Well it’s not all bad news. I’ve been working on the Flirty Shawl this past week and discovered that my numbers were off from the scant notes I took for the first one. My gauge is off too, because even with sevens and adding 5 more short rows on each side it looks like I’m using less yarn than I did for the one I did on sixes with fewer short rows, my knitting is that tight. Good news is that I found the perfect spacing for the short rows, so it wasn’t a completely wasted effort. I’m frogging it this morning and will be using it for a bit of transit knitting while we meet up with some family. I’m also going to switch up to eights and try a little bit not to knit so tightly (if I try too hard it looks awful). I should definitely have an in progress pic up by mid week and maybe even have it blocked by the weekend.
In other news, the sock monkey that just wont die only needs another leg to be finished. The finished object is really cute, don’t get me wrong, but I have not had luck with the pattern, it just not logical for me. I have several holes I have to repair, there really should have been a wrap and turn when doing the mouth, and some parts are just plain messy. I of course missed yet another deadline for finishing it (was supposed to be gifted yesterday), but I’ll carve out a day to finish it up and get it mailed out to my nephew. I made a comment to my husband that the only toys I’ll be knitting from now on are ones that I have designed myself, which isn’t really true but it would be easier. Some of the problems are in the design but I think a lot is the fact that it was written in German and I’m working off an English translation. I think there are some things that may be common in German knitting (like the messiness of the pattern in places) that just don’t translate well into American knitting. I want it done and out of my house so I can chalk up the whole thing to experience.
Never got around to taking pictures this week for WIP Wednesday on my Facebook page, but I’ve worked on Monkey Jacobus, Grass and Bubblegum Shawl (Color Affection) got a few rows done, almost finished the second repeat of my Earth and Sea socks (Pomatomus), and of course the Flirty Shawl. I’ll take pictures this week, but that’s what’s been doing ’round here. TTFN!