I finished up the scarf I was knitting for my daughter before Christmas (and I'll admit I was still working on it even after she unwrapped it!).
It turned out beautifully, even if I do say so myself. I love the various shades of blue in this yarn, and the scroll stitch pattern repeated across the scarf made it look like ripples & waves in water.
Close up of the pattern ...
It was quite lumpy and irregular before I blocked it, but it all flattened out and the pattern showed up really well. The ends sewed up well too. I was a bit worried when I started the knitting that the rippling edge would cause problems. I didn't get a photo of the ends sewn together, but after sewing & blocking, it made a very nice neat, straight edge. You can see my Ravelry notes here.
Now I have a special project in the works for my son. He was given just a ball of yarn & a pattern on Christmas Day. I'm glad I didn't even start this project before Christmas because it's taking all my concentration to work through it. I'm trying new things in this, and although it's a bit tedious, I'm enjoying it so far. More on that soon ;)
I've joined up with the Knit a Block a Week Challenge over at Linda's Crafty Corner. That's starting up this week, and everyone shows the block they've made every Friday on Linda's blog. The blocks will all be knitted from this book:
and I'll be deciding on which block to knit today. I think I'll make up an entire blanket (not done that before), and then I'll decide whether to donate it to a charity or keep it. The yarn I still have in my stash isn't really suited for a blanket, so I'll have to purchase the yarn I use. If I want to give the blanket to a charity, the yarn has to be washable. If I keep the blanket for myself, I'd prefer wool ... although the thought of handwashing a blanket does put me off a bit.
Our temperatures here are hopping up and down this past week. Last night we had freezing rain and then snow. Today is bright clear skies, but our street is covered in thick ice as is our driveway. I spent that past hour and a half trying scrape away the top layer so that the sun can hopefully melt away the rest. What an exhausting chore. I hope you're all staying safe and warm where you are.
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