Fluffy Thing, here I come…

Screen shot 2014-05-01 at 6.43.01 PMYes, yes, I know I said I was going to finish Happiness before I looked at any knitting. So sue me.

I have found myself unable to resist the fluffy goodness that is my mohair mix yarn. I have found a pattern even an abject beginner such as myself can follow. I even had needles the right size without having to pay a dangerous visit to Spotlight. At the back of my mind is The List. Woolly Thing looks reproachfully at me every time I sit down with hand quilting. I need to get outside and refinish my 3 metre dining table and varnish it. But no, Fluffy Thing is calling…

So, on 6mm needles, I’m going to cast on anywhere between 26 and 36 stitches; I don’t know how wide that’ll turn out till I’ve done it. I definitely want wide, not skinny. Then I’m going to start. Row 1: sl1, k1, yok2tog, yok2tog, yok2tog and so on till the end. Repeat indefinitely, till I think it looks big enough. I have three balls of this yarn, and I’m probably going to keep going till I’ve used it up.

If I was clever, I’d go out and buy circular needles and make a nice triangular shawl, but I’m still at knitting baby steps. Let’s wait and see; I may hate knitting by the time I’ve finished Fluffy Thing. If I don’t hate it, I probably WILL go and buy those circular needles and use my other yarn for the shawl. Of course, I’m going to end up very fluffy myself, but fortunately I don’t live in London or Melbourne any more, and am no longer obliged to wear black on every conceivable occasion. The fluff will blend in nicely with most of my tropical wardrobe!

Back to hand quilting. 72 hearts done, 28 to go. Then it’s the straight stuff, which I will steam through because I don’t have to turn the quilt all the time. Don’t think I’m good for a Friday Finish, but should be good for next week!