So beginning of last month I took the scary plunge and joined a mystery knit along. These can be a gamble as you have no idea what you are going to be knitting. You receive a few clues over a few weeks and then tadaaa the item is revealed in full.
Now I got completely excitedly into this particular one. Clue 1 was syndicated brioche with an excited shape and use of colours. I love the bit I made with clue one and clue 2 taught me a new technique which was fun to learn and I liked how this looked too and was excited about the wrap.
But then clue 3 and 4 looked lazy and weird in combination with this awesome centre piece. I never finished clue 2 after seeing clue 3 and now feel completely demotivated to finish the item. This is a shame because initially it was really fun to see this shawl be revealed. I should have waited. I know what I am like and I like putting my own mark on things which is hard when you don’t know the finished design and what yarn may look good or may be showcased how.
As the first clue had loads of ends unravelling is not really an option for me. So I will probably just leave the item and decide to maybe incorporate it into my handmade blanket. Actually thinking of it that is a good idea! Sometimes you just need to write something out.
I’ve started a new job and it’s been quite exhausting. I’ve started a few jobs over the years but I’m struggling this time to have the energy to unwind with knitting in the evening.
You know what it’s like, new people, new processes and tools and at the end of the day I just need some trash TV and cannot concentrate.
None of my current WIPs are mindless enough to warrant knitting at the same time.
The main new project that has jumped onto my needles is the Ingrid Sweater by Helga Isager from Room 606. This is a beautiful publication with great photos.
I found the instructions quite hard initially so started with the back piece of the jumper to get used to the writing style and I finally understand the shaping of the front and back piece. The tricky bit will be the awesome wedge of the sleeves.
This is also the first time I’m knitting with Mohair. The original is quite modern and plain but I decided to mix it up by using Qing fibre kidsilk dyed in Monsoon colour-way to create a nice colour flow. Right now I love this match. Will see how things go for the sleeves.
I also started Paper Birch Socks. These are a fun colourwork sock that looks more complicated than it is due to the clever use-age of a colour fading yarn. I am using leftovers from my Boxy and a Zauberball as contrast.
In the meantime I’ve messed up my askews me. I didn’t take it as a travel project this weekend because I have no idea how to fix my mistake. But I did get a bit further with it. The mistake is not on this image yet. It was a section further in. Sigh. I’ll fix it somehow before the bank holiday weekend during which I’ll have lots of travel knitting time. 🙂
Hopefully you are all having a more productive knitting time than me. I just seem to start more and more things. Ha!
It has been such a hot few weeks here that it has been hard to keep knitting. Sweaty hands keep making me fear that I will felt the yarn and also it just does interrupt my knitting flow if the yarn gets a bit sticky.
Nevertheless after I finished my test knit for Narwhal, I felt rejuvenated and wanted to cast on all the things just for me. 😀
One of those was the Lotta dress from Laine magazine, which I decided to use a linen blend yarn from Purl soho for. I am holding it double to get gauge.I am liking how it knits up so far but as you can see I have barely done 10 rows, if that. This is because I was also taken by the Askews me shawl by Stephen West.
I think Askews me has haunted me for ages, not knowing what yarn to use but then I suddenly felt super inspired and found some stuff in my stash to use. Both yarns I wanted to keep for something special but actually this will be special. The yarns I am using are an optic fade set from Madelinetosh in DK and Brooklyn Tweed Arbor set from Stephen and Penelope which included a limited edition dyed skein from House of a la Mode. I am loving knitting this. It is only my second brioche project ever and possibly much easier than my first. I am still a bit scared of using lighter weight yarns for brioche projects but I will get there. This DK combo is nice and easy to get into a rhythm with without the yarn slipping all over the place.
My idea is to fade the Optic colours from light to dark on top and do the opposite on the underside, but throw in a splash of colour once in a while as an ode to Stephen West. 😀
Other projects still in progress are my Timely Cardigan which recently had an update to include a wider range of sizes! You should check it out. It is a lovely knit but I just keep getting distracted.
And as part of my local yarn shop’s shawl along I picked up my abandoned Starting Point wrap. I had even marked it frogged on Ravelry but I revived it and finished the first section and am now on the second. An amazing observation from starting this one again is that my gauge is a lot loser a year later! Will see how that will affect the finished product.
What have you been knitting in July?
It has been a while since I posted a WIP for the month post. Oh in fact it was in January! :O
At least my Finished Object posts are almost up to date! I need better pictures of my Boxy for then which is mentioned in January and was finally completed a month ago. Some pics are here.
So what am I actively working on at the moment? I am test knitting a wonderful design by Sari Nordlund who designed this jumper as part of the 2016 top down jumper along for Karen Templer. It is called Narwhal and features exquisite cables. I am using a silk blend yarn called Fino by Julie Asselin and it is define to knit with. So soft and in this awesome yellow gold colour.
Apart from that I am adding to my scarp blanket here and there and just had an idea to add swatches to it as well so you may see some knit stitches randomly pop up in it.
The orange notebook signifies me working on my first jumper pattern. I am super excited about this and learned a lot making it. My main takeaway is to take better notes as I go!
And some eagle eyed may have noticed the start of a Starting point half in this picture. As part of my local yarn shops summer knit along I picked up with WIP. I had actually in my mind frogged it already but then decided to make it. I am intrigued about the construction and actually the pattern is a lot easier than I remember. I must have learned a bit in the last year since I last knitted this pattern. 🙂
The main goal I have is to complete the golden cabled Narwhal by the end of the month and finish my pattern. I may need to re-test knit it before grading. I want to make something special and I’d like to test myself on my own instructions. 🙂
How is your June knitting looking?
Wow so it is already nearly mid January! How did that happen!?
My last post in 2017 detailed my plans for the year. So far I have actually cast on one of the things from the list, namely the Boxy! It is a LOT of knitting stockinette to start with but it is the kind of thing I need right now, having started the year unwell and trying to settle back into work.
The yarn I am using is by The Uncommon Thread in BFL in an amazing green. Last year may have been the year of me knitting with loads of grey, and this year it may be the colour green’s turn.
Because I also cast on a selfless knit in a lovely Teal of Malabrigo Rios. I do not have pictures of this selfless knit yet. It is a hat for a friend. The pattern is Seathwaite and it is free. It has some lovely cables and a nice simple way of doing a doubled brim.
Apart from this I still have the same two unmoved WIPs from December in my line. The Starting Point shawl and the Timely Cardigan. I do still like the idea of having these as makes in my accessories and clothing wardrobe so I have not given up yet. 🙂
How has your knitting year started?
December’s works in progress looks rather full. Not much room for Christmas knitting, not that I have ever been much of an unselfish knitter.
Pair of socks
We start December with an almost finished pair of ribbed socks being made in Countess Ablaze sock yarn. These are being finished as part of the YAK Extremeties KAL. This is actually going to be a present, mostly because I initially misread the pattern and didn’t adjust for my massive feet. But luckily I know someone with tiny feet who just moved to colder climate. Win for us both.
Christmas Jumper along – Galloway Cardigan
I am actually making the Galloway cardigan in Stone Wool Cormo (which is lovely) and some Brooklyn Tweed Shelter because I ran out of said Stone Wool Cormo yarn.
This is another KAL, but this time with a face to face class. We meet 2 more times in December before having a Christmas party, hopefully wearing finished jumpers/cardigans
Brioche Scarf – Willow
This is referring to the Willow scarf from Nancy Marchant and again was part of a KAL I never finished. There may be a bit of a pattern here…This is 2/3 done and is using DK weight yarn which is part silk from Countess Ablaze. I just need to remember how to knit brioche and this will be finished. My aim is to actually finish this by the end of the year making room for more new cast ons.
Another never finished KAL item. I do love this though but the dropping temperatures have meant that I have put finishing other things first. I am hoping the holidays will give me the space and time to just finish this as well. Although the above mentioned brioche project takes priority.
Starting Point Shawl
The oldest project that is still in progress. I am in two minds about finishing this as it is less than 50% done but in a way I do really like the project and love loads of the finished versions of this. I think I will just need to make some space and time to finish it and not just start loads of new things as soon as December is over.
There you have it. December will be busy. Let’s see what I finish and start by the new year. 🙂 Are you itching to cast on new things or knitting Christmas gifts, or just finishing some selfish knitting?