Working Girl

 

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A friend of mine has commissioned me to make three projects, one for each of his sisters.  Yep – three projects, three sisters, three fast approaching deadlines.  Should be fun though!

First up is a lovely lace weight scarf using Purl Soho’s Line Weight.  I have never used this yarn before, but have always heard great things.  And now that I’m using it, I have to agree.  It’s more of a light fingering weight than lace weight, but it is insanely soft, with good stitch definition.  Think of a Malabrigo lace weight without the little bit of fluff that Malabrigo can get.  I’m using the Desert Blue colorway, and it’s this gorgeously subtle blue/grey.  It’s going to be tough to let this one go.  I think if I have any leftover of this color, I will purchase some of the Heirloom White and make the Diagonal Pinstripe Scarf.

After the scarf is complete, I’ll be making two hats for the other two sisters, so more on those projects later.

In other news, I’m excited to announce that I will have an upcoming design in the Holla Knits Accessories issue, along with a short article.  I’m excited to share more details once we get closer to launch date.

And of course, I’m still chugging away on the lace tunic kal.

Weekend Warrior

This weekend I put all knitting aside for a silly little beanie project – Mist by Kim Hargreaves.  Normally, this is not my style, by any stretch, but I couldn’t resist casting on anyway.

The yarn combination I used:
1 skein Rowan Kidsilk Haze in Trance
1 skein Shibui Cima in Fjord

Needles:  Size 6 US Straight (pattern is worked flat, back and forth in rows)

I’m certainly considering knitting this again, though I’m likely to consider some other yarn options like:

Monochromatic Blanket

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I am now 9 squares into this blanket, I was able to get quite a few done on Mother’s day, and it’s nice to finally see it start to become something a little more tangible.  After a lot of debate with my family, I’ve decided that I want every square to look the same, instead of alternating the colors.  I like the more simplified look, and so did Jason.  Since it’s a blanket meant for us, I decided to do what we wanted :)

I still have yet to decide which join method I’d like to use, whether I want to seam them with a mattress stitch to essentially be invisible, or if I’d like to have a more visible join with a crochet chain in the darker color.  I might have to test a few before deciding.

It’s been really enjoyable getting back into crochet, I had set it aside for so long, and I can’t believe how much I have been able to remember.  It’s such a quick and satisfying way to feel like you’re actually finishing something since it only takes a few minutes to finish a square.

Have you ever completed a granny square blanket?  How long has it taken you, it seems deceptively quick to me?

And, do you have any tips for me?  How do you join your squares, how do you block them so they are nice and square?

I’d love to hear any advice!

Finished Dreicke!

The other day I finished my hat for the Fringe Hatalong being hosted by Karen Templer over at Fringe Association.  I used two skeins of the Fibre Company’s Road to China in Riverstone.  The beanie worked up quickly on Size 7 US needles, and the pattern was very well written.  The only change I would have made would have been to have a charted version of the pattern.

Posts coming this week:
– Progress on my granny square blanket
– A new collaboration with Holly from the Silly Little Lady & Teresa from Canary Knits
– The yoke on the Lace Tunic KAL