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.
Finished Arachnid Mitts
I learnt a bit on the second one – I put all of the stitches of the spider pattern on one needle, so I didn’t have to cable and swap needles – genius! This one progressed quickly because I was watching Halcyon – any excuse to watch a bit more – I haven’t finished yet.
The costumes and settings…
The pattern is Arachnid. The yarn is patonyle ombre in coral (I used two balls, but there is heaps left you could probably get by with one ball).
Second Spider Mitt
I am still working on these – I have made it to the second mitt.
This is my second attempt. I made it to the spider’s bum and then it all went pear-shaped and I thought given it is in the middle of the spider my dodgy extra yarn overs might be noticed. I attempted to save it, but it just got worse and worse – like being in quick sand. So I cut my loses undid the whole thing and started again – sometimes you need to know when it’s not possible to rescue something (bit like life really – the things knitting can teach you)
My Arachnid Mitts
It was Miss P’s turn to select something to be knitted. I let her browse Ravelry and these were the ones she found – Arachnid by Karen Fournier.
So far this is a great pattern – very easy to follow. I am using double points, but magic loop might have been better (at one stage I had to cable across needles).
The yarn is Patons Patonyle Merino Ombre in Coral.