FO Friday – the June edition

flower shawl design - full view

It’s funny how it seems like it’s only been a week since I blogged, and then I check only to find out it’s been almost a month!   If you don’t count my rant post from Monday.

What have I been up to?  Lots and lots of crafting.  So much, I felt I should break this up.  Today I’ll cover what I finished back in June.

There were the usual afghan squares including these three from the 2014 Mystery KAL from Underground Crafter.

Underground Crafter squares 10,9,11

think they are squares 10, 9, and 11 respectively, but I’m not sure.  Somewhere along the line I got mixed up and skipped on – messing up the numbering I had on them.  I need to go back and compare the pictures with the patterns to be sure.

I also finished my May square for my weather afghan.

May weather afghan square

Such pretty soft colors.  The weather was finally starting to warm up!  (Ahem.  I won’t mention that I haven’t even started June’s square … let alone July).

I tried designing a shawlette.  It was for a Designer’s Challenge group on Ravelry.  The idea was to make a shawl/shawlette, using a flower theme and it had to include short rows.

flower shawl design - full view

I don’t like how it turned out.  My first mistake was to wait until the last minute so I was frantically knitting to finish by the end of June.  That resulted in forgetting some key design elements I wanted to incorporate – so my “flower” theme ended up almost non-evident.  The judges also agreed, so it ended up not qualifying.

flower shawl design - top edge

I also didn’t like the yarn.  It was a baby yarn, but it had quite a bit of variation in the thickness and it was also rough.  I’m turning this and all my other yarn over to my mother.  She can either frog and reuse or donate the shawlette if she so wishes.

flower shawl design - edging

Attempting to design this wasn’t a complete waste of time.  I did learn quite a bit, and I’ve saved my notes so I may revisit them after my feelings about it have subsided.

Before I go onto my pièce de résistance, I want to show off this lovely fabric basket that was shipped to me as a prize winner.

Sew Mama Sew fabric basket - win

Isn’t it wonderful? I have it sitting next to my chair with a knitting project I need to finish.

And now for the grand finale…

Elenka dress - front

The dress, that is. The girl was “finished” 3 1/2 years ago :D.

Elenka dress - full view

I wanted to make her a cotton dress for the summer.  Sadly, she’s only worn it once, but I guess it hasn’t been that long since it was completed and we wanted to reserve it for church and/or special occasions.

Elenka dress - back

Very important given the fact that Little Chick has spent more time dirty this summer than her previous three years combined!  It hasn’t stopped raining for very long so there are always puddles to play in, grass to roll around in, popsicles to eat … in other words, she’s having a Grand Summer.

Pattern: Elenka
Designer: Inna Aleksandrova
Yarn: Hobby Lobby’s Baby Bee Hushabye
Colorway: 26 Mint Charm and 10 Angel
My Rav project page
Modeled by: Little Chick, of course!

This is her version in response to my command “Strike a pose!”   Gotta love the tongue action!

Elenka dress - strike a pose!

2 Replies to “FO Friday – the June edition”

  1. That dress is perfect, and I love the mint green!
    Congrats on the fabric basket, which is lovely and just the thing for WIPs. And my attempts at designing or reverse-engineering knit projects have generally been more useful for what I learn from the process rather than the actual object produced – if there even is an object produced! Sometimes I take notes, take pictures, and rip the project back so I can use the yarn again. Some of my yarn has a life of great adventure.

    1. I know what you mean – I have a handful of “designs” that will never be published as they were a learning experience but not good enough I’d want to finish writing up.

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