Sunday 24 July 2016

July IHSW & GG Update

Although I'm almost a week late for both of these SAL checkins, I hope you will forgive me - Felix' sister turned 30 this year, and we spend the IHSW weekend at his parents house for celebrations. I did take my stitching with me, but didn't get much done, but my knitting made some good progress and I really enjoyed it. Stitching progress did happen in the rest of the time, though, so I do have a bit to show you.

Let's start with a piece that doesn't qualify for neither IHSW nor for GG - the Fire & Ember SAL. I finished the first page just in time before we went away for the weekend, so despite also working on other stuff, it only took me two weeks out of the month time I had. Also, my needle minder has finally arrived, so stitching the next page in August will hopefully be even more fun!

My main focus piece during IHSW was the Snowflake Party shawl. As we were not at home that weekend, I had some time to knit in the car and some more on the party itself, and I am almost finished with the base-section now - so in the future, there will be a lot more snowflakes on this!

And then I also worked on two projects that qualify for Gifted gorgeousness - stitchingwise, I focused on the grandchildren project, and apart from the writing and a few small motifs in the center, I'm all done with the cross stitch now. I already started on the backstitching and it's going really fast, so I should be able to show you some more progress soon!
I also got some more knitting done on my watermelon socks, and they are finished! Although I noticed that somehow they turned out a bit smaller than the last pair...I didn't bother measuring and just used the same stitch and row counts and somehow either I've been knitting more tightly or the yarn behaved differently. I hope they will still fit the recipient's feet, but in the worst case I will have to make a new pair for him and keep these for myself.

So that's it for today...there's more exciting stuff coming up, both craftingwise - our Halloween SAL starts in August, and I also ordered some superawesome lace yarn for a new knitting project - and otherwise - Felix and I are going on a short vacation to Hamburg next weekend to see the Lion King musical and to visit some friends and relatives, which also means two 6+ hour trainrides with hopefully lots of knitting time!


Jo who can't think of a clever nickname said...

Thanks for taking part in GG this month. The grandchildren project is looking great, as do the socks.
Hallowe'en SAL? What Hallowe'en SAL?

Carla - Alaska Wolf Pack said...

WOW! three finishes and a huge bit of knitting done on the shawl!

Tiffstitch said...

Excellent finish on the socks and congrats on finishing the first page of the dragon! Grandchildren should finish up quickly now that you're on to the wording and backstitch too, plus love how the shawl is turning out.

Susan said...

GREAT progress. Looking forward to seeing more snowflakes (trying to think "cold" during our heat wave). Amazing progress on Fire and Ice.

Heather said...

Awesome progress :)