Even in the midst of the horrid awful moving month, I managed to finish a thing!
Pattern: Grownup Bonnet by Mel Clark from Knit 2 Together
Yarn: Malabrigo Merino Worsted in Vermillion 24
Needles: 5.5 mm and 6 mm as called for in the pattern…hrmm…you used one for the scarf and one for the hood and I don’t know which anymore
Started: November 24, 2012
Finished: June 23, 2013
This actually knit up very quickly but the scarf as written was a bit short for the recipient’s liking. Lengthening it involved a lot of me making stupid decisions and so took much longer than it should have. But anyway, it’s done now. I think it’s quite lovely. And my friend is quite lovely for modeling a heavy wool scarf and hood outside in July and for doing it with style.
I washed all the wooly stuffs and got them ready to be put away for the summer. This involved all the blocking mats, two yoga mats, the entirety of the laundry room closet-dowel-y rod thingy, and much cat chasing.
I wound up some Malabrigo and swatched thrice, getting gauge on the last swatch with the recommended needle size. This never happens. I was so excited I promptly cast on with the wrong needle size. I haven’t decided whether I care yet. This is for a Grownup Bonnet and the gauge specified applies to the hood. I don’t know if it’s such a big deal for the scarf. We’ll see. No pictures yet because red yarn does not behave.
I also started a baby sweater –Tadpole’s Purple Sweater – in Knit Picks Bare and Prism Saki. As a rule, I don’t get much of a kick out of baby things, so I only knit for the babies (in this case, the grandbaby) of special people. I’m digging this sweater, though, I have to say.
Finally, I started some new socks in my favorite sock yarn, Cherry Tree Hill Supersock Select Semi Solids.
These are not yoga socks, which means they won’t be done by this weekend, which means more messing with the sock schedule but whatever. I started some yoga socks in Patons Stretch but the stitch count I needed for a good fit made the yarn pool in ways I could not allow to continue. But CTH always does well by me in the color department. Plus I want to try another slipped-stitch sole and see how it works.
Basically, I’m on a started-three-new-projects-this-week high. Isn’t that the best feeling?
Progress on Kristi
I’m happy if I get about 3 rows done a night on this sock. I don’t think there have been any major mistakes and I’m starting to be able to read the chart without checking the key constantly. I don’t know if I’ll have a pair of these by the 21st, when the first of my 2012 socks are due, so I may crank out a single plain sock to complete a half-finished pair if the deadline starts looming.
Progress on Plain & Simple – moving along. Still in blob stage. No photos. ‘Cause it’s still a blob.
Progress with the Spinning
This is Mad Color Fiber Arts Superwash BFL, color Sweet Baby James. I bought a 4-oz braid of this at NH Sheep & Wool 2 years ago, spun about half when I was first learning, and picked up the rest last weekend to try to get back in the swing of things. I tore through it and just have a bit left to finish up this weekend.
Things are swinging more than I thought they would, so I think I may take a big leap this weekend and start in on this:
More from Mad Color (and from the same NHS&W trip), this is Merino/Bamboo/Nylon, color Winter of my Discontent. This needs to be socks and I have known that since we met. I bought this specifically to save until I felt my spinning skills were ready for it. I’m not entirely sure my spinning skills are ready for it, but since picking up the spindle again last week, I’m finding that I get into a rhythm very easily and my spinning is staying fairly consistent, enough that I think I can make this into a decent yarn. Maybe not quite a fingering weight, but certainly something I can get socks out of. Just to be safe, I think I’ll do a little sample first and set this aside again if things get lumpy and weird right off.
Progress Not Related to the AKB
After all the spinning I did last weekend (I picked up the spindle just about every spare moment), my hands needed some large-gauge knitting to help them relax. Not really having anything suitable in the AKB, I reached for the Xmas cashmere and started in on a Luxe Neck Warmer from Knit 2 Together. I finished it up tonight, using every last inch I could squeeze out of it. I had to cheat on the cast-off. It was totally worth it.
Aside from the DiC Smooshy from husbandman, I have some other new lovely friends these days.
Berroco Ultra Alpaca Fine
Funky Monkey! Handpaints
Ivy Brambles Sockscene and Jade Sapphire Mongolian Cashmere 12-Ply
I think the Ultra Alpaca wants to be something out of Sock Innovation. The Funky Monkey and Ivy Brambles will probably be some simple top-down socks unless any serious pooling takes place. The cashmere will be a Luxe Neck Warmer.
Yes, cashmere. On my neck. Any day now.
I’ve done a slight reorganization of the yarn baskets to aid in my goal of clearing out all the unfinished things. (The general yarn storage system in my house is like this: there’s a set of Rubbermaid drawers for most of it, there are 2 baskets for more of it, there are various bags of it about the place; the baskets are the most accessible from the couch.) I have chosen one basket, named it the Allowable Knitting Basket, and put all in-process and next-on-the-queue stuff (and nothing else except needles & such) into it. The only Allowable Knitting not in this basket is the Life-Long Blanket, because it’s taking most of the space in 2 super market paper bags to handle that thing and all its attendant minis right now. If I reach into the AKB I am sure to find either something I am already partway through or something I plan to make in the next month or so, which means I won’t get distracted by something shiny and add another just barely started item to the pile.
If memory serves – and it should, as I just filled it a few hours ago – these are the contents of the AKB:
- The Unexpected Socks (I got some very generous partials in my latest Life-Long Blanket life support trade and decided that one of them, while it did make a lovely square, simply had to become socks for me, with contrasting heels, toes, and ribbing to make up the needed yardage)
- The only 2 things I’m knitting for Xmas presents
- Francis Revisited
- Plain & Simple
- The Oceania Shawl
- The next Thor hat (in my size, to test my pattern-writing skills)
- The 2nd Stripey Bed Sock (I knit the 1st one last Xmas, so I suppose it would be fitting to knit the 2nd one this Xmas)
- The Kitchen Muriwai
- Xmas garland for the office
- The Fuck This Shrug Slipper Socks
The Unexpected Socks are making good purse knitting and the rest of the yarn for the garland has mysteriously disappeared (now, I admit there have been times over the years since this yarn came into my possession that I have wished it would disappear because it’s tough to find a use for 9 skeins of Caron Christmas Glitter Multi; but now that I have a use I really don’t want it running off on me), so I think I have a date with Kristi tonight.
In other news: PURPLE PEA COAT HAS ARRIVED!!!
Backstory here and here. Knotty But Nice, The Widening Garter, and the 36-stitch mittens have now found their true purpose in life.
And now, I must leave you. There is roasted delicata squash to scoop and freeze, cranberry nut bread to cool, and apple butter to mush and strain (because also in other news: FARM SHARES ARE THE BEST), French bread heading into the oven soon, spaghetti for dinner, and the difficult choice between Inspectors Lewis and Frost. Life is good.