That’s right, after months of focusing on knitting I finally decided to pull my finger out and continue on with my Frida’s Flowers CAL blanket. It is the only WIP I have now with a deadline, and over the last few days I’ve managed to finish off quite a few blocks. I also finished my second sock, and wore the pair to work yesterday. They are the warmest things I’ve ever worn on my feet!
It’s been a while since I posted last, because I’m slack. That doesn’t mean I haven’t been doing anything though! Last week I finally finished my Cedar Leaf Shawlette. I am SO happy with it. After blocking it ended up over two metres in length, and I’m sure will be a regular accessory in the cold weather in a couple of months time. That pattern was extremely easy and very well written, and I already have the yarn to make another for a friend.
My current WIP is another pair of socks. This pair is in stockingette stitch, no fancy pattern, which is easier to frog when I inevitably make a mistake or three. It’s been knitting up extremely fast, but it’s not that surprising as I’ve recently made the switch to flick knitting and I’m now FLYING through the rows 🙂
Not so much of an attack FROM a sock; rather an attack ON a sock. I’ve been knitting like a crazy person this week (I’m now addicted. Dammit) and during my work lunch hours I’ve been knitting my second stripey sock. It’s thoroughly enjoyable, despite the weird looks I’ve been getting when people come up the stairs and see me chilling out on my office couch knitting away.
My fallout wrap has been going well too. I work on it in the evenings when I’m not actually playing Fallout. I’ve been finding that I need my head screwed on right in order to effectively kill raiders and ghouls in-game, and after coming home from a long day at work it’s tough to get into that head space. So the knitting has come out, and then the weekends will be a complete and utter Fallout-fest!
It’s been a little while between posts now (mainly because I’ve been lazy) so I thought I’d show you some new projects I’ve been working on, now that the Summer CAL blanket has been finished.
Firstly, I’ve started the ‘Around the Bases’ CAL, which is a crochet-along that uses any feature square you choose for the centre of the blanket. I’ve chosen the enchanted garden square by Courtney Laube, which is a nice combination of a crocodile stitch flower and Sophie’s garden square. It took a while to finish the centre square, but I’m finally onto the around-the-bases parts; currently working through the 3rd inning. As you can see, I’m using Cascade 220 yarn again, which is what I used on the Sophie’s Universe blanket. I think I’m in love with this yarn.
The other main crochet project I’m working on at the moment is a chocolate-coloured queen-sized afghan for my bed. I’m using a small square pattern from Spincushions, and the yarn is a wonderful undyed, all natural Tasmanian wool. It’s expensive but amazing to work with and I love the thought of a whole heap of chocolate coloured sheep running around somewhere! Photos of this project to come.
Finally….I finished a sock! The foot section alone took me all of Saturday and some of Sunday to finish, but it looks and feels great and it fits perfectly! I’m pretty satisfied to report that for my first sock and first finished knitted item, I can’t find any major mistakes. Happy days! The only depressing thought now is that I’ve still got to complete the second sock before this sock is useful, which means all of that effort all over again….sigh. The last image below is the beginnings of that dreaded second sock. I figured I’d better start it straight away before I get scared and throw the yarn and the completed sock in my WIP pile in my office cupboard.
I had another yarn-filled weekend. I should’ve been studying since my exams are at the end of the week, but I decided to have a nice relaxing weekend followed by a few hectic weekdays. My Summer CAL blanket is finally blocking, which is very satisfying 🙂 It looks lovely on my floor, and I’m sure will look just as lovely when draped on my couch after blocking (it wasn’t blocked in the lounge photo below). It has turned out to be almost as big as my Sophie’s Universe blanket, which is a comfortable lapghan size. Speaking of my Sophie – it’s now nicely folded and awaiting transport to the showgrounds in just under two weeks.
I made a lot of progress on my stripey knitted socks, and thanks to a few random questions to my mum on Skype I managed to complete the leg, heel flap, heel turn and gusset decrease. The sock is a bit more progressed than the images below show, but you get the idea – it’s definitely looking like a sock now!
Over the last week I’ve been trying my hand at knitting socks. My mother gave me some yarn money for my birthday on Friday, and she’s a bit of a knitter so I thought I’d give it a go for something different. I bought a couple of balls of gorgeous sock yarn, some double point needles and a sock book. Mum has been great by attempting to teach me how to knit socks via skype, which is pretty difficult when you’re trying to hold the iPad in the best position for the camera while trying to awkwardly hold the needles correctly. I kind of feel like I’m betraying my hooks though, and I keep calling the needles ‘hooks’! This is the first thing I’ve knitted other than a few dodgy scarves, so it’s all pretty new to me. Fun, but very time consuming. I find it very difficult to pick up stitches that I accidentally drop, or need to redo because the needles don’t have a hook on the end! I’ve had to use a tiny hook a few times now to try and fix up knitting errors. I also don’t like the how I feel like such a beginner – I knew how to knit and how to purl before this sock – THAT was it. Now I’m attempting baby cables and it’s very VERY slow. Also, knitting with five needles?! I don’t think I could take this kind of project in my handbag and knit on the bus.
I’m one square away from finishing my Summer CAL blanket, so I think I’ll put the sock down for a week or so to finish off that big project.