Finished Project

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I finished my diamond lace socks and I love them!  My ravelry projects page says I started these socks in June 2015.  I’m not sure why I set them aside for so long but I’m glad I finished them now.  Winter is coming and hand knit socks are so comfortable and warm – so I promptly cast on another pair.

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The pattern is Gillabbey from the book Knitting With Rainbows from Carol Feller.  The yarn is “Mad Hatter’s Tea Party” from Hilori’s Magical Yarnorium.  I’m knitting them two at a time on a long circular needle.  I love this method as I don’t have to keep handwritten notes while knitting the first sock so that I can knit the second the exact number of rounds.

I’m still knitting my Celtic Cable sweater and the pickup sticks I ordered to be able to weave my lap blanket came in the mail the other day so I’m working on that as well.

As for all the other projects in the wings, I have been looking them over every few days and deciding if I really love them.  Knitters have a phrase for a condition that affects some of us and makes us want to cast on and start knitting every pattern that speaks to us.  The condition is “castonitis” and I definately have it !  Not that I mind – I love to see how a stitch pattern unfolds as you knit it, but sometimes after knitting it for awhile I decide I’ve had enough of it.  When I get to that stage I usually set the project aside and start something else.  I need to learn to decide right there and then if I will want to continue with the pattern or unravel it before I start on the next pattern that catches my eye.  Most of my works in progress have been unraveled with no regrets on my part.  There are a couple that are almost complete so I will finish them as I get to them.

 

 

A fall sweater, a new weaving technique and some progress…

I haven’t had much time to knit over the last couple of weeks.  Between work, visiting, 4 grandkids birthdays and  trying to squeeze summer activities into the last few weeks, time just flies by!

I’ve made a little progress on the diamond lace socks and fantoosh shawl.

I love both of these projects, but for some reason I’ve really stalled in getting them done.  I think it is just the time of year.  The weather up until this week has been gorgeous, the wild blueberries are ready to be picked, the plums and apples on our trees are getting close.  I’ve been picking them and eating a few a day even though they are not quite ripe, they are still so yummy!  Much better then anything I can buy at the store.

I’ve also joined a knit a long (KAL) to knit a cabled cardigan.  For those who don’t know, a Knit A Long is when a group of knitters work on the same project at the same time and post their progress pictures, ask questions if they are having problems and have fun.  The sweater is a beautiful design by Cheryl Beckerich  called Celtic Grace.  The pattern is available on her website and on Ravelry.  She is hosting the KAL on Ravelry and on Facebook and is very helpful and encouraging.

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Here is my progress so far.

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Hopefully I will have time on the weekend to work on it more.  The great thing about this, besides the fabulous sweater I will end up with, is that I had the required yarn in my stash.  Bonus!  In fact, I have enough of this yarn to knit four sweaters each in different colours.  I’m not sure what I originally purchased the yarn for, but with that much on hand I must have been planning a blanket.  The yarn is Cascade Yarns Ecological Wool and my sweater is going to be cuddly and warm!

Something I will be starting on in September is a Weave A Long.  Same concept as a Knit A Long, only weaving!  I’ve owned a rigid heddle loom for a couple of years now and have woven several scarves.  My loom is 24 inches wide.  By adding a second heddle, a person can weave double the width of the loom.  I’ve read about it, watched a couple of YouTube videos and ordered the second heddle kit last year.  It looks so complicated that I haven’t tried it.  Well I came across a double width weave a long that will start in September, so I joined and will watch, learn and participate and hopefully end up with a lap blanket. I’m really excited about this, I love learning new things.

So, my plan for the next month is to keep working on the WIPs, trying to finish at least one, work on my grandkids Christmas presents, knit along on the Celtic Grace sweater and learn to double weave!