this pattern and did a super job. It's turned out really well and is going to be so useful for pressing. There's a video by Nancy on that link which shows all the different uses for each surface.
DH loved his Christmas socks (he had forgotten I'd knit them so they were a surprise) and m-i-l thought her knitted snowman was really cute.
So before Christmas, I made a list of my aspirations for the holiday. Here is a progress update - and I still have three more days of holiday after today!
- Seam up my Eyelet Lace jumper - I've knit the neckline so it's only the seaming left to do. DONE - see below
- Block all the pieces for my Gingko Shawl and start sewing them together Blocked and seaming underway, see below.
- Fix the errors in my Marina electronic chart and make a start on knitting my Marina pullover on the 950i knitting machine. Mostly fixed, and now on row 92, see below.
- Sew a label onto my Vintage Lone Star quilt that I finished a few weeks ago. - DONE
- Start the straight-line quilting on the Medieval Panels quilt - STARTED
- Do some more piecing on the Lone Star kit I am sewing Pieced row 6 onto all eight star points
- Do some more piecing on the Sarah's Stars Stack 'n Whack quilt. - No
- Crack on with the Advent Calendar Scarf - I would like to get it finished.- up to Day 17
- Do a trial block of my Haapsalu Shawl so far, and decide if I am knitting it or frogging it. - No
- Work out a sleeve pattern for my Twice Doomed Tee and knit both sleeves - No
- I've got quite a few kits for small dollshouse accessories - perhaps tackle some of them? - No
- Start more knitting projects if I can finish some of the old ones! I've started knitting the Yarn Harlot's 'Pretty Thing' cowl in my ruby red Carezza angora blend.
01 - Pull ajouré by Bergère de France) and finished it on Christmas Day. DH pointed out that I could wear it to the in-laws on Boxing Day, so I did. It has come out a bit loose but that's not a problem apart from the shoulders want to hang a little below my natural shoulder line. Otherwise I'm pleased with it. I had trouble finding what to wear underneath it, I settled on a black top for Boxing Day but I think I might try a sleeveless white blouse next time. Although this is not a difficult knit as such, I found it hard work because you are juggling so many factors: stripe pattern shading with two strands of mercerised cotton to transition the colours, the lace chart, and the increasing/decreasing. I could never have done it without the ipad app Goodreader.
I blocked six units at a time of my Gingko Shawl over the days leading up to Christmas, pinning them onto outlines I traced onto paper and protected in plastic sleeves. My units have come out a bit big which is typical for me as I am a loose knitter, so I expect my shawl will be larger as well. Also my partial units don't want to block flat which might be a problem. I am finding the seaming together is fairly straightforward as I am ignoring the ridiculously complicated instructions in the pattern and just grafting them with a yarn needle. I'm working on a flat surface to ensure the gathering in is done smoothly. Once the shawl is finished, I will block it again to flatten it all out.
The back has a panel of fabric featuring fun coffee jugs.