Time flies! It sure doesn't seem like it's been a month since I posted here! I do feel woefully behind on my knitting projects, though. I've managed to fiddle a lot, but not really make much progress.
I'm working on it though and have gotten a decent start on a wrap I'm making in a lacy shell pattern, thanks to Lynn Carpenter's translation of a needle pattern to the loom. I'm making it using one side of the 30" SG AJAL from Decor Accents. I'm using a single strand of Paton's Brilliant. I plan on doing stripes of White Twinkle and Crystal Cream and may even throw in some Gold Glow for the heck of it. So far, it's looking pretty good. The pattern is quite simple once I got the hang of moving the stitches on every fourth row. Thanks, Lynn!
Let's see, what else have I been playing with? Well, there are these sleeves that they showed on an episode of Stitchcraft. Of course, they were talking about needle knitting and making rectangles, then sewing a seam, blah, blah, blah. I used the red Knifty Knitter and made a tube the length I wanted with a garter stitch edte on the bottom. I tried it with a knit (flat) stitch, but it was a bit too tight for me, so I frogged it and used the twisted knit (e-wrap) stitch instead. I actually like the way that adds a bit more texture with the Incredible ribbon yarn. I cast on using e-wraps and that left a nice, loopy top that will work great for buttoning it to the sleeves of a t-shirt. Now all I have to do is get around to sewing the buttons onto the t-shirt and trying it out! :)
I also participated in the May KAL and made a cool illusion square. I got lucky in the drawing for the contest and won a great pair of stitch markers from Jeannie. They're very clever and cute!
Finally, I experimented with some other lace patterns that I adapted from a big book of stitch patterns I have. I really want to make a shawl from some lovely blue alpaca yarn I have, but I'm being very picky about what I make with it because it has to be a pattern that's 'worthy' of such beautiful, soft yarn. Here are a couple of swatches I made: a horseshoe lace pattern and a wave lace pattern. I'm still not sure what I'll use. Guess I'll finish the lacy scallop shawl first and then decide!