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.