I'm taking a little break from my regular knitting projects to work on a block for a baby afghan for Grace's niece. It's a complicated story I won't go into, but suffice it to say the Sisters are coming together for a good cause. We each purchased a skein of this pretty green yarn and promised to knit a block. It is so interesting to see the patterns each person chose to knit. I searched websites for pretty dishcloth patterns and found this one. Our blocks should be 10" that's the size of this pattern. No small holes for small fingers to tangle in - perfect.
I haven't blogged in over a month. I've been busy knitting. This is the Hannover Socken in Rittersporn Wollmeise. I'm loving it. I used the toe originally cast on for Pomatomus and carried on with this sock. The two patterns are similar, but Pomatomus had way too much *P1, K1TBL* This pattern gives me section of stockinette. A nice break. Love the yarn, love the pattern.
I've had the yarn for the Shetland Tea Shawl for over a year. For whatever reason the urge to cast on struck me about two weeks ago. This is where I've been spending most of my knitting time. The first 30-ish rounds were very tricky. And I do have a big hole I'm hoping I can close up by shifting stitches around. The first pattern repeat went quickly. Then I doubled the number of stitches to start the next pattern and all of sudden it felt like I was slugging along in water up to my knees. The rounds just aren't going as quickly. I knew this was going to happen, but for whatever reason, I was still a little surprised.
I finally jumped on the Clapotis train. I'm making mine with Blue Sky Alpaca Silk in Spring (I16). It is fabulous. It's not getting a ton of knitting time, but that's OK. It's a fairly mindless project (compared to the STS) so I keep it close for days when I'm not in the mood for lace.
I started out just knitting through the back loop as written in the pattern. Then I remembered reading about purling through the back loop on the purl back row. It makes a huge difference and I love the look.