The Cuttle Corner – September 13, 2023
Welcome to the third edition of The Cuttle Corner! This week the ongoing granny square blanket starts to take shape, I cast on a new sweater, and do a little spindle spinning!
If you missed last week’s post, you can take a look here.
Now, let’s get cozy!
What’s going on
My family has been trying to soak in the last little bit of good weather before the PNW is stuck with grey skies and rain for months.
We met up with friends at Dash Point State Park. It’s the beginning of clamming season and my friends were taking full advantage. With two little ones to look after my husband and I were clam cheerleaders.
Then we took a day trip out to the ocean to get the full beach experience. It was the first time the kids had been to the ocean, not just Puget Sound.
I brought my knitting on this trip and got a couple of rows of ribbing knitted up before it was time to head back home.
What I’m working on this week
To get some WIPs finished I focused on one spinning project this week. I’m sure it will surprise you that I took a break from spinning on my Norwegian spinning wheel and have been exclusively spinning on my drop spindles.
Drop spindle spinning is not usually my first choice, but I have been making an effort to get more comfortable with it. I have reached a point where I can spin fully suspended. This has made a huge difference in how often I reach for a spindle. You might be surprised how much spinning you can get done in the kitchen waiting for water to boil!
I have almost finished spinning the last of the 4oz of Merino into singles. This will join the other two skeins of yarn that are already spun and plied.
It is so interesting to compare my first skein of yarn from this project to the second. The first skein is a bit thicker, fluffier, and more irregular. The second skein I spun much finer and more even using the same fiber and spindles. It will be interesting to see how the last skien turns out in comparison!
Once I have all of the yarn spun and plied I will wash the yarn so it is ready to knit.
I hope you all aren’t sick of seeing granny squares yet because there is a lot of work still to do!
A big goal of this blanket was to use up mini skeins of yarn from an advent calendar. This week I finally crocheted all of the mini skeins into granny squares.
This was the perfect time to lay out all the squares I have made so far and see how everything is looking. I was able to get a 12×16 square rectangle with two extra squares. There is quite a lot of yarn left over from the socks I recently finished which will be perfect to make up another 10 squares. This will mean I have a 12×17 square rectangle or 204 granny squares!
I will have a lot of ends to weave in before I decide on the final layout of all the squares and start joining the blanket together, but the end is in sight!
I did start the Kildalton sweater this week, but so far I don’t have much to show for it.
It has been longer than I thought since I cast on a knitting project. I know this because it took me four tries to have a long enough tail to cast on this sweater!
This sweater is knit bottom up, meaning you start at the bottom edge of the sweater and knit up to the top of the sweater. With this kind of construction comes a lot of cast-on stitches. In this case, I cast-on 286 stitches. It took so many tries to cast on this sweater that I still remember the total number of stitches days later!
I can’t wait to get into the cable pattern of this sweater. It is such a beautiful design.
Until next time, keep cuttle-ing!
What are you working on? I’d love to hear about your projects in the comments below!