F.O: A Monstrous Witch

My blanket and I are still struggling through the finishing stages. I’m being indecisive, but I’m moderately confident that I will, eventually, finish it.

Elsewhere in the land of finished objects, I’ve ushered in Autumn with my needles in the shape of a little witch. The body is Angus the Attic Monster, the hat and treat bag are hand stitched without a pattern, and the dress and shoes are from the Little Cotton Rabbits girl pattern.

DSC_0163The dress has little fair isle cats on it, with duplicate stitch yellow eyes. I’m pretty proud of her. She was a heck of a lot of fun to knit, and she represents all of my favorite parts of fall. She’s kooky, cute, and a touch of spooky. But because when the rain comes all I want to do is knit, I have a second finished object to share as well!

DSC_0141Another squishy Wisp! This one is made from Debbie Bliss Party Angel, which has a truly lovely amount of sparkle to it. I used about a skein and a half, or around 300 yards, and a row of little metal buttons along one edge. I love this pattern, and I love this yarn.

Hopefully I’ll have some more finished objects to share soon! How’s your fall knitting coming along?




Visible Progress!

The squares on my Fireside Afghan are finally all knit, and I have some visible progress to show off!

DSC_0131I’ve begun to sew the blocks together! After investigating a variety of techniques, I finally settled on one that pleased me. I have about half of the rows sewn together. The question of how to finish this project is beginning to loom overhead, though. I think I’d like to back it, and I’ve purchased a warm grey fleece blanket for that specific purpose. But how do I want to do that? I’ve seen a variety of pretty blankets that were bound like a traditional quilt, and others that had the backing whip stitched on so that it’s not visible from the front. Others have lovely rolled hems. I’m not sure what I want to do, but right now I’m looking at a million tutorials and weighing my options.

DSC_0125Does anyone have advice about how to finish off blankets? Preferred techniques or horror stories? Any tips or hints are welcome!