Only knitting and crochet projects to talk about this week. We’ve been enjoying our beautiful weather in the afternoons and working on putting in fencing for a garden/sitting area off our back deck. We have a LOT of deer here and with so little green, they tend to eat everything – including “non-deer-friendly” plants, so we’re hoping to actually keep some things alive by installing a 32 x 32 foot area that will encompass the two fruit trees I planted a few years ago but give us space for some seating and some other beds as well. My DH is doing most of the heavy work but he does need a hand setting posts in concrete, so that’s been a focus around here instead of other things. It’ll be well worth it to sit in a shady spot and watch the hummingbirds and bees visit some pretty flowers!
So… knitting. I made a bit of progress on my Roses of Avon shawl. I finished charts 1 and 2, and I’m almost to the halfway point on the first repeat of chart 3. I had been feeling kind of pressured to focus on this because I thought Jocelyn’s next show was Memorial Day, but turns out it’s Labor Day, so I can be a little less stressed about getting this done. I love the yarn – it’s a perfect blend for shawls with alpaca/merino/silk in a fingering weight and a nice twist. Drapey but solid, all at the same time.
I’m about halfway through the Beanstalk Cowl test knit. I’m really enjoying this one and I can’t wait to see it finished and blocked as I think the lace will really shine. The color is maybe a bit darker than I would have picked otherwise, but I was committed to finding a yarn in stash that would work, and I can live with it. I’d like to see if I can get this pretty close to finished this week.
I got the Misurina Tee divided for the yoke and sleeves, and I started working on the purl-texture body. It should be a pretty quick knit from here on out since I don’t need to look at the charts anymore.
Finally, I got the center squares joined up for the Beach Walk Blanket squares. It took me a while to wrap my brain around the join-as-you-go technique, but I did eventually get it. I’ve worked a few more of the individual granny squares that will form the next square outside this center one, but I’m just slowly chipping away at those.
That’s it for me this week YOP’ers. Hope you have a good one!