At some point since starting this blog-a-long, I have started thinking of myself as a knitter. This is something I never imagined would happen, particularly during the three years that it took me to finish Small Girl’s Christening blanket.
I realised this when I found myself writing a list of projects on the back of an envelope, over breakfast, allocating months to them, and thinking “Microsoft Project would be handy for this”. I’d suspected something was up when I had to buy a second stash bag, and then when I started wondering what to make for the various birthdays and new babies that are coming along this year. Those of you with a memory of more than a few weeks will remember me saying that I wouldn’t be knitting for other people. I failed that one too.
Babette needs just one more border round! The border is one round pale pink, two rounds orange and then one round of the yet to be bought bright pink. I can’t wait to finish it this week It’s the perfect blanket and I’m so glad I made it. Thank you again for all your lovely comments, they are much appreciated.
The Million Stripes Loop is keeping its green stripes. It does make me feel a bit like a character in a Quentin Blake illustration, but I can’t imagine it with any other colour from the current selection (though I still think a licheny grey-green would have been Just The Ticket). I am going to make a very restrained one later this year. I promise. I have 4 more stripes, the ends, grafting and blogging left to do, so it should be finished and snuggled around my neck by this time next week.
I have cast on my first sock EVER – using the Ribbed Socks for Bigger Feet pattern from Spud and Chloe, with a stashed ball of Zitron Trekking XXL in a blue/green/white mix from Jumble-Jelly in Bradford on Avon. These are not going to be quick socks – I am plodding through six inches of k3/p1 rib on 2.75mm needles (sob). It’s going to be a good few days before I start doing anything in the least bit new and exciting, technique-wise. However, the pretty yarn is a good diversion and I love the feeling of not quite knowing how it’s all going to turn out.
So the plan for February is to finish Babette, the Loop, and hopefully the socks. I bought pattern and yarn for a baby beret and matching socks whilst in Cornwall last week, and I’m hopeful that I’ll be able to squeeze that too in during this short month (or at least the hat). And yes, those of you with a memory of more than two weeks will have seen that my two-project rule has also been abandoned. The hat won’t be started until Babette and the Loop are finished, but it just feels reassuring to have everything lined up for the next project!