Progress

Weather:  67 degrees

I’ve been steadily working away at my Ombre Cardigan.  I’m roughly 5″ along in the Buttercup colorway and still need to knit another 2.5″ before adding the Gold colorway.  Hopefully after this weekend, I’ll be far enough along that the sleeves will be separated.  This is my goal, anyway.  However, the weather is suppose to be nice all weekend, so you never know what will happen with my “goal”.  🙂

In other news, I finished my shawl.  I’m hoping to snap a few pictures of it this weekend.  Here’s a picture of it while blocking:

It kinda reminds me of a Batman cape, but I still LOVE this shawl.  🙂  Happy Memorial Day weekend everyone!!

Lessons I Have Learned

Weather:  Lilli Bug Lane Designs

1)      Never attempt to start a new knitting project when you’re tired.  This never works out the way you intended and leaves you frustrated all night.

2)      Never attempt to start a new knitting project right before bedtime.  Again, this never works out and once mistakes are made, you will be mulling them over in your mind all night long.

3)      Always keep a Stitchionary handy, especially when you are unsure of how a stitch pattern should look.  Most patterns will come with “stitch guides” but I always like to double check myself with a Stitchionary, since I’m usually knitting at night, before bedtime, while extremely tired from a long day, and everything I’m reading off the pattern is getting jumbled in my head.

As you can tell, last night’s KAL cast-on did not go the way I had hoped.  My first attempt resulted in my stitch pattern (what was supposed to be seed stitch) looking like a mix of garter & rib stitch for the first few rows.  About the sixth row, I figured out what I was doing wrong and ripped out my stitches to start over.  My second attempt resulted in screwing up my RS (right side) and WS (wrong side) rows.  I should have read the pattern more carefully (and been a little more awake) before trying this project a second time.  However, I plan on frogging what I’ve done tonight and this time getting it right.  As they say, third time’s a charm!

KAL

The strawberry patch!

My final college class ended last week and now I’m patiently waiting for my grade as well as my degree.  In the meantime, I’ve been super busy at my job, tasks around the house, running errands, and basically trying to keep up with life.  This has left me with little time for knitting, but I still sneak in a row or two each day.  🙂

My shawl is almost complete and I should have FO pictures of it next week sometime.  I’m also starting a KAL (Knit-A-Long) through the Tanis Fiber Arts group on Ravelry.  The project I’ve picked is the Ombre cardigan using the Buttercup & Gold colorways.  I am so excited for this project and can’t wait to finish it so that I can show it off!  (And I haven’t even cast on yet! lol)

Since I don’t have any pictures of my knitting, I’ve decided to post a few snapshots of spring around the farm.  Everything is so new and so beautiful and so green.  I can’t get enough of it!

Spring Lilacs!
White Birch Trees