On the needles

Last week I was sick, and ended up staying home from work for a little bit…which meant once I had the energy I did quite a bit of knitting. I think I finally found a use for all that flame colored Lara Endless Summer collection cotton – the market bag from Folk Bags. I also think I have enough of this yarn to make up to three of the bags, so the first is finished and I’m about halfway through the second. Here’s a quick closeup picture of the mesh – I’ll post finished object pictures later.

Next up, the basketweave socks are still on the needles, which I actually haven’t done much on since the last time I posted a picture. I really need to get back to work on those, because I really like how they are turning out. I’ve just been a little sidetracked by the mesh bags, and also by my third project in progress.

That third project would be an afghan for my niece. She likes pink, and I was going to use my stash of Bernat Berella 4 in a swirl of creams and pinks, but I only have six skeins, and it just isn’t going to be enough. Naturally the color has been discontinued. I’ve posted pleas on various message boards, in case someone just might have an extra skein or two in their stash from years past, but I’m not holding my breath. I may still track down a coordinating solid pink and use that to make a border, which might make the swirly stuff stretch enough for a full-sized afghan, but…

In the meantime, I was smitten by the colors in Red Heart’s Monet colorway, and decided to forge ahead on the afghan with a pile of that instead. I figure I’ve got one niece and two nephews so if, in some marvelous stroke of luck, I find more of the pink swirly yarn, this multicolored one can be for one of the boys. Here’s a close-up of the eyelet stripe pattern I’m using, which is cobbled together from a number of different baby blanket patterns I found online (although this will be full-sized, since the hope is that it can be something they can use even when they’re older).

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