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 🙂
This was supposed to be another Christmas holidays project, but I ended up spending too much time sleeping and fishing and obviously not enough time knitting! I’m using the Marin Pattern by Ysolda, and knitting it in Magic Light from Ice Yarns with 4.5mm needles. I originally started this project in lovely Lorna’s Laces Shepard Worsted Multi, but I found the pattern a little confusing to start with and I had to frog a few times. I then decided that I would learn the pattern using acrylic so I could then make another in the better yarn. In saying that though, I’m really enjoying knitting in the magic light, and the colours are striping nicely.
If I push hard over the next week I should get this finished – I’m already planning my next project in Madeleine Tosh Merino Light that I may or may not have purchased yesterday….
During some downtime (HA who am I kidding, I MAKE downtime to get out of study so I can crochet instead) I’ve been working on a version of my original fingerloop gloves pattern that’s free on Ravelry (you can find it here if you are interested). This new version is going to include a heart on the top of the glove, but it’s proving a little difficult to work up. It doesn’t help that I used varigated yarn for my test glove – the pattern gets a bit lost in all that colour changing! It’s also too short at the moment, so the next test glove I make I have a few ideas to get the glove to cover more of your hand. Hopefully I’ll be able to get some family members to test the pattern in the next week or so, and then upload it to Ravelry 🙂
So I splurged and bought some more Cascade 220 in various shades of cream and blues to make a blanket pattern by Helen Shrimpton called ‘Heart of Friendship’ (pattern on Ravelry can be found here: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/heart-of-friendship). This will be my work in progress during the uni semester, which has officially started today.
I have the centre of the middle block done so far, and the pattern is bubbling a bit at the moment but I’m sure it will flatten out in the later rows. My sister is also crocheting this pattern, and is only a few rows behind. Her colours are gorgeous too – I’ll try to convince her to send some pictures for me to display 🙂
It’s been snowing quite heavily on the mountains here in Tasmania over the last couple of weeks, and since my step-daughter has just arrived for her mid-year holiday from Darwin, we bundled ourselves into the car and went up Mount Wellington to have a play in the snow. It was awesome! One can never get sick of seeing snow 🙂
This is my second attempt at the Rings of Change blanket pattern – the first one is lovely too but I had heaps of this Ice Yarn Magic Light yarn to use and thought this was the best pattern to use it with! I’m loving the way the yarn works up, with all its variegated goodness.
I freed my shawl from blocking a couple of days ago, and has been hanging with my bridesmaid dress on the door looking very pretty. I’m very impressed with myself, can you tell?! Blocking it has indeed stretched it a little bit, enough to make it drape properly over your arms now. If I had to do this pattern again I would simply add some extra flowers, and perhaps a few more rows of double trebles.
I was at home sick yesterday and used that time feeling lousy to finally finish the shawl for my sister’s wedding at the end of next week. I love the pattern, but as you can see from the photos before blocking, it turned out shorter than I expected! Hopefully after stretching it out for a while on my ironing board it will get a bit longer – otherwise I may end up using it as a cute scarf this winter!