Area troops are gathering to celebrate Girl Scouts being worldwide. Each troop was assigned a country to present and we will rotate around the room 'visiting' different countries. Our troop was assigned Lebanon, and 10 of my scouts gathered a few weeks ago to put together our board.
They did a GREAT job, and are really proud of the information they chose to display. It was suggested that troops bring SWAPs to hand out, but I TOTALLY forgot to have my minions work on that when they were here, so the job was left to me. I decided to stick to a simple flag SWAP, with information on the back of each one to tell the flag's history. I just put 80 wee flags on safety pins, and can cross that off my list!
Rowan's Junior vest was also in need of a few patches, so I tacked them on this morning and she's all set to represent.
And now...more afghan blocks!
I got excited about trying a "frame" and some bobbles in my next two blocks. I had to re-adjust both patterns for less width, but they turned out pretty well! (Btw, the awesome book I am using for the majority of these blocks is called "Knitting Block by Block" by Nicki Epstein.) I used leftover Cascade 220 yarn from way back when I knitted my girls' Christmas stockings, and from a time when I was making striped sweater vests for kids in Afghanistan.
The next two blocks took some simple lacework and cabling - using some lovely, soft yarn from my mom's stash. The cable doesn't quite want to stay where I blocked it, but should stretch a bit wider when sewn into an afghan.
The last two I'll share today were fun to make, albeit a bit scratchy. The basket weave is a bit wobbly (I still struggle with tension issues when I switch from knit to purl stitches) and I couple of those cables look a couple rows too long, but oh well! The yarn used was from my mom's stash, and if I remember correctly, it was a leftover bit from some yarn a friend brought her home from Ireland. A bit scratchy, but that's ok - it's authentic Irish wool! I literally had about 3 inches of yarn left when I finished these. How about THAT for using up stash!
Tonight I will host my monthly knit night, which is always an evening I look forward to. Friends, food, wine, knitting, and awesome conversation. Love my Knotty Knitters - see you tonight, ladies!!