Apologies for my unscheduled absence from here. Things have been ridiculously hectic around here – as you’re about to gather…
It was touch and go for a while there and I modified the pattern, making it shorter by a few pattern repeats, to give myself a better shot at finishing it in time. Even still, this was very-much down to the wire: I finished it the day before I intended to wear it. Thankfully it dried quickly after blocking.
It served its purpose: smartening up some items already in my wardrobe to give me a presentable outfit for my daughter’s First Holy Communion; but I can’t say I’m thrilled with it. It’s not very flattering and I wish I had made it with some waist-shaping. I doubt I will ever wear it again, to be honest. Also, there is a distinct line in the bottom section where the was a slight change in the colourway, which I’m disappointed with even if it’s not so evident here.
However, it served another purpose too: using up 2.25 skeins of the four skeins of Fyberspates I had i.e. 1010m. For that, I’m very thankful.
Alas, I haven’t been able to get back into my Petals Wrap since I abandoned it in favour of focussing on Peaseblossom. This is back to languishing, which is a pity as I suspect it will be a more successful item of clothing in my wardrobe.
I was at a loss then for the last week of May and started a crochet project. I can’t say much about it here yet as it may (or may not) grow up to be a gift.
I seem to have been very good in May. Other than some scraps that my Mum foisted on my from the remains of her knitting days thirty-odd years ago, I successfully resisted all other Stash Accumulations. I have a vague recollection of acquiring some fibre at the Super Sunday Spin-in at the beginning of May but it’s all very hazy – I’m sure I dreamt it…
There has been Stash Accumulation since I did my last tally, however. The following arrived towards the end of April but I didn’t do a round-up that month.
It’s the second installment from Janel Laidman’s Sock Club and this time around I’m satisfactorily WOWed! Two fabulous sock patterns – both intricate and entirely up to the standard I’ve come to expect from Ms Laidman.
I’m excited by the yarn choice too: jwrayco hand painted yarns and fibers, Shetland Collection. The Yellow is called “flowers on the beach” and the variegated blue is “lerwick harbor – purples”. I don’t usually acquire yellow but with this variagated purple/green I think it’s going to be a joy. I believe these socks will be in my future – now to decide which of the two patterns I would knit.
I made two cunning de-stashing coups via my Easter Treasure Hunt Give Away. BionicLaura got the Myriad Shawl Kit (previously blogged here) and MollyDot got EasyKnitter’s Sock Club 3 kit: a skein of his gorgeous hand-painted yarn, copy of his sock pattern “Coffee break” and a packet of Oreos. I also received this kit during april so it doesn’t make an impact on my yarn balance.
So the up-shot of this month’s activity is…
- FOs = 1 (Thank FSM!)
- WIPs = 3 (Kinda, ish)
- Frogged = 0
- Skein-a-month = 0 (Still haven’t finished my March skein, let alone my April and May!)
- Yarn in = 202.3 (Flowers on a Beach)+205.9 (Lerwick Harbour – purples) = 408.2m
- Yarn out = 452.6 m(Myriad Shawl Sushi Roll)+ 1010.2 m(Peaseblossom Tunic) = 1462.8
- Yarn balance c/f = -1054.6 i.e. I used up more than I gained (yay!)
- Darned Socks = 0 (ahem, kinda forgot about this…)