Hannah and I are beginning to get into a schedule and rhythm that has allowed me to actually do some knitting in the evenings again. (She gets cranked up around 8:00 pm when she starts running laps again, so I take a break for some play-time before bed. Kitten energy could run the world.)
I was able to finish up the Evening Dew Hat, but will show that off on Friday, as well as a very small skein of handspun I completed this week.
Otherwise, I’ve been mostly working on socks. I am ready to add in the contrast Fish Lips Kiss heel on the self-striping socks (yarn from Desert Vista Dyeworks), and last night, I turned the heel and started the gusset on the Cliff Walk socks.
I’ve also been working on a couple of non-knitting projects this past week. I started on my 30-day “learn something new” challenge, with a sashiko kit from Snuggly Monkey (on Etsy). The kit came with everything you need to do some basic sashiko – fabric with the pattern already on it, thread, needles, an instruction card – and I watched some videos. It’s basically a long running stitch so if you’ve done other hand-sewing techniques, it will probably come easily to you. The traditional indigo blue and white thread is a classic and I chose some interlocking floral motifs for mine. I’m finding this a very meditative craft and nice to add in a thread in the mornings while I drink my tea.
I’ve also been working on my focus cross-stitch project for the year. This is Winter’s Encounter, charted by Heaven and Earth Designs from artwork by Laura Prindle. I’ve put in just over 1000 stitches this week, and I’m inching towards the 50% mark, which will be a great milestone. This will be out for another week or so. I’m going to try to put 2K stitches a month into it, or a bit more as I have time, and then use the remainder of the month for another full coverage project to rotate through my current WIPs.
Have a great week, YOP’ers!