Sunday, January 28, 2007

Twisted lattice - number 30

I've done another square out of numerical order, trying to prove that I'm not obsessive about working through the book in order. My knitting week runs from Monday to Sunday so I've done an extra square again this week, I'm very happy with the progress. I need to make a square for the SkipNorth charity afghan so I'll have plenty of time for it - as well as plenty of ideas for patterns!

Saturday, January 27, 2007

Square 16 - double scroll

I'd left this square at the start of the week thinking it looked too complicated to do on the bus, as it turned out I was wrong, teh square I picked to do was a swine and this one comparitively easy - I only cast it on last night and here it is! That's 2 squares made again this week which is keeping me well ahead of schedule. I haven't decided yet whether or not I'll crochet around each square though so I may need more time than I originally thought for the finishing off, currently though if I keep going I may have several months to finish it off by Christmas. (There is one small error in this, I noticed it at the end and it's in the first patterned row in white, no way am I redoing this but I may duplicate stitch it to correct it.)

Friday, January 26, 2007

Square 27 - totallyin the wrong order

I've found this one difficult (it didn't photograph well either) - it's called Wickerwork and never became intuitive at any point I was still having to check the pattern on the last repeat. That was really annoying as I picked it out to do as I thought it looked easier than the next square I was due to do if I worked through in order. Still, it's done, I've noted that I don't want to ever do it again and I'll go back to the square I should have done this week. I'm now heading for having all the knitting finsished by the last week of November but I'm not placing any bets!

Saturday, January 20, 2007

Square 15

This square never became intuitive, for some reason I carried on making mistakes right to the end, that's my excuse for finishing it off this weekend - it really isn't suitable for knitting on buses where I'm interrupted on most journeys by someone telling me that they didn't think anyone knitted anymore - clearly untrue unless I have became nobody!
I'm almost a month ahead of schedule which gives me a month to make the afghan up and still have it done by Christmas, there is of course no guarranttee that i won't get bored at soem point and grind to a halt but I am pleased with the progress so far.

Thursday, January 18, 2007

Next square

This one is the stepped fret and I'm finding it a pig, I can't visualise the pattern yet and keep having to tink back and correct my errors, still I'm 3 weeks ahead of schedule so I'm relatively happy.

Wednesday, January 17, 2007

2 more squares

I finished the Greek Key square off pretty quickly once I had the pattern into my head, but it never became easily obvious what to do next, I had to check every other row to see what I had to do by looking back at a previous pattern repeat.

I think this one is called zig zag, but I've left the book at work! It's definitely square 14 and definitely an easy pattern to establish and get teh hang of. I enjoyed it so much I finished it quickly.

I ended up not going away for work, my shoulder makes travel painful so I had time to sort all the squares I've done so far into a nice pile, 17 of the 63 are in this pile, at a square a week that give sme 3 weeks of December to make teh afghan in, I'm actually hoping that I'll get them all finished much quicker than that, but I've planned at a rate of one square a week as a minimum.

Monday, January 15, 2007

Square 12

This is square 12 - Harlequin, this pattern I loved, totally logical from the first line, I galloped through it incredibly quickly and have noted to do it again sometime.

Just to prove that I'm not losing my momentum I spent ages waiting to see my Dr again today and have half of square 13 - Greek Key to show for it. I'm away Tuesday and Wednesday this week so I probably won't get back to my blogs until Thursday.

Saturday, January 13, 2007

Finally an update!

We have here, squares 28, the twining rib pattern, square 11 - miniature mosaic and an almost finished harlequin!
This pattern I found irritating, mostly because I had to frog back once because I twisted left instead of right and didn't spot it for ages, frogging always makes me tetchy especially at the moment when I'm having to restrict my knitting time due to the poorly neck and shoulder.

I enjoyed this pattern after I'd done the first repeat, the advantage of these slip stitch patterns is that they are symmetrical so once you've got the first repeat done you can see what you need to do next - makes it OK for knitting on buses and in company once that first bit is done and the pattern established. I started this one on Friday while I waited in for plumbers and actually finished it the same day.

This is another straightforward pattern, in fact I only cast it on this morning and it's almost finished. As soon as the first pattern row was done I dould see the pattern which has made it a fun knit so far. What is even better is that this is the square I was scheduled to do next week and square 28 last week was a bonus too! I'm aiming for one square a week which would mean all the knitting would be done by the end of December this year, but, I'd like to get it made up by then too so I'm trying to get ahead a bit and also trying to plan how I want to arrange the squares so that I'll be able to start sewing it together as I go. I've not been able to make a symmetrical pattern up so far so I may have to make a few different squares to make this work. I've made 14 of the 63 squares so far and I'm on the second 100g ball of both colours.

Saturday, January 06, 2007

First square of the year!

Despite the sore shoulder and the buses full of very strange people reducing my knitting time substantially this week I've finished the first square of the year. This is square 25, wave pattern, it wasn't difficult, I just kept getting distracted from it!

This is square 28, I had intended going back to the bi coloured squares, but forgot to take any white yarn to work with me, so I cast on the next square due to be made in red. I realise that this looks like nothing yet, but it is at least a start. I've devised a complicated schedule for the first 3 months of the year that requires me to get one square a weeek done, if I keep that up for the whole year I should be done by Christmas, but I'm not holding my breathe, anyone who reads my main blog will know what a butterfly mind I have!