Trumpet the Crumpet and other knitted goods
Back in September when I decided to let my unfinished sassymetrical rest for the winter (last seen here) I started working on a series of smaller projects I’d promised various people (and a couple gifts). There were 3 or 4 projects that each should have taken me a week or two to complete. In mid November I was still working on nagging details. Snaps to be sewn on, ends to weave in, seams to be sewn… it was rather frustrating. Now we are in the second week of December and I just sent off various fall gifts on Sunday evening (the joys of a 24 hour quick-shop/postal outlet, though the guy helping was baffled that I’d want to hear about the cost-differences between sending first-class/priority mail/parcel-post for even the third package sent while when I’m at an official Post Office they always give me those options without me asking).
But not as frustrating as trying to work kitchener stitch with manos silky wool in the round over 50+ stitches. Not pretty. See, I’ve been siting on the crumpet beret (Rav link) which I’ve made for Fractone of Dear Blank, it felt like it was taking forever when really it was a 2 week project (started at the end of October) but I decided that the 1×1 ribbing was a great project to finally try out a tubular bind-off. So of course I put off trying tubular bind-off for over a week then I dutifully did my two set-up rows to create double kitting and started to graft, I got about 5 stitches in when I decided it wasn’t going be pretty and undid that work and did Jeny’s surprisingly stretchy bind-off instead. The Knitty pictures were failing me, but luckily Cat Bordhi made a video of this – Thank you Cat! The bind-off is a little fluttery – I think it is supposed to be that way for the non-squeezing effect. I hope the hat stays on nicely and I personally like to find that sweet spot where hats don’t smoosh hair around your face and yet don’t fly off with a random wind gust.
I also sent off two baby sweaters that I really really hope will fit. My friend had twins this fall, and she sort of lucked out since I started the first baby sweater with no idea who it was for (odd for me). This August I was lamenting about the idea of making not one but two baby items, contemplating sewing something instead, when I realized one item was already made and it might just fit. Maybe. I don’t know yet. At some point this fall I decided I wanted to make little flowers to embellish the sweater so I flipped through Crochet Adorned and picked out one of the motifs, the 5-petal pointy flower, from Crochet Adorned’s Garden Party Cardigan (you can’t see it on most of the book’s photos, check page 39 where it is hiding between strands of the model’s hair on her left shoulder) and modified a raised center by picking up stitches in the middle and single crocheting towards the center then pulling the end toward the back. These two sweaters were the subject of much procrastination mention above. I finally stitched on the two matching flowers, going around the center about three times to make sure it was good and secure, but leaving the flower petals ends detached for a little more dimension. And shipped those sweaters off, hopefully before the babes grow out of them. Now to work on my long backlog of other baby items, I think a few of the babes might reach kindergarten before they get a knitted object from me The lesson – always have something baby related on the needles so stuff is good to go (great idea in theory).
Of course what is the best thing to do in November, when you have nagging details to complete and a desire to make christmas gifts? Cast-on for two selfish projects of course. I joined a local knit-along and finally started my first lace shawl, Ishbel, as well as took a class to learn fair isle by making Selbu Modern. Since I hope to start blogging again (actually I never stopped, I just never got past the draft stage of any posts) and can’t use Zarah’s techniques of close-ups (awesome idea) for some of my gifts I’ll tell you more about those projects next time.