Thursday, June 21, 2007

Playing Games

I've signed up for two more knitalongs in the last few days. The first one, called Dish Rag Tag, I read about here. I thought it sounded fun and easy, and would be a way to add more "imaginary friends" to my circle. Word spreads so fast that it closed within days with over 200 participants. It doesn't begin until August 1, but the "teams" will be assigned soon and it will be fun to see who I will be racing with.

The second one, which I can't remember where I saw, is Mystery Stole 3. The idea is fun: you are given a list of supplies to purchase, and then on a start date, the first "clue" is revealed. Every Friday another clue is posted and if you follow the instructions, you will end up with a lace stole. I'm just getting into lace knitting with some socks, and enjoying it immensely. I finally figured out how to read a chart, and how to make sure the pattern is correct as I knit. I hope this project won't be too difficult. I just ordered some black Lane Borgosesia Cashwool from The Loopy Ewe. I waited for Sheri's weekly Sneak Up last night so I could make sure to order new brands (to me) of sock yarn at the same time! Never pay for shipping if you can order enough yarn for it to be free, is my motto.

What I've been up to lately: I finished the baby blanket for my neighbor. I made it out of Encore Worsted so it would be washable and soft, and I think it came out nicely.
I used a pattern called 8 hour afghan; two strands of yarn held together and size 13 needles. It went pretty quickly.

I finished the first of my Waving Lace socks in Bambewe Truffle from Zen String.
It was fun to knit and looks good.

Instead of starting the second one, I started (3 times) my Six Socks pattern, Victorian Lace. That's in Panda Wool, which I'm liking very much, and this time it looks like the sock will be a good size. I settled on 56 stitches around and US 1 needles, Knitpicks.
The patterns are giving me a good basic lace knitting education. I finally realized how the sections of pattern line up and that is saving me a lot of anguish and ripping. I've been able to tell right away if I make a mistake.

I'm still working on squares for Laura. These are fun to do, use up small leftover bits of yarn, and will go into afghans to keep tornado victims warm this winter. All good.
I also am planning to send this hat and pair of wristwarmers to Sheri for her Quarterly Challenge. They'll go to babies and girls in need of soft, warm items.
We spent yesterday morning in the yard, weeding and cutting ivy. Things look a lot better now, but there's still so much to do! We have so much rain alternating with sun this time of year that the weeds are incredible. I ordered a load of chips to make some new paths in my vegetable garden, which should help a little bit.

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