Tuesday 23 January 2024

The Mighty Mitred Square Knit Along

Dear Readers, 

It's pretty cold here in Eastern Ontario, Canada at the moment...so cold all I want to do is stay in and knit. Of course, that's not a bad thing right?? 

I am getting on really well with all my WIP's using the Gideon Method...and look forward every evening to pulling out and carrying on with each project in its rotation. Of course, one or two new projects have crept in...WHAT!!!! Yes, don't blame me, I was influenced ha ha. 

I have been enjoying watching Kay Litton's Vlogmas videos The Crazy Sock Lady and although she knits tons of socks (the woman is a knitting machine) she also makes gorgeous mitred square blankets with her advent and leftover sock yarn. So remembering I had some unfinished Mitred Square blankets...I dug them out.  

I was amazed to see none of them were finished, go figure, and none of them were actual blankets!!  So I decided I needed to rectify that....and naturally start a new Mitred Square Blanket....and then I thought, maybe you might like to join me in a Mitred Square Knit Along????  After all, you are bound to have leftover fingering weight yarn, just sitting there, right?

So here is the deal.  

*    The KAL will be year long, ending December 31, 2024.
*    Either start a new blanket or use an unfinished existing mitred square blanket.
*    Post photos of your newly added square in the Tobyknits and Friends Facebook Group.
*    Monthly chance to WIN a Tobyknits hand dyed 10g Mini to add to your blanket.
*    Live monthly Knit Alongs on Tobyknits Youtube Channel

For the next three days, check out my Tobyknits Youtube Channel for videos on the Mighty Mitred Square KAL info, How to Make a Mitred Square, and How to Join a Mitred Square.

Then the first LIVE knit along will be on the Tobyknits Youtube Channel on Friday January 26th at 11:00am EST.....

and another one in the Tobyknits and Friends Facebook Group at 2:00pm EST.  Both will be recorded, so if you can't make the LIVE....watch on replay.   I


I am so excited for this and hope you can join me in the Mighty Mitred Square adventure.  Till next time dear readers.....

Tuesday 9 January 2024

New Year, New Start, Old WIPS

Happy New Year!!  I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and/or Holiday Season...and hopefully got lots of new yarnie goodness.  Or maybe some quilting fabrics, books or cross stitch??   

Believe it or not, I didn't get anything craft related.  Well unless you count my gorgeous new Daphne's Diary Planner.  Have you seen it yet?  

Oh my, I am obsessed with it.  The illustrations are beautiful and so much room for writing, To Do lists, Ideas, and Notes every single week.  I should be able to stay on track with everything this year now!

Do you use a planner, diary or journal?  Maybe you use a digital tracker?  I am interested, let me know below in the comments.

Another thing I am using this year to help get my WIP's down (Works In Progress) as I was horrified to see how many Knitting and Crochet WIP's I actually had (did you see my Vlogmas Video where I went through them all?) is a little Planner I made up.  

I am using the Gideon Method, where I jot down ALL my WIP's, then select just 6 of them to work through a rotation.  12 hours each project.  If it's finished....replace it with another WIP, if its not finished, down to the bottom of the list after the 12 hours of work and pick the next.  So far, this system is really working well for me.  I actually have a finished object!!!

This little beauty was finished two nights ago.  Granted, I only had to do her dress, hat, hair and face....but the little doll body had sat in the basement unfinished for over twelve months...so I was happy to move her up to my craft room, finished!!

Now I am back working on the My Favourite Blanket from Kay Jones, of The Bakery Bears. It is fun to fall in love again with an old project.  How do you handle your WIP's?

If you interested in getting a free copy of my Tobyknits Wip Planner PDF, just sign up for my Weekly Newsletter and it's all yours!!  

Have a great week....I am off for a cuppa and work on that squishy blanket....it's snowing like mad here!