Mystery knitting and blocking

It seems that this time of the year is the time that all the mystery knit a longs start. Last week I had three on the go, but as of a couple of days ago, and a massive grafting session, I am down to two.

The one I’ve just finished is Birds of a Feather.

I need to block it yet. This will remove all the stray fluff from it and make the pattern really emerge.

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The two slits are for fastening. You poke the pointy end through them. I’m hoping to have some model shots once it’s all blocked.

Another KAL I’m doing is the Pavillion Mystery Sock KAL

This is one sock’s ‘clue one’ done. I’ve just started clue 2 now and hope to have it done on both socks before the last clue arrives this weekend.

pavThe last KAL, on the go, is the Through the Loops (TTL) mystery shawl kal 2014.

Here’s mine after completing clue 2

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Speaking of blocking. I completed my Christchurch Shawl, but it’s winter here, and it takes a while to dry my blocked items. So, I’m only blocking if I HAVE TO right now.

I have HAD TO block recently. I completed a test knit of Mist,

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and also a test knit of Hemlock Mitts.

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I have still had Knit-a-riffic out, and have finished just another page of it. You’ll have to wait until it’s off the frame for a photo.

Sorry.

French Filigree, test knit and more….

I’ve pulled out another slow WIP. This time it was French Filigree.
It’s nearly 3/4 done.

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The reason I didn’t get more done of this is that I had to stop to do a test knit.
I’ve been test knitted a new design by Agnes Kutas called Gingerbread. I’ll let you know when it is available.
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Once it’s dry I will ‘borrow’ my niece for some photos 😉

I’ve started another knitting project. This one will take over a year to finish.
Why so long? It will take this long since it is a mystery afghan KAL with each motif (based on the Sherlock Holmes short stories) coming out monthly. I’m using a slightly furry wool/acrylic mix and the pattern isn’t quite as defined as some works I’ve seen, but it is there and I’m sure blocking will define it a little more. I can say it will be WARM once done.

IMG_0446I have also been very spoilt over the last few days.

I hit the big 40 on Monday and I have to say I’m humbled at the generous gifts I have received.

Tim gifted me a stunning sterling silver bangle with an engraved message and a necklace/earring set.
He said the bangle isn’t ‘finished’ yet as there is something else yet to be done to it but I’ll have to wait a couple of weeks when we have our 20th wedding anniversary. I can’t wait to find out what it is.

I got the usual fabulous family gifts, including  the surprise of my parents turning up at Petrina’s, where we spent the day. It took me a bit to click that they shouldn’t have actually been there.

One of the gifts will be my next knitting new start. They are Bofur’s gloves from The Hobbit. This is the official wool and pattern from the company that made the shawls/gloves etc from the LOTR and Hobbit movies.

And we can thank Petrina for this gifty.

Bofur-Gloves-KitI also received some knitting patterns from Jeannie-Maree, Sonya, and Nicola.

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charlotte St. Mitts  morganeve's mitts

Clicking the above images will take you to the pattern page on Ravelry

I also received a couple of parcels from Angela Perret. The first contained a pair of cat snips, chocolate truffles and a lovely handstitched card. The second contained a HAED handmade needle threader. Sorry I haven’t taken a photo of the first lot of gifts, but I do have the threader to share.

needle threaderAnd finally I received a few HAED charts. I will have to open up a slot for a few new starts, I think.

Thank you Christy, Jo, Louanne and Nance

Clicking these images will take you to the chart on the HAED site

the edge Above And Beyond
Dark Hope The Fantastic Voyage

I think I’ve remembered everything and everyone. If I have forgotten you please forgive me I’m not as young as I used to be

Thank you not only to those who gave me a gift, or wished me a happy birthday, but to you for reading my blog.