Status of Current Projects
After studying the swatch, I’ve decided that 4.5 mm needles work just fine for a bag. I’ll be knitting a No-Sew Felted Bag by Invisible Insanity (she had documented it on her blog, but that seems to be no more). It’s an interesting design, one with end tabs
which become pocket flaps. Rather than using a combination knitted on/crochet provisional cast on I’m just using a knitted on cast on, but I worked it over two needles held together for the provisional portion (the second one being a 3.25mm). I’ve also got two whales of reverse stockinette bordering the flaps, to make it easier to pick up the bag body later on.
Expect future posts which show this better, along with other modifications as I get to them. The body of the bag is straight stockinet
te, so I’ll be adding in some colorwork from 150 Scandinavian Motifs to give it some action.
The picotty socks are my current relaxing project. Something I can pick up and work on when I’m tired or distracted, but still want something to keep my hands busy.
I’m working them in tandem, so when I finished the foot on the first sock I switched to the second. I’m just in the middle of the heel of the second sock. It’s sort of fun to see how the crochet version of the short row works.
I’m coming down to the stretch on the Belle Greene shawl. There are only a few more inches of the beaded border to knit on, then it’s down to the wire… I mean, time to break in the new blocking wire set. Once that’s done I’ll have to track down a black light and see if I can get it to really glow.
Blog Contests and Giveaways
I won the Mont Royal sock pattern from Snapdragon crafts. These are beautiful, and I can’t help remembering the last time I was in Montreal*. I’ll have to decide whether I want to do these in wool or in cotton, but they would look amazing in spring green.
I entered PDX Knitteratti’s ‘yarn chicken’ giveaway for a random element of her stash. No end date posted, but it will be soon.
That’s it for now. I’m hoping that the rain is done and we can enjoy our cookout this afternoon. This year I’m contributing BBQ spareribs, squash, cherries and blueberries, all from local farms. I hope all of my countrymen enjoy a beautiful and fun holiday.
The family didn’t have the permits to do this, it was probably not legal at all, but it really seemed the best way to say goodbye. So we went up there with the ashes, and said our goodbyes, and cast the ashes into the wind… which blew the ashes back into our faces. It also blew the ashes into what had looked like an abandoned car, but then two rather confused heads bobbed up… I think we had interrupted something romantic and/or clandestine. My cousin, David, is a film writer, and I’m sure this scene will make it into something or other, sooner or later, because it totally fits his sense of the perverse.