My first attempt at continental knitting
My hand is still broken – although now I get to take my splint off from time to time and in two weeks it’s off for good!
I went to my knitting class the other day – here and my lovely teacher taught me how to knit continental. So good – now I do everything with my left hand. I need to practise more, but I feel so much better now I can knit again.
My Injured Right Hand
I broke a metacarpal playing netball – on my right hand. As I am right handed, this means I am severely limited in what I can do. No knitting, embroidery, sewing, etc.
I can loom knit, but that is proving to be quite frustrating. I am making a square possibly a scarf if I get enthusiastic. I have started several times at first it was too dense and then it was too narrow. I am prepared to just stick with what I have now and look at it as a project for my mind rather than for a finished product.
This is a fabulous project for when you want to knit, but don’t want to knit anything that requires too much focus – watching TV, etc. All I have to remember is to K2Tog either side of the marker on the right side rows. And I get to use all of the fabulous sock yarn I’ve bought over the years – it is my one weakness (as Dorcas Lane says in Larkrise to Candleford). I am just randomly selecting a ball and then knitting a square. Once I have made 13 squares (I have 13 balls), I will start again. My plan is to make a 16 by 16 blanket, so I have a long way to go.
I did just buy a set of Addi Sock Wonders, so I might have to make at least one more pair of socks – perhaps the Antirrhinum Socks from A Year of Techniques.
I have been trying to rotate through my various projects – to get the ones that were languishing on the go again.
Above is the piece I am working on at my embroidery class I only seem to have time to work on it there – I never make it back to it in my rotation. I should finish it this week and then I am going to need a new project. Various different ideas are floating around in my head, but I haven’t settled on anything yet.
I am also knitting Miss A these mitts
Meow Mitts (image from Ravelry – tinyowlknits)
this is proving to be trickier than I expected – 30 minutes yesterday to knit one row! There’s balls of yarn everywhere and I needed to learn how to capture the floats in purl. I am hoping to achieve more next time.
And then finally I am back onto this quilt
Block for my Sampler Quilt
I have gotten a bit more savvy about this quilt – I’ve cut the fabric, backing and batting for 12 blocks and I am just quilting them when I have time. I would love to get this finished because it has been going for a long time.
My irises are growing
I love irises and I plant bulbs every year – I never dig the old ones up so some of them come up again – this year they have been spectacular. A reward for how wet and cold it has been.
I have done a small amount of work on my Blackwork triangles – mostly just at my class. I feel re-invigorated on this project and now just want to get it finished.
It is Miss A’s turn to have something knitted and she picked Meow Mitts
Meow Mitts (image from Ravelry – tinyowlknits)
She has picked her own colours – our base is going to be blue and the bow red.
Here is the swatch
Meow Mitts Swatch
This will be my second attempt at colour work so we will see how it goes.
Mitre Square Blanket
I am still working in my Hap for Harriet – I just realised (after doing a search) that I haven’t blogged about that, but I will save that for another day. Anyway, I need a bit of a break – knitting with lace weight feels like knitting with dental floss! I decided a new project and one that would use up all the copious amounts of sock yarn I have!
I found instructions here it was a little bit confusing as to what to do with the two stitches on the stitch holder when you pick up for Square 4 – someone asked in the comments, but she couldn’t help at that time. For the record, I am knitting them together and including them in Square 4, so far so good.
My plan is just to keep going until I feel it is big enough. I have selected 13 different yarns (yes I have a lot of sock yarn) and I will just swap them around as I feel like it.
The misti alpaca yarn is much nicer to touch than the others.
Hitchhiker Beyond Finished!
I’ve been plugging away at my Hitchhiker Beyond scarf – it was slow going towards the end, but I am happy with the final result.
Super easy – if you looking for an interesting garter stitch project.
The yarn is a Misti Alpaca Hand Painted Sock Yarn.
Square Knitting Needles
I needed 3.5mm knitting needles for my Hitchhiker Beyond scarf and all of my other needles were occupied (I think I only have one other set), so I found these ones – they’re square!
I don’t know if you can see it in the image above but they’re Kollage Yarns. I can’t remember buying them… I don’t notice any difference between these and normal round needles, but I have read that these are easier on your hands.
I am really loving this pattern – easy to do but not completely mindless.
Knitting while watching Kristy Glass interview MDK
It’s raining – I am in bed, with my wheat pack, knitting and watching Kristy Glass interview Mason Dixon Knitting.
I have started a new project. I love my hitchhiker and thought I would make another one using a green/blue yarn and then I came across Hitchhiker Beyond! It’s symmetrical!
It is an easy but amazingly effective pattern – made even better by Misti Alpaca sock yarn.
I have been watching The Collection
A gripping family drama and entrepreneurial fable, set in a post-war Paris fashion house. It exposes the grit behind the glamour of a rising business, spearheaded by two clashing brothers.
It is beautiful and sinister and there are mysteries and secrets to be revealed.