Contemporary Afghan Knits

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You must know I love knitting. But fiber-art of all kinds I find addicting. I look at most things with an eye for interpreting it into a fiber expression. Some things are better knit and others woven.The book “Afghan Knits”, by Martin Storey has 18 contemporary designs for throws, runners, and pillows.

Though this is a book for knitting, I hope it will also inspire you to explore the colorplay and patterns further. Another highlight is that, these designs are perfect to-go projects. The proper tote can carry the book, a skein, your needles and the squares or strips you are working on.

‘Color Blocks’ and ‘Simply Stripes’ as a couch pillow or blanket, are a great way to use up some single skeins of yarns you have lying about. ‘Beach Stripes’ and ‘Sunset Pillow” were a few other patterns I fell in love with. If you are a weaver you may see why these knitting projects caught my eye. Geometric patterns are very popular now in home decor.                           

Cables, eyelet designs, knit and felted leaves to add-on and charted animals are all possibilities.  Whether you are a beginner or have knitting experience and thinking about knitting home decor items, take a look at these contemporary designs.

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Stitches East

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Stitches East in Hartford, CT was this weekend, sharing the market with the quilt show. Scarves, shawls and ponchos dominated the floor. The curved double pointed needles was being demonstrated and yarn of every color was available, with no one color in particular standing out.

I enjoy knitting shawls and was happy to see they are still popular. The caftan style poncho (39″ wide with a 60″ length) rectangle with an opening (at 30″) in the middle for the neck, should be a fun and easy project. The look is stylish in its simplicity and would compliment jeans.

Shawl pins made from silver, metal and wood were beautifully handcrafted and would be a compliment to your finished project. Stitches had been in Hartford in the past until last year when, it took a hiatus. But, it is back for now. Look for it in your area. Stitches is put on by XRX and The Knitting Universe.