I cannot for the life of me figure out where the first quarter of this year has gone. My first Blossom Sock Pattern in Baker Street colors by Knitpicks is complete! It is great! I mean, I need to lengthen the flat part of the heel flap, not decrease as much around the ankle portion and make a bit more of the edging on the second sock, but it is great! Okay, so I’m still learning how to make socks. But whatever, the next one will be better and I will keep going after that.
For knitting socks, well that has stalled. I have my gauge swatch for the sock yarn I got in March’s knitcrate and I am pretty good on row gauge, but on stitch gauge…well I’m an inch off on a 3 inch swatch. So, I’m thinking that I need to go up a size, more stitches in the inches. However, I am also using Flexi-Flip needles and at over $20 a set of three I am not that certain I want to knit socks that badly. I barely purchased the first set, and thought that would be it for a while. It will be a little while before I decide if I am going to go for it, or work on something else. Until then, I do have some other projects I am working on.
My Morrigan shawl, okay, so it is now going to be a Boneyard Shawl based on the pattern from Stephen West. As it happens, when I rip something out five times before I have gotten through the first row of the second of four repeats of a chart I give up on a pattern. I know, two weeks of knitting and you’re giving up, pfft. The pattern is probably great for people that have knitted lace before, can follow half of a chart and repeat it, and know how many times a chart should be repeated (off the cuff) when doing the second round. Since there were 14 stitches to the repeat and there were 28 rows to the chart, but the repeat was repeated on either side of the shawl, this should have meant that the repeat was twice on either side of the shawl…so I’m not sure why I was about 10 stitches away from repeating it three times on either side of the chart, and then I gave up.
The Boneyard pattern is much simpler, very pretty, and I am looking forward to seeing how it turns out in my laceweight yarn.
Above, please find the set up and 12 more rows. it doesn’t look like much, but with an increase of 4 stitches every two rows it will grow quite quickly. This pattern is a formula, but I do plan on getting into some slightly more complex lace shortly.
Finally, I have the first of the two shower puffs in my sibling’s chosen colorway. I love how it turned out and I am looking forward to getting the second one done.
Until the next time we speak, Happy Easter and remember to live a life A Little More Abstract.