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?

 

 

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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!