Since I’m on a posting jag, and I have some yarn giveaways to follow up on (and new ones to link to) I think it’s time to get all my readers caught up on my current project list.
What I’m Doing Now
Yes, it was used in the wedding. Yes, it was beautiful. No it’s not ‘properly finished’. Yes, this is another example of me being lame…
As you can see, it was light enough to be caught by the wind, which was a good thing. Now I just need to finish putting the little flower motifs between all the bigger ones. Not difficult, but it’s large enough to be unwieldy and unportable.
Hopefully I can give it to them on their first anniversary!
Hermit Crab Amigurumi
My friend Colleen has hermit crabs. Last fall, when she went on vacation, she asked DD#2 to crab sit. She gave us all the instructions, and an isolation tank to use if one of the three was unwell or being bullied.
We ended up using it when “Wonton” began to bury himself. Poor DD kept digging him up, and was eventually convinced that he was dead, but kept misting him daily because she didn’t want to admit defeat. When Colleen came back she was impressed that DD had nursed him (successfully) through a molt! I am making her this little guy,
It’s the Hermit Crab from Hansi Singh’s Amigurumi Knits (it’s a Goodreads link, you can use the Amazon link from within Ravelry and give them the referrer’s cut…)
Unfortunately, the tight gauge makes my hands hurt, and it’s definitely not driving knitting anyway, so I’ve got a third project.
Les Miserables Shawl
I’m using the Old Maiden Aunt “Moody” laceweight yarn I won in a giveaway from Knitting Pipeline back in 2010, and I’m knitting Les Miserables (by Cynthia Parker, published in Handheld Knitting).
I’ve found that the amigurumi knitting is both physically and mentally intensive, so that I can’t do it for too long at a go without my hands complaining. So far I’ve just switched to the less intense shawl project, but thanks to a post I found at Knitfreedom, now I have 5 Stretches to Relieve Knitting Pain. Of course, I first read this as “5 Stitches to Relieve Knitting Pain”, which was even more exciting, but I’m still happy to have found it.
March is National Novel Editing Month (NaNoEdMo). Since I finished NaNoWriMo last year I’ve signed up for it. Here’s hoping that in April I’ll have a draft I feel confident in showing to others…
Blog Contests and Giveaways
I didn’t win the Retrobaby giveaway, or the Twist & Twine giveaway, but Earthmama 101 has a giveaway which will be of interest to parents of young children. Natalie Servant Designs is giving away a wonderful skein of yarn hand dyed by Indigodragonfly, but I’m not sure I can write a limerick for yarn, so I’m holding off on this one (I’ve tweeted about it though, that’s worth something, right?). Also followed up on the Knitfreedom handspun giveaway and free pattern. I entered the Red Heart Yarn of the Month giveaway as well (after checking out projects made with it on Ravelry) If I actually had any Malabrigo I’d join Mr. Yarn’s Malabrigo March giveaways – but you have to have some to win some.
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