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I’ve been working a lot lately, but as those of you who know me well know, I’m definitely not an “all work, no play” kind of gal. I’ve been doing some knitting and stitching, but I just haven’t gotten the camera out to do an update, so this is a catch-up post on what I’ve been doing.
I’ve got a couple of finishes. First, another pair of socks for Warm Woolies.I’m still using yarn I won in the Dancing With The Stars pool on Ravelry. I’ve got a lot of skeins to go, so I’m planning on cranking out quite a few more pairs, since I can get one pair out of a skein of Cascade 220.
I finally finished the Crusoe socks.I include the link to the pattern here as a warning. Do not use it. Seriously. It is fraught with errors, and the sizing is waaaaay off. If you like the way they look, take a generic sock pattern and use the 4 stitch stranded pattern on it. I’m not kidding. Knitty doesn’t have any errata on it, and after I had ripped out the heel 5 times on the first sock, I searched Ravelry and discovered, buried on someone’s project page, that it wasn’t me and there was a problem. I plan to post prominently on my project page that there’s issues with this pattern. The yarn I used was wonderful though. It was the first shipment in the Whimzy Pinzy cotton sock club; I found her on Ravelry and she’s wonderful to work with… definitely a small business that goes the extra mile for her customers.
I finished some cup cozies for the Starbucks and Yarn swap:I can’t remember the pattern right now, but if you’re interested in it, let me know and I’ll find it for you. For the same swap I also made some stitch markers:(Yeah, the picture’s a little blurry, but you get the general idea. Photography’s not my forte.) My swap partner posted that she was happy with her package, which also included a gift card, a skein of sock yarn, and a travel mug, so I hope she was.
In other knitting, I started new charity knitting for the Red Scarf project:Pattern is the Columns scarf, a freebie from Knit Picks. It’s working up fast (although not as fast as I’d like), but I still don’t know if I’ll make the deadline for this year. It’s a good travel project because it’s only a four row pattern that’s easily memorized. It calls for two different colors of yarn, but I decided to do it in only one color for convenience.
I also started a pair of RPM socks:Yarn is another Wimzy Pinzy cotton club yarn — this time the Olympic commemorative for August. It’s in one of her flat sheets, where you pull the yarn off the sheet and knit off it, which is actually kind of fun. I decided to go ahead and knit it up, considering my personal Olympic boycott (I disaprove of both the Chinese government and the IOC, which I know puts me in a serious minority, but I managed to not watch any of the coverage. I support our athletes, but I could not bring myself to watch the spectacle.) At any rate, the pattern seems to be a good one, and it’s knitting up fast.
I haven’t abandoned cross stitching by any means! In process are:This is Dasher, one of the reindeer by Nora Corbett. He’s going to be a model for the Needled Canvas and Finest Threads, a needlework store here in Marietta. Right now I’m waiting for the beads to come in, because the holes you see in him are where beads go, and he looks like a good ol’boy got hold of him with a shotgun full of buckshot…
I’m also working on “Ye Shall Prosper” with a group of DFs. This was one of our projects at ASG last year, created by the fabulous Rae Iverson.The girls have created a stitchalong for us to try to get this finished. First up is the needlebook. I had done the chain stitch outline in class; we’re supposed to get the first page of it done sometime in September. Everyone can tell you that I follow these schedules rather loosely, to say the least. 🙂
I think that gets us caught up, craft-wise. This weekend is Labor Day weekend, which is the unofficial end of summer. Nobody told the weatherman that, because it’s hot as Hades here. Our plans are to head to Rome tonight, spend the night, bring Mom back to Atlanta tomorrow to shop, head back to Rome tomorrow night to take her home, spend the night, and head back home on Sunday for a day of rest on Monday. I hope all of you have a safe and fun holiday weekend!!!