I am quietly getting very excited. Blimming ego again! But my followers are creeping up and up. I love making Giveaway parcels. I actually love making parcels full stop. And whilst blog hopping I have seen some lovely new ideas for making deliciousa parcels. So " thank you" to all my followers old and new and please keep up the dropping/popping in here. I think 200 followers warrants another wrapping session.Some of my lovely bloggy friends have been around a while and I love the way they know how I am and where I am drifting. But, also I love the way some of my new followers challenge me to try new things and keep up as I approach the University of the 4th age. Actually,I think I have always been a bit occupied in my own space, maybe I missed bits of the previous three.
I am also exceedingly grateful for the lovely nominations for the Leibster awards of late. I am going to join in that fun when we get back to the Uk after this much needed break.
My thumb has been playing up. I thought maybe an active hooky thumb would ward off any aches or pains. But no. My thumb has been saying "ouch" a lot lately. My Grandmothers approach to pain was very straightforward . Ignore it, work through it, sleep on it and accept it. Very wise words and they served her well. So I have hooked and ignored it, I have completed projects despite it and I have slept on out. But, like Gollum it has still continued to whisper about its discomfort.
So I thought I would give my beloved hook a break and pick up my needles and two gorgeous balls of wool I had for Christmas. Now, I don't want to have to concentrate too much.So the Bactus scarf seemed perfect. A sweet name derived from gremlins in the teeth of little ones!
So here we have the simple Bactus pattern I have been following. Cast on 4 stitches and then work for one whole ball of wool in this manner.
Row1. Knit 1. Yarn over needle knit to the end of the row.
Row2. Knit to last 2 stitches. In first of these last two stitches knit through back of loop and knit last stitch.
Row 3&4. Knit.
When you have completed one ball you simply start to decrease in this manner.
Row1. Knit 1 knit 2 together through back of loop. Knit to the end of the row.
Wow. How simple is that. The "sporty one" asked why I was knitting a flag! But never mind.
As for my thumb. Not sure whether the Bactus is helping but it would make an excellent sling if it still needs a rest. I would like to make another one with a lacy edge but that will have to wait.