Interlude Project

Sometimes when I have several big projects on my needles, I need to cleanse my palate with a smaller project that I can get done in a few days. Sunday I cast on a new Bandana Cowl with yarn from the stash. It got off to a rough start, though, and I was afraid I’d chosen poorly.

First, I was trying to adapt a pattern meant for bulky yarn to aran weight, so I was using notes from another knitter. The first needles were too big, though, so I frogged and started over with a smaller size. I liked it enough, until I got a few rows in and saw a dropped stitch way down at the beginning. I didn’t like it enough to keep going, so I frogged again and cast on with size 8 needles, and this time it worked. Except I did drop a stitch again and had to ladder it up about five rows.

img_4664It wasn’t my favorite yarn; it was a little nubby, and thick & thin in places. It’s Skacel Urban Silk, which is 80/20 silk and cotton. It’s definitely soft, and has the lovely drape of silk, but something about it just didn’t thrill me, so I’m glad I made this with someone else in mind. Now let’s just hope she likes it!

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It’s definitely smaller and more snug than the original was intended, but it fits me well and should be perfect for the recipient. And it got two skeins of yarn out of my stash!

Feeding the stash

Do you like yarn? I like yarn. I like my current stash, I like yarn in stores, and I especially like new yarn that arrives in the mail after I’ve had a bad day. Yesterday I had TWO packages waiting for me when I got home. The first had these goodies from Izzy Knits:

img_4643Isn’t that logo the cutest?? For some crazy reason, I agreed to test knit a pattern for a dog sweater. Yes, a sweater for one of my dogs. A sweater he will very likely not want to wear longer than two minutes, and that I’ll have to protect from the other dog chewing on it. Still, he will be very handsome during those two minutes.

The second package was yarn from an Instagram/Etsy destash. There are no tags so I have no idea who made what, and I don’t care a bit. Because OMG look at my pretties:

They’re all fingering weight except that one bright pink variegated skein, which I think is worsted and will become an awesome cowl. The others will feed the stash for now. That neon yellow is the softest; I think it must have some cashmere in it. No idea what to do with it, since I can’t/don’t wear that color, but maybe mixed in with something else, it’ll work out.

Today we’re finally getting someone to look at our broken AC again, after a week of a warm, humid upstairs. Here’s hoping I go home to a cool(er) house! At least I know I’ll go home to dogs, and that’s pretty good.

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Happy Tuesday, friends! Hope it’s a good one!

The Loopy Blue Socks

My socks are done! I needed mindless knitting while I watched Rafa at Wimbledon today and my sock fit the bill perfectly. All the ends have been woven in and they’re ready to be tucked away for fall.

fullsizeoutput_21b5The yarn is from The Loopy Ewe Seasonings Series in the color Kara’s Hanauama, and I loved knitting with it. It feels tightly plied, nice and sturdy, and the coordinating mini-skein was perfect for the main color.

fullsizeoutput_21b4These socks took me exactly a month to make, and I used exactly half of the main color, so I’m totally going to make a pair of shorties from the rest. And now I’m left with four shawls in my WIPs. I’m thinking I need to add some variety in there! More socks??

All the Shawls

Well, it didn’t take me long to accrue a nice collection of WIPs! Somehow I’ve ended up with four shawls on my needles, all fingering weight one-skein projects. That really is my favorite type of project, apart from socks, of course. My newest shawl is using Joji Locatelli’s pattern Imagine When and a gorgeous new skein of Manos del Uruguay. It’s a new yarn called Alma and my color is called Resistance.

img_4519I cast on two days ago and I’m ready to start section four of six. Of course, the last three sections are quite a bit bigger than the first three, but still, it’s going quickly. And darned if I’m not starting to like short rows! They’re not as fiddly as they used to be, and the wedges they can create are super fun.

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The picots on the side are fun too! I like doing picots better this way than in a picot bindoff for sure. This is shaping up to be an addictive knit!

A Summer KAL

Ever since I finished my Fade shawl, I’ve had a marvelous time knitting on other things. I’ve got a pair of socks almost done, I made some progress on my Pride shawl, and I’ve cast on two new shawls. One of them is a fun summer KAL for Under the Olive Tree Knits, a one-skein shawl pattern named the Sun Glitter Shawl. I picked out some new-ish yarn from my stash, Less Traveled Concorde in Lagoon, and have been loving this pattern!

img_4592It’s going smoothly and quickly and I think blocking is going to make a huge difference, opening up the mesh triangles a lot. You need around 400 yards of fingering weight, and the pattern is free through August, so check it out if you want to play along!

DONE. And I mean it this time.

I finished the Find Your Fade shawl last night, for real this time. Like I’m really happy with how it turned out! I did the last section with Color D and even though these aren’t my favorite colors, I think it’s quite attractive.

img_4510It’s also super hard to photograph, since it’s so huge! But I got the nice triangular shape I was wanting, and a lovely drape, and now I’m just crossing my fingers that she likes it and that it will keep her warm in her cold office.

Knitting this shawl is kind of like childbirth, for me at least. While you’re doing it, you’re like OMG will this never end this isn’t fun argh! But then it’s done and it’s really cool and you’re proud of what you made, and you want to do it again.

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So yeah, I’m pretty sure a purple version is in my future. Someday. Just not yet. I need a few one-skein projects to cleanse my palate first!

Pattern: Find Your Fade  by Andrea Mowry.

Yarn: Butter Sock by Bumblebee Acres Farm in a GOT Lannister-themed fade set. (They have some AMAZING Harry Potter yarns now that I’m drooling over!)

Nope, not done

I kept thinking about my weird Fade while I was at work yesterday and I just couldn’t leave it as it was. So last night I spent an hour frogging back Section 13 before I could start to reknit. Instead of fading back to Color A, I’m following the pattern and fading into a new color, so I’m using Color D. That way I know I’ll have more than enough yarn to get to the end and hopefully have a nicely shaped shawl. Yeah, it means I’ve got another 35ish rows of yellow/orange/red yarn to knit, but it’ll be much better in the end.

On Sunday, when I thought I’d finished my Fade shawl, I got all excited thinking about the fun, pretty selfish knitting I could start. I knew it would involve purple and I knew it would be a one-skein project, and as soon as I started poking through my stash, I knew it had to be my Pride in the Name of Love yarn from Three Irish Girls.

It didn’t take much time perusing Ravelry for me to find the right pattern, Taina. It’s one skein, lots of garter stitch, a long narrow scarfy-shawl thing. It’s everything I wanted. Casting on felt SO GOOD–the yarn is so soft, and the little rainbow pops of color make me so happy.

6da14ce7-6289-4185-af13-c1b771e4299fNext I want to cast on a short-sleeved sweater, and a shawl KAL, and maybe another sock. Time to cast on ALL THE THINGS!!

As soon as the Fade is done.