I have finished the second quarter Jimmy Beans Wool Crochet Club Pattern. This shopping bag was fun as well as easy to create. I have greatly enjoyed learning the different stitches. In addition to this, I have been crocheting on my Furls Coffee Sweater using Furls Z twist Crochet yarn, a 5 mm hook, and the free pattern. I am on row 8 of the second part of the pattern, with one row of ‘coffee cups’ done and about to begin the second ‘coffee cup’ row. The two pictures are of the same piece with different lighting.
This sweater is going both quickly and slowly. Since I have been back from vacation the only other crafty pursuits I have engaged in are winding a bamboo warp and weft for a procion dyeing project I will be engaging in with my guild, experimenting with some natural dyes for a class I taught, teaching a class on spinning, and teaching a class on weaving a seamless pouch with a cardboard loom. Since I have already purchased the yarn, and paid for the dyeing, I will have to wind my cotton warp and weft within the next three weeks.
I have not made any progress on any of my knitting projects. I honestly hope to have this sweater completed sometime within the next…well I have 52 rows to complete plus 34 rows for each of two sleeves. I’m not going to worry too much about the sleeves, however if I can get something like 5-6 rows done each week I should be able to complete the sweater by mid August. If we are taking the sleeves into consideration, then probably closer to September, just in time for the colder weather.
Mason Dixon Knitting is performing a Sock Along. This will have several prizes and run until the end of August. Since I have tried to complete several knitted socks, and failed so far due to how very long they seem to be taking me, I believe that I will put my current socks on a lifeline so that I can give a pattern out of Field Guide 11 a decent try. Since this Field guide is much closer to a formula than an actual pattern, I believe that I will try a simple cuff down sock following the numbers and directions, probably with a 2×2 ribbing and a plain body/toe with a short row heel. This will give me a decent idea of the construction of a sock, should I combine working 2-3 rows on the sock along with working on the sweater 1-2 rows a day I may have a decent chance of having both a pair of socks and a sweater done by September.
That is all for now, until next time remember to Live Life a Little More Abstract!