Projects Old and New
I’m coming along nicely with the Carina Begonia shawl. I’ve even got a spreadsheet set up which tracks how many stitches per segment, stitches per row, cumulative stitches knit and percent of shawl completed. Since I didn’t bother including border stitches (6.5/row) it’s a close approximation.
So, even though I’ve finished row 75 out of 91, which is 82% of the row count, I’ve knit about 25,000 stitches out of 39,000, which is only 64%. I expect my speed to slow down a bit, both because of the ‘boy this row is getting long’ effect, and because I’ll be starting a second WIP soon.
It’s about time to start my gauge swatch for my Nerd Wars dissertation. I will be making a pair of socks based on the Maryland State Flag for my husband, the amateur vexillologist, in other words, he’s a flag geek. The Maryland flag is absolutely beautiful, but it fails the ‘can your average fourth grader draw this flag’ test in a big way, and I’m pretty sure I’m never going to get these charted, not to mention knit, if I don’t have some kind of time constraint on them, which the dissertation format automatically gives me.
It also requires me to swatch, which I’m lazy and almost never do, but I know it’s a good habit to get into, especially for a project which is likely to be challenging.
Blog contests and yarn giveaways
I didn’t win the Expression Fiber Arts Luxury Yarn Giveaway or the Happy Hoppers Angora Giveaway. No news on the Sweaterbabe Giveaway or the Tails and Snouts Giveaway. Newly entered to win a Knitters Pride Symphonie Cubics Deluxe interchangeable needle set (30 June), the Diamond Yarn Jazzy June giveaway (6 June) and the Inner Child Crochet 9th Anniversary pattern giveaway (11 June).