has now been frogged, and restarted! I tried it on and decided that the armhole wasn't deep enough, and also it was going to be rather tight over the boobage department! So I'm making the next size up (I have just enough yarn for this, needles crossed) and Heidi Kirrmaier, the designer, has given me some really helpful advice about how to deepen the armhole without creating excess bulk around the whole garment. I'm about to start the lace pattern on the front, so maybe there'll be something worth photographing next week!
My Circles sock has progressed a little, mainly because it was in my bag when Mr JK had to go to hospital, so I was able to sit and knit and keep calm! What good medication knitting is - who needs drugs?!
The Kirkstone hat that I was test-knitting for Lily was looking fabulous until I blocked it. Then the Debbie Bliss yarn lost all its body and went far too big and baggy, so I frogged the hat and will reknit it on smaller needles to try and achieve a denser fabric. This was how it looked post-blocking. It's a lovely design, so it's worth doing the job properly! My test-knitting was useful for Lily anyway, so that's the main thing!
I have knitted another cabled keyhole scarf, this time for a colleague whose birthday was this weekend. It's a super-quick knit, so is perfect for that instant gratification feeling I often get! I used the ball of Sublime Organic Merino that I had left over from knitting Sheepish.
I do have two Innocent Smoothie hats of the week to show you - last week's and this week's. Belinda is modelling a beaded number, while Betty is wearing a camouflage hat knitted with some Colinette DK yarn. I have a dozen little hats already made, so I should have a good number ready to post off later in the year.
Being on a self-imposed yarn diet, I was somewhat surprised when there was a squishy parcel waiting for me when I got home from school on Thursday. When I opened it, I found some mini-balls of sock yarn from Ethmay. She sent me some oddments last year, and was kind enough to think of me when wondering what to do with all her leftovers. Thank you so much Ethmay, your unexpected gift really cheered me up! Aren't knitters nice?!
Talking of knitters (and crocheters too!) being nice, Melissa blogged about a project that's just been started to collect Granny squares to make blankets for the victims of the Australian floods. I've signed up to make a few. If my contribution can bring about some comfort in any way, it'll be more than worth it. The project is called Crochet-a-Rainbow, and there's a link on my blog too. I shall have a rummage through my leftover DK yarn to see what I can find, and post some pictures next time.
I've started another little cabled keyhole neckwarmer for myself too. I needed some 'comfort' knitting last night, and settled down on the sofa with this little lot in front of me.
A cup of tea, my favourite chocolate, a new knitting project, a yarn cake made using my ball winder and swift, a roaring fire and a pussycat alternating laps between me and Mr JK. What a perfect way to spend the evening! Have a good week everyone! xxx