The last item I am knitting for someone else is this fashion scarf. For Lent, I am only knitting for myself. All my years of knitting, and I can only recall 2 projects that weren't dishcloths that I kept. One mohair scarf and one pair of fingerless gloves. Anyway, this is another Red Heart Boutique fussybutt fashion yarn, Ribbons
This yarn has issues. First of all, it comes packaged as a skein, a big loop. You cannot knit from it until you wind it into a ball. But it hates being wound into a ball and it really likes getting tangled. I found a couple helpful youtubes (one Red Heart and one not). I wound it onto a sturdy tube. I made the mistake of carrying this project around to a few after-school activities and the yarn fell off the tube and became a tangled nightmare. After I solved that problem, I started knitting. Red Heart says to knit in every stitch. This produces a very tight knit, and is a very flat ruffle to boot. I tried every other stitch instead - the knitting was more comfortable, and the look was livelier.
This is for my girlfriend Tara, and I have just a teeny bit left.
Now, for myself, I have a remedial lace project (I had giant fails on two other lace projects last summer/fall, and my lace teacher recommended this one to start over with and learn from.
I do not have wooden needles on a 16" cord, so I am using my Addi's, and they are slick with this yarn. I swiped one of my daughter's ponytail ties to keep the stitches on the needle. I really like this Malabrigio Silkpaca - it has a nice twist and good drape. The colors are good too. Here is a closeup of the first couple rows of the pattern:
Also for me, a wider cowl:
The pattern is twist your neck warmer and the yarn is Deborah Norville Chunky Prints in Grape Jam and Pink Candy. The pattern is courtesy of a gift & tip from kirbybruno ;-) She made me one last year!
I also am excavating my UFO's: UnFinished Objects. I remember setting this one aside when it became too warm to knit with this yarn last spring/summer. Here is the current project:
Hmm, doesn't look like much, does it? In about 70 more rows, it will be united with
into a giant v-shaped warm worsted-weight shawl kind of like this one:
After all this time, I am not sure where all the pattern pages are. So I can print a new one, and figure out where I am, or find the old ones (pages). I have several. ;-)
Oh, I did something for the first time! I hemmed a linen square for use during communion. My hand-sewing skills are a bit rusty, but I wasn't sure the seemingly loose weave of the unfamiliar fabric would submit to the machine without fussing. I also practiced the thread-pulling method for cutting and squaring up the fabric. It's also used for woven plaids. And probably other fine woven fabrics. Now I have so many little strips of linen around I feel like Lazarus.
This photo artfully shows one finished edge, and my tiny needle.
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That's what I've been making.
michellewn graciously shared l'arpies, sock monkeys, and octopi with us on Sunday.