Wednesday, 18 May 2011

Slow Progress

I almost feel embarrassed to share my work in progress this Wednesday, but I'm going to anyway.  The reason there seems to be very little progress to show you, is that I spent one day sewing - woohoo!  I actually finished something which I'll share with you on Friday.  I also spent the weekend with the most annoying and lingering headache I've had in years.  It hung around for 4 days and that is really unusual for me.  It happens like that if I have a migraine, but usually I go to bed with a headache and wake up the next day fine.  Anyway, it appears to have disappeared so I'm grateful for that!  So now I've got my "dog ate my homework" type excuses out the way, on to the WIPs.

Firstly, I will share the seemingly tiny amount of progress I have made on my sunny socks.

It looks like nothing, but if you compare it to last week's photo, you can see that I've knitted several inches.  I've also made, what I think, are the last set of increases I'll need to cater to my enormous calves.  I can't decide if I'll make any decreases after my calf, or not.  I'll probably work it out as I go, as that seems to have worked so far!

The socks have been taking up most of my non-headache, non-sewing time.  I'm quite pleased, now I've looked at last week's photo, to see how much I've achieved this week.  I think without a record, it isn't easy to gauge how far you've come in a week.  After working on my socks, I decided, that even though the lovely weather we had in April has disappeared, I really should finish my great Recovery Sweater.  I haven't touched it in weeks.  I think I got so close to finishing that I was scared to finish it in case I didn't like it!

After whizzing through the "sleeves" otherwise knows as 12 rows of knitting - total, I have turned to the cast on edge.  I haven't blocked the tunic but I was really concerned about the cast on edge falling forward, like in this photo. 

I decided that adding a round of double crochet (UK version) using a 3mm hook, the top edge would be neater, tighter and pull the top edge back towards the body.  If you are in the US, this stitch is called single crochet.  I do wish there were an International standard for crochet stitches, it makes it very confusing!

As far as I can tell, it seems to be working.  Hopefully I will have another finished object to show you on Friday and then you can judge!

So there you have it, very little progress on the knitting front, but I am so pleased that I have been able to sit at a sewing machine, even if it was only for an hour, and I'm still kind of paying for it two days later.  It was a start, and I'm happy with that, because I have missed sewing so much.  I'm definitely going to have to work up to bigger projects, so I'll have to find some small items to keep me going until I can tolerate longer spells sitting at the machine. 

If you want to see more exciting progress, I recommend clicking the button and visiting Tami, to see what lots of other lovely bloggers have been up to this week.  Go on, you know you want to!


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