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April 22, 2012

This should be a short post today – I’ve been very busy but not on many projects. I finished my Rocketship Shawl this week and I love it. I’m really happy with how the lace pattern came out and the length is great, it makes it really versatile. The yarn is merino/silk and its so soft and warm to wear. I got to show it off to my parents today and they really liked it too. My mum doesn’t knit any more but she used to and I like being able to talk to her about what I’ve been doing.

The other thing I’ve been working on is my  Mezquita Shawl. This is going to be a birthday present for one of my friends. Her birthday is in September but I want to be organised and not panic so I’m making things well in advance. The lace border was really easy for this one – it was practically the same as the Happy Lavender Shawl I’m doing. I’ve already finished the border and I’m getting through the short rows pretty fast so this should be done very soon.

Here’s the lists!

My Year of Projects Lists

To Do/In Progress


Hairpin Lace Blanket – In Progress
Tubey – In Progress
Pin Cushion – In Progress
Happy Lavender Scarf – In Progress
Mezquita Shawl – In Progress
Usoa Shawl – Drops Fabel
Momijigari
2 x HPKCHC Homework
Face Cloths – Drops Paris
Calorimetry – Have yarn
Needle Book – Trying out entrelac (leftovers of blanket yarn)
Scissor Case

Finished Things

Tote Bag – Finished
Windschief Hat – Finished
Snowbaby Hat – Finished
Skaði Fingerless Gloves – Finished
Lacey Crochet Scarf – Finished
Iris Crocheted Shawl – Finished
Shawl Collared Cowl – Finished
Urban Shells – Finished
Elise Shawl – Finished
Betula  Ring – Finished
Magrathea – Finished
Knit Bunnies x 7 – Finished
Realistic Octopus – Finished
Henslowe – Finished
HPKCHC March – Finished
Garter Ruffles Scarf – Finished
Rocketship Shawl – Finished

April 20, 2012

My Rocketship Shawl is finished! I think this maybe the fastest I’ve ever done a shawl as it took me less than a month. I’ve had a lot of ups and downs with this one – I loved the start of the lace, I had problems with loose ribbing, I hated the bobbles, I loved the short rows and I found a dropped stitch after it was bound off and blocked! Now that’s all done though, I love it completely.

The yarn is Fyberspates Scrumptious 4 Ply Sport Superwash and it is a gorgeous yarn to work with. It’s a wool/silk blend and it’s beautifully soft and fantastically warm. The yarn isn’t quite sport weight, but it’s a bit heavier than fingering weight. It was really nice to work with and wasn’t splitty, had no knots or other defects, didn’t bleed and the colour is fantastic. The colourway is teal and it varies from dark green to bright blue in different light.

The shawl is perfect either as a wrap or as a scarf. Done in fingering weight it scrunches up nicely so that it wraps around your neck with out being bulky and awkward. It’s the longest I’ve made so far and reaches to my knees when it’s draped around my shoulders.I really like the row of yarn overs before the body starts and my favourite detail in the lace is the cable twist in the center leaf. I’m looking forward to wearing this a fair bit this summer.

Check out Tami’s for more Fo Fridays!

April 19, 2012

Panorama_Shawl
I love alliteration, so I’m pretty pleased with todays title! The Rocketship shawl is blocked and it was already pretty much dry when I got up this morning. I asked my husband to get a photo of it for me (he’s much taller and had more chance of fitting it all in in one go) but he couldn’t get it non-blurry so instead he took lots of photos and made it into a panorama for me! I’m really pleased with how it’s turned out. It’s really long, I’ve never needed four blocking mats before but I like the length of it.

There’s one tiny problem with it. The pink pin that’s floating around in the middle of the border is holding on to a stitch I dropped a long way back! I’m going to have to rescue it and sew it in when I get home. I can pick up three or four rows to close up the hole that’s appeared, and then I think I’ll have to use a spare bit of yarn to sew it in at the back. Wish me luck, hopefully it’ll work out well. I really happy right now that the bobble didn’t fall out, rescuing that would have been a real challenge!

My parents were over on Skye last week having a holiday and my dad found this awesome book for me. In the end he had to buy two copies because after showing it to my mum, he had to get it for her as well! I’ve always loved celtic art and knotwork, and this book is packed with tips, guides and even templates. It starts off with how to draw knotwork and borders, and how to add stylaised animals into them. Next up is calligraphy and illuminated lettering, and then my faourite part, the jewellery section. Mostly it shows you how to make knotted and woven hewellery with cord, but I’m tempted to give it a go with wire too. Then it goes on to papercraft – decorated boxes and cards and finishes up with glass painting! All in all it’s a pretty comprehensive collection of crafts and techniques and I’m really looking forward to getting started with some of the projects.

Next week is Knitting and Crochet Blog Week, and I’m really looking forward too it! I need to be super organised next week, though to get through it all. I’ll have to make sure I get my Year of Projects update out on Sunday for a change – Sunday is also the open day at the park where my parents live and we’re going down to help like usual so it’ll be a very busy day for me! Monday is Colour Lovers – I know what I’m doing for this one, because I was thinking of making a post about it when I heard the topics! Tuesday is the photo contest, so fingers crossed for nice weather for me so I can get my photo done at the weekend – I have a great idea for this one. Wednesday is about Knitting or Crochet Heros and although this one was a little challenging I think I know what I’m going to write about for it. Thursday is a Knitter For All Seasons, which shouldn’t be too hard although for some reason my mind is blank. Friday is the real challenge – to do something different, like a wordless post, a video blog or sketch – I’m really looking forward to seeing what everyone comes up with for this one and hoping I get struck with inspiration soon! Saturday and Sunday are Improving Your Skill Set and Crafting Balance which I have plans for. So if you haven’t already, check out Eskimmi’s blog for more details and think about joining us. It’s going to be a lot of fun, and there’s always a chance of winning a prize!

April 16, 2012

I’ve been making loads of progress this week and I’m really happy with how everything is going. Yesterday I had the perfect afternoon, curled up in my chair, listening to music, reading and knitting away. I read about half my book and finished it – which means I get to buy a new book too! Altogether it was a perfect Sunday afternoon.

First up the Garter Ruffles Shawl is finished! I love this shawl. It’s a good length to wear either as a shawl or a scarf, and it’s warm, silky and squooshy, plus I love the colour. The crochet chain along the back did wonders to help the ruffles stand out, although the picture isn’t great and really doesn’t help you see them. It’s a really good easy pattern too.

Next up is the Rocketship Shawl. I am completely in love with this again! I’m on the short rows and it’s going perfectly. It’s easy and uncomplicated and I can read while I knit. I’ve put markers in where I do the wrap and turn so it’s super easy to remember when I’m turning. I knit the short row before + 4 more stitches each turn so I think I have 12 more short rows, then 2 more rows across everything and I’m done/ I’m really hoping to get this one finished and blocked by the weekend, since we’re seeing my parents then, and I like showing my mum what I’ve made!

Out of it’s long hibernation, my Happy Lavender scarf has woken up! I still really like this scarf, but it has to fit into a special place in my rotation. It isn’t a complicated pattern at all but I do need to count to four a lot, and if I’m not paying attention I have a tendancy to just knit straight over the yarn overs, so this is going to be easy TV watching knitting and definately not reading knitting! Everything from the last dark green stripe up is new, so I’ve done a good few inches.

I haven’t really done enough on my Tubey since Wednesday to be worth posting about. It’s still only a little longer than last week. I’ll get more done on it tomorrow hopefully during our D&D night, if I can finish the Rocketship Shawl tonight/tomorrow. I’ve wound the first of my gift yarns into a ball and it’s ready for me to cast on a Mezquita Shawl very soon.

My Year of Projects Lists

To Do/In Progress


Hairpin Lace Blanket – In Progress
Rocketship Shawl – In Progress
Tubey – In Progress
Pin Cushion – In Progress
Happy Lavender Scarf – In Progress
Usoa Shawl – Drops Fabel
Momijigari
Mezquita Shawl – Got Yarn
2 x HPKCHC Homework
Face Cloths – Drops Paris
Calorimetry – Have yarn
Needle Book – Trying out entrelac (leftovers of blanket yarn)
Scissor Case

Finished Things

Tote Bag – Finished
Windschief Hat – Finished
Snowbaby Hat – Finished
Skaði Fingerless Gloves – Finished
Lacey Crochet Scarf – Finished
Iris Crocheted Shawl – Finished
Shawl Collared Cowl – Finished
Urban Shells – Finished
Elise Shawl – Finished
Betula  Ring – Finished
Magrathea – Finished
Knit Bunnies x 7 – Finished
Realistic Octopus – Finished
Henslowe – Finished
HPKCHC March – Finished
Garter Ruffles Scarf – Finished

April 11, 2012

It’s Wednesday and I’ve been working hard over the last week. It seems to be spring again this week, and I really hope the weather holds for a while this time. I’m still reading Elantris this week. I’m really enjoying how it’s going so far. I’m reaching a point when everything is getting quite tense and soon something will happen to trigger a big upheaval. It’s quite exciting and I need to find some more reading time this week! I would have got further through the book, but I got distracted during the Kindle sale and got myself a couple of Medieval murder stories whick I really enjoyed!

The Rocketship shawl is still coming along. I’ve only done a couple of rows since Monday’s post so I’ve done a close up photo of the pattern instead. Two more rows and the lace will be done, and another few rows after that there’ll be no more purling needed and everything should speed up nicely. I’m looking forward to getting on to the short rows and getting back to nice squishy garter stitch again – purling 318 stitches takes forever!

The Garter Ruffles Scarf is nearly done. I feel like I made a lot of progress with this one last night. I have 25 more repeats to do before I’m ready to bind off. The pattern for this one is really easy. Too easy to really be interesting but the yarn more than makes up for it. The silk and alpaca is just so soft and smooth that it’s fantastic to work with. After the bind off, I’m doing a crochet chain along the edge of the ruffle to help give it some structure since the silk drapes too well. I don’t think I’m going to block this one out like I would with lace. I might just soak it and lay it flat to dry to even out the garter stitch a little.

The jumper sleeve has been growing and I’m pretty happy with how it’s doing, but I haven’t had too much time on it this week. I’ve finally got a photo that looks pretty true to the colour. In most photos it seems to want to come out radioactive, but the sun was shining nicely this morning and I got a decent photo. I’m trying to be good just now, and resist casting on anything new until both the Garter Ruffles Scarf and the Rocketship shawl are done, and Tubey will become my easy knitting project I think. The only complicated bit coming up is picking up stitches after I’ve finished the back.

Check out Tami’s and Ginny’s for more WIP Wednesdays and Yarn Alongs.

April 9, 2012

Easter is almost over now, but while most people are relaxing on their bank holiday, I back at work again. Bank holidays don’t happen in our office! I hope everyone had a good Easter, we went down to my parents yesterday and had a good time, and saw my baby (aged 21) brother too. I also got quite a lot of knitting done so all in all it was a good day.

I’ve been busily working away at three things this week and I feel like I’ve got much more done this time. First up is the Rocketship Shawl. I’ve been doing about two rows a day this week and I’m finally past all the bobbles. I really hated doing them! The last four rows are pretty plain and shoud be fairly easy going and then I’ll be on to doing the short rows and that should be much easier and more fun. Once I’ve worked out how the short rows work that is. There’s a formula to repeat for each row, adding more stitches each time to make the curved shape so I’m just going to wait and work it out when I get there and I can see what I’m really doing.

Next up is the Garter Ruffles Scarf. This one is coming along nicely and I’m really happy with it. I’m just about to add another ball of yarn so I’m now two thirds of the way through. I just have one ball of yarn to go, then because the silk and alpaca is so drapey I’m going to do a crochet chain along the edge of the ruffles to give them a little more support and help them stand out.

Last up is my jumper. I ripped out the sleeve I had done and now I’m making the sleeve up in 3×1 rib. I’m a lot happier with how it’s going now. The fabric feels left stiff and softer and I love the stretch in it. I just need a few more inches before I start adding in stripes of the cream and black. I haven’t decided how I’m going to do that yet. I think I’ll just work it out as I go! I also haven’t decided how I’m going to finish off the sleeves. Right now I’m thinking of making them three quarter length, and finishing with a couple of inches of 2×2 rib. I really like working on this one. It doesn’t really take any concentration and I can read while I do it. As long as I can keep on at a good speed, I might have a new jumper by next winter!

My Year of Projects Lists

To Do/In Progress


Garter Ruffles Scarf – In Progress
Hairpin Lace Blanket – In Progress
Rocketship Shawl – In Progress
Tubey – In Progress
Pin Cushion – In Progress
Blisco – Freedom Sincere
Usoa Shawl – Drops Fabel
Momijigari
Mezquita Shawl – Got Yarn
2 x HPKCHC Homework
Face Cloths – Drops Paris
Calorimetry – Have yarn
Needle Book – Trying out entrelac (leftovers of blanket yarn)
Scissor Case

Finished Things

Tote Bag – Finished
Windschief Hat – Finished
Snowbaby Hat – Finished
Skaði Fingerless Gloves – Finished
Lacey Crochet Scarf – Finished
Iris Crocheted Shawl – Finished
Shawl Collared Cowl – Finished
Urban Shells – Finished
Elise Shawl – Finished
Betula  Ring – Finished
Magrathea – Finished
Knit Bunnies x 7 – Finished
Realistic Octopus – Finished
Henslowe – Finished
HPKCHC March – Finished

April 4, 2012

I have been busy this week and I’m pretty pleased with everything I’ve managed to get done. The weather was really strange yesterday – within ten minutes we’d go from gorgeous sunshine to strong winds and snow and then back to sunshine and it was bitterly cold. It seems to be much more normal for the time of year today though. It’s sunny and about as warm as it can be with the wind coming straight off the North Sea at the start of April.

First up is the Rocketship Shawl. I alternately love and hate this shawl! The yarn is fantastic though. It’s Fybrespate’s Scrumptious 4 ply which is somewhere between a sport and fingering weight, a 50/50 merino/silk blend, and the colour is fantastic but really hard to photograph well. The colourway is teal, and the colour shifts from dark blue to a blue-green. Currently I’m having issues with the knit to purl texture changes, and I’m really not enjoying doing the bobbles because they slow me down. I did come up with a solution to my knit/purl changes that I talked about yesterday and I only have two more rows with bobbles and the second row has half the bobbles the other row have, so I shall persevere. I did give this one a mini timeout yesterday though because I was feeling cross!

The Garter Ruffles Shawl is going on perfectly. I love this scarf a lot. We had our D&D night with my husbands friends last night and it’s the perfect project for something like that as the pattern is so simple and I can pick it up and put it down really easily at any point when it’s my turn. The yarn is so soft too, it just feels fantastic. I also reached the halfway point last night and started the decreases. I’m pretty excited about this one. Every fourth row it will get shorter and faster now. I probably won’t work on this one this week until next Tuesday, although I think I’ll take it to my parents on Sunday on the off chance that I have time to work on something – plus I like to show my mum what I’m working on!

Tubey has been restarted. I ripped everything out on Monday and decided to start again. I wasn’t really sure about the sleeves before, but now I have a plan that I’m happy with. The pattern has sleeves that are just plain tubes that flare out at the end. While I like the look of bell sleeves, I really don’t like wearing them. They just aren’t comfortable to me, so I’ve changed the sleeves to 3×1 ribbing to match the body and I’ll put some decreases in later to keep them tight. I’m also considering just making 3/4 length sleeves but I’ll worry about that when I get there. I’m leaving the bit across the back between the sleeves as plain stockinette.

I’ve just started a new book on my Kindle. I’m only 5 chapters in so far, but I’m enjoying it. I have to say that I really like it when Kindle books get the same cover as the real books, it just seems nicer! I’m reading Elantris by Brandon Sanderson. So far I’m really enjoying the book. We’ve met the three main characters and already I have a really good feel for them. Raoden was the prince of Arelon, but he’s been affected by the Shaod which has turned him in to an Elantrian. Elantrians used to be like gods, with magic and immortallity but now it is a curse and a kind of living death – injuries don’t feel and the pain is everlasting, so he is locked away in Elantris and forgotten by his people. Sarene is a princess of Teon. She was engaged to Raoden and has arrived in Arelon to discover she is his widow. She seems to have been trained as a diplomat but her new father, the King on her first meeting tells her to “go knit or whatever it is that women do”. I have a feeling she will have quite an impact on the court and I’m pretty sure some how she will find out what has happened to Raoden and between them they will try to find a cure. Hrathen is a high priest from Fjorden sent to convert the country of Arelon to his religion and take it over. I’m about to start his second chapter so I haven’t seen as much of him yet as I have of the other two. It’s going to be interesting to see how the story develops.

Don’t forget to check out Tami’s and Ginny’s and see what everyone else is upto this week!

April 3, 2012

What weird weather we’re having! This morning I woke up freezing with an inch of snow on the ground and daffodils standing proudly in the snow. Last Tuesday, we were driving back up from England with the air conditioning on in the car, and having problems finding motorway services with enough shade because we had our cockatiels with us. Hopefully the weather will even out soon and we’ll actually get some April weather.

First up is my problem. I mentioned this one briefly yesterday in my Year of Projects post, but I’ve been thinking about it more, and now I should have a solution. The problem is that I have a loose column of stitches where I’m swapping from knit to purl. There’s an arrow in the photo to show you where. The problem is worse in real life though. I’ve worked out that the problem is mostly the fact that I’m using fingering/sport yarn with 5mm needles, and that the yarn is 50% silk so it doesn’t have much spring in it anyway, rather than something I’m doing wrong. I know because I went and practiced ribbing on Tubey and didn’t have any problems using aran weight yarn on 4.5mm needles. So I’ve had to come up with a solution and hope that blocking will sort out any of the looseness that’s left, because I really don’t want to rip all this out! The solution is to knit the three stitches before the purl, slip the purl stitch with the yarn in front, and continue purling following the pattern. On the way back on the net row, you pick up the stitch and continue like before. I found the technique on Techknitter’s blog, it’s the fourth solution on this page. I’m only glad I don’t have this problem everytime I do ribbing, and that I’m already more than halfway through the lace edging.

I’ve also been reorganising my Google Reader. Before I had pretty much no organisation and I just started at the bottom and worked my way through everything. There’s nothing wrong with that, but I’d find myself having to skip over lots of things I wasn’t really interested in to get to the blogs I wanted to read. so I’ve organised it! I now have a Comments folder for the blogs you lot write that I want to remember to go back and comment on. Crafts is for blogs like Craft.com which I love to look at and see what’s going on, but almost or never post on, and for indie dyers and designers where I just want to keep an eye on what’s going on. Other is obviously for things that don’t fit anywhere else, and WoW is for World of Warcraft stuff a lot of which I skip over and my husband will tell me if there’s any exxciting news anyway. I’ve also gone through and removed some blogs that aren’t active anymore, or that I don’t seem to be interested in reading anymore.

So now I feel super organised, find and I just need to a browser that will let me comment on blogs from my phone if I’m not on wireless. You can see in the photo what normally happens on blogger if I’m not on wireless. Since I normally read blogs on the bus to and from work, it would be great if I could comment on them at the same time, instead of me having to remember to go back to them when I get home – so if you know of any android browser apps that’ll let me, let me know! I’m trying to make myself get super organised this month, including tidying my house – which is going to be hard work! I’m going to be optomistic and spring clean, and hope that spring does come!

Eskimimi has put up the topics for Knitting and Crochet Blog week 2012! I’m super excited about this, and I love all the topics. I need to come up with a plan for “Something Different” for Friday, and the Photography Challenge. It’s going to be a lot of fun I think, if you’re interested in taking part the blog week is the 23rd – 29th of April, although you can prewrite and schedule the posts if you want. Check out Eskimimi Makes for more details!

April 2, 2012

I feel like I was quite lazy last week. I don’t really seem to have got a whole lot done, and I haven’t finished anything. I think it’s partly that my week was so short – I only worked two days, so I seem to be forgetting the start of the week when I was still on holiday, but at the same time I’m rarely as productive as I’d like to be. I’ve been doing a lot reading of recently too, mostly short stories although I finished the book I was reading too and all that has been eating into my knitting time a bit. Note to self – learn better time management!

Over on the right is the super cute duck my husband won for me from the grabby machines on Saturday. It was our last day of having the car before giving it back to my parents so we went down to the beach to the amusements before doing some shopping. He’s very kindly modeling the scarf I turned in for the Harry Potter Knitting and Crochet House Cup just a few hours before the deadline. So I’ve managed to tick one tiny thing off my list, lol. The HPKCHC is taking a break for a month during which I’ll hopefully get sorted into a house, and next “term” I’ll have two more homeworks to hand in before the end of the first year of year of projects.

This week I’ve been pretty exclusively knitting my Rocketship Shawl. I’m about to start row 34 of 42 for the lace at the bottom, but I’m starting to find it a little tedious now. I was also a bit crow with it because all my knit to purl changes seemed to be loose and getting looser. So I removed all the stitchmarkers since they were at the point where I was having the problems, and now that the pattern is well established I don’t need them to work out where I am. I’m going to try to make sure that I tension that change a little tighter to normal, and hope that blocking will help to sort it out.

I’ve learnt a new technique with this shawl – doing bobbles. I actually find them quite annoying to do – knitting into a stitch four times, then turning and purling the stitches, then turning again and lifting them all over the first stitch. I think it’s mostly all the turning that I don’t like, because the shawl is pretty long anad it’s annoying to keep swinging it round and back again. Other that that I like how it’s going and hopefully I’ll get the border finished this week, then I’m just into the short row shaping to make the body of the shawl.

This week I need to get back to work on my Tubey since the weather has definitely taken a turn for the worse, and after last weeks summer temperatures, this week we’re being threatened with snow! I think I might change the sleeves on tubey to be ribbed like the body too but I’m dithering on that just now. And the Garter Ruffles Scarf that so many people loved last week hasn’t progressed at all so I’ll have to make more effort to get on with that. I’m nearly  at the halfway point and then the rows will start getting shorter and progress should speed up.

My Year of Projects Lists

To Do/In Progress


Slate Scarf – In progress
Garter Ruffles Scarf – In Progress
Hairpin Lace Blanket – In Progress
Rocketship Shawl – In Progress
Tubey – In Progress
Pin Cushion – In Progress
Blisco – Freedom Sincere
Usoa Shawl – Drops Fabel
Momijigari
Mezquita Shawl
2 x HPKCHC Homework
Face Cloths – Drops Paris
Calorimetry – Have yarn
Needle Book – Trying out entrelac (leftovers of blanket yarn)
Scissor Case

Finished Things

Tote Bag – Finished
Windschief Hat – Finished
Snowbaby Hat – Finished
Skaði Fingerless Gloves – Finished
Lacey Crochet Scarf – Finished
Iris Crocheted Shawl – Finished
Shawl Collared Cowl – Finished
Urban Shells – Finished
Elise Shawl – Finished
Betula  Ring – Finished
Magrathea – Finished
Knit Bunnies x 7 – Finished
Realistic Octopus – Finished
Henslowe – Finished
HPKCHC March – Finished

March 28, 2012

I’m a bit behind this week because we were away on holiday, so this is a bumper post for Year of Projects, WIP Wednesday and Yarn Along! We had a great time over the weekend, although it was really busy, and we spent a lot of time travelling around to see people. I did manage to get some knitting done in the car on a couple of days though and got quite a lot done on Monday when we finally had a relaxing day! I’ve also been reading a fair bit, and I got side tracked into reading Spindle’s End. I’ll need to go back to Murder at Mansfield Park soon, but I wanted some easy reading for the car when it was too dark to knit.

So I’m going to start with Tubey. I haven’t really done very much to this at all this week. It’s been way too hot to think about knitting sweaters! But I’ve also been considering changing to 5mm needles. I’m not sure if the fabric feels too thick or not. So my plan is to find my 4.5mm needle swatch, make up a 5mm needle swatch, possibly both in the round, rather than flat swatches, and wash them, then make a decision. If it stays this hot though, I might swap to working on Blisco, since I’ll be making that in DK cotton, rather than Aran acrylic. Only problem is both sets of my 5mm needles have the next two projects on them!

Next up is the Garter Ruffles Scarf, this one has been on the go for ages. This is a great pattern for knitting while talking! There’s nothing too complicated at all and all I need to keep track of is where to put the short rows and the kfb. I did make one mistake and put the short rows at the wrong side! I didn’t notice for quite a while and I really don’t want to rip back. It’s not too noticeable so I’m not going to take it out. I love the yarn, it’s so soft. I’m just over a third of the way through so far, so I need to keep working on it when I need some downtime.

Last up is the Rocketship Shawl. It was supposed to be the Usoa Shawl next but Tubey is on my 4.5mm needles! I changed what I was doing with this yarn. The yarn was originally going to be a Clematis Shawl but I wasn’t sure I wanted something so big, and starting at the bottom and going up to so many stitches was a bit off putting. So I started this one. I really love how it’s turning out so far. I started with 319 stitches so each row is pretty long, but I’m already nearly halfway through the lace pattern and then I’ll be on to short rows to shape the body of the shawl. I knitted most of this one on the seven hour drive back up from Manchester yesterday.

Spindle’s End is a retelling of Sleeping Beauty. It’s set in the same world (as far as I can tell) as Pegasus and Beauty which I also read recently and Deerskin which is another book I have by the same author, Robin McKinley. The stories are all set in different kingdoms. The land where this one is set is saturated in magic, and the fairies are normal people who have some control over it, although they tend to be female. There are also magicians in the kingdom who study and try to force control over the magic and tend to be male. I’ve so far got to the point when Rosie is 20 years old, and the curse is due to kill her on her 21st birthday. She still doesn’t know she is the princess and I’m only halfway through the book, so I’m quite excited to see what’s coming next!

Here’s the up to date list:

My Year of Projects Lists

To Do/In Progress


Slate Scarf – In progress
Garter Ruffles Scarf – In Progress
Hairpin Lace Blanket – In Progress
Rocketship Shawl – In Progress
Tubey – In Progress
Pin Cushion – In Progress
Blisco – Freedom Sincere
Usoa Shawl – Drops Fabel
Momijigari
Mezquita Shawl
3 x HPKCHC Homework
Face Clothes – Drops Paris
Calorimetry – Have yarn
Needle Book – Trying out entrelac (leftovers of blanket yarn)
Scissor Case

Finished Things

Tote Bag – Finished
Windschief Hat – Finished
Snowbaby Hat – Finished
Skaði Fingerless Gloves – Finished
Lacey Crochet Scarf – Finished
Iris Crocheted Shawl – Finished
Shawl Collared Cowl – Finished
Urban Shells – Finished
Elise Shawl – Finished
Betula  Ring – Finished
Magrathea – Finished
Knit Bunnies x 7 – Finished
Realistic Octopus – Finished
Henslowe – Finished