I am great at starting projects, but not so great at finishing them. Recently I completed two projects; one a very fun mystery-knit-along which I started last year but moving got in the way of its completion. The other, I am sad to say, had been languishing on the needles for a good number of years.
First up is Germinate – a design by Kirsten Kapur the creative mind of Through the Loops.
I really enjoyed this pattern a tremendous amount. It is a very well written pattern and an incredibly striking design. It was the first pattern I have completed by TTL but it will not be my last!
My yarn selection was Northumbria Fingering from Miss Babs and it was a great choice for this design – a 100% Bluefaced Leicester that I chose it because it blocks so beautifully and it did not disappoint.
Now this is the first Knitspot shawl that I have completed, but it will not be my last. Anne writes a beautifully clear pattern that makes it easy to “read your knitting” as you go.
What slowed me down was the fact that I was running out of the yarn I selected (I do not know what it was, but I got all there was at the Michigan Fiber Festival some years ago). With just 4 rows and the bind off, I ended up finishing it with some Finnulgarn I had left over from another project. Not perfect, but it worked. I am glad it is off my needles, blocked, and ready for wear! It is the perfect little shawl to cover my shoulders – not too warm, but just perfect.
I also have finished my first BIG spinning to knitting project and, I mean BIG gentle reader! I fell hopelessly in love with Regenerate by Mary-Anne Mace. It was in the latest Knitty and it is truly gorgeous. I had some Shetland from Windswept Farms and Marr Haven that I had gotten eons ago. It spun up to just over 1000 yards of fingering weight yarn. I will be entering it in a local fiber festival and win or not, I absolutely love it. I think it may just be my most amazing project to date.
I will get some better pictures once the sun returns – the forecast is for rain all week. However, the sun, as well as two of my children arrives on Friday. Trust me when I say that that, gentle reader, is the perfect combination!