Well Begun is Half Done

Or so Mary Poppins told me.  If she is right, and I truly hope that she is, then I am on the right track because I have a LOT of Half Done Objects right now.  As you know from Decompressing the wedding is past.  Heading into Autumn the garden is being put to bed.  Although the holidays are quickly approaching we haven’t reached the busy time yet, not to mention that although our family definitely enjoys celebrating together, we also tend to be relaxed about it, resulting in more fun, less stress.

In this, all too brief window of time, I have been able to spend more time with my projects.  Since I am rarely a monogamous knitter this means a fair number of Half-Finished Objects (HO’s) gracing my studio, coffee table, or end table, wherever I was settled last.

Let us start off with my recently completed Finished Object.  In my last post I showed the progress made on the cowl I was making as a Christmas present for my grandson Justice’s teacher.  I’m happy with how it turned out and how quickly I was able to finish it.  I’ll put that to one side for her until I can send it to school with him in December.


Completing this project has caused me to add another technique to my “to-learn” list.  I was happy with the stretchy long tail cast on but the cast off I used, while still perfectly functional, wasn’t as stretchy as the cast on.  So I’m going to be going through my books and searching YouTube for one that suits me better for future use.


On to the HO’s:

First up is the scarf I have begun from the yarn Justice and I dyed together recently.  I began with one pattern and changed my mind.  So I frogged it and started a pretty basic but, I feel, more suitable pattern for him.


Since it is pretty basic this should be finished this week and hopefully before it gets too chilly around here.  For this I’m using the Simply Ribbed Scarf with a 2 row repeat.

Next up is an update on the Bunter Hund Scarf that I have been working on.  This has been getting a lot more love now and I completed the skein of Noro I was using and have added a skein of silk waste yarn that was in my stash and is a good coordinating color and approximately same weight.  I feel the subtle difference will give this simple pattern of mostly stockinette more interest and texture while keeping it a relaxing project to work on.  I have posted a higher than average amount of updates on this one for some unknown reason so this will be the last time until it is completed and can be put up as a Finished Object.


As you can see I’ve only just managed about two or three rows of the new color but I like how it is coming along.

Final HO that I am posting today is the Gryffindor square I have been working on.  THIS one has been much neglected and my first attempt acquired a fatal flaw that required frogging back and beginning again.  But I have been reading the Harry Potter series for the first time (!) so that has re-inspired me to continue on.  I plan to do the squares for all of the Hogwarts houses along with a number of other randomly selected ones to complete a blanket.  Needless to say, since I am not a monogamous knitter, it’s going to take some time.  Many people who work on these blankets crank out a square a week and finish in a year.  Alas, I am not one of those people.  But here is the current work in progress:


I’ll need to check, but I think I already have the colors in my stash to do Slytherin.  Then on to Hufflepuff and Ravenclaw.

As mentioned in a previous post I am eager to cast on a pair of fingerless mitts.  I’m leaning (no pun intended) toward the Align Mitts pattern, but I’m leaving my options open until I begin.  I ordered a set of double pointed needles for this and am ready to go.  However, since I still have a number of projects going I’m stubbornly refusing to allow myself to begin this one before one of my others has been cast off.  This definitely amps up my motivation to get one completed.  I’m hoping by this time next week I’ll be able to show you a newly Finished Object and the beginning I’ve made on the mitts.

One other project on my To-Do list this week is to begin dyeing again.  Just as I was shifting all my focus to the wedding some new dyes arrived in the mail.  Ugh!  I was ITCHING to start on them but had to set them aside.  But it’s time to get back into my dyeing routine.  I have a friend, a fellow knitter, that I hope to send off a gift skein to by the end of this week, so a perfect reason to get out the dye pots again.  I can’t wait!

If anyone has a favorite fingerless mitt pattern I would love some suggestions before I get started.  Also, has anyone else done the GeekALong blanket from Lattes and Llamas?

I’d love to see what you’ve done.  It will provide additional fuel for my fire in getting my own completed.

I wish you lovely yarn and time to spend with it.





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