Well, I clearly have been busy this last week (the internet was out so it was really difficult to do my work 😦 )
First off, I (nearly) finished the cross stitch Stained Glass, or at least p.1!
There are still a couple of stitches in the bottom left corner which I haven’t done, this is because I don’t want to miscount (no grid lines? I too like to live dangerously!), so I’ll do them when we get to the page underneath.
I also finished the pile of shawl from the last post, and here it is in all it’s blacking glory
The sparkly bits are beads (and yes, there were a lot of them!) The knitting pattern for it is here. It’s a very lovely knit, the main shawl body is easy enough to remember while you get your head around the beads, and the edging is just gorgeous (there are better pics through the link!)
So, that’s what’s been finished. Immediately after finishing the shawl, I cast on for a blanket. But rather than be sensible, and working from the bottom up, or whatever, I decided to be different, and cast on 285 stitches, to make one giant mitred square… yeah,this is so far beyond the line between bravery and stupidity that it’s just a very faint shadow on the horizon, as not only am I dealing with a frankly ridiculous number of stitches, I’m doing colourwork. Yeah. So I have 5 balls of coloured yarn, each with both ends attached to a different section of the blanket, and then 11 little balls of black yarn between them. The only good thing about this blanket (other than the fact it’s going to be totally epic when it’s finished) is that it’s basically being knit in chunky (well, DK held double) yarn on 6mm needles, so each row (which takes about half an hour, at the moment!), actually gives noticeable progress! No pic yet, unfortunately, I haven’t dug it out from under the blanket it sleeps under- I daren’t move it off the bed!- and it’s a little bit scary, even for me! I’ll try to remember to take a photo of it when I bring it out to work on it one day, but it might not be this work- I’m off to Warwick for a conference, which should be really good fun, but I won’t get back until late on Thursday!