…and no, none of these babies are mine! Benjamin is the newest addition to a lovely family at our church and Cole is my cousin’s first child. I am now steady knitting on a dress for my littlest niece Aliyah who is turning 1 this week!
I must write to apologize to those who have been following my posts hoping for more fibery goodness. I promise I have nearly climbed out of my rut and if I could manage to get the camera out I’d have pictures of a fabulous new project I am working on. So stay tuned…
I finished this hat using MamaJude’s yarn this week. Unfortunately the yarn wasn’t a good choice to show off the colorwork pattern by Deborah Tomasello, but it is such a soft pretty hat anyways. This is the best side of it, but there are so many places where you can’t see the pattern at all because the purples cancel each other out. If you click on the picture it will take you to the pattern page on ravelry with notes and more pics.
I know I have devoted far too much of my time to reading lately, however I haven’t stopped crafting entirely. I did for a little while there and I’m slowly but surely getting back in the swing. Here’s what I’ve been working on…(sorry pic heavy)
2 strand sage green laceweight cotton recovered from a thrift store sweater (it was actually a lovely lace design, but I just can’t wear sweaters here in FL)
I am so far behind the pack on this. In fact, there has been another mystery knit-along that has since come and gone. Oh well. As you can see this doesn’t look like much right now. When you work in the round in lace, it’s pretty much just a blob until you bind-off.
Next up is a crochet blanket I got going last month when I was just feeling really uninspired. Intended for crochet cotton thread, I upsized it with worsted weight and am doing each square with a different yarn.
I also managed to spin some yarn!
I estimate it’s probably a worsted weight but I haven’t measured the wpi and my scale is broken, so that is purely guesstimate. It’s 290 yards of 2 ply Superwash Wool – white with caramel sprinkled throughout.
The other night trying to find some inspiration, I decided to give fair isle aka stranded knitting a try. I have always been extremely intimidated by colorwork of any kind. A year or so ago I watched Elizabeth Zimmerman’s Knitting Workshop and realized that I just might be able to do it, but still hadn’t tried. Here is my first effort (after a couple of ripped out first attempts).
This is baby sized so that I could practice without committing to something huge, but I don’t have a baby to put it on, so the monkey will have to do for now.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book, although again like always I regret listening to it and not reading it. I never feel like I really “get” it all when I’m listening. Maybe I am just partial to Irish Island life, but I always love stories set there. I guess I love the small town ways and the little Irish priest who knows all and finds a way to help even those who don’t want it. If you can handle the fact that a little cheesy romance and knitting lingo is thrown in for good measure, you will enjoy this book. I found myself really wishing I could see the stitches and the ganseys, not just hear about them. *spoiler* I did find it a bit unbelievable that she was expected to knit a gansey for Finn only a week before their wedding…even with help from 2 little old ladies with lots of time on their hands.
Finally a fiber arts project to share! I have been a one project woman for a month or more now, which is unusual for me. With the stress of work and lack of creative space (aka junk is reinvading the junk room turned craft room! arggh!), I have been burying myself more in books than yarn. So the fruits of all my knitting time for the past month are here!
I made some modifications to the original pattern to utilize as much of the yarn as I could and make it as large as possible.Firstly, I made it into a square instead of a triangle by simply working in the round with 4 repeats of each section instead of 2. Then, I mimicked a small portion of the pattern a few times over before beginning the last chart and extended the last section by a couple rows as well.