summer knitting

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Well, I’m all set for months of summer knitting. I gathered my leftovers together, with varying yarn weights and miscellaneous colours, attached my longest cable to the Harmony 10.5 tips, and cast on 400 stitches for a blanket. I am using a pattern I found on Ravelry as inspiration. It’s called

the-mindless-knitting-tv-watching-scrap-user-upper-afghan

and it really is simple. I’ve made it even simpler by not bothering to slip stitches to make phoney seams at each side. It’s just knit, knit, knit, in the round until your scraps are used up.

Looking at my gauge, I’m thinking I should probably have used a thinner needle, but it will be a double layer, so I’m leaving it as it is. The beauty of knitting it in the round is that all the loose ends from the colour changes will be on the inside of the tube and hidden away forevermore.

I filled up this Ainsworth Hot Springs bag and it will now live by my sofa for me to dig around for the next ball of yarn (I’m not supposed to cheat – just use whatever colour comes out of the bag). Some of my skeins are quite large, so I’ll be keeping the number of rounds to three or less of each colour and then putting that skein back in the bag for later.

Just for fun, I timed a round and it took 12 minutes. At a gauge of approximately 4 stitches and 6 rounds to an inch,  my blanket should come out about 50 inches wide, and if I knit for 72 inches that comes to a total of 5184 minutes, which equates to 86.4 hours. I’m guessing that’ll take me at least 3 months.

When it’s finished and the ends are sewn up, I have an idea to do some embroidery to hold the two layers together in places.

And finally for today, the crochet bag is almost done. When I trolled the thrift stores at the weekend, I didn’t find any circular bag handles, though I did pick up a few others. However I put out a request on Freecycle and almost immediately someone offered me two pairs of handles, which Tai Chi Man kindly went and collected for me. They are not completely circular – the part where the bag attaches is straight and the part that goes over your arm is round – but they were free and I’m going to use them.

I checked my Knitpicks tracking number yesterday and theoretically I could have received my parcel yesterday – but didn’t. Boo hoo. It hasn’t arrived today either, though at midday it’s feasible that the mail carrier hasn’t been by yet. Cross fingers…

 

 

 

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