For those of you wondering if I am still knitting, yes and no. I did get some knitting in over the holidays, but really didn't accomplish anything other than a few more flower power dishcloths. I have been busy with all kinds of things, kids, church, the house, Christmas clean-up, and our normal weekly activities, and the cakes...they have really interrupted my knitting!
Here is the latest on my current knitting projects. First is my country sweater. Before Christmas I finished the back, then realized I used the wrong size needles, took out the part that I knitted incorrectly, and redid it. Then I start the right front panel and after about 20 attempts I got the pocket in! Then Christmas happened and I put that aside. Not a good project to travel with.
My other project is my Feather and Fan Shawl. I was almost done, had about 1/4 of it left to do, but I just wasn't happy with how it was turning out. Mainly how badly it was curly on the edges and that it was not as wide as I had intended it to be. So one the way to a friends how, I spent most of our 3 and half hour drive taking it all out. Not easy to do with mohair! I did some experimenting and decided to change the cast on from a long tail to a knitted cast-on. I knitted two rows before I started the pattern. For the sides of the shawl I added 4 stitches on each side and started knitting in a garter stitch. I also added to the width by adding more pattern repeats. I am very pleased with how is has turned out so far. It's one I can take with me easily so far, once it gets longer it's not quite as convenient.
I started an afghan that will be given as a wedding gift in June. I am using this pattern from lionbrand.com, and choose the main color as Montana Sky and the "windowpane" as Sky Blue. I wanted to do an easy pattern with less expensive yarn (which was on sale, which was even better!). The pattern is all done in garter stitch and in long strips, so very easy to take with me.
I did start our Knitting ministry for church, but found that I and one other lady who actually knows how to knit. A few crochet, but they wanted to learn to knit also. I spent most of the first knit-a-long teaching, needless to say I was exhausted when I got home. Not sure how successful I was guess I will find out next week when we have our next knit-a-long! I did get a better idea of what I should be doing, so I am going to rework a few things and try them next week.
Thank you to everyone who has left a comment recently on this blog and my cake blog. I do appreciate all your kind words! Happy knitting everyone!