I need to catch you all up on what's been happening! Last week, I had a curve ball thrown at me so that has created some distraction for me but didn't keep me from continuing an easy project that I almost stopped knitting. Read about that, my new favorite pattern, and what's up next.
My New Favorite Pattern
The photos above show the scarf/cowl that I have been knitting lately. The pattern is Totally Looped by Julie Tarsha. When I find a pattern that I really like, I will knit several items from that pattern and use different kinds of yarns. So, this has turned out to be my favorite pattern for now. The first one that I made was done in a Noro yarn. I like the way the colors striped...not too narrow...not too wide. The blue is a cotton with a metallic thread and will be a nice lightweight cowl for spring. I still need to block it and then sew the ends together. The scarf at the right is currently in progress of being knitted. The yarn is Classic Yarns' Cotton Jeans in the colorway Sailcloth. I should have it finished tomorrow and then block it some time over the weekend.
I Had To Start Over Seven Times!!
When I made the first two scarves, I had no problem following the pattern. It is actually an easy pattern!! I cannot figure out for the life of me why I had to start the third one over at least seven times. It's not like the pattern is difficult to follow. Also, it doesn't have an enormous amount of stitches....there are only 42! Plus, I thought I was following the pattern closely! Finally, I got it lined out to where I didn't have to frog the scarf.....again. That was a plus. There were several times, though, that I had to back up the work because I had somehow lost a stitch. I had to back up at least 6 or 7 rows but at least I didn't have to frog it any more. Whew!! I'm currently on the last pattern repeat of the pattern and should be able to finish it up tomorrow.
I'm pretty sure the reason I had so much trouble with working such an easy pattern is that for the past week there has been a distraction that has taken my mind away from concentrating on the project at hand. I almost switched to crocheting an easy hat but didn't because I was determined to get the scarf done. Yay me!!
What's Up Next
~~~ With the Spring season coming up next month, I will be gearing more toward lighter weight items such as the summer top that I started last year and some shawls. There are a few shawl patterns that are beautiful that I want to make with lace weight yarn. ~~~ On the first Friday of March, designer Jane Campbell will be having a Shakespeare trunk show at my local yarn store! Her designs are based on and named after some of Shakespeare's works. "As You Like It" is one of her designs that I have made several shoulder wraps from. I can make one in two or three days. I'm really looking forward to meeting her and seeing what she will be offering then. ~~~