Hunting for a new crochet stitch to use on my next blanket led to the moogly blog and this cool new stitch. Moogly has wonderful clear instructions and a video. I worked up a 12 inch.sample test swatch for a baby blanket. The design is called leaping stripes and I am in love with it. The pattern is easy and uses only a couple of basic stitches yet produces an interesting herringbone pattern. On the blog she use charming baby pallet colors but I decided to go with 2 jewel tones of the bulky Lion brand homespun yarn which I love using. It washes so well and I adore the variegated colors. I accented with Caron medium weight black and I used a 10 hook so the blanket has body. On my next blanket I am going to use a 10.5 hook to see which I like better.
I also finished a knitted shawl for myself done with the seed stitch. I started this shawl last winter. You can see the beginning of one of my cat toys on top of the shawl. I will be stuffing with catnip added in. My kitties already nabbed this pink guy twice and I had to go rescue him and that is all prior to my adding any catnip. My son made me snap a picture before this pink piggy gets "loved up". Piggy needs a button nose and a squiggly tail. There are many sad looking yarn rodents that have gotten much of love this winter. Since a few have gotten tossed given their sad state a couple of replacements are needed. These little left over yarn toys are such a hit that when my husband noticed my catnip supply was getting low he bought me a mondo replacement jar of catnip. Lots of happy and sometimes stoned kitties in our abode.