Well, I've been laid up the last couple weeks (broken ankle...stress fracture that the doc found a few days ago, and I'm now in an air cast and on limited activities), so I've had lots of time to finish and start some things. I've been super lucky lately, in that the arthritis is pretty much non existent. My hands have not bothered me at all. That means I have been able to finish these guys and get them out for test knitting. Celtic Cable Fingerless Mittens: I've always love cables, especially anything that looks like little Celtic cable. I put them down for months, but they are now finished. The goal is to have the pattern out around June 15. That is the end date for the testing. I've been getting feedback already, and they are actually a fast knit, so I might see some finished mittens very soon. Also out for testing (although I have only completed one sock. I just cast on the second one.) are my Spring Flower Socks. These guys have just a bit of a yarn over design to give it the look of tulips, or dandelions. The deadline for testing on these is June 10, so I should have this one out just ahead of the Fingerless Mittens. I'll link to those patterns when they go live. Until then, pictures will have to do. I have also finished a couple things that are not my designs. First is a shawl that is being delivered to a friend today. She recently lost her mom, so this is my way of sending her a hug. This pattern is called Reyna and is a very quick knit. It was really nice. It was just a mesh pattern and a garter stitch pattern. I love it. 😀 It's also made with just a single skein of fingering weight yarn (approx 400 yards). I had some yarn that I received in my monthly yarn club, and it worked out so nicely. I love that it looks spring like with the pinks and purples. The other finished item right now is a cowl for me. This is the Lila Cowl. I bought a kit for it years ago, but never made it. It ended up taking me just a couple days, and the pattern was really easy to memorize. It was awesome. I finished it last night just before bed time. The yarn that came in the kit is cashmere, so it's incredibly soft. It's summer here now, so I don't need it, but I'll get it all blocked and things and then put it in the winter scarf/mitten drawer. 🙂 My biggest finished project is my Herbst Rosina. I made one for my mom for Christmas, and fell in love with it, so I made one for myself. It's awesome. This picture is a bit washed out, color wise, but I haven't made it back down to the basement to set up proper pictures. The color is actually like blue jeans. Actually, the yarn is called Denim. So, there are flakes of whiter color along with the blue. It's definitely not the shade of grey this picture shows. The yarn is the same as moms. It's the Miss Babs Yowza. I used almost 3 full skeins of this yarn. I made it long enough to come down to cover my butt. I love how it turned out. Other than that, I have been resting and trying to let my ankle heal. The doc I found was terrific. I was so thankful to find someone that would see me! Everyone else refused or tried to send me elsewhere. sigh But, this guy is awesome. He's about a 45 minute drive away, but worth it. He wasn't impressed with some of the things he saw with my foot. But, first we have to get this stress fracture to heal, then we can move on to fixing other stuff. The really great thing is that he has options for me! Other than just amputation. So, fingers crossed we can find a solution. I'm only a couple days into my 6 weeks of the air cast. And that is best case scenario. He wasn't inspiring confidence that I'd be out of it in 6 weeks. That's the issue with stress fractures. You're not quite sure how they happened. And in all likelihood mine happened just from how I walk. So, I'll need a new brace, most likely, and then we'll have to fix it. If I don't take it easy over the next 6 weeks, though, it won't heal. That means very little walking for me. It also means a lot of time sitting, which isn't good either. I have grabbed the hand weights to do some stuff with my upper body as I sit, and I have also been doing leg exercises while sitting. This way, it keeps the blood flowing and keeps the muscles working. I get a check up in a week in a half from now to see how things are going. Hopefully it'll look like it's improving. 🙂
I've been slowly working through some projects. I was sucked into a great project that is designed as an RPG (roll playing game) where you roll the dice to see which chart of that section you get to knit. It's a lovely scarf, and I've finished it recently. The pattern is called Heroes of Yarnia. It was a lot of fun. And now I am working on a blanket that will continue until the end of November, that is by the same designer. So much fun! It's double knit, just like the scarf, which means it's fully reversible. 😀 I also released another pattern, which you can find on my pattern blog of here. And of course that blog has links to all my patterns on the side, as well as a link to Ravelry to see them all with pictures and be able to purchase them on there as well. This latest pattern is a hat. I wanted to use the theme of leaves for something, since when I started it it was fall. A hat seemed like the best place to get a nice big pattern. The hat pattern is available in three adult sizes ranging from 19" around the brim to 23" around the brim. It can also be made shorter if the knitter prefers a regular hat and not a slouchy. I haven't been feeling well with my new medication, so my designs have been put on hold temporarily. But, I just stopped one of my meds and I'm feeling a tiny bit better. I'm going to try to get as much done on the latest sock pattern as I can today, and maybe I'll get more done than I expect. For the latest updates on patterns, be sure to go over to my design blog, or you can join my Facebook page. As for an update on me, well, like I said above I've felt crummy. I've collapsed 4 times in the last two months, which is a big problem. I almost broke my wrist twice. Thankfully it was sprained, but needless to say you can't do much knitting with a badly sprained wrist. The first fall was the worst and I bruised and sprained my whole right side. So, we'll see where we take things at my next doctor appointment. Today I went to see the asthma doc and we've changed things up on that front as well. I've started a daily medication to see if we can get the inflammation to go away in my lungs. Fingers crossed! Apart from that I picked up a test knit for a gorgeous scarf that is a super secret until the designers mystery knit a long has concluded. I have to try to get that done by the end of March. No rush. lol
My first sock pattern has been released. These socks were inspired during the Blizzard of 2016 that some news folks lovingly named Winter Storm Jonas. I think it's silly to name a winter storm, but hey, it became familiar to a lot of folks, so I ran with it. The pattern can be found on Etsy, Ravelry and Craftsy.