Anyway, enough about the weather, let's move on to more important matters - knitting and crochet!
This week has been another productive week. I'm in such a good creative place at the moment, everything seems to be flowing along. Firstly, the socks for April were finished. I used the yarn Grace bought me for my birthday.
I endeavour to try something new each month with my sock knitting. It's just over a year since I started knitting a pair of socks each month and I feel I've still got so much to learn. This month I was trying a new heel. I find I'm drawn to toe-up knitting rather than cuff-down, so I'm trying to find a heel that works best for me with this method. So these socks were knitted with a Fleegle heel.
And I must say I loved it. It was a great heel to knit, I loved the process. I'm not sure about the finished look of the heel yet. I think I need to explore some more styles of heel before I settle on my perfect sock "recipe" but this is one that I will knit again. You can see full details of this project on my Ravelry page here.
I've got the sewing machine out at the moment. There's a dress in progress, but still a way to go with that. I'm taking a leisurely approach to sewing it up so that it doesn't feel too stressful - it just means the dining room is littered with fabric and sewing patterns. In between sewing the dress, I ran up a work-in-progress bag for one of the shawls I'm knitting at the moment using leftovers from last week's Dottie Angel dress.
I also found a sample of some crochet flowers I had made years ago that was hanging around, being idle, so I put it to use as an embellishment for the bag.
I should then have been concentrating on completing one of the two shawls that are on the needles, but there was a distraction! And I blame Meredith - yes, you Meredith. I sat drooling over your South Bay Shawlette and saw that you were making another one (and had got Lynne to join you). How could I resist making another one myself. It is a great pattern, so easy and it grows quickly.
It took two evenings to make and used up 27g of Regia Lace. It's just the right size for a doll or Teddy Bear and I know just the bear who would appreciate it. So I'm gifting it this weekend to someone's well-loved and cherished companion.
The squares for my crochet blanket were also completed this week.
I have 11 squares in total now, only 5 more to go to get the size of blanket I want.
So that's it for now. The sun has come out again, so I'm off into the garden - to actually do some gardening this time. Then later it will be back to the dressmaking and in-progress shawls. (Actually yesterday I started a new crochet along for a blanket, but I'll tell you about that another time). I hope the sun is shining for you. Enjoy your week.