Progress on this is so hard to picture because I’m only getting a row or two (or three) done each day, so instead I’ve been measuring it by how much yarn is left in the ball that I’m knitting from…
I feel like this is the shawl that just wouldn’t end – the ball of yarn doesn’t seem to be getting any smaller, but the lace section of this shawl is growing at least. I’m ready to move on to a new project but I really want to get it finished, first. I’m trying to use up all of the yarn on this instead of just the suggested 18 rows.
Pattern is Dragonstone found on Ravelry
I’ve made two previous attempts at socks – the first one was a disaster, the second one less of a disaster and this is the results of the third one! An actual sock, that I can wear. Not perfect, I dropped a lot of stitches from the toe, and I didn’t knit it long enough so I hand-stitched a toe onto it, but it’s a functional awesome sock, and I’m really quite proud of it.
Now I need to knit up the second one. This is done in knitpicks felici yarn, so it’s nice and soft, and I just love it.
I’m on the last part of my shawl, which is two alternating rows of a 4 stitch lace repeat. It’s easy enough to memorize, but the stitches are tricky to pick up with my wooden needles, and there’s over 400 stitches so it takes quite a bit of time to get a single row done. Right now I’ve just started row 4/30. I’m also working with silk which has its own issues (like being even more slippery, being thick and thin, and some splitting). I’m hoping it will add a long luxurious ruffle to this shawl once it’s completed.
The thing with lace is that it’s always difficult to see how it’s going and what the pattern will look like until you’ve actually finished the piece and blocked it. Before that point it just looks like a mushed up collection of yarn. I’m liking the two colours together more now than before, and I can actually pick out the mosaic pattern better. Here’s hoping the rest of this shawl doesn’t take too long. Saturday is the start of Tour de Fleece, and I’m hoping to get a sweaters worth of spinning done – we’ll just have to see.
I bought a 3.7lb sheep fleece from a vendor not too long ago, and when it arrived, I was SO excited. I created a grand plan of cleaning this fleece and preparing it from start to finish, including spinning it, and then knitting it into a cardigan.
So far I cleaned the fleece (scoured, it’s called) and it’s ready for some flicking (opening up the locks) and then I’m going to drum card it to prepare it for spinning. The Tour De Fleece starts up at the end of this month and I’m hoping to have it ready for that. Once it’s all spun up I’ve even picked out the cardigan pattern I plan on knitting.
Honestly the entire process just speaks to me. I have loved every single second, from removing vm (vegetable matter) and lanolin, to drying the fleece. It’s so soft, so much work, and it just makes me croon with contentment.
I’ve used up the first six skeins of velvet chunky yarn, and now it’s time for me to start decreases! They seem to be pretty simple to understand, and this blanket is AMAZING. It’s very heavy, almost like a weighted blanket. I can’t wait to use it.
3/12 skeins down! Once I get 6 done up I’ll start decreases. I’m hoping it I just stick to my 1 skein a day I’ll get it done without too much hassle. It’s quite large and heavy now, and absolutely warm and smushy! I can’t wait to use it.
My mother in law sent me 12 skeins of velvet chunky yarn, so I decided to crochet a quick C2C (corner to corner) blanket with it. I’m crocheting 1 skein a day, so it should be done in 12 days. It doesn’t take long at all because it’s so bulky. It’s incredibly warm and soft, I can’t wait until it’s done!
Another update! The blanket is coming along well. So far I have started all 10 colours, and now it’s time to repeat them all once. I think decreases will happen once that’s done, we’ll just have to see. Hopefully I have enough yarn for it all. It also will need some blocking since my stitches are not super even, but for just picking up crochet, I’m quite happy.
My daughter has a yellow knit blanket that she carries around with her that I made for her when she was born, but she’s starting to outgrow it, so I decided that I would make her another one. The problem is, knitting blankets takes FOREVER. They’re beautiful, but a TON of work, especially using sport weight yarn like I was going to.