I haven't done so well at staying on track this week. Between getting sidetracked by exciting sewing projects and the heat, I've not touched Dragonfly Wings or started test-knitting my Game of Thrones charts. I have completed two new projects, including a new design which I shall be releasing this week!
My distraction knitting this week has been a new project as well, but thankfully one from the list. A few weeks ago Chrissy suggested she might host a KAL starting in September, with the aim of making us go back to our bookshelves and actually knit/crochet from one of the books we've had but haven't ever used. Everything about the KAL appealed to me, from the timing (starting after the Pick-a-Boo KAL has ended) to the fact that I already had my eye on a book on my shelf to help me fulfil my Christmas gift knitting I'd added to the list, for all my friends' children.
Of course, once I got hooked on the idea.... you understand perfectly of course!
I dug through my stash to find this gorgeous selection of colours, to knit the Patchwork Tortoise from Zoe Mellor's book Knitted Toys: 25 Fresh and Fabulous Designs. I only had a couple of colours where I had enough yardage to be sure of completing the main colour sections, which forced me into this pink/purple theme.
|It looked a bit like roadkill at this point|
I've done all of the knitting. Now all that is left is the mind-numbing task of sewing the damn thing together. Seriously, this thing is in way too many bits.
|That's not even all of them.|
If I'd thought ahead, I'd have planned the colours for the shell in advance, and knit the hexagons in strips, rather than doing each one individually. That would have saved me some sewing up time. I expect it will still be in this state by the time Chrissy's KAL officially starts!
Not to worry though, I've already lined up another pattern from the book to knit during that KAL, the Roaring Dinosaur.