I finished and blocked the blue Summer Flies shawl a few days ago. The pattern was incredibly fun to work with and I loved the ever-so-slight hue changes in the yarn I used to knit it. Gotta love hand-dyed yarn. While I was knitting it, the yarn was dying my fingers ever so slightly, so I was worried that the shawl would bleed horribly while I soaked it before blocking. Fortunately it did not bleed at all!
The pattern called for a picot bind off (binding off 2 sts, slipping them back to the left needle, cable casting on 2 sts, then binding off 5 sts)... I forgot that the picot binding ends up using a lot of yarn since you're creating lots of stitches with the cable cast on. I followed the instructions for the picot bind off until about half way through the row when I realized I would not make it through to the end of the shawl. I wasn't sure if I could properly pick up all the right stitches if I ripped back the last binding, so I decided to forge ahead, binding off 6 stitches, rather than two, then increasing that to 8, until the last few sections ended up binding off 10 stitches!
Son of Stitch 'n Bitch I mentioned in my previous post. I'm not generally a fan of scarves since they always take so long to knit up so I'm hoping to complete this by the end of next week. Then I should only have 3 infant and 4 children's hats to knit before my Holiday knitting will officially be complete! Depending on how much time I have, I might knit up hats for the boyfriend's brother and brother-in-law, too.
I'm pretty sure I know what I want to knit for my boyfriend but I think it'll be a good idea to get all these little projects out of the way first.
I've also been cooking and baking lots of yummy treats but I don't have too many pictures of those. I made a batch of Buckeyes for a Halloween party this weekend...
... and a modified version of Pumpkin Chili (fully clothed), some Apple Walnut bread and Sesame Chicken with rice.