Sunday, May 6, 2012

Enough already

One of the things that happens to me if I'm stressed is I become seriously ADD.  For a knitter, that means a major case of startitus.  If you've never been afflicted, here's what it looks like:
 Two crochet doilies - 1 with thistles and 1 from the Jan 1918 Needlework magazine.  I made this a couple of years ago for someone else but I loved it so much that I always promised myself I'd made one for myself.  I love the construction.  You make all 5 of the outer wheels then join them together and crochet to the middle rose.  My Grannie would have loved this pattern (the magazine is from the month and year of her birth) so I get to think a lot about her while I'm working.  There's also a tatted edging that I started because it's a great take along pattern using only the shuttle.
 I'm almost finished with this piece of bobbin lace insert and I've figured out how I want to use it.  I won't give away anything but it also concerns a skein of handspun buffalo gold and some white merino/silk.
 Bobbin lace edging.  Still working on my yardage piece.  It needs to be 72 inches (2 yards) and is now at 42 inches.  At least that's more than half way, right?
 Sewn hobo bag.  This is a kit I bought a while ago that's been sitting on the shelf.  The instructions were absolutely useless but I love the fabric.  It's supposed to be a reversable bag but, while I like the lining fabric for lining fabric I would never want it on the outside so I haven't worried about the reversable thing.  I really love how it's coming out and I love the handles.
And this is the latest project, started on Saturday.  I've had this idea for a while with no real impetus to start but I'd been looking at a couple of things over the weekend and then was watching a tv show that was the last piece needed. I started with the yoke in a linen/cotton yarn I've had in the stash for about 10 years.  I've done it in garter to give it a pebbly look. The body is a wavy lace pattern in Berroco cotton.  I don't normally like knitting with cotton but I think I'm going to like this.

I know it looks a little funny here because it's on a circular needle but it will be a little tshirt with lacy sleeves (I think).  I'm still working on the final layout but so far so good.

I don't have a picture of the lace shawl I'm making with some handspun I ripped from another project that I decided I didn't like but it's not quite far enough along to look like something so that photo is for another day.

I also have a pair of socks knocking around somewhere and a couple of still sleeve-less sweaters whose day will come but for now, this is keeping me busy.