Saturday, 31 March 2007

I actually assembled the 12 completed squares of the blanket (although they're really oblongs). I'm also working on square number thirteen tonight. However, as of tomorrow the priority "at-home" project is going to be the wedding sampler for my friend. I can't carry that around with me, and although I've been working on this blanket for 2 years now, a wedding takes precedence over a birthday!

I'm also working steadily on the pink sweater.

I went stash-diving today to see if I could come up with projects for some of the lingering yarn. And, bless my mother, I've finally figured out what to do with the last of the rust-coloured worsted my grandmother gave me. It's going to be the trial for a cabled cushion I'm designing for another pair of friends' housewarming gift. And it's going to feel soooooo good to get rid of it!

Friday, 30 March 2007

Ticking over

The big problem with this blog is that whenever I'm most likely to update, I have neither knitting nor camera with me.

I'm working furiously on the blue blanket in an attempt to finish it in time for my friend's birthday in May. There are only 3 and 3/4 of a square left to knit, and I've been assembling as I go. So, one strip to attach, which I'll probably do this weekend, and then the last strip to assemble and join once the last four squares are done. Then the only finishing it'll need is a crocheted border, and that'll go really quickly.

Unfortunately, I can't just sit and finish the blanket. One of my friends is getting married in May, and I need to make her wedding sampler. I've finally finished hemming and ironing the fabric, so it's just a case of getting all the embroidery done. Happily it's blackwork, not cross-stitch!

I'm having fun on the pink sweater whenever I can't bear any of the other projects, but more about that when I've got my camera.

Sunday, 25 March 2007

A Busy Weekend

I managed to get two projects done this weekend while the other half was away. The first being this pink scarf:

Yarn - mystery neon pink fingering weight (a gift from a friend)
Needles - 20mm plastic
Pattern - just plain garter stitch
Originally this was intended as a very narrow K3P3 ribbed scarf done on 3mm needles. However, not only was it unattractive, there wasn't enough yarn. I'd worked out a solution using some white yarn to do a colour-block thing, but that made it even uglier. So, in a fit of spring-cleaning, I frogged the whole thing. I had just bought t
he giant needles and wanted to see what kind of fabric they would produce. Imagine my joy when it turned out looking like fishnet!

Total project time - about 6 hours (or three normal length films).

Project two was this: my very first pair of socks!

Yarn - Lion Brand Magic Stripes "Spring"
Needles - 5x3.75mm metal dps
Pattern - Magic Stripes Basic Socks

Lots of new techniques on this one. I learned how to use dps, how to turn a heel, how to pick up and knit stitches along and edge, and how to graft the toes. Mostly it went pretty well. I'm having trouble preventing the ladders in the ribbed cuff section, and it's hard picking up stitches evenly along the heel flap. Oh, and I cast on the wrong number of stitches on the first sock. Still, I managed the heel unsupervised, I got the stripes to match, and they both fit.

I've only cast on one new project - A Very Suitable Sweater from 24-Hour Knitting Projects. This is going to be in worsted weight Wool-Ease in rose heather. A sort of pink. The weirdest part? I don't even particularly like pink, I just have a whole lot of pink yarn.

Thursday, 22 March 2007

Status report

The current five projects - the neverending blue blanket, the stripey socks, the black drop-stitch shawl, the pink fishnet scarf and the llama handbag.

Current UFOs - burgundy stripey scarf, santa cross-stich, empress embroidery.

In the queue - wedding sampler, red band sampler, rose heather jumper, Monet coat, alpaca jumper, Trellis cross-stitch.