Well, another week has gone by without a post. Sorry about that. Things got a little bit rough there culminating in a migraine yesterday. I “managed” it with a combination of NSAIDS and caffeine (thank you Death Wish coffee!) but I missed out on the Halloween festivities (and posting blog entries) as a result.
I’ll just give a quick rundown of WiPs and FOs, then try to get back on some sort of schedule. Please forgive me if this post makes less sense than usual, because the aftermath of a migraine feels like having a head stuffed with cotton wool…
I made the Owl Earflap Hat for my niece, Maggie. I deliberately picked a project I could get finished fast, because her birthday crept up on me. I chose a crochet pattern because, although I knit more, it always feels as though crochet goes faster for me. I worked it up in Lion Brand Homespun, which is sort of a ‘guilty pleasure’ yarn for me. I It worked beautifully as a ‘one day’ project. Then, through missed signal did not (and still have not) managed to catch up with her to give it to her. It’s adorable, but I imagine it will have a lot of ‘grow room’. Oh, well, she’ll still get a kick out of it.
Still in Progress
The cricket sweater is looking pretty good, even if I haven’t made that much more progress on it. I’m really happy with my decision to make the slipped stitch selvage. I know it’s not a big ‘pattern alteration’ by any stretch of the imagination, and at my point in knitting it shouldn’t still feel like a victory every time I try a little change and am pleased with it, but somehow it does.
Not that I’m complaining, mind you. The fact that the selvage is actually doing what I want it to, and looks neat and finished, makes me happy. I take my victories where I can find them.
The other WiPs are all going along pretty well. The Illustriation shawl is nearing the halfway point, the Mont Royal socks are crawling along,
The Nameless Dino hat is moving right along. I could probably finish it tonight if I pushed. Like all toddler hats, it’s going to be super adorable, that’s just the way these things go. I’m taking my time on the spines, and trying out several spine arrangements (with T-pins) as I make it.
The patterns call for making the spines by casting on 11, reducing to 2 then increasing back to 11. Instead I used the Turkish cast on with 2 stitches, knit in the round and increased one stitch per needle until I had 11, then cast off as directed. There’s no reason to have the spines ‘open’, as far as I can tell.
Blog Contests and Yarn Giveaways
I didn’t win the giveaway for Knit, Purl Pray from Lisa Bogart, but I entered her November drawing for a selection of T2 Teas (30 November). I also entered the Simple Homestead drawing for Wonder Clips (12 November), the Aroha Knits drawing for the Mizhu Shawl pattern and a skein of Frieda Fuchs yarn to make it (12 November) and a Luxury Yarn Package giveaway from Expression Fiber Arts (15 November)
So that’s it for now. My head is almost back to normal now. If the migraine goes according to my usual pattern it will be a bit worse in the morning, but then it’ll be gone until the next one hits. Hope to be posting with a clear head sometime soon.
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