I realized this week that in the next 3 years I have some major family events. 2010 will come and on May 25 my sister will celebrate her 25th wedding anniversary, and on the July 4 my in-laws will celebrate their 40th. 2012 will bring on August 4 my parents 50th wedding anniversary. My family, well me, enjoys celebrating anniversaries and I enjoy giving gifts. For these big events I want to do something pretty big. My sister I have determined will receive an afghan. I e-mailed her six pictures yesterday and told her to choose. She told me, you do realize our 25th is still a year away, and I said yes it will take me that long to finish this! Plus by now I understand my pattern, I have to have lots of projects so when I get bored with one I work on another. Also I realized that my sister reads my blog (she’s the Kat that comments) and there is absolutely no way I could keep this a secret from her.
My parents 50th is in 3 years, I have more time obviously to plan for this. But I want to do something even more difficult. See back when I was about 13 I had this paper punch from my paper route. I was curious if it’d punch material as well as it punched paper, so I used it on my mom’s crocheted lace tablecloth. It punched a hole like a charm. Mom didn’t even notice for years until I finally fessed up about the age of 30. So mom is going to receive a new lace tablecloth from me. This is where I need advice:
- Pattern suggestions….I have the two Modern Lace Knitting books which will probably ultimately be what I choose from, but I’ve seen on Ravelry some beautiful other choices as well. so thought I’d ask for input.
- Yarn. What kind of yarn makes a good tablecloth. Is there some crochet thread that is better then the other?
In-Law’s 40th. I’m not sure what I am going to do for this. Maybe an afghan for them as well. Maybe 2009 could be the year of the afghan for me.
Also any suggestions for a decent acrylic wool blend other than Encore for my sister’s afghan. I may end up using Encore as I do find it very durable and easy to keep clean. But I would love some other larger wool percentage options to check out.
In the meantime, I’ll go back to working on Gracie, Diamonds and Lace, Log Cabin and Forest Path Stole…..and figuring out Alaska knitting trip options.
Update: Okay I decided what to knit for my in-laws. A bedspread. Yep, a lace bedspread from Heirloom knits. I’m hoping I can track down the yarn actually used in the book for several of the bedspreads (although not the pattern I’ve choosen) but its apparently difficult to get in the U.S. If I can get it, I’ll probably also use it for my parents tablecloth. More on the individual patterns later.