Well hello and how are things with you and yours?
Where did April disappear to?
I guess we were waiting for the nice weather and maybe for things to go back to normal and another month just flew by.
We’ve been getting together with friends and family, virtually like most people, and it’s so nice to see the faces and not just hear the voices.
It’s great that Zoom has relaxed their time limits due to the current situation. Thank you Zoom!
And as I finish writing this blog Zoom has stopped giving the extra free time!!! How quickly things change.
Between working in the garden on the few nice days I have had time to work on my UFO’s on the rainy and cold days.
First was Catch and Release UFO #16:
In 2018 I dyed some Cascade Heritage so I could do a fade cardigan.
Using only non toxic food dyes I started with purple and kept adding teal until it was almost a solid colour.
Since the cardigan is knit from the top down it worked out really well.
I also rounded off the back hem a bit by stopping the shaping so it is not as pointy as my first one. The first one was knit with self striping cotton sock yarn; Ann is wearing it in the picture below.
Next I finished a Mosaic wrap named Afternoon in Lisbon designed by Lisa Hannes.
This large & cozy rectangular wrap features an intriguing interplay of two colours worked in garter stripes and an eye-catching beautiful mosaic motif.
As you probably know Mosaic knitting is an easy colourwork technique that uses slipped stitches and only one color at a time, which makes for fun knitting and striking results. Much easier than stranded colourwork!
I used KFI Painted Desert and Berroco Ultra Wool Fine with really nice results.
As I am a loose knitter my wrap turned out quite long and more drapey but still very lovely.
Now staying with this colour theme I turned to my Tailfeather by Heidi Kirrmaier.
This boxy, simply shaped cardigan is easy to throw on over anything.
It is worked in one piece on the bias, from the top down in a garter stitch stripe pattern. The construction is similar to a shawl, but once the sleeve trims are added and the sides are seamed, it transforms into a cardigan!
So much fun to knit! I love Heidi’s patterns (I believe I’ve mentioned that once or twice?)
This UFO has only been on the needles for a year (gasp) and all it needed was the sleeves and the front band!
I used some very inexpensive yarn: Nova Plus Shimmer, a cotton blend with a very nice drape. Because I thought I was going to run out of yarn I added a second colour and I thought it worked out quite well with the pattern.
Heidi even liked and commented on it on Instagram (YAY!!!)
UFO #19 is Ziggity Zag Blanket
This snuggly, squishy chevron striped blanket is a great throw for your lap, your kiddo, your armchair, your picnic, or wherever and whenever you need some cuddly color in your life!
I knit this blanket out of 2 balls of Drops Big Delight Print, a 100% wool, self-striping Aran weight yarn which made this blanket a little smaller but still cute.
So, that’s it for now, I am right on track for a change.
I hope you are staying well and are keeping those needles and hooks moving.
Until next time,
Happy and productive knitting….