As per usual...

... I have a plethora of projects to be working on. What can I say, I like to keep my hooks and needles busy! That, and Shelley and I often joke that we have "Ooh Shiny" Syndrome. I have often mentioned that in this blog, but it is true. It's fun to start something new; not so much "fun" to keep slogging through projects already started. Ah well, not such a bad thing, is it?
  I have narrowed down what I am going to use for a stitch pattern for the ministers stole I am knitting for hubby: Linen Stitch. It's really simple, only a two row repeat, and I can knit it on size 6 needles, which should have it worked up relatively quickly, if I keep on it. I still need to figure out the reduction/mitering on the top, but I'm pretty good at figuring stuff out (thank the internet gods for youtube and google!!). It will be about 5" wide, and 40-45" long per side. Seems daunting, but I can do this! Shelley is supposed to be making me a butterfly and chrysalis for it, monarch colors, as I am making the stole in purple. Here's a picture:


  I love working with this yarn! It's silk and bamboo, and it slides so lovely along needles. It's soft, and has a beautiful drape. I was a bit worried about stretch with the length I'm working with, but the Linen Stitch is pretty stable, and a bit of ribbing at the shoulder may help with that. I bought 4 skeins, as it's $6.49 a skein, and I'm hoping that will make it. The church is giving him a red one, for ordination, but the purple I'm using will be perfect for the Lent season, hence the need for a monarch butterfly and chrysalis artwork.
  I have pictures of the socks I have completed/nearly completed too:
Betty's sock #1
Dad's sock #1



















  I haven't cast on for the second sock for Betty yet, nor have I completed Dad's yet. They really knit up quick, I'm just all over the place with stuff I want to do! And, size #1 needles are tiny...
  I finished a Dead Fish hat, and started another one. I'm making 2 for a lady at my bank, and 1 for a friend "across the Pond". These really are fast to make, with easy decreases, and color changes that are solid if I remember to do the Russian join with the yarn. For non-yarnies, that's where you weave the 2 ends of the yarn together, making a solid, stable join. Cuts down on knots and weaving in ends!


The white felt with the black "X" really makes this. The next one for this person will be in blues and purples, because why not? Also, stash busting like mad!
The bucket holds mystery colors...


  Same with this one, stash busting to make this colorful and fun. Not totally sure how many colors this one will end up with, but it's going to be lots of fun!







So, that's some of what I've been up to recently. Had a black depression day on Monday, so nothing got done at all. I'm grateful those days are few and far between, but they really do drain the energy from you!
  Craft on!
Alyssa, aka 2 Dainty Crafters

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