For the first time in ages, this week’s WIPs consist of both knitting and crochet projects. With the weather changing, I felt the need to make some wrist warmers for football and school runs, and I decided to try knitting to give my arm a rest from the repetitive motion of crochet. (Unsurprisingly, the crochet projects consist of more slippers!)
For the knitting, I wanted to try out the yarn I dyed myself earlier in the year. I found a pattern for wrist warmers which involved cable knitting, something I’ve only dabbled with very briefly before. The pattern was really quick to work up, which suits my impatient self very nicely. (I love how addictive repeated patterns are, I had a definite case of ‘just one more row before bed’ when I made this.) I just need to make the left one now! Also, confession time, I don’t love the way the yarn has worked up, I think my amateur attempts at dyeing have resulted in a speckled yarn that has too many speckles. I was aiming for a confetti effect and actually it just looks like someone vomited hundreds and thousands on it. However, I think they will go nicely with my pink coat so I will keep them and perhaps make another pair in mustard yarn.
In terms of crochet projects, I’ve almost finished one pair of slippers (I just need to add buttons) and I’ve started another pair, again using my revised pattern. I’m still taking it steady with crochet as my arm keeps feeling sore. This means it takes me about a week to make a pair of slippers. Hopefully, my arm will heal quickly, though I appear to have RSI in my thumb from typing blog posts on my phone (naughty!) instead of the laptop. From now on I am resolving to stop being lazy and just use the laptop for both writing blogs and reading others.
As you can see, the next pair of slippers are a deep red colour, which I quite like. Because these slippers are both for men, I decided more grown up buttons were in order. I managed to find some lovely dark wood buttons on eBay and they arrived very quickly. I think they’ll suit them perfectly, as well as being a change from the usual plastic buttons.
Now I need to tun my attention towards craft fair preparation, once I’ve finished the red pair of slippers and another pair. I think I may have to alternate working on slippers with making decorations so that I actually have some stock as the fair is in 5 weeks time!
What are you working on this week? Have you ever had a yarn/pattern matching mishap? I’d love to hear from you!