With the holidays approaching, every spare minute counts, and progress has been made on a number of projects. The We Call Them Pirates pattern has been in my files for ages, and I’ve managed to use some recycled stash (Froehlich-Wolle sport weight, from a frogged Philospher’s Sweater kit received as a gift years ago) on this one for an old friend; the contrast in the colors is only just strong enough to make the skull & crossbones pattern visible.
Garnstudio’s newest patterns for felted slippers and scuffs are well underway. I’ve combined leftover Lamb’s Pride Bulky (charcoal heather for one pair, gray heather for the other) with recycled taupe Pingouin wool.
The knitted soccer ball is coming along slowly. The pattern is easy enough, but the yarn is unpleasant to work with and the hexagons and pentagons are a bit “fiddly” to connect. I’ll have by the end of Thanksgiving weekend, when it and the baby hat have to go to the neighbors.
My “recreational” project is designed and underway: a knitted dreidel for Hanukkah. The pattern is my own (though there is another by Lion Brand for a pet toy). I’m using 28 gauge galvanized steel wire (from Paramount Wire Co, NJ) combined with 2 strands of sport weight silver metallic yarn. I found the yarn on ebay a few years ago, used it for a fairy crown for a niece, and still have plenty to experiment with. The combination of yarns, worked on size 2 dpns, makes a very stiff fabric – this dreidel will spin! Anna Hrachovec’ Ninjabun and Woodikins (of Mochimochiland) are the technical inspirations for a knitted menorah I’ve designed. With luck I’ll find just a few more spare hours – and strength in my hands – to knit the wire menorah with the remaining wire and cord.
I’d be glad to share these patterns once they are done – just let me know if you are interested.