I have finished one of my October Socks – and on the second I have started on the leg (it’s top down, so I have a long way to go!).
A lot of people in my knitting group have taken up crochet, so I decided I should too. I have a book, Erica Knight’s one, and I am attempting the easiest pattern.
I do like how easy it is to undo crochet and have another go. This yarn is cotton and it’s a bit splitty, which is not good for a beginner. It’s all double crochet, but at least I get to be proficient at this stitch.
The yarn is Abbey Road Kung Fu Cotton from Spotlight.
I have been having chemotherapy and now have neuropathy in my fingers and toes. I wasn’t sure how this would affect my embroidering, but it hasn’t made any difference. I have been able to work on my Halloween Cat project.
This is a Satsuma Street design. I am using DMC threads and a 25 count linen (2 strands over 2 threads).
I have started work on my very originally named ‘October Socks’.
The yarn is a malabrigo, but I can’t remember the name and I have lost the label (maybe Diana or Arco Iris).
For the leg and foot I am using a stitch pattern from Japanese Knitting Stitches – it has a 9 stitch repeat. It is hard to see in my images but there is a knot stitch and then a 1 stitch cable (alternating between right and left).
To fit the stitch pattern, I cast on 63 and did a rib that would flow into the pattern (K2, P3, K2, P2).
I learnt how to do the cable without a cable needle, by firstly using a cable needle and observing what was happening. This is an easy to memorise pattern and the sock is flowing easily.
I am back to working on my Sampler Quilt – one more block to quilt and then I have to put the thing together. I am embarrassed about how long this thing is taking – 7 years and counting (and it has put me off quilting).
I am determined to get it finished.
I wanted a project that was easy and quick while I had chemotherapy (for breast cancer). My local yarn store suggested this pattern (it’s an out of print vintage pattern). They had a sample in the store.
The yarn is Cleakheaton Country 8ply (Col 1843) and I used two strands to knit it with big needles (sorry can’t remember the size).
I duplicate stitched the ends, rather than weaving them in, because I want it to be two sided.
Now I plan to finish a few unfinished projects.
This was the hat for the 2019 Shetland Wool Week. I have always been fascinated by colour work, patterns like this
But they seem very complicated, so I need to build myself up to that level.
I thought a hat would be easier and Miss A was going on the school ski trip (cancelled now due to Covid 19).
I bought a kit for the Road Side beanie from Calico and Ivy (if you are in Perth this is a lovely store).
It’s coming along slowly – here’s me knitting a bit of it
I should have used circular needles, but I used what I had on hand, which was dpns. I am up to the crown decreases, so it should all get a little bit faster. This requires a bit of concentration so I haven’t been watching any T.V while knitting it. I did finish Little Fires Everywhere – it was very good.
I would like to finish this by July, which is when the tour was meant to take place.
One of my sneaky children liberated this yarn from my stash and gave it to me for mother’s day!
So this will be the next sock project – after the Covid socks. I am going to pick a pattern from the 52 Weeks of Sock book.
No new T.V series to report on – I gave up on The Last Kingdom (too violent for me). I am looking forward to the new series The Great.
Finished The Miniaturist and have started the latest season (season 4?) of The Last Kingdom – possibly too violent for me (someone got an arrow in the eye – ergh)