Doesn't time fly when you're having fun? I can hardly believe that I am writing my September WIPocalypse post - where has the year gone?
Today I learned something new, but I'll work up to that.
This week was quite a good week for Carnation. I stitched three blocks and finished row 15 on this page. I also did quite a bit on block 9 on the next page, which will save me some time later.
On Monday, I washed and blocked my Learning Curve scarf. It was not quite as successful as I had hoped, partly because the yarn is 100% acrylic and partly because the double ribbing and cable sections were never going to stretch to the width that I wanted. However some improvement is better than none. Now I just need to weave the ends in and add a fringe.
Progress on Pink! has been going well. A few rows here and a few rows there, and as you can see, I am coming to the end of this ball. I really need to measure up my small people before I come to any decisions about how long this is going to be.
Now for the something new. I have a birthday later this month and for an early birthday present, my sister and her family bought me a workshop on how to knit socks. So today I went to Knit Nottingham and learned how to knit socks. I know that this doesn't look much like a sock, but it has a cuff, a heel and a kitchener stitched toe - there is only so much you can do from scratch in four hours. I had a great time and now feel a lot more confident about my knitting skills.
So much so that when I got home, I cast on for my first sock. Being a beginner, I am knitting the double ribbed cuff flat before joining to knit in the round. The idea is that this will stop me from twisting the yarn when I join the two ends and I will sew up the gap when I have finished. I am really looking forward to wearing my own hand knitted socks, especially as I have already bought so much gorgeous sock yarn. Thanks, Eleanor, for a really enjoyable workshop.
The WIPocalypse question this month asked who your favourite person is to stitch for or whether you prefer to stitch for yourself. I would dearly love to be able to stitch just for myself, but counting up, I only have three finished items of my own - my Zebra cushion, Pheasant and Fuchsias. Everything else has been for someone else. Admittedly my two biggest WIPs - Carnation and Train - are for me, but they tend to get put on one side so that I can finish a piece for someone else. Guardian Angels is for Mum, and I have two more pieces in mind for other people - one for Mum and one for my cousin's bump. On the knitting front, I was quite determined just to knit for me, but Breeze is for my friend and Pink! will probably end up with one of my nieces, which means that I will have to knit something for the other one. But - socks knitted from special hand-dyed yarn are definitely going to be for me and me alone!!!!
In other news, I put on another lb this week so am 2lb over target and need to be careful in the coming week. This is always my problem - I get to target and then I get complacent. Maybe if I concentrate on my craft work, that will keep me from eating non-SW food.
Anyway, all the best to you and yours, and may the frog steer well clear of your needles.