Forgive me knitblog readers, it has been over a week since my last post…
Sorry about the blog hiatus! It was purely unintentional… Here’s some of what I’ve been up to lately:
I started the second of “Avo’s Mittens” from Nancy Bush’s Folk Knitting in Estonia.
They’re meant to be men’s size, but I won’t know for sure who they will belong to until they are finished and blocked – I’m trying to stock up on the holiday gifting well in advance this year…
Here is the progress on Andy’s next pair of socks, they’re the Gentleman’s Stocking in Ringwood Pattern, from Knitting Vintage Socks, done in Sockotta yarn. The yarn is a cotton/wool blend, which I am a little less enthusiastic about that pure wool. But Andy likes the socks, and I had it in stash, so…
Oh yes, I broke down and got myself a pair of sock blockers, which make me very happy, though they are hardly necessary for blocking socks. How could I resist, though? They have moose cut-outs in the leg!
I started a new project as well, the Minimalist Cardigan from the latest Interweave Knits. I’m knitting with Beaverslide merino/mohair blend, in the colorway “Lichen Frost,” and I’m so in love with this yarn I may just make it thorough the interminable moss-stitch without tearing my hair out.
I say “started,” but I’m not very far yet. I did do an actual gauge swatch, however, which is a rare occurrence for me. I’m very glad I did too, because the washed swatch ended up with a larger stitch gauge than the pattern calls for. It works to my advantage, because following the smallest size pattern instructions with my larger gauge gives me the exact measurement I need for the sweater!
The yarns I teased you with last post are my latest handspun, and there is one more skein drying on the line as I write. I am trying to get enough together to sell some at the local shop as well as open my own etsy store this fall…
Left to right we have: “Moss” colored merinos, spun from a batt by Spritely Goods (110 yards)
Nameless 3-ply sock yarn, my own dye job (370 yards)
Nameless bulky-ish BFL, another Wool Room special (150 yards)
As if that weren’t enough creativity to last for the week, I’ve been sewing as well.
And still I’ve been finding myself spending far too much time on Ravelry, where I’ve decided to contribute my time and writing skills by helping edit pattern pages… I had no idea how much work goes into that site until I started doing it – whew!
My best friend (since 7th grade!) is visiting the U.S. from Spain for a couple weeks, and I’m going down to the DC area to meet up with her – the girls are getting a visit with their grandma, and we’ll manage to stop by to visit my mother as well; so I’ll be gone for a little while, I’ll post if I get a chance, but otherwise I hope I have lots to share when I get back!
All for now.