I did finish The Heat Advisory Shawl for my oldest son’s fiancee, see picture on the left, :). I like the way it turned out and after getting it wet and rising it has fulled a little and is really pretty. On the right is a close up of the lacey bottom.
I’d like to start a pair of socks now, but I will need to split the yarn so I can do two at a time to make sure they are the same length for the leg and foot :), and first, I need to start those fingerless mitts for the little one’s teachers school year end gifts. I have decided on the Au Clair Fingerless Gloves, they are very cute, I will give more info on those in the next few days. I have also started another one of those 2×2 ribbed newborn hats, great yarn and cute pattern. :)
I finished my socks with The Lemonade Shop yarn Bad Day. It’s a beautiful yarn 438 yards, 100 gms, 75/20/5 Superwash Merino/Nylon/Stelliana, and I love it. The pattern was a personal vanilla sock pattern from a friend from the Fiber Pusher Podcast on Ravelry. I still need, tho, to either go down another size needle or maybe cast on 60 instead of 64 stitches, I’ll figure it out.
These socks were fun to knit but I took way to long to get them done, my fault – I had to stop to do some Christmas knitting and then finish a blanket for a friend’s son who had asked. Unfortunately I forgot to get a picture of the blanket. I just used the Tara Shawl pattern from Lion Brand Yarns, changing the number of cast on from 60 to 90 so that I had a shorter wider end project instead of the longer shawl shape. It’s a very easy mindless knit that takes 3 skeins of Homespun yarn from Lion Brand Yarns.
I have started a shawl for comfort for my oldest son’s fiancee, who lost her mother recently. I chose the Heat Advisory Shawl by Maura Clement because it looked beautiful and didn’t look like it would take a year to knit :). This is a paid pattern. I thought I would use the new yarn that I mentioned in my previous post, but it is a sock weight and the pattern calls for a dk weight, so I went stash diving. Fortunately a friend from my church was preparing for a move and de-stashed her yarn to me, woot woot, I had beautiful dk weight yarn I could use :). You can see the yarn in the picture, it is called Ardilla Bouquet and is from Spain. It is 69% acrilic/21% wool/10% mohair 50 g, 105 m. I have started the shawl, and it seems very easy and at this point is an enjoyable to knit. The yarn, like most mohair, sheds and is fuzzy, but I think it will be a beautiful shawl. :) I have 10 skeins of this yarn and have wound off into balls, 2 skeins to start with, I’m sure it will take about 3 or 4 skeins.
I’m comfortable at this time with just one project going. I am not one of those knitters who have tons of projects going at the same time. I might have 2 or 3 projects at the same time but any more than that is stressful to me. I intend to do this shawl pattern again after finishing this project, for a gift for my grandson’s teacher for the end of the year. She has had both him and his sister and has been a wonderful teacher. I’m sure pleasant surprises after a year of teaching little ones is nice ;). For my grand daughter’s teacher I’m thinking of pretty pair fingerless mitts, those are always nice to have in our winter months :).
We have had an absolutely gorgeous Feb this year. Yesterday we had a record high of 67. More like our April temps, tho we have had blizzards in April too, lol. The temps are going back down into the 40′s today and colder than that on Friday and beyond, but I certainly enjoyed the brief warmer weather and it gave me an emotional pick me up from the drudgery of winter :).
Altho’ because of time constraints, it’s taking me a little more time to work on these than it should, I have finished the 1st sock of the pair. I am getting ready to cast on the 2nd sock today. :) I love the color of these they are fun to knit because of the random pops of color. Even tho I went down a needle size and they are closer to the size I needed, I will either have to go down one more needle size or cast on 4 less stitches next time for a better fit. It’s all about learning with new projects. The recipient is very excited and tried on the sock and was so pleased, she can hardly wait for me to finish them :).
I’m also working on 2 lap blankets for two different people for Christmas, I have one close to finished and then I will begin the 2nd. I have another project I will begin after the socks are done that will also be for Christmas that will be knit while I knit the lap blanket, that particular project I’ll talk about later on after I finish this pair of socks, I’m very excited to begin working on it. I like having multiple projects that I can work on at the same time, different places I am during the day require different amounts of concentration, giving me the opportunity to have something to do no matter where I am, challenge or no :).
I do have one more project I will need to start sometime sooner than later, the hat for my daughter that I spun the alpaca for. She needs to sit down with me and pick out a pattern she would like that will work with the yarn I spun up for her. :). I do have some singles on my wheel that I have not worked on and I really need to finish and ply. So many things to do and not nearly enough time :P.
Oh and how can we forget about those Dallas Cowboys!!! They are doing really well so far this year, 5 wins and 1 loss and number 1 at the moment in the East :). WOOT WOOT!!
Ok, I am officially addicted to knitting socks. Couldn’t wait to begin this 2nd pair. The young one that wanted them is excited that I have started them. This colorway is really nice, the pop of color makes it interesting to knit. I am using the ChaiGoo 9″ circular, size 1 – 2.25mm. They are nice to knit with and the points are a little more “pointy” than the Addi, and makes it (for me) a little nicer getting the thinner yarn off the needle (I’m not a thrower, I am a picker) but I do like both needles. I am using the same sock pattern I got from The Fiber Pusher but making a change in the needles size and doing a 2×2 rib for 2 inches instead of a 1×1 rib for 1 inch. This is her personal pattern for teaching sock knitting so I can not share the pattern, but any vanilla pattern would work. This is a cuff down pattern, as I get a handle on knitting socks I may try a toe up :). This yarn is beautiful, it’s hand dyed by The Lemonade Shop, colorway Bad Day.
YEA!!! My first pair of socks is done. There were matchy matchy until I got to the toe of the 2nd sock, they were the same length but two of the darker stripes were a bit longer on the second sock so the toes didnt get the dark tip like the other one. That is ok tho, I’m excited to have them finished :).
A family member put dibs on them and she was so excited to get them even tho they are to big for her lol. But they were just my practice pair because I had no one in mind when I made them, just wanted to see what size that needle size would make. She gave me another skein of sock yarn to make her another pair lol (see picture on the right.) Going down a needle size this next pair, and will change to a 2×2 rib cuff which I will make 2 inches long instead of one. This new yarn is dyed by The Lemonade Shop and the color is Bad Day, it’s sparkly and so pretty, I’m really excited to see how the colorway works up :).
My son has purchased 4 alpaca, one grey, one black, one fawn and one mahogany. They are so pretty, guess I can see a little bit of alpaca fiber in my life to spin this next spring. I have a light black Polypay fleece I need to skirt and get sent off to the fiber mill (my car has been a bit “me, me, me” lately so the things I usually do earlier in the year have had to be put off for car repairs, but when I get the brakes fixed I should be able to send it off next month), then the next month I have another alpaca fleece to send off to the fiber mill. So much fiber, so little time :).