I'm even making good progress on my various knitting projects. I've finished the jumper I was knitting - a long-line aran weight jumper, with raglan sleeves. I was using up yarn leftover from a previous cardigan project (there was a lot leftover as I'd misjudged the amount I needed!). As I was knitting it, I just had that feeling that I wasn't going to like it, but I kept going and now that it's finished - I still don't like it.
This is the problem - I feel compelled to use all my leftover yarn, but then I end up just knitting things for the sake of it, rather than knitting with new yarn and making something I really want. So I haven't taken any photos of the jumper yet - I will do at some point - and may be I'll get some wear from the jumper - but I think it's best to move on and forget about it.
Fortunately, I have also finished something that I do like.
This is the third time I've knitted up this pattern for fingerless mittens - it's such a perfect fit and ideal for sock yarn.
This particular sock yarn is leftover (yes - more leftovers!) from my Very Berry socks ( my October socks). I love the colours in this yarn. This time I actually managed to get the stripes lined up correctly on each mitten. Full details of this project are on my Ravelry project page, here.
So far, with this lovely sock yarn, I have made socks, the mittens and a little mini sweater. I still have about 10 grammes leftover.
The little ball of yarn is sitting, staring at me accusingly - "Use me!" it says - Stash busting is so stressful.
On a different note, I had a lovely message from Judy in sunny Australia who has crocheted these sweet mini Christmas wreaths from my pattern.
She has made them for gifts for her friends in her sewing group. Judy says -
"We are a smocking & needlework group; we supply 27 Sydney hospital's with smocked gowns, knitted rugs, booties & caps for preemie & still born babies. Sadly this work is on going. We supplied 1,000 gowns this year with all the other items.
Our website is Smocking Arts Guild of NSW Inc. We are also on Facebook."
What fantastic work the group does, and how lovely of Judy to make the gifts for her friends. It is always wonderful to hear how my patterns are being used. It makes me feel so humble.
Have a lovely weekend everyone.