Today I’m going to do a more laid back post and take a look at what WIP projects I’ve got on the needles, mostly because my right ankle looks like it’s got a grapefruit stuffed in it, so I’m feeling pretty lousy! This post will just look at projects I’ve worked on recently, because if I dug out the dormant projects we would be here all day!
The first WIP I’d like to look at is my Aquamarine Mitts which is a pattern from a recent issue of Simply Knitting. I’ve not got very far with these because I took a break to make Rybka so all there is at the moment is some ribbing. These mitts are interesting because you make a simple mitt, then add a lace panel afterwords to create a pretty effect. It’s been a while since I’ve worked that kind of lace so it should be interesting! I’m also wondering how the lace will come out because the yarn I’m using is acrylic, which I know how to block if necessary, although I’m hoping it won’t need me to be too stern with it! The needles I’m using are 3mm KnitPro Zing single point needles and the yarn is King Cole Baby Comfort 4-Ply in Blackcurrant.
The next WIP is my Angry Dragon, which is a relative of the Wingspan shawl and is included in the book “Wingspan and Beyond”. This shawl feels very different to its cousin, featuring a lace body as well as the addition of beads for weight and sparkle. As recommended in the pattern, I’m using a tiny crochet hook (0.75mm as I had one lying around) to put the pretty red beads on as necessary. The 4mm beads have a hole approx 1mm in diameter, so it’s a little fiddly but I’m getting the hang of it slowly. The yarn for this project is Sheepjes Invicta Colour and I’m a little disappointed with the vibrancy of the colour (particularly the yellow) in this first segment, but I’m sure it will pick up looking at the deliciousness of the outside of the ball! I was really pleased to find that this yarn had the centre already pulled out and ready to go so I don’t have to chase my yarn around from an over enthusiastic tug! The needles for this project are 3.5mm HiyaHiya Sharp Steel fixed circular needles with a 100cm cable and so far I’m loving them!
The final WIP for this article is something totally new to me – loom knitting. I happened across a kit from Tiger in a local charity shop, bought it purely for the loom and was pleasantly surprised to discover that the kit was complete including the instructions! As you can see, I’ve not got very far (and a large part of that is the instructions are not brilliant) but it’s interesting to see a totally new way of making knitted fabric. If I get on well with this, I’m thinking of picking up a rectangular loom to have a play with and I also have my eye on a weaving loom for some point in the future.
That pretty much sums up all of the craft projects I’ve been working on at the moment. There isn’t as much as there usually is because I’ve been working on another project that has required some fiddly Photoshop work which takes a lot of time because I’m still very much a beginner. As you will know if you follow me on Twitter, I’m also an avid gamer, so I’ve been playing a lot of Skyrim, Stardew Valley, Farming Simulator 15 (I swear, this one is all my husband’s doing :-p) and I just got New Style Boutique 2 for my 3DS which is awesome. It also hasn’t helped that my health has been a bit wobbly, but hopefully the warm weather will help soothe my fibromyalgia and make it more bearable.
That’s all from me this week, please share your WIP projects with me in the comments, I’d love to see them!