Craftwise, 2016 hasn’t been a great year.
That might be an unfair statement; I have been crafting away but I seem to be failing to finish a project. Actually, that’s not so true either. So practised is the fine art of procrastination in me that I managed to actually finish something before getting around to writing this. Seriously, if putting things off was an Olympic sport, I’d probably put off participating til next time.
Anyway, this is the finished project; a crochet scarf that hasn’t been blocked yet. It’s off the hook but in this house that’s as finished as it’s going to be for a while: Charmed Forest made with Rico Superba Poems. If you were wondering, the yarn is terrible. It goes from as thin as lace to almost unspun clumpy stuff The colour is what attracted me and I think it looks good, but I wouldn’t work with it again.
Also, on the go is this Volcan Modular Scarf from Stolenstitches book Short Row Knits. I’ve been at this one since the book launch in This Is Knit last October. I fell in love with it when I saw the sample. I’m using Townhouse Yarns Grafton 4-ply in Antigua and Malabrigo Sock in Caribeno. Two fantastic yarns to work with Initially it worked up quite quickly. I’m on the very last wedge but seem to be stuck, for no reason really, just slow to move on. It’s so big that I can’t get the whole thing in a photo. However, as I so easily do, I got distracted, by other things.
One of those things was finally finishing a (second) Flowery Cushion for my mother-in-law. All I really needed to do was sew on the leaves, but it had sat in a bag for nearly 5 years!! Even I am appalled at that! That’s still only 2 FO’s so far this year.
I also have a Magrathea on the needles. I started this in February as a quick project having inherited the beautiful yarn from a friend. I started it twice – the lace bit got the better of me a couple of times and it turns out unknitting lace is something only those with guru-level knitting skills can achieve. I have 19 more rows to do – that last charted section. I’m all ready to put in a lifeline and everything but I think my nerves got the better of me. I’m so close to the end I don’t want to mess it up.
Lastly, I’m crocheting a pair of fingerless mitts to use up the yarn leftover from the crochet scarf. So these haven’t been on the go too long and I do need a simple and mindless ‘handbag project’. But now that the kids are on summer holidays I can really knuckle down and focus myself to progress these projects. If you don’t hear from me for a while I’m trapped under WiPs and I’ll knit my way out!!