Sunday, January 20, 2013

the old bottom shed

Slowly but surely my book grows.

The number of words written, projects made and photos taken grows. The pile of washing on the laundry floor grows. The number of times we have eaten pasta and toasted sandwiches since I started grows. The amount of cobwebs around the place grows. The number of times my farmer boy has calmed me down and reassured me grows. The amount of times I've locked myself in the office while he's played happy homemaker grows. The number of times we've all squealed with excitement about the prospect of our family being in a book grows.

And on the side, the book blanket grows. Square by square, by square by square.

36 in and I love this project as much as the day I started. She's portable, she's interesting, she's colourful, she's a great stash buster, she's my reward for good book behaviour, she's snuggly, she's been claimed by my biggest farmer girl and one day she'll be a reminder of this book writing time of mine.

She's also super photogenic don't you think?

And funnily I've had no urge to cheat on her; no ravelry pattern searches, no wool shop trips, no dreams of cardigans or beanies.

The book and the book blanket and me are in this together. Til deadline or bust.

Is there a special project in your life?
A project that is making you happy?
Do share.

Wishing you a rad week, yo.



  1. Awesome stuff Kate...yes the blanket is photogenic and so pretty!

  2. That is one beautiful blanket!!!! And I love the imagery of your family - what an exciting time! I have a special project also, though it's sometimes hard to remind all the other projects to back off and give us our quiet time. My project is also of the written variety, and hopefully there'll be a bit of illustration in there too... Now, to stop reading blogs and just get on with it...

  3. Aww you know Kate, this is just all kinds of lovely. I don't have your restraint with rewarding myself. I binge on knitting and then ignore my yarny creations with a sad kind of resentment as I then realise and see all that I have neglected whilst indulging in our one on one time. But then again, I have the same problem with pinterest too. I'm looking forward to seeing what you have been working on in the booky kinda way. xx Fi

  4. I think she will have to be on the cover of the book! Cant wait to see it..
    cheers J

  5. She is absolutley lovely! And in terms of cheating on her .... why have a burger when there is steak at home ... or down the shed!!!

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  7. oh I though it would all be deleted... I just noticed I had made a spelling mistake, darn oh well.
    But anyways, It is really nice indeed your blanket! I really like it is your reward for writing :)

  8. I just have to say, I love your blog (I'm new). Your photos are beautiful and I love the idea of weaving your book writing experience into your book blanket. I weave music into my crochet projects :) I'm working on a Fauré pillow cover at the moment. Looking forward to visiting your posts.

  9. This blanket of yours, oh so fantastic! I would claim it as well, if one of those were at my house, the colors are amazingly vibrant and what stories it will tell. Can't wait till the book is done, too!!!

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  11. Now thats I granny blanket that I love!....interesting simple and stylish well done to you....
    Book? what Book will have to read a bit more of your blog Hurrah....
    bestest daisy j

  12. Loving the blanket Kate - I just sat there looking at each square and admiring those wonderful patterns in each one. Glad to hear that the book writing is going well, so exciting for you!

  13. Cool blanky (as my Little Miss 8 would call it). I have a project for this year - I need to relearn how to knit. I want more scarves. Only person who is going to make them is me. Figure I've got a few months up my sleeve before I will need them so that's what I'm doing

  14. Your book blanket is gorgeous, love the colours, love all the patterns, and yes, she is very photogenic! Lovely way to stay grounded and focussed while you write. Happy days to you : -)

  15. Kate this blanket makes me happy too! I'm really enjoying following your book progress through these blanket posts and I love that your big girl has claimed it already.
    I'm working on a blanket too, a ripple, a third for our couch to avoid squabbles between the boys, and it's so nice to pick it up when I've a spare moment, though I would like it finished before this baby comes along..x

  16. Gorgeous blanket, beautiful story...
    My special project has been going on for a few years now. Only because I am making it last and last and last. In between all other quilty and wooly projects, it comes out when.
    The day my adored grandma was being farewelled, I gathered all my favorite fabrics and started drawing and cutting 2" hexagons.
    She was born on 9/9/09 and left us at 99 years old. So of course the grandmother's flower garden quilt is 9 rows by 9 rows. All done, just joining them now.
    I love sitting lost in my thoughts of her and our adventures. It is a very happy quilt project and although I can't wait for the family to snuggle under it, I am in no hurry to end the lovely moments "we" spend together.
    Looking forward to seeing your book

  17. Your blanket is gorgeous! Great plan to have a monogamous project on the go with the book writing!

  18. Thanks for asking Kate - I'm writing an e-book for my new website and we're having Rissoles [again] tonight because it's all I can wrap my head would be cheese & crackers if we hadn't all ready eaten them - my children bring me cups of tea and stroke my arm whispering it's okay mum you do what you have to...

    Even though I don't knit I'm now going to find my own version of a 'book blanket' to follow me around. x

  19. Such beautiful work! My project is getting my tonsils out on Thursday!!! 2-3 years in the making but the NZ hospital system has moved fast from an appointment date just before The end of 2012 to the appointment and now the op! I will be knitting socks, cross stitching and knitting dishcloths while recuperating ! You inspire me to crochet - I can crochet but I cannot read a crochet pattern!!! I have baskets of wool that would be great in making a divine blanket like yours.

  20. And I hope your book will be available in New Zealand - do you know?????

  21. ooh Kate, have just caught up with your wonderful book news! what a lovely adventure you are having. i wish you all the very best and love the book blanket as a memoir of this adventure.
    big hugs to you always lovely girl x

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