Hello! Sorry it’s been a while. There has actually been quite a bit of knitting going on but just not much to show just yet: a linen-stitch scarf, a pair of socks for Knittingsarah’s “Socks with Sarah” gentle year long knitalong, and a pullover, the back of which is done but there’s a way to go yet.
The pullover was intended to be the Wilson cardigan from Rowan’s Dalesmen. I even bought the yarn specified in the pattern, Rowan Kid Classic in “Bear”, the colour of milk chocolate. I may also have chosen the colour in just the smallest part for the name.
Anyway, no matter how much I tried I just couldn’t get gauge, but going down a needle size to 4.5 mm I found I got a really nice fabric at 20 stitches to 10 cm. So, I made a small change of plan and started on a button collar pullover from a vintage 1960s pattern book from Mary Maxim, Classic Casuals.
It’s a startling scarlet red in the book, but I think this will be a pretty useful item in my wardrobe in a classic medium brown.
That pretty much wraps up my knitting progress but I have been a bit more active in the crochet department, having signed up for Martine’s Snowflake Crochet Along. It’s a very appropriate follow on to the Christmas balls knitalong that Knittingsarah and Martine co-hosted last year.
I have to confess that I almost gave up before I started because my only crochet project up until now has been a double crochet wash cloth and the snowflakes are quite challenging. I did buy the book (Caitlin Sainio’s 100 Snowflakes to crochet) and some 4-ply cotton but it really was an unmitigated disaster such that, in a moment of frustration, I even offered the book free to a good home on Twitter. Luckily nobody took me up on the offer.
I’d been thinking of starting over on the Christmas balls using Rowan Felted Tweed and then I thought some tweedy snowflakes mightn’t look too bad either so I had a go using some leftover yarn. The first one came out pretty nicely so I invested in some more Felted Tweed in icy colours and I also got hold of some in Christmassy red and white to start on some matching tweedy Christmas balls.
There were three of the crochet snowflakes for February which ended up being quite tricky indeed, but I’m so glad I persevered. Here is the last one, and my favourite so far I think, number 69 Plane Dendrite.