I shared with you in October my current knitting projects. Well, it's November and they're still my current knitting projects! I thought I'd share some pictures of the progress I've been making and some of the challenges I've faced along the way.
So far my sweater/blanket project (what I've been referring to as a Slanket) is just some giant rectangles. I find myself missing the traditional sweater shaping; increases and decreases. This project is simply broken rib stitch for ages and ages and ages!
One panel down, one to go! I'm trudging through it though, I want to get this project done by the end of November (fingers crossed.)
I made the mistake of ordering the wrong amount of yarn, I don't know how this happened, I'm always super careful with my calculations because math is not my strong suit but this time it got away from me. I think I'm 4 skeins short, but it might be more. Oh well, any excuse to order more yarn...a few rogue alpaca skeins might pop into my cart upon check out. ;)
As far as my cowl is concerned I'm at a bit of an impasse. I got to the end and did a three needle bind off like the pattern called for and it looked terrible! It was all sloppy and oddly spaced=no good. So I found myself a Brioche Grafting tutorial and got to work.
Needless to say, it did not go well. Don't get me wrong, that is a fantastic tutorial. It's clear and concise and shows you all the steps in a slow, simple manner. It's just hard! Grafting is a pain in the butt in the first place but Grafting Brioche stitch!? Man oh man. I wasn't prepared for that.
I set this project aside and it's been gathering dust ever since. I'm not a quitter! I will get back to it, most likely when I'm done with my Slanket and can give it the proper time and attention it deserves. But for now it's hanging out on my coffee table winking at me with the evil glee of an unmet challenge.
I love my challenging projects but a part of me longs for an instant gratification knit. I *might* have gotten myself a bouquet of pretty November colored yarns to motivate me through the long, and arduous Slanket times.
A couple of these are going to turn themselves in to hats and cowls and pop up in my Etsy shop in December. Anyhow, I hope you enjoyed the update and are knee deep in your own knitting projects, 'tis the season! Gotta get those Christmas gifts made!
Thanks for reading!
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