In December I like to pull out all the unfinished projects in a push to get them to completion before the end of the year, so that I can start the New Year fresh and free. So far, I have completed the following:
Woven napkins: These napkins, I wove a while ago, and I just needed to add hems to the set of eight. The napkins are woven of 2/8 natural cotton, sett at 20 ends per inch, and based on the pattern “Johann D’s No. 32” in Marguerite Porter Davison’s A Handweaver’sPattern Book, page 97. Ms. Davison calls this Swedish Lace, but I think it is actually a combination of Bronson Lace and Spot Bronson, because every other thread is on shaft 1.
Although usually I just hem, wash and iron dry cotton and linen napkins, this time I decided to block them individually to prevent the plain weave hems from flaring out wider than the lace pattern. I blocked to 13” square, which allows the lace pattern to show to best effect.
Done, done, and done.
Socks, part 2: These knit socks, however, proved to be very tight to put on over my heels. Although they are very pretty, I would probably never wear them because they are so hard to get on and off.
Funny how I knit the first sock, tried it on and knew it was too tight, but then went ahead and knit the second sock, even still. Now they have languished in the “to be finished” box for almost a year. I pulled them out, tried them on again. Nope, my feet did not shrink over the year. Reluctantly, I decided to totally rip them out and re-knit on a size larger needle. This will go back to the new project pile, and therefore doesn’t have to be finished before the end of the year.
I can make up my own rules if I want to.
Blue Shawl: Next up, a blue shawl in an ombré wool yarn from Kauni (Denmark) that reminds me of fading blue jeans. I knit the ribbed edging, then washed and blocked the finished shawl, and I am really pleased with the result. The shawl is simply knit in garter and stocking stitch, based on the pattern “Flamboyan” from Stephen West.
Cap and Mitts
Finally, I completed the Watch Cap and Fingerless mitts from my own handspun yarn. These are international – spun in Australia, knit in Canada.