In progress

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This second pair of mitts are still waiting to be sewn up, the first are being worn and appreciated during the chilly school run apparently. I’ve had a request by one of my little nieces asking me for “white pink with purple bits, like Mummy’s but…oh no I mean light pink with purple bits.” (Awwww, so sweet.) As I’m told they’re superb at losing gloves I’m heading in the direction of a good quality acrylic, not Rowan tweed like these!
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The cabled yoke cardigan has been renamed ‘that stupid cardi’ I’m sorry to say. The time it took it took to figure out the cabled strip has rather soured the project. Well….I guess I have to be honest and admit that’s not absolutely it. Don’t start dipping rags in oil and sharpening your pitchforks but I’m not so sure about the actual look of it. Knitted clothes look so smooth and elegant, crocheted clothes particularly in chunky dcs like this just look coarse somehow. Know where I’m coming from? It needs to be edged, sleeves crocheted and button-band added so I might be more impressed after it’s finished. Maybe.It could be the yarn, I wonder if a different colour and quality of yarn would help too. I chose to use my Stylecraft meadow as I thought it would look lovely, and it’s washable so is practical for children’s clothing.

Oh and also I’m worried that the neckline is tiny. Overall I worry that it’s a bit small. I really, really should try a tension swatch before new projects.

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I’m going to be knitting this feather and fan scarf until I die I fear. Last year I decided I’m going to live to be a hundred; so I’ve got a lot of time to carry on, but might die just after completion and so not get the benefit!

It’s probably far more practical to use a non-fluffy brand for lace knitting. It’s not tricky to undo or knit, but another would show the lacy holes and repeats making it easier to see mistakes and just act as a guide. I’ve tried using pony stitch markers but those little plastic rings are going to scratch my birch needles, they’re getting in the way a bit too. I’ll maybe have a try at placing yarn markers. I accept this scarf is going to be a long-term project and don’t mind really, not now I’m adding lifelines!

I must get on and darn some more of the ends of those granny squares. It’s actually not so bad once you get going, it just starting that’s the issue.

Also I’m knitting up something for a yarn review and that is another story…

What are you up to this weekend? Hopefully not splashing about in flood waters like these poor ponies were, gradually more green patches are appearing though as the water slowly drains away.

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14:37 Mitts now sewn up & ready to wear. This post was a good motivator!

5 thoughts on “In progress

  1. I’ve only ever used yarn for stitch markers, they work just as well, and especially now that I splashed out on Knit Pro interchangeable needles :)

  2. I know exactly what you mean about crochet v knitted garments. I think unless you’re using very fine yarn it does look bulky, it doesn’t have the same ‘drape’ as knitting. As for not doing a tension square, tut tut, you’re paying for it now, lol. We’re all the same aren’t we!
    Thanks for the hare love, maybe see you again at Yarndale 2014. Fi x

  3. you are a busy bee! I think the cabled cardi will work well, because of its size. I once crocheted a jersey for my ex-husband. The model in the book it came from (Vogue) was a gorgeous strawberry-blonde 25-year old navvie and the jersey looked divine on him. It was either my lack of skill or lousy choice of wool, but M did not look good in the thing I managed to complete. It got frogged and I still come across odd balls of it here and there in my many boxes and baskets of yarn. Never again.

  4. “Knitted clothes look so smooth and elegant, crocheted clothes particularly in chunky dcs like this just look coarse somehow.” – know exactly what you mean! It often puts me off crocheted clothes.

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