Finished dishcloths for February – I am slowly catching up and enjoying the different designs.  It’s good to have some small, easy to finish projects in light of the disheartening baby layette.

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#3 – February 1st of the Month KAL

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#4 – February Mid-month KAL

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#1 January 1st of the month KAL

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#2 January Mid-month KAL

Sometimes kicking small goals just keeps you in the game (can you tell it’s footy season again?!).  These are the two January cloths from the Yahoo Groups KAL.

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Modified Manly Socks

Wow – I am shocked to realise it’s been so long since I last wrote a post.  In that time there really hasn’t been a lot of knitting but I have finished the Manly Socks and started a new pair.  This time I am knitting socks to give away.  It feels kind of strange but I know that the person who I am knitting them for will appreciate them especially as they are such a special yarn.

These socks are Love Heart Socks in the IxChel Bunny sock yarn I received in the sock yarn club I was in last year and which I just signed up for again.  It’s amazing how lovely yarn just makes you want to knit and knit.

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Where I got to before pulling out.

I started the socks with 3mm DPN but quickly found that they were going to be too big – annoying since I actually did a gauge swatch.  I pulled them out & started again with 2.5mm DPN and still think I could have gone to 2mm DPN.  Anyway, they will be as they be and still look & feel great.  I just have to work out how long the recipients feet are without asking…..

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The ball here is pretty close to the true colours

 

 

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After another car trip away the first of the Moda Vera Manly socks is ready for grafting.  I have modified the pattern a bit so far and really am just using the broken rib stitch pattern.  At least this seems to be working out – the layette almost has me beaten!

This is an SOS – I am having so much trouble with this pattern as it decreases – thankfully I have been using lifelines as I complete a set but it is driving me nuts & so slow!  I am 2/3 of the way through the first 1/4 of the blanket which means I have another 3/4 to go once this one is finished.  Does anyone know of an easy way to chart a few hundred stitches onto a graph?  Would love some advise!

I started charting it using Excel but it starts with 289 stitches and I was finding it really hard because I couldn’t see all the stitches – should I keep persisting with this or try something else?

My knitting mojo is fading fast (but that may also be this seemingly unrelenting heat….).

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This month – luckily being a 2 month time frame – my book club is reading The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton.  I have to say this book was hard to get into but now I cannot put it down and it’s significantly eating up knitting time.

It’s quite an intriguing story, a mystery on the gold fields of New Zealand.  I am now almost 1/2 way through and would highly recommend it if you are looking for a book to read.

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