How is it almost the end of May already? I had several projects I wanted to tackle in May and I haven’t even started most of them yet!
I have, however, still been on a finishing kick. This past weekend we drove up to Chicago and back, and I managed to finish off the Cherry Blossom socks that had been lingering in my WIPs since March. I knit these using David’s Toe up Sock Recipe by David Schulz out of H&W Comfort Sockenwolle in the colorway Cherry Blossom. I used a contrasting miniskein at the heel from Wooly Wonka Fiber to preserve the stripes in the main yarn.
As of this photo I have just completed half of the sock blank, ending with the yellow. My original plan had been to continue on using the second half of the yarn to work back out towards the pink/purple, but I think I’m going to go rogue here and end the shawl shortly. I have a bit of the dark plum left, so I think I’m going to do a final section in just the dark color and call the shawl finished (basically omitting the lace section that the pattern suggests should be in the contrasting yarn). I’m at the point where I may even be able to finish this shawl tonight at knit night.
Which means I have to figure out what to do next!?!? For instant gratification, I cast on for a winter hat for Miles last night while I contemplated my options. I have a secret project to knit, I have some yarn for a review, I have a sweater for Roxy, and I have my poor neglected Hitofude Cardigan by Hiroko Fukatsu in Wollmeise Lacegarn in Petit Poison No. 5 that I started last August. All I do know is that I’ve got a holiday weekend coming up and the forecast is 100% chance of knitting!
The past two weeks marked a lot of knitting and two big finishes for me.
First I finished my my Banana Leaf Shawl by Yuki Ueda knit in Northbound Knitting BFL/Silk Lace in Metallurgy. This knit was strange. I stalled out on it, but never stopped wanting to wear the finished object. I finished it while I was in Chicago two weekends ago, and I can’t wait for the chill of fall so I can wear it.
I think this project was the perfect marriage of yarn and pattern. The yarn itself is luminous and even though the metallic tones may not be the most flattering on me, it knit up so beautifully. The pattern is simple; it doesn’t distract from the yarn, but there is enough texture to make it interesting to look at.
The second big project I finished is the blanket for my mom. I used the Memory Blanket by Georgie Nicolson as my inspiration, and then made it my own. This used scraps of worsted weight held singly and fingering weight held doubly. I knit a total of 121 squares and then did an applied i-cord edging to tie it all together. It’s now a decent lap-sized blanket (I confess I haven’t taken final measurements). It needs a good blocking and then I’ll send it off to my mom to enjoy. Thanks to any readers who contributed scraps to this blanket. While many of the blocks came from yarn from my stash, I also had a good amount of help from knitting friends.
With two big projects off the needles, it must be time to cast on for more! During my trip to Chicago I started a new shawl, Albuquerque Sunset by designer Casapinka. I’m using a sock blank that I dyed as a gradient, and a skein of Cascade Heritage sock in Italian Plum that was in the stash. I’ve just begun the third section and I’m loving the way this is knitting up. It’s bright and happy.
I’ve also been swatching for sweaters. No photos, but I have a secret project I’ll be working on in the next few months as well as a sweater for Roxy. Also maybe some more socks for Sock it to Summer? Stay tuned!
So I took April to work on projects that had been languishing by the wayside. I’m happy to report that I have been doing pretty well on that mission. But…I still haven’t finished anything. And as the end of the month looms, I don’t know if I’m actually going to finish any WIPs this month.
I have been making great progress on my Banana Leaf Shawl by Yuki Ueda knit in Northbound Knitting BFL/Silk Lace in Metallurgy. This one has been surprisingly enjoyable to knit and I’ve been using a progress keeper (detachable stitch marker) to track my weekly progress. At last count I had about 40g left of yarn. I’ve decided that I need to start the end of the shawl when I hit about 18g or so left, so soon it will be time to do something different. I’m not sure I’ll have it done quite by the end of the month, but I’m hoping a car trip at the beginning of May will finish this one off. Here’s where it was at as of last night:
I finished my Wolf River on Saturday, so I immediately picked up my mom’s memory blanket, which I showed you last week. I have one more square left to finish the 10th set – meaning 100 squares on the blanket. I should be able to crank that one out when I get home tonight, which leaves me with 21 squares, a border, and weaving in ends. You see why this one is a squeaker? Add to that the fact that I’m struggling to find new variegated yarns to incorporate. This week I’m breaking into new balls of yarn and winding off my 10g for a square here and there. I must be mad! I do have the yarn for the border handy so I can start on that as soon as I finish my squares.
I did finish my Wolf River by Melissa Schaschwary, but I haven’t blocked it yet so I have no new photos. Look at last week’s photo and imagine a second sleeve?
Then it’s time to consider new projects! Watch this space next week for my May knits; I have a shawl planned, a second sock, and a sweater for Roxy. And maybe a few more WIPs?
Have I mentioned April is WIP month? I decided I was sick of projects languishing on the needles so I set out to do something about it.
The first project I’m plowing through is my Wolf River by Melissa Schaschwary, knit out of Cloudborn Fibers Bulky Wool Twist in Slate Heather. Bulky yarn is perfect for the (instant) gratification knit. As of Sunday, when I took the last photo, I was almost done with the first sleeve. I’ve since finished it and knit about half of the second sleeve. I’m confident this one will be off the needles this week. Sadly, there may be occasion to wear it again before we get some actual spring/summer weather!
Next up on the needles is a WIP that has been lingering for far too long: my Banana Leaf Shawl by Yuki Ueda knit in Northbound Knitting BFL/Silk Lace in Metallurgy. My records show that I cast this on in October, when I knit a few inches and then moved on to something else. This is the kind of scarf/shawl that I want to wear, but I find tedious to knit. But the yarn is amazing and I want the finished object. It’s amazing how much progress you make when you actually work on it? In just two weeks, I’ve already put close to a foot of knitting on it. Can I finish it this month? We’ll see.
Next up is Mom’s blanket. When I last left off, it had 81 squares. My goal is 121. Let’s do this!
At this point I’m really only working on two projects.
I’ve made quite a bit of progress on the sweater for my nephew. I will finish the first sleeve cuff today, and then cast on for the second sleeve, which I will work on tonight. I’m loving how this one is coming out – it’s such a simple knit with just a few textural details.
The second sweater is one for me. Bulky yarn is making this one knit up fairly quickly, even if I only get through one lace repeat a night. As of last count I was about 11 or 12″ into the body so I have a few more lace repeats before I divide for front and back and things get interesting.
Finally, I did finish that first sock I was working on. I’m hoping to cast on and make decent progress on the second one this weekend.
I’ve decided to devote the rest of April to finishing some WIPs. I have mom’s blanket, a scarf, and another sweater that has been in hibernation. I’m not going to let myself cast on anything new with one exception: once the current socks are done I’m going to cast on a new pair with this fabulous yarn from Northbound Knitting that I could not resist.
So even though yesterday was the first day of spring, I’m still in sweater mode. This week I had hankerings to cast on sweaters. I thought I could tide myself over by casting on a sweater for my nephew. I was somewhat successful in that I did cast on the sweater, and I actually just separated the sleeves from the body today. I ended up going with Simon and Simona by Elena Nodel. The yarn is a skein of Miss Babs Yowza that I got when I went to Maryland Sheep and Wool in 2014!
I was somewhat unsuccessful in that last night I cast on for a sweater for myself! In the fall, Craftsy had a super sale on its yarns and kits and I picked up a kit to knit Wolf River by Melissa Schaschwary. I selected a Slate Grey color because I don’t have any sweaters that color. I’m modifying the pattern a bit (knitting the body in one piece rather than as front and back pieces) and managed to get through about an inch of the hem ribbing last night. There isn’t much to show, so I’ll pop in a photo from the Ravelry pattern page.
I’ve also made a bit of progress on a pair of socks for myself. I’m using David’s Toe up Sock Recipe by David Schulz and a new to me yarn, H&W Comfort Sockenwolle in Cherry Blossom. So far I’ve got the toe, gusset and heel down. Now it’s just the leg to go! (oh and the second sock…)
Finally, I’ve been getting some work done on the blanket I’m knitting for my parents. After she saw mine, my mom wanted her own memory blanket. I’m using the same pattern I used for my blanket: Memory Blanket by Georgie Nicholson. And, as I did with mine, I’m adapting it for worsted weight yarns or fingering weight held doubled. As of this week I’m somewhere between 81 and 100 squares (I don’t really count between the square numbers), but this photo was taken two weekends ago at 81.
I did finish my secret knitting this week, a shawl for a friend. I’m giving it to her as a surprise tomorrow, so I’ll include a picture of it in next week’s round up.
Enjoy your week!
Another Wednesday! I’m always excited when Wednesday rolls around because I tend to measure my weeks in knit nights. After knit night it’s all down hill…. Thursday (Friday eve) and Friday into weekend.
I actually managed to finish my Lowbrow Cowl late last week. This was a fun knit. It took me a bit longer than usual, since I had other knits I slipped into the rotation, but I finished it in time for a cold snap this past Sunday and Monday and enjoyed wearing it. I can recommend the pattern, and I’m sort of chuffed to report I had around the right amount of yarn so I guessed the length of that mystery skein correctly. I had to stop the edging few rows early, but I don’t think it makes that much difference.
Next up on my needles is a sweet Milo vest by Georgie Nicholson. I’ve knit this one before. This time I’m using some review yarn, Vinni’s Colours cotton bamboo in Indigo, that was generously sent to me by Be Sweet Yarns for review.
Next week, hopefully I’ll have Milo finished and maybe another secret knit I’m working on!
This week I’m finishing up my Lowbrow Cowl. This is a photo from a few days ago. At this point I’m on the edging, just a few rows from bind off.
So now I’m starting to mull over my options for my next project. I should pick up one of my WIPs, but I’m so tempted to cast on for something new. Last night I pulled out a skein of Miss Babs Yowza that has been marinating in my stash since I went to Maryland Sheep & Wool in 2014.
The plan is to turn this yummy skein into a sweater for Miles’ 2nd birthday this year. Right now I’m torn between Flax by Tin Can Knits and Simon and Simona by Elena Nodel. I’m leaning towards the latter.
If this doesn’t seem like a lot of knitting for this week, I can assure you there’s more, but I have a secret project for now. I’ll share that one after I finish and it has been given to the recipient!
This was a week for finishing things!
After I posted on Wednesday of last week, I went to knit night and finished the body of the poncho and picked up stitches for the ribbed collar. Thursday turned out to be icy so I worked from home and, in the lulls between tasks and emails, I was able to knit through the collar. That evening I wove in my ends and did some light blocking and I was done! (Ok, technically I still need to add buttons to the collar, but I’m calling it a podium finish.)
Once my poncho was off the needles, I was eager to start new projects but instead made myself pick up a project that had fallen by the wayside, some handspun socks. These socks were my Christmas Eve cast-on (oops!), but got brushed aside for some January and February knits. My goal was to finish them before the end of the month.
These were knit out of my handspun from Hello Yarn Corriedale fiber in the Poisoned Apples colorway.
I used David Schulz’s Toe-Up Sock Cookbook which is a great pattern, especially if you’re working with handspun.
I finished these last night before bed!
So what’s next? I have another project waiting in the wings. (Technically it is waiting with a friend – I accidentally left it at knit night last week and a wonderful knitting buddy held it for me until tonight!). This is going to be a Lowbrow Cowl using some yarn that my boss brought me from his trip to Australia a few years ago.
Finally, since the sock needles are empty, I need to cast on again. I picked up a skein of a new-to-me yarn, H&W Comfort Sockenwolle in the Cherry Blossom colorway, and I’m going to knit some vanilla socks in super pretty stripes.
The most interesting part about this new cast on is that I purchased some Addi FlexiFlips needles to test out. More about those next week!
For the past 10 years (and for several years before that) I have met with a group of friends for knit night. In Los Angeles it was at my local yarn store, and in the beginning in Kansas it was at a local yarn store, but sadly both stores have closed. Now my closest friends and I get together once a week and knit and talk and laugh. I decided that since every Wednesday is knit night, I’m going to start a Wednesday Knit Night post tradition to talk about what’s on my needles.
Ever since the Yarn Harlot started it, I’ve been participating in the Ravellenic Games. Basically, any time there are Olympics (winter or summer), I select a project to complete while watching the Olympic Games. This year I decided to pull some yarn out of stash and knit a Potawatomi by Carol Sunday. I’m using Sunday Yarns Nirvana 5-ply, a 90% superfine merino and 10% cashmere yarn, in a beautiful mauve color called Berry.
My goal is this:
I purchased my kit a few years ago already, but was anxious to get started for this year.
The last official picture that I took was when I was partway through the front section:
At this point I’m almost done with the body, and ready to cast on for that cozy ribbed collar. I hope to get the collar started, if not finished, tonight at knit night. Then all that’s left will be to unravel that column of stitches to the right of the cable, and knot it into fringe.
Bring on knit night!
I think the color is probably most accurate in the middle photo.