We only had one morning of real sun this week, which happily coincided with a nursery day and saw me straight out on the bike. Other than that, it’s been a productive week of crafting on some very grey days. The final section of Babette is progressing well. My plan is to finish this section in January, then do the border in February. This is definitely one of those projects that get slower the closer you get to the end, probably because the sections are getting bigger but the individual squares are getting smaller. It’s quite frustrating.
I also finished my sister’s hat, washed and blocked it (though you can’t really tell on the latter). It was a real pleasure to make, and I’m looking forward to doing another one in the sock yarn pattern variation. Pattern is Felicity (Ravelry link). I should say that it was heavily hacked for sizing and yarn reasons, so I haven’t really done it justice, the top should be a bit wider and slouchier. But my word, the yarn…..
The Million Stripes Loop (I will get the name right!) is underway now. I have to admit to cursing the provisional crochet cast-on. The pattern said to use a contrast smooth yarn, so I foolishly picked out the cotton that had already defeated me on the ill-fated amigurumi project. This was not a good choice, the yarn split so much that I could barely count the stitches ( a consolatory G&T at this point probably didn’t help). I switched to some of the Lang Tissa cotton which is far less splitty, and things went a lot better. It’s the brown edge that you can see in the photo right. I don’t even know if I’ve done it right or not, unless I pull it out just to see. And I’m not quite that
worried curious. Next time however I shall try the version where you crochet straight onto the knitting needle rather than the one where you poke the knitting needle through the back of the crochet chain stitches. Anyway, those few minutes of hassle (and the following first couple of rounds joining angst) have been forgotten in the pleasure of a delightful yarn in perfect colours following a well thought-out pattern. Faith got it bang-on last week when she described the colours as “chalky”.
I’m now back in my perfect place of having one crochet project and one knitting project on the go simultaneously. Babette has somehow climbed the maintenance curve (I blame all the ends) so it’s nice to have the gentle zen of the loop to switch to when I can’t face joining another 5 2-round squares.
Thank you for all your lovely comments on last week’s post, and on my six month update. I hope you’ve all had a great week and that 2012 is starting well for you. And for Dorothy –thank you – the cat is Gizzie, one of two ginger sisters we bought home from a rescue shelter. Sadly we lost her sister to cancer last year. Gizzie is a delight and does like snuggling on every blanket she can find.