In order for me to do a little bit of catching up, I'm going to do what Denis the Brit would call an "odds 'n' sods" post... a little of this and a little of that.
I'm still finding that a combination of watching television and knitting keeps my mind occupied enough that it doesn't go walkabout into subjects I really don't need to think about. I'm a strong believer in worry not being good for a body. Now let's get on to what I've been stitching and watching!
First up is an organizational goodie for my straight bamboo knitting needles.
I had been housing them in a large Mason jar with a floral wire grid insert at the top that was supposed to help me keep the different sizes separate.
The sizes were constantly getting mixed up. Normally, I'm very careful about something like this, so I began to wonder if I had a gremlin in the house playing with my knitting needles. I got tired of mismatched needles and bought this bamboo compartmentalized turntable. When it arrived, I took a large piece of styrofoam and cut it into pieces that fit each of the compartments. Then I put a clear roll of tape into my labelmaker and printed out numbers for each size needle that I have.
You can see the results in the photo. This works much better than my old system, let me tell you! (For any of you eagle-eyed readers who noticed that I'm a needle short at the very top of the turntable, don't worry-- I know exactly where it's at.)
The free pattern I used is "Speed Bumps" although I call it something else, and it's got everything to do with living with an Englishman and all those British police procedurals that I read.
I call it "Sleeping Policeman," and yes, that is British slang for what we Americans call speed bumps.
The next project I'll show you is one that I've done before. It's a particular favorite of mine because it works up quickly and produces a scarf that is so warm and cozy-- and there are so many ways you can wear it.
The free pattern is called "Rag and Bone Scarf," and I used Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick & Quick yarn that's 80% acrylic and 20% wool. This color is called "Jam Cookie," and as you can see, it's self-striping. I usually avoid self-striping yarn but I think it looks good in this case, and-- just to add a little interest-- I added some bright red pony beads in the fringe.
I'll be making this scarf again because I have some of the same type of yarn in "Peacock" that I want to try blinging up a bit.
The last completed project I'll share with you is something I made for myself. I practically tore this house apart last year looking for my black sweater, but I never found it. (Maybe I do have a gremlin?) I started to order a replacement when the thought occurred to me that I had some of my favorite yarn-- Lion Brand Homespun 100% acrylic-- in black on my craft room shelf that I hadn't done anything with. I also had some skeins of a discontinued Michaels in-house brand of yarn in black that also had iridescent threads and sequins.
I combined the two in a simple knit three, purl three ribbing stitch. As you can see in the photo, I only used the iridescent yarn for the middle third of the shawl. My thinking was that the sections of the shawl that covered my arms would get more wear and tear and that I might litter sequins wherever I went.
I'm quite pleased with the final result, but since I have more of the iridescent yarn not only in black but also in silver and gold, I'll make myself more shawls and try using the iridescent shades all the way through.
One of the programs I watched while making these things was Young Wallander, a series on Netflix.
I read the first four or five books in Henning Mankell's excellent series, so that was more than enough inducement for me to see what Netflix would do with a prequel.
The prequel has us following Kurt Wallander, a recently graduated police officer, as he investigates his first case. I enjoyed this look at Wallander as he made mistakes and showed me his single-minded focus. It was quite different from reading about the veteran detective in Mankell's books.
I will say, however, that if you're not in the mood for grim and edgy, you might want to put off watching this until you are.
Now that I've said that, I just made a note that my next Miz Kittling post will show you all something that is firmly planted in the warm and fuzzy section of the viewing spectrum!