It's been a long time since I started a new project. And since I have been super good (in my opinion!) at finishing a few old WIPs I felt very justified in casting on for a few (well 3 to be exact!) new projects.
In the last few years of blog reading, I have been following the participants of Project Spectrum have been very impressed by their influences and projects. This year it is PS Elements -(Fire, E arth, Air and Water). For Feb and March, it's Fire the colours red, orange and pink. I had that in mind, when I cast on for my new projects.
First up is a dress for Keira. A basic bottom up, knit in the round variety, with ruffles at the hem. (made up as I go along!) I must have been mad when I decided to knit this in Rowan 4 ply Soft. I had to cast on about 600 odd stitches to create the ruffle. Ugh! It's not better now, it's still about 300 odd stitches per round. UGH! As you can see, progress has been slow. It didn't help that I left my knitting at the gym for about a week.
Secondly, we have Socks on Fire in Araucaunia sock yarn in variegated reds. The sock pattern was specifically written for PS Elements and is a free download on Ravelry. I'm really enjoying knitting socks again! The only problem is that hubby broke one of my dpns. They were Brittany Birch ones too!!!! his only comment was - "Oh, I thought they were normal bamboo skewers and that you were being very inventive." This project is on hold until I can get into town. My LYS has no dpns, actually their stock of needles was very poor.
I'm going to write about new project number 3 later. Baby has been trying to help me type and this is taking forever!!!