Patchwork progress

As I am wont to do, I’ve set the camp shirt aside yet again. Just a sleeve and a half and a collar to go, and I haven’t touched it in a week! Instead, I’ve been working on Babette and a surprise for two friends. One I can talk about.

One of my favorite co-workers had decided to stay home with her young son, so we sent her off sadly on Friday (with a beautiful Namaste bag). She learned to knit last year and has taken to it like you wouldn’t believe. She’s turned out at least a dozen really cool projects. So just about everyone in the library pitched in a few stitches or a few rows to make her a scarf from all of us. It’s eclectic and a little crazy, but isn’t that how most of us feel about our workplaces? Some have suggested that it wasn’t so much a gift for our friend as an excuse for me to a) knit at work and b) catch a few people I’ve been trying to wrangle into knitting. At least one of the beginners is excited to continue knitting after learning for the first time to work on this project.

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As for Babette, I decided to crochet the square in the order I need them for assembly. I’m assembling as I finish each region. I need to see progress like this and break up the sewing. I would never finish this blanket if I crocheted all the gazillion squares and THEN started stitching them all together. It’s worked out so far that I can crochet for a day or two, then sew for a day, then back to crochet. I like breaking it up.

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