Labour weekend we did just that, Labour. We spent a good amount of it out in the garden getting it under control & moving our raised bed to a more appropriate location. When we first extended it we put it under the eaves of the unit right next to the patio, the theory being we could still garden when it was raining and close to the house to pick fresh veg for dinner. In reality the spot didn’t get enough sun due to the maple tree and it made it impossible to clean gutters. It has now been moved to where there was once a tangelo tree which gave in to the borer last summer. It was a bit of a mission to move it but we managed to get it done by the Sunday which left Monday to cut back the the flax which had got very out of control.
So having done so much outside I was in need of knitting time, but the bias scarf was just too hard to get into I wanted mindless stocking stitch so I cast on a Shapeshifter in Vero (which is so hard to get a good photo of). I won’t get to wear it for a while, but it is the best kind of project to sit down with when I get home after a busy day at work. I aim to do at least one pattern repeat each day so as to make myself have some relax time.
Summer knitting always is slow with me, I thought the much need spring scarf wouldn’t be too bad but I really can’t get into it. The pattern is easy enough that I still remembered it after 3 days of not knitting but I can’t keep at it for more then a few rows, I keep thinking of garments I would rather be knitting. I wonder if it would be ok to hold off on Lossy socks until autumn and move onto a summer cardigan? I am wanting to knit another featherweight cardigan but in a smaller size. My original grew when I blocked it and it really is too big, I had thought of frogging it but I really don’t think I’m up to it.
The bias scarf seems to be tighter on the shorter side then the other. I don’t know if this is because I knit looser at the end of rows or if it has something to do with the bias nature of the fabric. It could also have something to do with having to do k3tog at the end of some rows as I stuffed up the pattern on the first few rows. I’m hoping with blocking I will be able to even it out.
Speaking of blocking, I hate trying to block lace. Currently on the lounge floor I have the scarf mum gave me trying to block but it is very wobbly. I have read on a few blogs about using tig welding wire for lace blocking. This seems like what would work best for me Vintage Purl has a nice entry on her site regarding it so I might try to get some. It would also allow me to block my shawl I knitted, currently it is a bit of mess hanging over my mirror.
Pattern: Accidentally on Purpose by Jamie Chupick from Stitch ‘n’ Bitch Nation
Yarn:Lincraft Double Knitting Acrylic
I don’t really have much insight to tell about this one. TP is happy with the finished result which is the ultimate outcome. The whole time I was knitting this the colour said “Muppet Vomit”, but I hoped once the stitches were dropped it would break it up a bit, which I think it has. It goes with a lot of the colours TP wears so should be a regular in the wash basket. The acrylic isn’t the nicest to work with but it isn’t the worst I have every tried to knit. More photos can be found here.
My arm pain had eased a lot so I have started a summer scarf this week after I finished the vest. A simple bias pattern that I wasn’t too sure about to start with but it grew on me and I’m happy to have committed to it now. Unfortunately after getting out in the garden today with the weed eater the pain is back so I think it will be slow progress. Fortunately for me, Mum whipped me up a scarf this weekend which will provide that little bit of warmth I am needing in the office. Thanks Mum!