Slow­ly work­ing on a few lazy sum­mer project. I bought this Bernat Hand­i­crafter Cot­ton to make a dish cloth but I had a lot left. I tried mak­ing a cou­ple more dish cloths but I still had a lot left. So I won­dered whether there was enough to make a sum­mer top with the rest. Because it’s a var­ie­gat­ed yarn I thought a sim­ple geo­met­ric pat­tern, like a dia­mond lace pat­tern, would work with­out obscur­ing the lace pat­tern too much.

It was just going to a sim­ple boxy sweater, I fig­ured I would knit in the round until under­arm, then knit front and back sep­a­rate­ly by knit­ting flat, then sew the shoul­der seams, and final­ly knit sev­er­al rounds of 1x1 rib around the sleeves and collar. 

So I start­ed with knit­ting in the round, first in stock­inette, then in garter stitch, but the pool­ing just turned out real­ly weird when I switched from knit­ting in the round to knit­ting flat when I sep­a­rat­ed front and back. I guess I should’ve known that the yarn would do that. So any­way, the above pic­ture shows that I’m back to knit­ting it flat in two pieces, then knit­ting the rib­bing on the sleeves and col­lar in the round. Will keep you post­ed on how it goes! I do like the colour com­bi­na­tion of the yarn, and knit­ting it flat is cre­at­ing more of a strip­ing rather than a pool­ing pat­tern, which I like bet­ter, so I’m real­ly hop­ing it will work. Will keep you post­ed and share the pat­tern if it works out!

Before the sum­mer sweater I was work­ing on a pat­tern from the 5th anniver­sary issue of Pom Pom mag­a­zine. It’s being hiber­nat­ed at the moment because it’s too warm to knit this. But I’m look­ing for­ward to fin­ish­ing it. I love side­ways sweaters. It just needs sleeves, which I will knit in the round after sewing up the side seams. Using Caron Cakes! :D I do love var­ie­gat­ed yarn.

And because a sweater is too large to knit on pub­lic tran­sit, I start­ed a portable project for going to and from work. I’m mak­ing some drag­on hand pup­pets for my niece and nephew for Christ­mas (shh… and no, it’s nev­er too ear­ly to start hol­i­day craft­ing). I bought a kit from my local yarn store and learned to make bob­bles (a row of bob­bles runs down the back of the pup­pet). Also, short colour repeat rain­bow yarn is so much fun to work with! Spot the tiny heart!

Looks like I have a few WIPs but I actu­al­ly did fin­ish a cus­tom order recent­ly. Ani­mal friends to be part of a com­mem­o­ra­tive project, so glad I could con­tribute to it. 

Wish­ing you much joy and cre­ativ­i­ty for the weekend!