Much to See, Much to Do

The problem with waiting so long between blog posts is that stuff starts to pile up. Unfortunately, I’m going to leave you with a bunch of stuff to look at, but not much to read (it’s a beautiful day and our yard is calling to me).

Virginia finished up another crochet afghan. This one is made up of granny squares, using Jamieson’s Spindrift.

Crochet Granny Square Afghan

(More photos can be found on our Flickr page)

She also finished a tank, knit using Louet’s Euroflax Linen.

Essential Tank

The pattern is the “Essential Tank” by Wendy Bernard in her book Custom Knits.

It’s been a while since I’ve posted any finished socks. She’s started a renewed effort to knock off 52 pairs by the end of May (I think she’s at 40, having started last June).

Socks (36 of 52)

Socks (37 of 52)

Socks (38 of 52)

Socks (39 of 52)

The Garden
I can’t tell you how wonderful it is to feel the sun and dirt on my skin. There’s nothing like being shut up in a hospital room for three month-long periods, and then told to not go near the stuff for the rest of the year, to really make you appreciate the sore muscles, new calluses and dirty hands that come from playing in the yard.

Brick Path in Cutting Garden

Our “cutting garden” got a bit of a facelift with a newly-bordered brick path. And, speaking of cutting gardens, our house has vases in practically every room. Nothing brightens the room more than a bouquet of daffodils.


I was also given a couple of black raspberries from a coworker’s yard. They seem to be thriving from the transplant, and hopefully will even produce something this year.

Transplanted Black Raspberry

No more talk. Must go play. So, if you are thinking about staying inside today… get off your ass and get out there. Enjoy the fresh air, sun on your skin, dirt in your fingernails.

Miles of Ripples

Virginia really outdid herself this year for Valentine’s Day. Her gift to me was an afghan suitable to someone my height.

Ripple Afghan

This lovely blanket measures a generous 80 inches long by 60 inches wide, or in her words “really freakin’ long.” I can securely wrap myself (and feet!) in all of its wooly goodness.

Ripple Afghan

Crocheted using 13 different colors of Cascade 220, she used Attic24’s Neat Ripple Pattern as inspiration.

Ripple Afghan

Speaking of inspiration, I thought I’d share a photo that I took this morning of some spring cleaning in action (to help spur us on):

Clean Curtains

With last year’s chaos, and almost spending as much time at the hospital as we did at home, we’ve finally gotten around to cleaning our windows. It’s truly astounding how much crud can accumulate in only a year’s (or two) time. Of course, clean windows need clean curtains.

There’s a bright, sunny spring day ahead of us. So, off the computer and on to brightening up the house. Oh, happy spring!

Ripple Wrap (and a Happy Valentine’s Day)

Ripple Wrap

Ripple Wrap

The colorful world of crochet continues to expand. You saw some of Virginia’s projects in progress a couple of posts ago. Since then, Virginia’s latest project, a wrap, features 12 colors of Cascade 220. That’s 12 out of a possible 220 colors available. Which, in my mind, makes it seem like she’s still got a long ways to go before all possibilities have been explored.

Ripple Wrap

Of course, the endless possibilities are one of the reasons we create. While a project is planned and executed, the next one begins to take shape. Inspiration can strike from many different angles. I can’t speak for the rest of you, including Virginia, but I believe we owe it to ourselves to make room for our ideas to grow. Maybe they won’t pan out, but you won’t know until you have tried.

Me, I may have gone a bit overboard with the needle felting inspiration this last month. But, without it, I wouldn’t be able to wish you a Happy Valentine’s Day in quite as fun of a way as this:

Happy Valentine's Day

Happy Valentine’s Day from all of us at ScratchCraft!

The Call of Crochet…

Crochet Afghan - In Progress

Crochet Afghan - In Progress

Crochet Scarf - In Progress

Crochet Afghan - In Progress

…is much like the siren’s song for Virginia. These are four projects that have been in the works for various lengths of time, and when she’s not rotating among them, she’s busy plotting new ones. I think it’s good to take advantage of when inspiration strikes – even if it strikes more often than not. (More photos of these projects can be seen on Flickr.)

And, albeit a couple of weeks late, happy new year! Thanks for hanging in there. I wasn’t going to have any blog resolutions that dealt with quantity and frequency, but I do intend to keep sharing (when there’s good, scratchcrafty stuff to share – which I hope is often).

In Full Swing

The blog may have been down, but that does not mean there weren’t any projects being worked on, finished, and made ready to share.

Plaid Runner

This weaving project is finally finished. It’s about 9 feet long and made from cotton “carpet warp.” It’s the perfect length for the library table sitting in our sun room.

Plaid Runner

Now that Spring has been making an effort to stick around, we can put away the heavy winter blankets and enjoy this first major crochet project from Virginia.


It’s one giant granny square made from Jamieson’s Spindrift… so many great colors to choose from, and having 75 rows, there was plenty of opportunity to play with color.