I hope everyone is having a wonderful weekend. The weather here (Upstate New York) is lovely, if a bit hot, and we had dinner plans with friends both last night and tonight. It’s been a good weekend so far.
My first finished object this week is my Quaker Yarn Stretcher Shawl by Susan Ashcroft:
I knit this with some of my own handspun on size 8 needles.
I’m very pleased with how this turned out, and the pattern is perfect for handspun yarn because it is adjustable to however much yarn you have. I can totally see knitting this shawl again.
Next I have a couple of finished objects that were so close to being done that I don’t know why I ever set them aside. But I finally picked them back up and finished them.
My second Wingfeathers Shawl by Cal Patch:
I crocheted this in Jill Draper Makes Stuff Rifton in the Autumn colorway, on a size F hook. I love the colors of this shawl and can’t wait to wear it come autumn!
My last finished object this week is my Twister Cowl by Jill Draper:
This was a kit that I bought a couple of years ago at the NYS Sheep and Wool Festival. I knit this on size 8 needles. I was kind of on the fence with this cowl as I was knitting it, but now that it’s done, I really do like it. My only complaint was that the kitchner stitch bind off took FOREVER and was quite the pain in the butt. It was worth it in the end though.
Works in Progress:
I did work on my current Wingfeathers Shawl this week, but then I noticed a mistake quite a ways back. I’m trying to decide if I want to rip back and fix it or just leave it. I’m leaning towards ripping it out and fixing it because I’m pretty sure it will bug me every time I see it. I set the project aside for now while I make up my mind, so I don’t have a photo of it to show you this week. I’ve basically made negative progress on it.
My other work in progress for this week is a Granny Square Blanket I started:
I’m crocheting this in Jill Draper Makes Stuff Empire on a size J hook. I’m doing one giant granny square so I don’t have to sew all the squares together. So far, I’m really liking this blanket, and I just hope the yarn softens up with blocking at the end.
I finished the black and light gray alpaca that I showed you last week, but I don’t have a photo to show you yet because the skeins are still on the drying rack.
I started spinning this fiber next:
It’s 100% wool, hand dyed by Spinner’s Hill, in a swampy green colorway. I have enough to spin two 4oz skeins.
This week I received a couple goodies in the mail. First is my monthly subscription to Jill Draper Makes Stuff Esopus Club:
This is the Eye of the Tiger colorway, and I love it! I’m not sure what I’ll make with it yet, but it will make a great project for fall.
Next I received a project bag from Knotty Gnome Crafts:
It is the perfect size for shawl projects, and is really well made! I might be buying more project bags from her in the future.
This week I read The Handsome Man’s De Luxe Cafe by Alexander McCall Smith:
This is the 15th book in the No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency series, which is definitely one of my favorite book series. The characters are absolutely delightful, and the mysteries are intriguing. Sometimes when a series goes on for a long time, you get books that aren’t as good along the way. That is not the case with this series. I can’t think of a single No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency book that I didn’t like. If you like cozy mysteries, I highly recommend this series!
Until next time, Happy Crafting!