Hello lovely people, I hope you are all doing well. I’ve been going through an exceptionally busy period, followed last week with a miserable week in which I was pretty sick. Altogether this left me with a feeling of having neglected my knitting, so I decided to take stock of where my projects are at.
Since my last blog post I actually cast on a new shawl. This is a sample knit for Amy, who is the mastermind behind Stranded Dyeworks. The pattern is called Cosmic Wonder, and it’s actually my first time working brioche stitch. And I totally get the hype now! It’s so simple, yet more interesting than stockinette or garter stitch. And the fabric it creates is. so. freaking. squishy!! Especially combined with the intermingled garter sections, this is making for one squishy, soft, and lovely shawl. It’s also very fun to have two different sides to the shawl. I’m now working (and nearly finishing) section 5 out of 6, so I guess I’ve been making more progress than I thought after all.
I’m also still working on my Ondawa sweater, for which I nearly finished the back panel. Meaning, I’ll be entering sleeve-land in the near future, which is getting me very excited. Because it actually means I’ll have a finished sweater soon! Yay!! I also received my copy of Woods – making stories in the mail last week, which is giving me inspiration for at least 3 new sweater cast ons. If you have not pre-ordered this book yet, I can wholeheartedly recommend it. Not only are the patterns stunning, but the photography and print of the book is gorgeous as well.
My least progress has been on my sock WIPs, but I did finish one vanilla sock that I’m making out of a Mermaid yarnery sockblank, and sock number 2 is already well under way.
How is your knitting going this season?
Pattern: Powdersnow by Lisa Hannes
Yarn: Zazu yarns in Morocon Mint colourway
Hurrah, my powdersnow shawl is all done! This turned out to be a very light (both texture and colour-wise) shawl that I think is perfect for Dutch summer (or as other countries would call it: autumn), but will also transition fantastically into colder weather.
Although the cable section obviously stands out the most, I think my favourite section of the shawl is actually the first textured part. It makes for such a bouncy and squishy fabric, I could’ve easily made an entire shawl this way (except that it would’ve been a tad boring to knit). Any eagle-eyed knitters might notice that I made one tiny mod to the pattern. As I was knitting I noticed I would end up using a lot less yarn than the pattern calls for, so I added 1 repeat of the cable pattern to lengthen that section a bit.
Despite that mod, I actually still have enough of this yarn left for a short pair of socks. Which I don’t mind at all! I have such a weak spot for mint green, which is why I have a mint green coloured wall in my bedroom.
Overall happiness with the project is pretty high, although I’m a bit bugged with how wonky my cable knitting is currently. Guess I’ll have to practice a bit more regularly. Also, this shawl got me into a shawl knitting mood.. Only I have no other shawl patterns in my queue at the moment (say whaaat!!). So, does anyone have any brilliant suggestions?
I want to start this post by pointing out that, contrary to popular belief, I do not only knit socks. Do I hardly knit anything besides socks at the moment? Pretty much, but sometimes I do! And now I’m proving it by showing actual progress on my powder snow shawl
. It is a lovely shawl and all, but not a fast knit. At the moment I am somewhere around 450+ stitches and a single cable row takes me approximately 30 minutes to get through. The end is in sight though, I’ll only do 2 more cable pattern repeats (8 rows each) before I’ll start knitting the ribbed border.
I did not exactly envision this year to be the year of socks (I had high hopes for mountains of sweaters), but alas, the other WIPs on my needles are socks. I won an instagram giveaway hosted by brand new sock blank dyer Joyance Fibre arts (check out her Etsy shop here!), and as soon as the PINEAPPLE(!!!) sock blank arrived I had to cast on. Seriously, how cute is this?? I’ve actually never knit a sock blank before, but I’m definitely seeing what makes it so much fun. I’m foreseeing much more of this in the future.
I’ve also reknit my Mash Potato sock
, and although by now it looks considerably less fun, it fits. I put in a fish lips kiss heel, most importantly because at the moment I know the pattern by heart so I’m putting it in all my socks out of laziness. Then I worked the back of the leg in stockinette and voila, a perfectly fitting sock. I’m still madly in love with the fun Spectrum Fibre yarn, so cheerful (especially given the very autumnal weather we are experiencing at the moment).
Two FO posts in a row, am I on a roll or what?! My Paint the Town scarf came off the needles, got a wash, a block and is ready to be pranced around.
Pattern: Paint the Town by JumperCables
Yarn: Hedgehog fibres sock in Canal House and Seed, and Undercover Otter Squirm Sock in Blackheath Woods
The most appropriate summary of this project is stockinette for days.. nay, actually, it’s stockinette for months. I started this scarf due to a massive craving for a simple, no brainer project that would still result in something I’d love to have. I would say the project fulfilled all of these requirements, but mostly has cured me out of my stockinette craving. Seriously, hand me some lace or cables right now!
But I really do not want to complain, because gosh there is a lot to love about this project. Obviously the yarn. Oh the yarn!! Both the hedgehog fibres and the undercover otter yarn are exactly what I was looking for and they go fantastically well together. The subtle semi-solidness and light speckles are super pretty and the resulting fabric is so light and drapey.
Which brings me to another thing I love about this, I feel like I can wear this in a million different ways. It’s really hard to judge from the pics, but this thing is massive. MASSIVE I tell you. I don’t have exact measurements, but it’s way taller than myself, so I’m guestimating it to be well over 2 meters. This means I can either wrap it around my neck as a normal scarf or go full blown coccoon and wrap up my entire body in it. Which is brilliant and practical.
Anyway, like I said, stockinette cravings are gone, new projects have been cast on, but more on that next time (there might also be a pile of new yarn..).
Hello lovely people, I hope you are having a relaxing Easter holiday. For me Easter mainly means a long weekend, which I’ve been trying to use as relaxation time. I also figured it was a good opportunity to take stock of my knitting. For some reason I feel like it’s been ages since my last FO, when in fact it’s only been 1 month. One obvious reason though is how spread out my knitting currently is.
Last week, seemingly out of nowhere, I got bitten by the hexipuffs bug again. I started the Beekeeper’s quilt in 2014 (oh my..) and don’t have all that much to show for it, with only occasional bursts of hexipuff knitting. In the meantime I’ve hoarded up a semi impressive stash of left-over sock yarn and I was feeling the urge to start knitting scrap yarn socks. It didn’t feel quite fair though, knowing this quilt was hopelessly waiting to be finished. So in just a couple of days I managed to add 18 new hexipuffs to the collection.
This brings the total amount to a not so super impressive 54.. Which doesn’t sound all THAT bad, but put together it would barely fit my two cats comfortably (granted, they are a bit on the larger side..). So I’m still nowhere near finishing this project, but at least I already feel good that it’s not completely neglected anymore.
I’ve also been working on the Paint the Town scarf, which I think is now getting decently scarf sized. Plus, I finally decided on my third colour! Initially I was going for a lovely purple, but I don’t think it would really work with colour nr. 1 at all. So this greenish/turquoise is a much better fit (and happens to be one of my favourite colours). Still a couple of more cm’s of the white with yellow speckles to go though before I can start striping in the green.
Aaaand that’s not all! I’ve also finally started working on my Wheatly socks again. The first sock was finished super fast, but then had to be lonely for a while. Now sock number two is finally under construction. I’m ready to start the heel flap and this pair should be finished in no time.
How is your knitting going currently? Are you super focused or also a little all over the place?