I have had a lovely weekend, nice and quiet, and slow. A bit of work, a bit of cleaning, and lots of knitting, all which got repeated, over and over again. My husband was tied up in a work conference, my quiet son was enjoying his last bit of freedom before school starts tomorrow, so I had some nice time to myself. So I played with yarn, and had a whole lot of fun.
I made a quick trip to Joann's to see if they had this little gadget by Boyle. I saw something similar a few days ago on the show Knit and Crochet Now. It is on PBS, have you seen it? I record it and play it when I have the time, which is usually on the weekends.
The one they had on the show made two different sized flowers. I saw this one which was a lot simpler and much cheaper. I thought the two little girls I work with would love this project.
A nice way to use up some scraps of yarn, and work on fine motor skills and following directions.
Maybe we can attach them to headbands or hair ties. I think this might be a hit with girls ages six and nine.
I also finished Clapo-ktus number two. I love this one as much as the first one I made. It took about 400 yards of gorgeous chenille yarn. Yarn information I do not have as I lost the info for this yarn years ago. It has been in my stash a long, long time.
I finished it Friday night, blocked it on Saturday and gifted it to my dear friend Georgette today. I think she really likes it. We have been friends for 17 years, anyone who hangs with me that long deserves a surprise now and again.
It is soft, and softer than soft. I love the way it feels, although it was kind of a bear to work with. Remember how chenille twists and turns, and then before you know it those little loops untwist after you have knit them, and they stick out all over. No amount of blocking helps this, it is the knitting phenomenon called worming.
So knowing that was going to happen I cast on and hoped for the best. Chenille is also more difficult to knit through the back loop, you almost have to lift the stitch up to get the needle in. But all in all I think it turned out lovely and my hands are happy this project is completed.
So that means a new project to think about. I swear there is nothing more exciting than starting a new project. I have had my eye on the Elise Shawl for quite sometime. Liz over at Crochet in Color made one all the way back in January of 2012, hers is exquisite. Pop on over and visit Liz, she currently has a lovely crochet bag pattern that she just created on her blog, and she is sharing it with all of us.
I think I am going to have lots of fun with this one. It feels good to have a crochet hook back in my hands, and of course I have just started this shawl and I am already thinking about the next one I can make. I have lots and lots of sock weight yarn, and I don't make socks, so watch out you may be seeing oodles and oodles of variations of this shawl on my blog.
Hope you have a wonderful week.