Wow, surprised to see it's been about a month since my last post. I have been knitting and posting quick updates to my Facebook fan page, but haven't taken that extra time to write a longer update.
My recent knitting has consisted mostly of family and personal knitting. I used some mystery yarn found at a thrift shop to create myself a hat. It's a little lacy and a little baggy, but not the snood I thought it would be. Turns out, I really like it just the way it is!
search through Ravelry found that I did have enough yardage to make a mini version. I'm really pleased with the results and overcame a couple of knitting fears in the process; lace patterns really can be memorized & enjoyable and charts really can be read!
I actually enjoyed this pattern so much I cast on another one... however that was rather quickly frogged. With two balls totaling approximately 240 yds, I was already cutting it close... Then I came to the part of the first ball that was cut. I should say, this yarn was part of a grab bag, which is usually prone to some kind of issue, hence the awesome price. After a little playing with the pattern and contemplation, I decided to pull it out and look for something else. Still looking for that something else...
Sleeveless Cardi and is knit like a raglan sweater. I hadn't tried my hand at a sweater yet and never realized how simple raglan sweaters could be! Once I got the concept of what was happening, I got really excited that I could create all kinds of things and have added that to my mental que. This project started because in many of my recent grab bag purchases I would end up with a ball or two (or more) of the same yarn, color and lot! I wanted to do something big with it but wasn't sure what. A friend suggested a sweater so I started there, coming across the pattern I did was a perfect match as the weather is slowly warming up here. I think she looks just darling in it!
With so many knit items going to my daughter, my sons (one in particular) were feeling left out. They really wanted a shirt but there isn't much similar to the above in a less girly version. At this point, I settled on a simple sweatband for the most left out feeling son to wear for soccer season in the school colors. I may just get started on some raglan sweaters for them and hope I can finish by the time the weather cools down again!