You know, I’ve thought this before, but I don’t know if I’ve said it. I think this blog being interesting relies pretty heavily on my ability to screw knitting up in an unlimited number of ways. I think most of you, while being kind, lovely people, would say that your entertainment value goes way up when I do something stupid or misinterpret a pattern. It’s not like you really want something bad to happen to my knitting, but isn’t it more fun when it does? Take this project. it’s going perfectly. My gauge swatch was bang on the first time, the yarn is the perfect choice, despite a slightly complex construction it’s coming together properly… Who wants to turn up and see this?
This project is so boring for a watch-a-long that I can’t imagine how you’re going to stand it. Last night I thought, for one tiny second that I’d made a mistake…. but I hadn’t. It’s fine. Totally fine, totally boring, and the only thing it’s got going for it is that it has so many provisional cast-ons that at some point I’m probably going to snap and complain about them, but I think that might be all you’ve got to look forward to.
Can I distract you from my (likely short lived) perfection with what has to be almost the last round of Karmic Balancing gifts?
Your fellow knitter Linda has four skeins of Noro Transitions that are ready to go to a happy home, I bet that Ceres will love them.
Grace Sheese is a potter, and keeps a lovely Etsy shop here, has two pretty, pretty cups inspired by North Ronaldsay sheep to give away.
They’re charming, to say the least, and will be winging their way (carefully wrapped, of course) to Jessica C!
Dana’s a designer, and she’s donating a pattern for her gorgeous Birthstone Cowl.
Isn’t it pretty? The whole series is a good idea, and I hope that Rachel C loves it. Why wouldn’t she?
You fellow knitter Terri (who is all kinds of amazing. You would love her) has gone into her stash and come up with some gifts that are ready to fly to new homes. What she’s wanting to pass along is amazing and generous. Hold on, here we go:
Terri has five skeins of this scrumptious Alchemy Haiku going to Nancy A.
Three skeins of this cashmere/silk laceweight is making its way to Carol W.
This skein of Zen Serenity lace now belongs to Jennifer W.
A whole big lot of Olmue cotton/rayon (I love those colours) are going to Claudia W.
A bunch of Manos Silk Blend is going to Diyang T.
Terri’s party doesn’t stop there – this skein of J Knits Lace-a-licious will be in the post to Jan C.
Last, but certainly not the least – a lovely skein of Handmaiden Sea Sock is on its way to Jamie G.
Do you all know Romi? Sure you do. (If you don’t, you can actually kiss an hour or two of your life goodbye flipping though her patterns. Addictive.) Here she is with some treats to share.
First up, a beautiful kit – a PDF copy of the completed Y3 7 Small Shawls eBook (7 small shawls + 4 other projects) with a skein of Sock yarn from Iridaceae Colorworks in Irisberry to knit the Sierra Lupine Scarf will be heading off to Jennifer K.
Romi doesn’t stop there- Debbie G will be getting the book to make whatever she wants.
and finally, Pam G and Robynn W will be getting PDF copies of her new book in progress: The Great Oddments Knitdown. (This is an amazing idea, by the way. A collection of gift-worthy projects that use up your little bits. Exciting.)
Next up, the folks over at Signature Needle Arts (you all know how I feel about Signature Needles) have three gifts to give away.
A convertible circular, in the size of Julia C’s choosing,
A set of single points (my favourites) in the size that’s Kyle P’s favourite.
And, a set of DPN’s just the way that Leah W likes them.
Nice, right? Next (oh yes, there’s more) Robynn Weldon has a pattern to give to Chris S and that’s not all – she’s throwing in the yarn to make it! It’s the Elfbaby hat, and a skein of Bonny by The Yarn Yard.
Last today (oh yeah, at least one more round after this one!) Lisa at Fairmount Fibers (they’re the nice people who distribute Manos yarns in the US) have a good one.
That’s a picture of one bundle (That’s ten skeins!) of Manos Silk Blend in Forget-me-not, but Gayle K can choose whatever colour her heart desires. I hope she’s thrilled.
Whew! See you tomorrow. Maybe by then I’ll have screwed up my knitting.