I've been readying for a vacation and Stitches Midwest and the Chicago-land Yarn Crawl. All the while I let the end of month wrap up fly by!
I have been knitting swiftly and getting a lot of projects done. I still have a few projects in need of buttons. Including my Bittersweet vines set.
I also need 2 cute buttons for Ava's sweater. It's a Helena from Knitty.com.
I made the largest size and made a couple modifications. Those were removing the picot edging on the bottom and sleeve to match the garter edging on the button band/collar. I also did all garter and reverse stockinette in a contrast color. A forced modification due to a lack of purple yarn was to add a couple stripes near the edging on the sleeves.
I have been obsessed with the Knitty.com pattern Sallah Cowl by Bristol Ivy. All my 100% wool sock yarn WANTS to be one. Including some Insanity Sock from Knitting Like Crazy (currently not dying up more) in a Packer color!
I have yet to pick a new yarn to become a Sallah, but I'm eyeing some Zen Yarn Gardens Serenity Silk at Stitches Midwest for one!
On my needles right now are a million things. I found a blanket in Lion Brand Homespun that was 1/4 done in my closet. I moved it from the old house and shoved it in the closet? *sigh*
So I dug it out and quickly doubled the length in cool afternoon a couple weekends ago. I do like it and it's on US 11 needles, so it's about 2 rows per inch. BAM! Blanket!
For those counting that's 4 blankets on the needles, none remotely close to being done! I'm 1/2 way through the GIANT needles blanket too. That one is heavy and warm. 8 strands of worsted acrylic on size 50's. I did about 8 more rows on it but have gotten to a point where I need to be joining new yarn. Things get tangled and I get frustrated. Every row helps though!
I haven't done any work on the Building Blocks or Beekeeper's Quilt. They are lonely and neglected.
Other projects I'm working on are a hat for Halos of Hope. Simple Tam pattern for that in a beige. Kind of boring... a KAL with the Mean Girls Yarn Club that I have made a million (about 35) tiny granny squares for. So cute. I can't wait to work with them, but I have to weave in ends. YUCK! But I'm going to attach them and combined withe some garter stitch rows of white... maybe I'll have a new pattern!
Hope everyone's knitting is going well! See you after Stitches!