And In With The New…Knitting

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During Easter I took the time to give the stash a bit of an airing and (predictably) now cast on a pile of things. I have even bagged up some Christmas sock knits (yes, I do know it is May). I had the slightly embarrassing conversation with Mummy KnitBug where I revealed the full extent of where the stash went (which is basically like admitting to how much you weigh, although it is possible that I might actually weight less than the stash – what a frightening thought….). The conversation started with asking what colour she wanted, which she said could be anything I could spare from the stash. This then led me to admit that she could pretty much name any colour and I would have it (for example I have a few different shades of purple) and yes, I did in fact have the requested bright pink/blue.

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Dolly Mix has progressed well, and has got the planned 6×6 (36) squares completed; to cover a double bed I think I need about 12×12 (144) squares but I knew before I started that there wasn’t going to be enough to do this in one hit. The point of the blanket is to use up scrap DK (from projects, free magazine yarn or from knit kits that don’t catch my eye) and not buy more yarn! So (as planned) I am now going to rest it until the summer to give me time to generate more scrap DK acrylic.

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One potential source of yarn is the now started crochet kit by Attic24 bought at last year’s Ally Pally. I usually resist kits, as in my heart I know that I can do it cheaper (or in a better colour, material or with massive design changes) but I would have bought the finished blanket (if available) as it is such a perfect balance of colours. For once I “want that one” and have no planned changes. I am still very much at the starting blocks, but given that projects can languish for years, a six month wait is practically a rush starter. I am considerably slower on crochet that knitting, so it might be done for winter (2015? 2017? 2049?). Hopefully I will speed up as I go and chew through all 84 rows (with 213 stitches per row) nice and quickly.

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Last (but not least) I have now flown through the blue yonder shawl. This is from the very lovely 4ply that KnitWit bought me at Christmas (which is incredibly soft) and I chose “Timpani” from Sock Yarn Shawls. This starts off with a plain section, which should show off the subtle blue/lavender purple colour wash and then ends with an interlocking rectangle lace trim. Things got a bit interesting when I completed the original number of repeats, popped in a little lifeline and then attempted to squeak in another pattern repeat before the trim. For those that heard the howl of frustration, I didn’t! but my trusty life-line meant that it was annoying and not soul destroying.

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As a top tip, I have used dental floss for my life-line; not as random as it sounds! The hive mind of Ravelry rates it for life-line as it is slightly waxed (making it easy to remove), stronger than sewing thread (so less likely to snap) and easy to stash in your notions case. However, the minty fresh aroma is definitely a little odd with the lavender scent generated by the anti-moth herb bag.   Let us hope the smell fades over time!

LouBug

 

 

 

 

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Following The Knit Winds

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My knit winds are still blowing due “finish up” and flush with success from my mitre cushion I knit on and resist the urge to cast on. I am trying to concentrate on one project at a time (which is crazy talk from me as I usually run between projects like an ADHD kitten on a sugar rush). It has the bonus of getting things knit quicker, but the down side that big projects don’t get nibbled at and still remain big.

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Currently on my radar is the green cardigan. This stalled as I was stuck on the trim (the cuff pattern didn’t really work for the trim) and I am still unsure of the current plan. I am tempted to do a simple k2p2 rib (like the purple version) and add the cuff trim to the last 10 rows to link it together. This will involve ripping out the current trim (which is about a quarter done), and I am even tempted to combine the old trim on the neck line and the new plan for the front. We shall see.

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My on the go sock is creeping along (helped by a few sneaky lunchtime knit sessions), and I am tempted to make a quick pair of sock finger-less mittens with the needles afterward. These are light weight open mittens to wear when driving, as I can keep my palms warm while having a good grip with my fingers on the wheel. I am looking thoughtfully at purple and grey leftover yarn (a Christmas knit from a few years ago). I tempted to use some fluffy sock yarn (which I wasn’t a fan of on my feet) to make some super snuggly cuffs. But (of course) I am committed to finishing things up first!

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I also want to finish my log cabin blanket, mainly because I want to start my crochet kit from Ally Pally! There is about half left to do, but it does chug along quite easily as it is all garter stitch which makes it a good TV knit. It would be good to finish this in the next few weeks before it gets too warm to want it on the bed. The downside is that each round is getting longer, therefore more of a job to get done, which does feel like running uphill. In heavy boots. In the rain. Carrying a big bag. This might have to be one of those knits where I break up the repeats with other knits.

Unless, of course, the knit-winds change and the lure of casting on grows too much.

LouBug

 

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