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!
16 February , 2014
13 February , 2014
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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….).
26 January , 2014
21 January , 2014
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.
19 January , 2014
These socks are my Manly Moda Vera socks which are being knitted from the Manly Socks pattern by Hannah Six. I officially commenced them on 8th December but I think I’d only done about 2 rounds – a visit to family a few weekends ago really pushed them along. They are not getting a lot of time though as I am working on the Layette Shawl and the January Mid-Month dishcloth as well.
I feel like time is so short at the moment but the 40+ degree heat hasn’t helped that – we have been on hyper alert watching for fires which takes so much energy & it’s been so hard to sleep. Even our beautiful straw bale house hasn’t coped with so many hot days & nights in a row and got up to it’s highest every indoor temperature of 30+ degrees. Luckily we put in ceiling fans this year which has been a small blessing but on a week such as this I really wish we had air conditioning!
1 January , 2014
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Here are my last dishcloths for the 2013 KAL.
I have to say, I think the spider cloth is my favourite. I made a mistake 1/2 way through it and had to frog to get the picture right but it was worth it (sorry it’s upside down but I am not sure how to turn it….)
I have knitted the pumpkin cloth before (it may even have been earlier this year when I was knitting up last year’s list) and it’s nice but no Halloween here so not so relevant.
I am wrapped to have finished all 24 dishcloths this year, not sure what my 2014 challenge will be….. Happy New Year!
22 December , 2013
I have been purusing my Ravely Queue and day dreaming about socks I have wanted to knit but lamenting the lack of sock yarn when I realised that really, I don’t need to knit the ball band pattern for the Moda Vera Noir and that I could easily use that yarn for a Queue project and reduce my Queue down to 485.
485 – seriously!
I think I’ll save a little bit of money over the next few months and then order some yarn for some of the bigger projects in the Queue.
Then there’s Robin’s Egg Blue Hat which I must really like as it’s in the Queue at least twice.
Maybe these were all projects I thought I’d spin the yarn for or maybe they were listed for inspiration or maybe I was just wishing that by having them on the list they’d one day make it onto sticks…..
I’m off to dream of yarns to make these beauties while casting on another pair of socks for Pete (lucky boy!).