Jane in that I don't use fancy yarns.

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Sunday, January 02, 2011

Happy New Year (A Day Late)

Here we are at the start of a new year & a new decade. I haven't kept track of what I've been knitting & crocheting, but for the most part there are photos of my projects in previous blog entries. What I did keep track of - over there in the left sidebar - were the books I've read this year. I missed hitting #150 by 95 pages on New Year's Eve, so that book became the first book of the new year.

Most of my projects last year were lap robes that went to the Ann Arbor Veteran's Hospital and I started out this year by finishing one that I cast on last week. I'm not sure why the picture is so dark - maybe the camera picked up Boomer's white fur & thought it didn't need the auto-flash? - but the lap robe is a lot like the other ones I've made. Size 13 needles & various amounts of worsted weight acrylic yarn. I tried a different color arrangement starting with the darkest green followed by the lightest green and then made the darks progressively lighter & the lights progressively darker until the last two stripes are almost identical. Not sure how well I like the finished look so probably will fall back on going from dark to light or from dark to light to dark again.

The other two end of the year projects were hat & scarf sets made with Bernat Boucle yarn. Because the yarn is so textured, I used a Quaker Stitch pattern for the hats & a simple garter stitch for the scarves. The hats have a strand of worsted worked in with the boucle to make them warmer - that accounts for the grey hat being slightly darker than the matching scarf.

It seems like I should have more to show for the past month, but unless I find other projects while packing my knitting bag to go to the Sr. Center tomorrow that's going to be it. I did spend a fair amount of time transcribing cemetery inscriptions from Sullivan Co., NY, for my genealogy site. I think there are 45 cemeteries from the county on line now. If you have ancestors in that area or really anywhere in Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, New Jersey, New York or Michigan, check out the site. There are over 5000 files on line from those states and a few others.


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