Sometimes the part of blogging that I have the hardest time with is coming up with a title for my posts. When I look back through them, I can see that there are several that I’ve used multiple times. I’m hoping that I’m the only one who notices…
I didn’t get to write this post right away because I’ve been busy protecting Tilde (the kitten) from the kids, and my yarn from Tilde. I can’t show you all of what I’ve been working on because some things are Christmas gifts, but I can share some of them.
First up, some finished mittens:
These are “La Joie du Printemps” by Heather Desserud. This is a pattern that I’ve wanted to knit for so long, and I’m so happy that I’ve finally had a chance to make them. This is the third pattern I’ve knit by Ms. Desserud, and I’ve yet to be anything but thrilled.
I’m embarrassed to say this is the only project I’ve completed in the last 2 or 3 months. But I have plenty of stuff in progress!!
First up, my 10 Stitch Twist blanket.
This is a fun, sort of mindless knit, but kind of a pain to flip over all the time (the rows are only 10 stitches long, hence the name). I’ll get back to it soon. Ok, maybe not “soon”, but eventually. My mom and Sami are knitting this same pattern, and it’s looking like my mom will be the first to finish. I can’t wait to see how hers turns out!
Next up is the Lacy Tranquility Moebius, knit in Zen Garden Serenity Silk.
I’ve never done a Moebius cowl; the cast on was very interesting and not at all what I was expecting. I’m working on the bind off now, which is not really a bind off at all. Instead, the pattern calls for you to cast on some more stitches, then work back and forth, attaching every other row of these newly added stitches to the edge of the original piece. It’s painfully slow going, made worse by the fact that the edge treatment is a cable, and I keep losing track of which row I’m on (I have the feeling that some of my cables are scrunchier than others, but I’m not going to do it over. I think it gives the cowl character). Besides learning the Moebius cast on, this project has taught me another skill – how to purl backwards! Again, I was having to turn my work over every 9 stitches or so, and it was making me miserable. My purl row is still slower to work than my knit row, but it’s faster than it was with all the turning.
Finally (this is the last WIP I’m willing to admit to), I’m making another pair of Drip Candle Socks from my “Think Outside the Sox” book that my mom got me for my birthday a few years ago.
I’ve quite lost the ball bands from this yarn, but I’ll get the information next time I’m at the yarn store, because it’s genius. Four little color-coordinated skeins, packaged together so you can make something extraordinary.
These socks are a great way to use up little bits and pieces of sock yarn that you have left over from other projects, and it looks even cooler when the yarn is variegated rather than tonal.
Ok, I’m going to go try to finish something. Maybe I’ll start small, and do the dishes.