Wednesday, May 9, 2012

The Beginning of the Long Haul

I've been working away on the Moderne Log Cabin blanket for my friend's wedding. See?

This is the first square about 2 minutes before I finished it and bound off. I'm hoping to pick up stitches and start the second square either tonight or tomorrow, whenever I can find 20 minutes of quiet time :) I'm trying really hard to stay on top of this project because I know that even though its not hard, the endless miles of garter are going to slow me down.

I've also been working on a few other projects. I had a shaky start with my Marsh Stripes socks. These are my first pair of socks for me and it took me a while to get the right stitch count. Here's where I'm at right now:

I discovered that, at least for stockinette socks, my secret to a good fit is to go up a needle size after the heel. My feet are a little narrow but I have thick ankles, so going up a needle size gives me a little bit more room. I hope to start some patterned socks in June, so we'll see if I'll need to do this with those as well.

Lastly I started a little project as a birthday gift for a friend. This is going to eventually become the Tabitha the Destash Kitty even though it doesn't look like much right now :)

This project has gone pretty quick so far- this took me about an hour? I haven't made too many stuffed animal type knits before, so I'm a little nervous about the seeming, attaching, and stuffing, but I figure I can handle it :)

Part of the reason I am trying to stay on schedule for the blanket is the pattern I will be casting on in about a week: the Rousette Shawl. I'm wondering if I have bit off more than I can chew with this one. The lace portion is entirely charted out and I (not being a fan of charts) am not sure if I'm going to rewrite it into written directions or just plow through with the chart and hope for the best. I plan on increasing both the stockinette and the lace section as well. The pattern includes directions on how to increase the stockinette portion, but I'm a little lost as to where to increase the lace. Hopefully it all comes together soon!

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