This blog has lately been filled with a lot of running. Fairly enough since training for a marathon is an almost full time consuming passion. HOWEVER, I do still find some time to fit in some stitches.
When my youngest daughter potty trained, I quickly changed her diaper basket into a knitting basket, and it sits nicely at the end of our couch. One project started, another one joined it, (and another), and quickly it was near overflowing. I've been working hard to empty the basket (mostly because I really want to cast on a pair of socks).
My eldest daughter turned 8 a week ago, and I ordered some special yarn from the US to make her a ballet shrug. More often than not she would be cold at ballet class during the winter so this seemed like a great solution. The pattern search however was not. Knitting patterns are not cheap, and lately pattern price seems to have taken another leap. Some costing anywhere from $6-$10. I don't mind spending the money if I know I will use the pattern more than once, but likely for a kids pattern like a shrug, I won't. A little daunted, I set about altering this adult pattern. One I have knit for myself. Calculations set, I cast on, and.... it worked! It fits her like a charm, and I even had enough yarn to make the arms full length and with thumb holes (because who doesn't love thumb holes?)
One down in the basket.
Next in the basket was a capelet for my Mom. I started this project for her 60th birthday.... two years ago. Gosh wow seriously. I was having knitting guilt everytime I passed out a finished project and it wasn't hers. That included Christmas gifts, birthday gifts. It was becoming a knitterly heavy burden. Ballet shrug done, I picked that capelet back up, and cast it off this past weekend. It's beautiful, but I am glad to not see another p5tog for a while (that means purling 5 stitches together. A feat that my needles are not very fond of).
Finally (and here comes the annoucement), is my icelandic sweater. I finished up the arms this past weekend and have joined the arms to the body, so only have the yoke to go. I'm excited to be entering it into the Western Showcase. Every year at the Calgary Stampede,there is an art showcase tucked away in the corner of one of the buildings, wonderfully placed by the wine pavillion. There are paintings, quilts, cakes, and oh yes, knitting and crochet. Two (?) years ago I entered in two of my knits. I loved seeing them on display and even won a ribbon. The icelandic sweater is pretty unique in that the yarn is actually from iceland, as is the pattern, and I made a number of alterations on it to have a proper fit. When I realized a couple of weeks ago I could have it completed to submit, I became determined to get it done. I checked the brochure this morning and I have about a month left to get er done.
Once the sweater is complete, I will have a cowl left in my basket, and then SOCKS. That should correspond nicely to the start of summer, where knitting socks is a wonderful light project.