Busy Little Bee

Don’t let the lack of posting fool you…I’ve been pretty busy knitting and crocheting this month.

My Sólás Caomh blanket is just about finished.  I just need to weave in the ends.  It turned out beautifully–just as I’d imagined.

I started another baby blanket for yet another friend that is expecting.  I’ve got a bit of a tight deadline with this one, so of course I’d choose to knit it.  Yikes!  This will take me forever, but it is going to be so darling, while still looking simple and boy-ish.

And finally, I’ve taken on a commission (sort of).  I’m acquainted with the owner of a LYS near my mom’s office.  Last year she asked me to crochet a sample for her to display at her booth at Stitches West.  The sweater was a huge success, and I enjoyed making something that wasn’t just for myself, so I offered my services again this year.

I just got the yarn yesterday, so I got started this afternoon.  While the yarn is very beautiful (the owner of the store does wonderful dying), it’s been a bit frustrating to work with.  The twist runs very thick and thin, which gives the fabric a wonderful texture, but makes the stitches difficult to see.  I’m also not crazy about how thick and stiff the fabric is turning out.  It would probably be better if I went up a couple of hook sizes, but then the gauge would be WAY off.  It’s already off enough that I’m crocheting two sizes down from my desired size and I’m eliminating some rows.

So, I’m not sure what to do at this point.  I’ve gotten about half the back done and am just really worried about how it will fit and look once it’s done.  Like I said, it’s a great yarn, but would be much better suited to something structured.


  1. I would love to see a photograph of your Solas Caomh when you’re finished it! I always get so excited when I see what someone’s done with a pattern I’ve written.

    • ithilwyn on April 3, 2010 at 8:57 pm
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    You’re wish is my command! I’d just snapped a few pics the other day; your comment was just the reminder I needed to actually upload them.

    I absolutely adore the pattern, by the way. Definitely one of my all-time favorite blanket patterns.

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