It was really nice to have a long weekend here in the US for Memorial Day. Both my DH and I had a pretty quiet weekend, but I think we’re both back to 100% now, although our little town and the area where he works have been hit pretty hard by COVID these last couple of weeks, so it wasn’t just us! Lots to share, so let’s get right to it, shall we?
More progress on my Meadow Knots cowl. I have completed the second set of charts and started on the third of five, so not quite halfway through, but close. I also upgraded to the beautiful project bag I got yesterday from Alisaa over at Head Knits, which perfectly holds all the colors of shetland wool I’m using for this project, with room to spare! I love it (and yes, it’s fall themed but we’ve had 1 really warm day here, so now I’m done with summer and ready for fall).
I’ve also passed the halfway mark on my DK-weight Battenberg blanket. I have reached the point where each diagonal’s worth of blocks is getting shorter, so hopefully these last rows will go pretty quickly, and then I can move on to the border.
I started sock #2 of the Scribbly Gum Socks, designed by Helen Stewart, I’m knitting for my friend, Katie. I’m using MadTosh Sock in the colorway Logwood for these. I’ve got the cuff and a few repeats of the lace pattern done so far.
I did make some further progress on my Roses of Avon sample shawl knit but right now, it just looks like a scrunched-up dishcloth on the needles, so I’ll wait to take more pictures until I’m further along and maybe down to the first border.
I started several new things this week as well. First up, a pair of socks for Summer Sock Camp 2022, hosted by Kay, the Crazy Sock Lady. This is year 3 of camp, but the first I’ve joined. I’m also using these as my project for the month-long Yarn Love Challenge hosted by Toni over at TLYarncrafts. The pattern is another Helen Stewart one, Curling Mist Socks, and I’m using Suburban Stitcher Sock in the colorway Lazy River. These will be for my friend, Nic, who is a tall girl and needs large socks to fit her, so I’m making the 72-stitch/large size version for her.
And I also started yet another blanket. This is the Spots ‘n Stripes blanket, designed by Wool.Thread.Paint. I’m making my version in the called-for Stylecraft Batik. We have a family member going through a tough time right now and I’d like to see if I can steadily make progress on this to finish it sooner rather than later. I’ve got the first 9 of 81 blocks done so far.
I finished up the BFL roving spin I’ve been working on. This is a handpainted roving from deep stash, from Funky Carolina in the “Eowyn” colorway. It came out less pink than I thought it would, but I do like the muted, antiqued tones in it. I wound up with 275 yards of 2-ply yarn and 3.8 oz, so somewhere between a sportweight and a DK-weight. No immediate plans for this one, but probably mittens or something that can be hard-wearing with the BFL.
I also finished up the detail stitching on my wool applique last weekend. I just need to put the backing on it and this little one will be done. These are adorable but they will need a good lint-roller to lift all the “helper crafting animal” hair regularly, I think.
Finally, I also put some stitches into Desert Mandala. I’m working on bringing the woven border and the beaded triangular motif border down the right side currently. I was going to jump over and start work on the left-hand side to match, but I think instead I’m going to continue to fill in along this right side and work in a clockwise fashion to complete this bottom third, so we’ll see where that gets me in another week.
Have a great week YOP’ers!