I promised you an update about knitting, and here it is. 🙂
Let’s start with the Knitting Sarah’s new thing for this year, which is not actually new for her – a shot each day of what is on the needles. I think I can commit to taking a photo a day, but I might not blog them each day. Don’t worry, I will a.) catch up regularly and b.) blog about other stuff, too.
Here’s yesterday’s shot:
Technically, it wasn’t on the needles when I took it but that is what I knit yesterday. These button hats go really fast, if I don’t stop in time, they hop right off the needles before I can get a shot.That happened again today…
Another button hat – this one with the leftover purple, and a gray brim. I can get a whole hat plus the crown of a second hat out of two skeins of Lamb’s Pride Bulky, so I try to keep a supply of neutrals on hand to use up the half hat. then, there is always a bit left over. I’ll show you another day what I do with that.
This is also on my needles today – and really still is! It is another hat, a modified Alpine Topper (pattern available on Ravelry from Halcyon yarn). I am making this one out of two yarns held together – one a sock weight silk merino blend from Cloudlover named after Lady Sybil of Downton Abbey – who could resist? – and the other a light natural gray which is angora/merino blend, also light weight, I think officially a sport weight. I am holding them together so that they come up to a worsted weight, and let me tell you, it is the softest worsted weight I have ever touched. And it shimmers! The mods to the pattern are: lighter weight yarn, so more stitches. No carrying a second thread to make a lining – this hat will be soft and warm and able to be worn indoors or out. It’s for Cousin M unless something goes wrong with it (as did my first try which came out way too small) and I hope it won;t make her itch, but if it does, I think her beloved J will find a use for it. 🙂
Now, more updating:
Here is the 26th pair of socks, all done! And they are NOT this color. They are much brighter, almost a turquoise blue.
I have even already crocheted the 5 squares I need from them for the sock leftover blanket, which is coming along. I need to get more pictures of my progress, but here are a couple of what it looked like a few weeks ago – almost all the squares in a big pile, then as I sorted them to figure out what went where.
Hard to believe that each color is a different pair of socks,and that most of them are in my closet and on my feet. 🙂
Then hats – hats, hats and more hats. The shop sold the two I originally put there, so last Friday I went off to Bangor and bought a lot more yarn to make more. I don’t know if they will sell this week or not, the shop closes soon, but I do know that I want to keep going with this whole retail thing, and so I need inventory.
The blue and green were delivered last week, I’ll take the two purple ones over there today. It was REALLY hard to use that blue button, isn’t it sweet? It is a piece of porcelain, tumbled and drilled into a button by the same folks who make my favorite granite buttons.
Here‘s a photo from the shop’s Facebook page, showing my hats (and a necklace in the background) on display – pretty and warm, right?
Still plugging away on the lace projects – sweater and scarf. Both show progress but no photos recently. I’ll get some over the next few days,though, I promise. 🙂