I recently found myself in possession of two recently finished projects that did not like my neck. Apparently yak fiber is just a little too pokey for me – it was fine initially & I had no problems knitting it, but after wearing it for a little while, my neck was all kinds of itchy. Luckily, both were lovely projects that I was able to find new and loving homes for.
The first of these projects was a Camptown Races cowl. I love the colors in this one – the yarn is Plucky Knitter Traveler Sport in Hotsy Totsy (pink), Lonesome Highway (gray), and Buzz Lighter (green). The whole time I was working on it, Mindy was joking about it being her scarf and now it actually is – I gifted this one to her last week. :)
It’s a great pattern & I like the chevrons, so I may do this again for myself someday when I find myself with 3 colors of yarn I’m not sure what to do with. (project page for more info)
The second of the yakkity yak projects was also in the Plucky Knitter Traveler base, but this time in the Aran weight yarn. I knit up a Betsey shawl which turned out great. I was able to trade this one with a fellow Plucky Knitter for yarn, so yay!
This one was another great pattern & I love it as well. I’m already planning a version in brighter colors – I love that it was a giant pretty shawl and it went pretty fast because you’re using giant needles. (project page for more info)
There we have it.
Most of the photos this week are of knitting. I started like 4 new things this week & now want to cast on more. I have a problem.
I started the Ashburn shawl – I’m much further now than the photo. I’m using a three-color Plucky Knitter kit I’ve had in my stash for a bit in Vintage Icebox (blue), Oatmeal (beige-y), and Scotch (orangey-yellow).
This is Vesper Sock yarn in Sweet Lollipop Sky – I had started a pair of socks, but didn’t like the way it was striping. So I decided to do the Elphaba mitts instead.
These are a gift that may or may not get done by Christmas, which is why I took most of the color out of the picture. Shhh. :)
I also started a pair of fingerless mitts as a arty-crafty trade, but the only photo I have is the one I shared earlier this week when I learned the German Twisted Cast On.
And that’s all for now. It’s possible I’m about to start knitting another Molly hat – it’s my favorite fitting hat ever, don’t be surprised if I wind up with a collection of them in various colors.
Rachel has been singing the praises of the German Twisted Cast On for a couple weeks (or more) now, so when I needed a stretchy cast on for some mitts I’m starting, I decided to give it a try.
It took me a couple times through some videos (see below), but I was able to do it! Yay!
Those videos? I started with Lucy Neatby’s:
I thought I had it after Lucy Neatby’s, but I wasn’t quite sure I had it down. So then I moved on to this next one:
I feel like both videos are a great intro to this cast on. :) Also, I think it’s kind of amazing that there’s always something new to learn in knitting.
I feel like I haven’t knit all that much lately to knit down the stash, but my stash IS getting smaller. Unfortunately, it’s because I recently had a major destash to cover an unexpected vet bill.*
Knitting down the stash isn’t going so great, though. I can’t decide if I want to start something new or if I should keep working on the things that I have going on. I want to have the Dark & Stormy Sweater to wear at Christmas, but there’s still quite a lot of work to do on it. I haven’t had the motivation to work on it lately. In fact, I’ve been kind of drifting through projects since I finished my Camptown Races cowl.
Dark & Stormy
I kind of want to start another smallish project – in fact I played around with Rachel’s random number idea today & wound up deleting 3 things from my queue without starting anything. My exception was that I didn’t want to start a sweater, so unless I went “why did I queue this?” when one came up, they stayed on the to-be-made list.
So, that’s kind of a rambly update on my knitting & the stashdown. I’m sure my regular knitting mojo will come back, hopefully during my Thanksgiving break from work (if not before).
*Ziggy seems to be doing much better, though. I have removed Greenies from their diet & that seems to have also helped his digestive system.
It would have been less, but I tried to only unknit the problem area, which made a bigger mess than if I’d just unknit the few rows until I got to the mistake.
Ah, well, it’s all better now.