My last FO, the one with the Beatrix Potter buttons, has been photographed, fussed over, then sent on its way across the country. I'll post a proper FO picture once I hear from the recipient, or rather, the mother-to-be of said recipient. She uses Flickr frequently so I don't want to take the risk of spoiling the surprise until then.
Back to knitting for moi, although I really ought to get started on one or two holiday gifts still percolating in my mind. For mindless tv watching-knitting, I picked up, yet again, the log cabin blanket now over one-year-old, and I managed to bind off one side of it. Three to go, with hundreds of tiny garter stitches on each log. It is entirely possible that this one will be finished by New Year's Eve. But the progress is too minute to document in photographs, so you'll have to trust me on this, yet again.
Meanwhile, the universe keeps bringing me inspiration for more gorgeous blankets; there is a Rambling Rows afghan done all in Noro Silk Garden which I discovered on Ravelry (via a search for Noro Silk Garden/Finished Objects), and quite a few other striking FOs in the Afghans and Blankets group. And now the mail just brought me this:
which features many lovely craft projects and a couple of irresistible knitting patterns, not the least of which is this one:
Any resemblance with the red and white Hearts and Snowflakes blanket that occupied me for most of 1986 is... to be expected. Same designers: the folks at La Droguerie in Paris. Same wool yarn called for: their bulky weight wool. I think it would be easy to substitute a wool sold in the US, like Cascade Eco Wool which comes in earthy colorways like these. I'd even be tempted to substitute very dark brown for the black.
For pattern hunters out there, Marie-Claire Idees can be found in large bookstores like Border's, at least in big cities. Look in the Home Decor section which usually carries imports from Europe. This is the current issue, Hiver 2007. I may have gotten mine in advance of the bookstores since I subscribe to it directly, but it should still reach the stores sometime in December. Don't procrastinate, or your only other way to get the pattern will be ebay.France . I don't know why MCI and la Droguerie haven't bothered to publish a book of their great blanket patterns, but so it is. They haven't. It's our job to act like responsible collectors and hunt and stockpile these great blanket patterns.