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current (a)musings

A few weeks ago a friend asked if I knit a handful of projects simultaneously or start and finish one project at a time.  Easy Pollyanna answer: I complete one before moving on to another.  Um, maybe this is who I was a few weeks ago.  Then last week happened.  And I started, oh, about FIVE projects.  How terribly uncharacteristic of me!  As there are no finished wares to share, works in progress (for better or for worse) are detailed as follows:

A blanket consisting of 126+/- granny squares of various patterns and sizes is percolating on low.  This was inspired by Interweave Crochet’s Babette Blanket (available for download on ravelry.com with a bit of $) and I definitely had to create something similar when I saw this picture:

photo: ravelry.com, blanket by sara1rene

I know, right?!  I chose Knit Picks Palette, a super soft and 100% wool finger-weight yarn, in about 17 deep and different colors (creams, clovers, teals, currents, eggplants, bitterroots, pumpkins, etc.).  The pattern calls for a size E crochet hook, which creates very itty bitty stitches; there is glory in minute details.  And I’m only crocheting squares on the weekend.  So far I’ve done about ten… not even enough to make a blanket for the Borrowers.

squares of blue

Conservatively, I may finish in a year and a half.  On a lighter note, this project is intended for use in our home (!).  I am looking to build a quirky, Janie-made blanket and throw collection and need to start somewhere.  My somewhere has arrived.

As for commissioned projects, this week I’ve finished my very secret knitting endeavor of about three weeks and still can’t disclose details, though I’m itching to do so.   But all in good time.

I’m now working on a beanie (my first beanie) that a friend and former co-worker ordered to give to her mother.  I’m using US size seven dpn and Cascade 220 yarn (in a maroon/burgundy) but am a little worried my gauge is too tight.  I’m trying to knit to a place where I can try it on my head to make sure, before ripping it all out and starting again (on, say, US size nine dpn).  The pattern was purchased at my dear local yarn store and features a rib pattern and braided cables.   I’ve not yet cabled a braid and I’m anxious to learn.  Fancy pants.

beanie in the works

Lastly, I’m knitting a few small, sweet baby shower gifts in a natural color baby alpaca that are oh, so sweet and darling.  But these, too, can’t be detailed, as they should be surprises.  So I will try to show some restraint.  On that note, here is a picture:

a little after cast-on and so much potential

On the internet and in knitting magazines, I keep reading tips that say that having a number of projects going (projects with different needle sizes and yarn weights) is beneficial for knitters who experience early signs of carpal tunnel syndrome (um, me).  It gives muscles in the hands, wrists and forearms some variation of movement.  So maybe I’m okay submerged in five projects at once.  Also, it’s probably good that I’ve ordered a pair of wrist splints from Amazon.com to wear at night, which should be coming in the mail any day.  This combination will hopefully keep me knitting into my nineties, Lord willing.  The future knitter inside thanks me.  No prob, matron lady Jane.

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m. hostetter scarf

bessie modeling the m. hostetter scarf for us

This small blue scarf was commissioned by my former landlady.  She had in mind a thin, warm scarf for tying around her head on the very cold days, to keep her ears warm.

The yarn is Gems from Louet Sales of Great Britain, one-hundred percent Merino wool, and was purchased at our local yarn store.  Working mostly with my beloved seed stitch, I knitted the body of this scarf, decreasing on one side only at both ends, until the length was about 35 inches (not very long for your typical scarf).

The short ends I then embellished in a simple crochet pattern, adding crochet stitches, loops and chains at intervals.  I’d like to thank a dear friend Laura who recently let me watch her crochet and look through a book or two; this was very helpful.   An aunt of mine had taught me the basics of crocheting when I was in grade school, but I hadn’t been able to pick it back up successfully until this project.

crochet detail

So, thanks to Laura, Aunt Pat, my mother-in-law who gave me the crochet hook I used, and Louet Sales for producing such beautiful wool.    And to my landlady who wanted the scarf in the first place.

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