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Knitting Update

This crumpled thing of maroon is an almost completed Citron.

I’m thinking of working a few extra repeats, to make it more of a shawl than a shawlette. In which case, it isn’t close to being completed. I’m thinking of making Blue Whale next. I have some Handmaiden Casbah in my stash, with two skeins that’s enough for this shawl with some leftovers for a hat or something else.

My vacation knitting next week will be a scarf I’m going to work on for Dave which will evoke the dapper and futuristic spirit of his favorite character Space Cabby. So stay tuned for that.

Clockwork Scarf and Ragtop Mitts

I’ve knit a couple things.

First, this Clockwork scarf:

This was a fairly fast knit, and the slipped stitch details keep the endless garter stitch a bit interesting. I can see myself knitting a few more of these. I didn’t mean to duplicate the colors used in the pattern sample scarf, but the grey and blue were what I had on hand in my disturbingly large sock yarn stash.

The other thing I knit a few months ago, but just got around to taking pictures of them were these Ragtop Mitts:

I love the vivid red of the Madelinetosh yarn I used for them. It makes me think if a superheroine were to wear knitted mitts, these would be a good option. See, I’m going to make a fist and start punching like Power Girl:

These are actually very nice to wear when driving in the cold. They keep your hand all protected from a freezing steering wheel, but your fingertips are still plenty mobile for driving. I’m probably going to make several more, this pattern is so easy and quick to knit.

Infinity Scarf

Here’s another recently finished project, an infinity scarf:

This was inspired by Stephen West’s purl ridge scarf, except I was using heaving fingering weight yarn instead of worsted, so I cast on a bunch of extra stitches. I made it with one skein + a tiny bit of extra of Socks that Rock Mediumweight in the Tlingit colorway.

I also finished another multidirectional diagonal scarf, this time for Ken. But I forgot to take pictures of the finished scarf! Here it is when I was just starting it.
This was done in Berroco Jasper in the Embers colorway. Jasper is a super-soft yarn, but it has a tendency to fuzz up a little bit.

Scarf Sketch

It is pretty cool when you knit for someone, and the item you made gets incorporated into a work of art. I made a multidirectional diagonal scarf for Benjamin Birdie and he included it in his daily sketch blog, Benjamin Yesterday.

More knitting adventures

I’ve finished up a couple things!

Here’s my Daybreak, all done:

It is totally worth staying up into the wee hours of the morning in order to be able to buy Wollmeise. The colors in this yarn are gorgeous. This was a fun project, and I love the shape of the shawl.

Finished a project for talented artist Benjamin Birdie:

This is a basic multidirectional diagonal scarf in Plymouth Boku, which I think works fine as a Noro Kureyon substitute. It doesn’t have the crazy colorways of Noro, so it is a good pick if you are looking for yarn for someone who wants a similar effect but with more monochromatic colorways. It didn’t soften up as much as Kureyon does, but I think it will be nice and warm. Goes in the mail tomorrow!

Quick Knitting Update

Here’s what I’m working on now:

I’m in the home stretch of the Daybreak shawl. A few more stripes and I’ll be ready to start the final section. I’m enjoying knitting with the Wollmeise. It might not be the softest yarn out there, in fact it mostly feels like knitting with cotton. But I think the saturated colorways are totally worth the hype. I think I’m going to have a fair amount of yarn left over, so I’m wondering what to do with it.

The other project is my second mistake rib scarf of the winter – I made one for Andrew that I forgot to take a picture of. I think I’ll be done with this next scarf in the next couple days, and it will be sent off to Doctor K. It was fun trying out Shepherd’s Wool for this project. I’ve heard great things about it from my stitch-n-bitch group. It is a very nice soft wool, so that provides a bit of a textural break from the Wollmeise.

Gothy Shawl

Here’s some more knitting I just finished:

This is your basic Wool Peddler’s Shawl with a semi-Feather and Fan border. I say “semi” because there were some spots where I managed to mess up this simplest of lace patterns. I was thinking of ripping out the boarder and doing a garter stitch ruffle in a contrasting color instead, but the ladies at my stitch-n-bitch group talked me out of that idea. I was much happier with the shawl after I blocked it, and since I was just knitting it for myself I don’t mind that it isn’t absolutely perfect.

I really like the Socks that Rock Raven Clan colorways, despite the fact that the yarn bled all over the place while I was knitting with it. It is rare to find black yarn with so many other colors in it. I often go for hand dyed yarn in crazy hues, but with something more subtle and dark like this it’ll be easier to wear with more outfits.

What I’ve knit recently

I decided to fold my knitting blog in back over here, since I don’t tend to update it frequently enough to warrant a standalone blog.

Here’s what I’ve knit recently:

It is a linen stitch scarf for me and a palindrome scarf for my husband. I learned to do cables for the palindrome scarf. I feel like I’ve wasted a lot of time by not learning how to do cables before, since they are so simple! I also feel semi-virtuous about these projects because they were mostly stash. I bought one skein of koigu to go with the purple and yellow skeins I had already, and the palindrome scarf was made with around 5.5 balls of Jo Sharp Silkroad Aran tweed I got on sale at elann a long time ago. I used the reccomended needle size for the palindrome scarf, and it ended up a little bit on the loose side. Still, it is long enough to be looped around the neck twice so I think it will still be warm.

In yarn acquisition news I have unfortunately succumbed to the siren call of Wollmeise:

I’m going to make a daybreak out of the yarn in balls on the end, but I have another shawl to finish up first. I cast on for a basic wool peddler’s shawl in one of the delightfully gothic Socks That Rock raven clan colorways and am trying to be disciplined about finishing that before starting a new project. One of these days I need to make some more socks. I’m thinking that one of the purple skeins of Wollmeise might make a good pair of monkeys.