Finished my other scarf in the Fyberspates Scrumptious, and once again, have worn it a bit before taking a picture :
Yes, that’s one of my cats, and weirdly, that scarf does make him look fat (and he’s not, he’s a wee thing). Made up the pattern – cast on about 42 stitches (I think), and it was a basic k5, p5 pattern, except for two extra knit stitches, one at each end, to keep the edges tidy.
I also had a look at the new Debbie Bliss book, The Knitter’s Year, sent to me by the Amazon Vine programme. Review will appear on Amazon soon : here’s a preview :
“… if you like knitting the sort of things that are in this book, you’ll like this book. I personally don’t like tea-holders, or lacey shelf edgings, and no, I don’t like knitted plant pot holders ! However, there are some lovely, practical things to knit in here – scarves, gloves, babies’ clothes, bags, cushions…As the concept behind the book is small items that can be completed quickly, there are no jumpers, cardigans or even tanktops, which makes the book feel uncompleted. But again, if that’s your thing, you won’t be disappointed. The book is beautifully laid out, though I don’t understand why it had to be hardback – so many craft books are moving towards spiral binding and it makes life much easier.
There are two reasons for my rating. Firstly, I’ve made LOTS of socks and never have I been told to cut the yarn when turning the heel. There is no need for this, especially when each sock in the pattern given, uses three balls of wool. There’ll be enough sewing in of ends without adding more. I hope no newbie sock knitters try this pattern as they’ll mistakenly think that sock knitting is as complicated as Ms Bliss makes out it is. Why the socks couldn’t be completed using sock yarn, I don’t know…”
Am trying to finish the toe-up socks and hopefully the Venezia cardigan. I will then probably concentrate on the Rowan Large Collar Jacket – I’m still the only one making this on Ravelry… I also should be starting on Christmas presents by the end of the month. I think I have three projects planned, no scarves to be seen !