This post will be lacking pictures, but in brief, here are the updates for the projects currently underway:
- The 10th anniversary wrap was ended a bit prematurely. I was supremely bored with the pattern (or lack thereof) and very disappointed in myself for giving up on the lace. So, I cast off shortly before our trip and wound up with a nice shoulder-wrap that needs a button or a lap blanket. I’m chalking it all up to being an overly ambitious beginner and taking on too much for the artificial deadline.
- Steve’s scarf is into its fourth skein of yarn, and I think this is probably its last. It’s a really impressive several feet of 3×3 rib. I think it’s really striking in the self-striping yarn, too. With any luck, Steve will have it in hand for Winter 2014-2015.
- I have cast on a shawl with just a little bit of lace technique going on. (I think my first attempt was much too advanced for my meager skills, so I took a step back.) It’s the textured zigzag shawl by Lois Young (found here on Ravelry), so there’s a nice blend of knits and purls, garter stitch and stockinette stitch, and just a little bit of lace action. I like that I’m actually seeing holes in my knitting where there are supposed to be holes! I’m working this in a gold-beige acrylic yarn (Caron Simply Soft Solids in the delightfully named “Bone”), which is just right for me.
- I also wanted to try making a cowl. I found a pattern booklet from Leisure Arts that looked approachable but challenging at the same time, and I’m now into my second repeat of the pattern for their Lace with a Twist Cowl. I’m working this one in Knit One Crochet Too’s Ty-Dy, an all-cotton yarn, in the color 248 Watermelon. After 26 rows, it’s a much more open knit than I’ve done so far, which is another stretch for me, but I really like it.
And, naturally, like any good knitter, I have my eyes on what’s next, too. But I’m going to keep those off the blog (and off the needles) until I finish at least one of the started projects!