Wednesday, 10 February 2016

Yarn Along - works in progress

I have four knitting projects on the go right now.  Four.  For someone who was a very monogamous crafter until recently, this is pretty much my definition of madness.  My mum was horrified when I told her, so I guess that's where I get my one-project-at-a-time mindset from.  I also have another couple of things to cast on, but they're just going to have to wait their turn.

cable knit scarf chorley wrap rowan chunky yarn red

Cable scarf
I wrote a bit about my rare 'knit something for myself' project a few weeks ago so I won't repeat myself too much.  I'm using the Chorley Wrap pattern by Rowan, a design full of cables, which is not my favourite thing to knit.  It's about half way done and I must admit, I'm liking the pattern a lot more now that I've had a few good runs at it.  The cabling is still a little slow but it's made a nice accompaniment to a rather boring video collection I've been digitising at work.

rainbow coloured yarn baby blanket striped knitted

Baby blanket
The blanket is also coming along nicely, although I can only work on it at home since it's being gifted to a guy at work for his soon-to-be-born son.  I'm fairly confident it'll be finished before I leave, but I want to make another thing for him so I'll need to devote more time to this one.  There's a chance I might run out of the bright blue wool but my mum has backup supplies of a lot of Robin's range of double knitting yarn, so a quick phone call to her meant I have another ball coming in the post soon!

dublin bay socks knitting double pointers needles coloured yarn

Dublin Bay socks
I was looking for a portable knit to take on the flight to Cardiff last week and I had some sock yarn in my stash.  Easy.  I ended up knitting less than I expected on the trip but it was nice to have something there anyway, just in case the notion took me.  I did the cuff before I went to Wales and got a few rounds of the lace pattern in at the airport and in the air.  I think I'll keep these as a portable knit so who knows when they'll be done.

silver rowan knitted baby cardigan aran yarn stripes

Silver cardigan
Another Rowan pattern and another backup project.  I started this baby cardigan a while ago to use up some yarn I had sitting around.  I love these colours together but again, it's not something I'm making with a specific recipient in mind, so it'll go in the gift drawer when it's done.  The baby cardi I sent to Louisa was made using the same pattern but DK yarn instead of Aran.  I loved the colour combo on that too - this pattern seems to be my default for testing which of my yarn shades go together!

So, how many of these projects can I get done by the end of the month?  As long as the first two get done, I'll be happy, although I'm kinda hoping that by the time I finish the scarf, it'll be too warm to wear it.  Well, I can dream, can't I?

I also have two books on the go and another pile waiting to be read.  Apparently I can't settle my mind on just one thing this year.

currently reading yarn along call the midwife paperbacks

Farewell to the East End by Jennifer Worth
The last in the Call the Midwife trilogy and a book I've picked up and put down multiple times since Christmas.  I tend to prioritise library books, for obvious reasons, but I really like this series and I'm looking forward to getting back to it.

Behind the Scenes at the Museum by Kate Atkinson
My friend loves this book and I thought it sounded interesting so I borrowed it a while ago.  Last week I finally got around to starting it and I have to admit, it's not grabbing me so far.  I'll give it a few more chapters and if it doesn't improve, I'm going back to the midwives.

Linking up to Ginny's Yarn Along.

What's everyone knitting and reading this week?


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