I was a good girl and knitted diligently on Ms. Flora last night. Her collar is done (except for weaving in ends) and I’m working on a front band. The collar has 28 rows of painstaking two-color garter stitch, but each of the front bands has half that — 14 rows. Breathing easier.
I was very grateful to have my Ott Light for the picking up of the stitches on the front band. The background color is rather dark.
By the way, if you are not already doing so, do go over and visit Lisa’s Flora. It’s great fun to see another Flora, a Flora sibling, if you will, taking shape!
Critter Knitting — er — Crocheting
Still crocheting away on my second BLANKIE. (Yes, you heard me correctly, I shouted the word “blankie.” If “blankie” offends you, well, bitez-moi.)
Anyway . . .
I’m surprised at how quickly I’ve gotten back in the saddle again, as it were, with crochet. Is Wendy going to forsake knitting for crochet? Is she going to live out her days crocheting granny squares? No no no. Emphatically no. But I am surprising myself with how quickly and easily I am crocheting now. Compared with how clumsily and ineptly I was crocheting a week ago.
Ooh! That reminds me — did anyone else have a funky granny square vest when they were a kid? When I was 12 or 13 they were oh-so-in-style and my grandmother made one for me. I was too cool for words.
I’m no doubt dating myself with that statement.
Questions! And Maybe Some Answers Too!
The other day Nathania asked:
I am nearing the bottom of the armhole on my Dale baby sweater and I have a question about armhole steeks on Dales. Do you actually cast on for armholes or do you follow the Dale instructions and just continue in the round and trust that those 4 stitches are enough?
I follow the Dale instructions. Remember, you won’t be picking up stitches around the armholes and knitting down, like you wold in a fair isle sweater. You are knitting the sleeve separately and sewing them into the cut-open armholes.
I wrote an article for Knitty last year about Norwegian sleeve steeks. You can check it out here.
And there was a question yesterday about Lucy from Barb:
Is Lucy’s hair as silky and shiny as it looks in her pics? She is just so beautiful.
Why, thank you, Barb, from both Lucy and me! Lucy’s fur is very soft and silky and does not get tangles or mats in it, which makes brushing her an easy task. And she loves being brushed! Ragdoll kitties’ fur has been compared to rabbit fur and I think that’s an accurate description.
Thanks for all your kind words and good wishes on my second blog-iversary. I find that I still have plenty to yap and drone on about, so no doubt I’ll be blogging for a while longer.
Critter Knitter Blankets Clarification
I’ve gotten a couple of questions in comments about materials for Critter Knitters blankets — can blankets be woven on a loom? Can they made from one layer of a fleece material?
I would say the answer to both questions is yes. As long as the basic guidelines are adhered to — the blankets are machine washable and dryable and constructed in a manner so that they won’t easily fall apart, and of course meet the size requirements, than anything goes. Within reason.
The April contest will be announced on Monday, so y’all come back now, hear?