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Saturday, February 28, 2015

A little of this, a little of that

First off, I started and finished putting together the blue hexies for that color's fourth block of my Over the Rainbow quilt this week.

So at least one quilt saw a bit of attention last week. I have Eldon's next block ready to sew in the background diamonds, but just haven't gotten to that yet. I've been too consumed by - you guessed it - knitting.

I made a little bit of progress on the Hitchhiker shawl, but not as much as I would have if I hadn't had to rip out about 5-6 rows and re-knit them. Putting an afterthought lifeline in garter stitch (fingering weight yarn) is not easy, let me tell you. But I managed to get it done and by the end of the evening, I had re-knit everything I had ripped out.

Another project in slow progress passed a milestone recently - it is officially halfway finished, because it is knit with two 100-gram balls of fingering weight yarn, and I finally finished one ball and joined in the second ball.

I started a couple of new knitting projects while I was at it this week. First up is the Ombre Infinity cowl. I've actually made a little more progress than this today (I've added the third color in now), but here was the progress I had made recently.

And I wanted a new pair of socks on the needles, so I picked one of my lovely new hand-dyed sock yarns and cast on both socks.

Finally, today, while I caught up on some knitting video podcasts, I pulled out my crochet V-Neck Tunic, which I haven't been able to work on for about a year because it just caused too much shoulder / arm irritation every time I tried. Basically, that has been the case for any crochet - I'm guessing it's because of how I hold the needle and the movement of my arm as I crochet.

But I was able to make some pretty good progress today, and my arm / shoulder still feel fine, which makes me very happy, because I've been wanting to work on some crochet WIPs for some time now.

I just joined in the third ball on this panel (either the front or the back, they are the same until at least 16 inches), so I'll go work on the other panel until it's about the same length before working on this panel again. That way my gauge / tension should be about the same on both of them. I still have to remind myself to pull up on the first leg of the double crochet so my stitches are tall enough and I make the height gauge. It's unnatural to me, but I'm determined to make this sweater right. :)

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