Here is an update on our progress on the Diagonal Garter Stitch Scarf. My friend is a EMT so she has less time to knit, but to be fair I am using a bulky yarn and she is not so mine appears to go faster :P, but I do have two skeins to her one, so it will equal out and it is not a race, just a KAL (knit a long). My colors change faster than Keri’s do, so it will be interesting to see her finished scarf :).
Here is the update on the Te Ara Fingerless Mitts I am knitting. I still have to finish the thumb and have decided that I will make it match the upper part of the mitts in the lighter speckled yarn. To see more about the yarn I am using check this page out. I will just keep my fingers crossed that I will now have enough of the navy blue to do the other mitt :P.
I taught my friend to knit when I lived in TN and we use to have Harry Potter Marathons and eat popcorn. Ahhh those were fun days :). We have missed doing those things together, as I now live in another state, so we decided to have a Scarf Along. We have picked out our yarn and needles and our plan of attack for the scarf. I wish I could tell you where I got the pattern, I hand typed it out and have had it for years so no telling where the pattern was from originally so I can’t share it, but there are several on Ravelry that are Diagonal Garter Stitch Scarfs.
The pictures above are the yarns we chose, I neglected to get the brand of yarn she got for this project, but it looks like Lion Brand tho’ I could be wrong, I’ll check back with her and update this(**Yes it is Lion Brand yarn Mandala, thanks Keri :).) My yarn is Yarn Bee Aspyn from Hobby Lobby, it is 80% acrylic and 20% alpaca and very soft and is a bulky weight tho the pattern calls for a DK weight and a US size 5 needle. We both decided the 22 stitches cast on was to narrow for us. My friend, Keri cast on 44 stitches and went up 2 needle sizes and I will also be using the US size 7 and I am casting on 32 stitches. We should have pictures of our progress to show soon :). I am excited to get to do something with my friend again :).
I am coming along on the fingerless mitts. I decided to add the 3rd color from the cowl on the top of the mitts because I was getting very nervous about the yarn chicken game with the navy yarn, lol. So I will frog some of the top area of the mitt I am working on and add that 3rd color. I should have one mitt to post a picture of soon as well. I started with the navy, then added the beautiful turquoise color for the pattern area, then back to the navy and the top few inches will be the light speckled yarn. It will be a perfect match for her cowl. 🙂
This year in the Fiber Pusher Podcast on Ravelry we are working on spinning. This month it’s getting things finished that are on our wheels. I had finished the first spool of singles last year, and had started the 2nd spool so am now working on finished that 2nd spool. I’m excited to see this 2nd spool finished and plyed with the 1st spool because I know it will be a beautiful yarn. My yarn usually ends up being a light sport weight. You can see the rolags I am spinning from, here. I’m trying to commit to at least 20 min of spinning a day, but at the very least 3 or 4 times a week. That way I won’t feel bad if I miss a day or two because of odds and ends unplanned things that happen in life. Would love it if things never happened unexpectedly however…. :). I haven’t decided what I want to make from it yet.
I will still be working on the mitts, but I have decided that rather than chance I will fail at the yarn chicken game (made me nervous to see the ball going down faster than I had hoped) and I really did not want to have to frog two mitts to redo them with another color yarn, so, I am going to insert one of the other colors where the design is so it will be a two tone mitt and better match her 3 color cowl :). I’ll post a picture when I have passed that design point and you can see it better.
I have also promised that I would finish the socks I am working on for someone for their birthday (next month) and I need to make two hats for two little ones as we are in the throes or a polar express here :). We were at -21 yesterday (New Years Day and this bitterly cold weather started with the early afternoon on New Years Eve) with wind chills dipping from -30’s to -42 and it was still very cold earlier today, tho now, late afternoon, it’s only -2 with a wind chill of -14. woo hoo, a warm up :P. So I should have a very busy next few weeks with spinning and knitting :).
I hope you all have a very Happy New Year and will be safe and healthy this year.