Hi! Well, it's Sunday and time for a Year of Projects update so here I am inside typing on a beautiful, albeit hot, summer day. Actually, I'm having lots of fun sitting here in my chair people watching out my front window. You see today is the Hopkins Raspberry Festival (my city of Hopkins used to be farmland where they raised lots of raspberries) and from my comfortable vantage point I can see all the floats lining up for the parade on Mainstreet as well as all the people walking there to nab a great viewing spot. I'm not much for parades myself as I really don't like crowds, but the atmosphere is overflowing onto my street which I do enjoy.
I've been working on my braided rug every morning before my son wakes up and I've been pleased with how its coming along. Today was, in theory, going to be the grand finish, but it's still a little small to my eye. Currently it measures 21 1/2 inches wide by 28 inches long (71 cm x 55 cm), whereas I am aiming more for 24 x 36 inches. With the rug being a bit more circular than oval this will probably end up as 24 x 31 or something along those lines. My guess is about two more loops around should do it. I have enough of the red and the blue/green colorways, but am now out of the pink/orange/yellow. I'll be adding in what I call my "Autumn" colorway which is red, orange, yellow and green. I think it'll blend in pretty well. It's really starting to look like a rug don't you think?
I did have a finish this week though, my Out of the Frying Pan oven mitts are now both knit and felted! The even turned out almost exactly the same size even though I felted them separately. Cool huh? I would really recommend this pattern as the fit of the mitt is excellent. Now I'm all set to start mordanting my base yarn this week. I only have to skein them up in small sample sized skeins. Yay!
Since I really enjoyed making the felted oven mitts I think I'm going to make some felted potholders for my friend's Christmas gifts. Every year I pick something and make the same thing for everybody. Last year it was this Market Bag, the year before simple dishcloths, and this year I was going to make everyone these trivets, but after making all the I-cord for the rug I am getting a little bit tired of the process. I am trying not to buy yarn, but I think I have plenty of color choices now that I'm using up my knitted toy business yarns.
Thus, I'm checking off one item to the list and adding one item to the list. Which means I'm not getting ahead really, but then again not behind either. Have a great week everyone!