So as seen in the photos in my Stitches post, I finished the Rayures cowl from the kit I got at Nine Rubies. People, at the risk of sounding like Rosanne Rosanna Danna, I thought I was gonna die. It’s just simple stockinette but that’s the problem — it’s endless stockinette. On teeny tiny needs. (I bumped up to a size four from my original size two but still…) The end result is pretty — very pretty, as evidenced by many compliments I received at Stitches — but what a PITA. Like the Cedar scarf, it almost wasn’t worth it. What a slog. It didn’t help that I chose to make it longer than the pattern called for because I wanted to end up with as few leftovers as possible. The good news is I followed up that project with a quick, clever, beautiful little project from Botanical Knits, the Oak Trail hat:
I used Madeline Tosh Vintage in the Thyme color way and size 5 & 6 needles. In contrast to the cowl, I enjoyed this knit a lot. I’ll be gifting this to my son’s advisor at the end of the year. It’ll look super cute on her.
Meanwhile, I finished the charm square quilt I made for my son. I’m pretty pleased with how this turned out. I am still a totally sucky quilter, but I am improving. In this quilt, I used a fusible batting for the first time. (I think I bought it by accident but I figured it was worth a try.) I have fewer wrinkles and puckers but that may just be because I’m getting better so the jury is still out on that method.
I also tried invisible thread (my world almost came to a standstill when I learned there was such a thing!) for machine-knitting the binding to the back side. OMG — it looks so totally terrible.
Even in that blurry photo, you can clearly see what I mean. UGH! I may still use invisible thread for bindings in the future but I think I have to stick with hand-sewing the back side. My hand-sewing is bad but not as bad as that hot mess. I’ve already started a second charm square quilt – this one, for my daughter. We’ll see if it turns out any better.
As for Stitches, my purchases were minimal but I love what I got: a pair of square needles to try, some skin stuff from the Barmaids (which I’ve long heard advertised on the Knitmore Girls podcast — the stuff is awesome!), some buttons for the Entangled Vines cardigan from Botanical Knits (next in my queue) and, finally, an awesome pattern: the Grown-Up Hoodie. I would never have looked twice at the pattern online but I tried on a sample of the actual cardigan at Stitches and it is SO CUTE. I can’t wait to knit it. With those cool pockets, it reminds me of the Farmer’s Market Cardigan, which I have long coveted, but far easier to knit.