I did a lot of starting and finishing of smaller projects in March. I made a total of five crochet mandalas, several of which are going to be on display at Knit Sew Make. I also crocheted the Artfully Simple Angled Scarf with some yarn I purchased from Leading Men Fiber Arts. And I finally finished my Vanilla is the New Black socks, which I am pretty pleased with! I’ve also been working on making Knitted Knockers. I go to a knitting retreat every April and Knitted Knockers is the chosen charity by the organizers.
I have enough yarn left over from my socks to make a pair of shortie socks, so I started the Rose City Rollers socks as a purse project. I also needed a new pair of socks to go on my bedside table, so I’ve got a pair of Fidget Socks started as well. This is a toe up pair, and I have to say, I find starting toe up socks more fiddly than fidgity! I always feel I have to get eight or ten rounds in before it starts to feel comfortable!
I picked up a project that has been languishing, a creature from Edward’s Crochet Imaginarium. I started this last year for my daughter, but was finding that it was hurting my hands to work at such a tight gauge. I switched from my beloved, owned-since-high-school Boye hook to a padded ergonomic one from Knit Picks and things are moving right along.
I continue to make progress on my Wynne shawl and will be ready to bind off after just a dozen or so almost 500 stitch rows! I’m using a gradient for the blue and I really want to reach the next darker color to edge the shawl before I bind off so I’m adding a few extra rows to the end.
I’m also in the planning and swatching stages for a new shawl design. This pattern will be in fingering weight with a pattern that will gradually move from simple eyelets into more complicated lacework. I’m envisioning it as a KAL shawl for new lace knitters or a teaching tool for classes.
Speaking of teaching tools, one thing that came off the virtual needles in the last month was a set of teaching packs. These are sets of materials designed for busy shop owners and knitting teachers. They have everything you need to teach a class– a reproducible pattern, class handouts, and teacher notes– all you need to do is make the sample and teach!