WIP Wednesday for 3 January 2018

So, it’s a tradition of mine to cast on a new project for me during the week between Christmas and New Year’s. Usually this is with new Christmas yarn, but this year I have had a particular skein of yarn sitting in the stash and calling my name, so I’m using that instead.

This is Hedgehog Fibers Skinny Singles in the Boombox colorway, and I’ve wanted to cast it on since I bought it at Stitches West this past February. I think gift knitting is the only thing that’s kept me from casting on with this yarn before now.

WIP Weds 1/3/18

And the project I cast on? That would be the Trinity Shawlette by Anniken Allis. (Yes, I have cast on, I promise. I just haven’t taken any glamour shots of the shawlette-in-progress which match the pretty of the yarn cake photos.)

WIP Weds 1/3/18

I’ve liked this pattern for a while, but I picked this one to cast on now because I saw that it’s being offered as part of the P-Hop: “pennies per hour of pleasure”. The pattern page says you make a donation and then download the pattern. The amount you donate is up to you and all the money goes to Medicine Sans Frontiere. A lovely pattern, lovely yarn, and a great cause. How could I resist?

WIP Weds 1/3/18

Anyway, the next pictures of this will show the actual shawl. Promise. I’m looking forward to finishing this and getting to wear it. I need to wear my shawls more, since I have so many of them. I just have them stored safely and forget to pull them out when I’m in a rush to get ready in the morning. I think that’s a goal for 2018: figure out how to make my shawls and scarves a larger part of my daily wardrobe. (Any suggestions?)

Happy 2018, and Happy Crafting!

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Misc Monday ~ in which I have already started the Christmas knitting

Well, I already told you that I have started the Christmas knitting. However, I have also now already finished the first of the Christmas knitting projects.

Circle of Love Lace Cowl

That is the Circle of Love Lace Cowl, and it took me just over a week to finish it. I loved this knit! I am going to be making another one ASAP. This one is going to be a gift, but the next one will be for me. I modeled this one, and love the way it fits, so when I make the next one for myself I won’t be changing anything about the size. (I’ve got another color of the same yarn which I will be using, so my gauge should be the same.) The only difference will be that I will be adding beads to the one for me.

Circle of Love Lace Cowl

The true color is somewhere between these two pictures. It’s a very nice chocolate brown, but the halo of the mohair makes it a little too shiny to really capture well in sunshine.

And since we’re talking about yarn stuff today, here’s what I brought home from Stitches West this past weekend:

Stitches West 2017

I only picked up three skeins, but they are three perfect-for-me skeins. What we have here are: Greenwood Fiberworks Luscious Lace (“Blue Eyes” colorway), Hedgehog Fibers Skinny Singles (in “Boombox”), and the special Saturday show exclusive colorway (“Unprecedented”) from Space Cadet on their Lyra base.

I’m looking forward to knitting these up. However, I’ve also decided that I must finish one of my other two Christmas knitting projects currently OTN before I cast on something with one of my new yarns. I think the Space Cadet might end up as mitts (I’m thinking of finding a pattern where I start at the palm and knit up the arm until I run out of yarn so that I can use all of the pretty without wasting any). The Greenwood Fireworks will be a shawl of some kind, since it’s a lovely lace weight and yet not enough for the Featherweight Cardigan (which I still want to knit eventually). And the Hedgehog Fibers will be either a shawlette or a scarf, because I can’t see making socks out of singles yarn and the color combination doesn’t say mitts to me.

And that’s all for the last Monday in February. Hard to believe that we’re already this far into the year, isn’t it? But you know what? I think this will be a good week. And if the universe disagrees with us, let’s do what we can to make it one.

Yarns That Make Good Presents

(For me, that is.) Not that I’m asking for yarny gifts, of course. These are all yarns that I will buy for myself when I decide I want them. But, you know. Christmas is coming, and people do ask me what I want, and all that. Yarn is one thing that I won’t turn down, and yet some people (aka Mom, who doesn’t read the blog anyway) have worried that they’ll get me yarns I don’t like.

So. Here is a list of 10 yarns I *do* like. (Dad can pass it along, if Mom still wants to know.) I don’t know where each of them can be found; that’s what Google’s for.  😉

10. Noro? Maybe? Hard to say. I’ve tried a couple of their yarns, and while I like the end result of both, I didn’t like knitting with the Kureyon Sock. I did enjoy knitting with the Silk Garden Lite. But again, loving the end results makes it hard to dislike Noro. Plus, those COLORS. Worth it.

9. Jojoland Harmony. I haven’t knit with this yet, but I love the look of the yarn. The feel, too, at least in ball form. I hope I like the feel as much when I’m actually knitting it.

8. KnitPicks Stroll, Shadow, Imagination… heck. Most KnitPicks yarns. They’re good, affordable, easy to work with yarns. They might not be quite the luxury yarns (we’ll get to those), but they’re a good staple.

7. Lorna’s Laces. I’ve only knit with the Shepherd Sock, but I liked working with it. (I have more in the stash that needs to be used. Hmm. I’ll have to work on that.) It has a nice twist that makes for good stitch definition.

6. Rowan Kidsilk Haze (or Kidsilk Night). What can I say? They don’t call it “Kidsilk Crack” for nothing… (and the ‘Night’ has sparklies in it. Squee!)

5. Plymouth Yarn Baby Alpaca Grande. Oh so soft. This was amazing stuff to knit with. It’s a thicker yarn than I usually knit with these days, but wow. A-maze-ing.

4. Mini Mochi. A fun yarn with a nice halo and long color repeats, which is just perfect for some of the knitting techniques I like doing (like entrelac and short-row projects).

3. Zauberball. Fun! I’ve wanted to try this yarn for some time, because the colors are so fun. Now that I’ve tried it (stay tuned for project pics on Wednesday) I want more!

2. Blue Moon Fiber Arts “Socks That Rock”. Wonderful stuff. I’m thinking about signing up for the Sock Club next year. (It’s pricy, but oh so pretty…)

1. Malabrigo. There’s a reason it’s referred to around the blog-o-sphere as mmmmmmalabrigo. It’s yummy.