I barely glanced at my knitting over the summer, somehow it didn't feel a very summery activity for me. These last couple of weeks I've had the urge to pick up my needles and finish a dishcloth that's been in-the-knit since back in the spring.
I think it's a nesting thing...imagining evenings snuggled on the sofa with some lovely wool, needles clicking away, dogs curled up at my feet, pitch black outside (ok, I'm getting carried away here!) So a few more rows and the above has been cast off, to add to my little pile. I was trying out various brands of cotton, and stitches. My favourite is still Rowan Handknit DK Cotton - both to knit with, and to use as a cloth.
So what next? I would really like to knit some of these - they're so cute. I have the pattern, but I've yet to master knitting on dpns. You Tube videos are a great help but I need hands-on assistance. So to get a simple winter project going I've decided to knit a blanket (I think in real knitter speak it's an afghan?) using this yarn.
I love these colours (no surprises there, they're blue!) so I'm knitting large squares in stocking stitch which I'll then patchwork together, and probably add a border. And I'll probably still be at it come spring. I also have my eye on knitting some Maine Morning Mitts from The Knitters Book of Yarn (free pdf pattern here) but that also means mastering the dpns! I thought they'd make great presents. Christmas isn't that far away...