I won this gorgeous bag in my Knitting Group’s raffle this month. Last month, two of the friends I sit with won raffle prizes of yarn, the month before I won a pretty little tin that I now keep stitch markers in. I’ve won yarn at least 4 times that I can think of off the top of my head and I’ve actually won a prize more times than I haven’t in the year or so I’ve been going to the group. In fact, one month, I was so embarrassed to have my ticket called for what would have been the 3rd or 4th month running, that I told the organiser to pull another ticket out instead! I have always maintained that I never win anything! Whenever I’ve been anywhere where Bingo, raffles, bus-stops etc. have been played, I just used to pay my money and know that I wouldn’t see a return on it. I never win anything on my weekly lottery ticket either. So quite why my winning streak is so prolific for this particular raffle I have no idea. The bag, by the way is a Mafana bag. These are handcrafted in Madagascar and you can read about them on their website. It’s a fabulous bag, absolutely loads of room inside, I have three WIPs in there, all cardigans and still room for extra balls of yarn, patterns and notions. It could be used for all sorts really, it would make a great beach bag for those of you so inclined!
In other knitting news, I have 3 main projects on the needles at the moment and I think I really need to stick to one of them and get it finished rather than picking up something different each day and getting nowhere fast!
I’m knitting this lovely jumper out of Patons Jet in a really pretty pale green.
I finished the back over a week ago and cast on the front immediately. It’s knitting up quickly and I adore knitting with the Jet. I did short row shaping for the shoulders, the first time I have tried that and it turned out well I think. I’ll do the same for the front obviously and then join the shoulders using the three needle cast-off that we learned in the Finishing Techniques class we took at Poppy’s in York. I was getting on well with it but then my attention was distracted by my February Lady Sweater (Rav link). I noticed on the Ravelry Group for the project that some people were having a KAL started in January. As I was undecided about how I was doing and whether I wanted to continue with this project, I thought I would join in the KAL and therefore get motivation, help and advice from other knitters along the way. I’m almost up to starting the lace pattern now and I can’t say its been an enjoyable knit so far but I think now that I can see past the endless garter stitch yoke, the rest may knit up a bit quicker. The third main project I have OTN is my Hampton cardigan
from a book my son got me for Christmas, New England Knits. I love almost everything in this book but decided to start on this cardigan because the yarn I’m knitting it in, Patons Caressa DK in beige mix, screamed at me everytime I passed it on the shelf that this was the project it wanted to be. To non-knitters that probably sounds ridiculous but all knitters will understand exactly what I mean by that statement. Sometimes a yarn just tells you what to knit with it, sometimes you start a project with what you think is the perfect yarn and so far into the knitting, it’s telling you that it most certainly does not see itself knitted up into this object! When that happens, there is nothing for it but to frog it and put it away until it decides what it wants to be :-). Anyway, Hampton (Rav link). This is knitted all in one piece from the bottom back, over the shoulders with stitches cast on for the sleeves, and then continuing knitting down the fronts. All was going well until I cast on the sleeve stitches. I then lost track of the lace pattern. I mean to say, it’s only 4 rows and 9 stitches so it’s hardly like rocket science to either remember it or to trace where you are in it but I just have a brain fart everytime I try. I’ve now frogged the sleeve cast on (and resulting two rows) three times. Needless to say, it has been in the naughty corner for a couple of weeks now until I can psyche myself up to having another go at it. This weekend might be that time. It is a gorgeous pattern and the fault lies completely with me and not how the pattern is written I must add, so for anyone else considering it, please don’t let my complete inability to count to 9 put you off!