Firstly I have been working on Icicle Dreams – a baby blanket ripple pattern from a leaflet I got from a thrift store grab bag. Lots of bright colors!
And Tiziana has another knit-a-long going on! She’s calling it the MnM (Mystery – No Mystery). I have decided to keep it a mystery, so anyone who decides to peak, don’t tell me anything! The yarn I’ve chosen isn’t ideal, but it’ll have to do. It’s the only thing I have enough yardage of. I got it in an awesome grab bag from shopgoodwill.org.
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.
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.
Clue 4 of Tiziana Sammuri’s With or Without Mystery Knit-a-long is finished! This one was much simpler and flew off my needles! Ready for Clue 5!
Sorry this pic isn’t as good, but it’s getting a little crowded on my needles now.
Clue 3 of Tiziana Sammuri’s With or Without Mystery Knit-a-long is finished! This one was a little more complex and I feel very accomplished to have finished finally!
Clue 2 of Tiziana Sammuri’s With or Without Mystery Knit-a-long is finished! It was quick and easy, but I’m sure the 3rd clue will make up for that! Better get back to work – the rest of the group is busy with Clue 5!
I have finished Clue 1, just in time for Clue 5 to be released of Tiziana Sammuri’s With or Without Mystery Knit-a-long. Even though I am quite a bit behind, I’m allowing myself to enjoy it and not be upset about my slow progress. Thankfully Clue 2 is a shorter one and I should be able to finish it this weekend.