The weather here in suburban Elysia has been cool and grey and the tree pollen is carried in yellow showers by the wind. Work has been busy, so in the evenings I don’t have much energy – I just want to cuddle up with a blanket and a vlog or Netflix. I have been spending a lot of that time with knitting and have some finished objects to show you, and some new projects as well.
First up is the Log Cabin blanket – finally off the needles. This is a pattern from Mason-Dixon Knitting and I started it in February 2016. At that time, my knitting had been dormant for a long while, but on that day, Miss L had a birthday party to attend and I had a couple of hours to kill. On a whim, I grabbed the book, a skein of Lions’ Brand worsted, a set of needles, and sat at a coffee shop around the corner and cast on. In the early days, it was small enough to tuck into my purse and take with me for travel and movie knitting. I worked on it off and on for several years and it had no end in sight. Finally, though, I realized it was becoming unpleasant to work on due to its size and weight, so I watched a YouTube tutorial on how to crochet an edging (also very fun and relaxing, I may try granny squares!) and finished it up.
I also finished the Beatrice mitts, which is a pattern by Leslie Friend of A Friend to Knit With. I knit this in the recommended yarn, which is TurtlePurl’s Striped Turtle Toes in the Trench Coat colorway (available from Etsy). The pattern was quick and easy and this yarn is wonderful – highly recommend both.
I have cast on for a new pair of socks and a summer sweater, and I think my next blanket is going to be a scrappy Cozy Memories with lots of leftover sock yarns and a dark grey or black border around each square. In addition, I picked up a counted cross-stitch sampler kit and have been working on that with a lot of satisfaction. It’s my first counted cross-stitch project and won’t be my last unless it ruins my eyesight in the process. I have long wanted to stitch an old-fashioned sampler and this one isn’t quite what I would ultimately want (I want something more complex and detailed, and more old-fashioned) but it’s a good start.