Firstly, thanks for all your kind wishes. I am feeling a lot better now thanks, apart from it bringing on the brain fog associated with both the Lupus and Fibromyalgia!! So if this post is rather rambling and forgetful then please forgive me :-).
Well, back to business, after finishing several wips back in July, (see here and here) I was able to start some new projects and I just love starting new projects.
So, what do I have on the go now? Firstly, some more knitting.
Yes that’s right, more knitting! Do you know what, this time I am really enjoying it and have done right from the start. I am knitting the ‘So I Gather’ shawl. I saw it on one of your blogs (I have forgotten who, if it was you, if you leave a comment I will put a link to your shawl here) and asked if it was fairly easy and after being assured that it is I decided to give it a go.. The pattern is easy, it has a 12 row repeat but with all the rows being mostly purl or knit with a couple of different stitches at the beginning and end of each row it doesn’t tax he brain too much :-). It uses a lace weight yarn and what with this and my dottie shawl I have decided that lace weight has to be my favourite yarn to work with! It feels so special and delicate, I love the feel of it in my hands, I just love working with it altogether.
I am halfway through Abi’s stocking pressie and have finished Josh’s so that will be something for the end of the month, which I am sure will be here in no time!..
I have started making my sewing book/case that I have been thinking over in my head for some time. I am really loving making this. I just need the time now to sit down quietly and do the next stage.
I have been doing some stitching for my nieces 21st birthday, a tada post coming soon.
You have probably noticed that I like trying out new things, well this time it is Tunisian crochet. I got a hook and decided to just make a dishcloth to try it out. It is different, crochet with a hint of knitting I suppose but to be honest I am not really enjoying it.
It is harder on your hands and seems to take a lot longer as you work in one direction adding stitches to the needle and then in the other direction taking them all off again. It is about like doing all double (single US) crochet but slower. Having said that I do like the effect of it. You get a much closer fabric. I did most of this whilst stuck in traffic!
I have started using my latest handspun yarn.
I made a trial shrug with some yarn I had in stash first as I didn’t want to use my handspun straight away in case I didn’t like it but it turned out really well so I have now nearly finished using the yarn I spun for the second shrug. I really love the way the colour changes are working out.
I decided to get some more yarn on the go and have started spinning with these rather colourful wool tops!
I wasn’t sure about it before I started but I am trying to take a couple of colours to spin together and it is coming out a really pretty colour.
There are a couple of other little bits I have made to show you soon and the mice are just waiting for faces!
Looking at that list I am really surprised as I have had very little crafting time since the hols began!
Now comes my plea for HELLLLP!!
Most of you will know by now that I am much more of a crochet person than a knitter. I persisted with the budgies just because there was no crochet pattern I liked enough for budgies. I enjoyed knitting the slippers a bit more and I am now loving knitting the shawl. The reason I am trying to get better at knitting is to achieve my unltimate goal…
To knit a pair of socks! So many of you knit the most gorgeous socks and I would just love to have one pair of socks that I have knitted. The idea was to gradually increase the difficulty until I felt ready to progress to socks but I have catapulted myself forward by one little comment on a blog post on DaniellaJoe’s Blog. She had knitted some gorgeous socks and I commented about wanting to knit a pair of socks but maybe I should crochet some and she replied she was the opposite way round and she would have to crochet some somewhen. So I opened my big mouth (or tapped my keyboard) and said that if she was to try crocheting a pair of socks I would try to knit a pair. And, yes, you guessed it, the challenge was taken up so here I am asking for tips.
I have a beginners book with a basic pattern but any tips would be amazing. I mean, the book talks about different casting on methods that are good for socks and then needles!! Do I use three, four, two circular, one circular?
So here I am, hopefully with your tips and a bit of cheering on I might end up with a wearable pair of socks.
Congratulations if you have made it this far in my ramblings! Just to give a bit of notice, I have some goodies to giveaway and I hope to post about them on Saturday, so if you are interested just keep an eye out for it. 😉
I hope you all have a lovely weekend, the weather is gorgeous here, hopefully for you too.
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