You may not be able to tell from my last several posts, but I have been knitting. I'll update you on what's on the needles and off the needles and also one project that I can't decide what to do with.
I brought a big bag full of yarn and my spindle with me to school; I always think I'll get more knitting time in when I go away than I actually do. I was only able to knit during two of my classes, and in that time I started and completed one sock.
I'm calling this my "School Sock" for obvious reasons. This is the third time knitting with this yarn; when I say that, I mean it's the third time with this same skein of yarn! I cast on for two other patterns with it over the winter, but they just didn't work - one was too small and one was just not the right pattern for the yarn. Third time's a charm; this sock fits perfectly and I like the yarn in the plain ole stockinette stitch. I've cast on for the second sock and this will be my "to go knitting"; nice, easy, mindless knitting. The yarn is Scout's Soctoberfest yarn and I'm knitting this pair on size 1.5 dpn's over 64 stitches.
While in Waterville, I visited Yardgoods Center, the LYS (no website that I can find). The store has kind of a cluttered feeling; I think I'm spoiled by my LYS and have difficulty finding something to buy in a cluttered environment. I was just about to leave when I spotted an adorable stuffed bunny rabbit. Samm had asked me if I'd make a stuffed bunny for her friend's daughter's first birthday (which was this past Sunday) and I thought this would be perfect. I bought the pattern and the yarn and made the bunny in two evenings in the motel room; it's such a quick and easy knit taking only about three hours of actual knitting time. I sewed the eyes and nose on when I got home and it was ready in plenty of time for the party.
Pattern: "Magic Friends" by Barbara Boulton
Yarn: Stylecraft Charleston
Needles: size 10 1/2
The pattern also has a kitty and a teddy bear; the only difference is the shape and size of the ears. This is knit in one piece with no seaming except to close the hole at the top of the head when you're done stuffing it. I've already bought some yarn to make the kitty for Jay's niece's first birthday, which is in a couple of weeks. I see more of these in my future; easiest stuffed animal ever!
That was the exent of the knitting while away. Since I've been home, I've made a washcloth for Rabbitch's drive, a baby washcloth for Clover, started a bib (from Mason-Dixon Knitting), and have finished the body of the Simple Knitted Bodice.
I haven't taken a picture of the progress on the SKB yet; I'm not sure I will. Believe it or not, that is the project I'm not sure about. I think I made it too big and I'm just not happy with it but I'm not yet ready to admit defeat. I'm picking up the neck stitches and I'll decide whether or not to finish once I see how that looks. It's a mighty expensive knit to make any rash decisions.
Before leaving for school, I finished my July Holiday Headstart project.
Pattern: Yankee Knitter Fisherlad Guernsey
Yarn: Plymouth Encore, Color 0405
Needles: Addi Turbo sizes 5 & 7
There has been no spinning in the last couple of weeks; I'll have to remedy that pretty soon! I have some news on that front too, but I'll save that for another post.
Have a great day!