No pictures to share this time. I’m still working on this log cabin square project bag, and I’ve progressed to joining the two squares into a bag. Now I’ve picked up stitches at the top of the bag for a drawstring casing. I plant to finish the entire knit portion of the bag, and then block it before measuring for a cloth lining with pockets.
I’ve mentioned here before that I’m working for the past few years — slowly — on stash busting. Today I have more progress to update, with some of my brighter sock yarns that I decided I don’t want socks from because the colors are too bright, and I don’t want to make blankets from, including for my cats, for similar reasons. In recent years I like any new cat blankets to play nicely with other colors in my home, because cat blankets are part of the furnishings. Besides, I prefer thicker yarn for blanket knitting.
Just a quick post, and no pictures today. Well, maybe the one. I did a complete 180 turn on the socks I had started that I showed in my last post. The thing is, while I love to wear red, or have a splash of red in my accessories, I don’t wear red with blue….
I realize these are not the colors many people would choose for socks, but I’ve been wanting some new red socks for a while now, even more since reading a particular novel a few years ago in which a young man who has to wear three-piece suits all the time rebels by always wearing red socks. It was a minor point in the novel, but I loved that bit of rebellion.
I was able to finish the fingerless mitts for my spouse without any major problems. There were a few adjustments. I mentioned in my earlier post that I would try doing the cuff ribbing on US1 (2.25 mm) needles and if it was too snug I’d go up to a size to US2 (2.75 mm). I would consider the first cuff a swatch and then decide. He tried the first cuff on and found it too snug.
In my prior post, I wrote about the cardigan I’ve been knitting in order to learn top-down construction. Well, some things have changed since then. The raglan cardi has been on hold, for reasons I’ll get into below, and I had been about to start some socks to have something to knit in the meantime, had the yarn all ready to go, but that’s changed too. Right now, I’m preparing to make some fingerless mitts for my spouse.
This is what I’m working on at the moment, the pattern that Lion Brand calls a Simple Raglan Cardi. It’s a basic lightweight cardigan for those transitional times in the year when it’s not really cold and not really warm out.