How did that happen? A month without a post? It wasn’t intentional. January whizzed by in a swirl of meetings, work insanity, un-decorating, volunteer commitments and more. Happily, there was a fair amount of knitting, in part because of an injury that has kept me somewhat immobile. (Yeah, I know you find that hard to believe. It’s all relative. But closing in on 7 weeks now … I have had enough!) No FOs to show off. But you’ve been waiting to hear from me so long, I may as well show you what I’ve been up to.
I’m just short of the finish line on this absolutely wonderful, textural (and reversible) cowl in Spirit Trail Fiberworks Birte. Only a slightly complex bit of gymnastics ~ hands and brain must perform together ~ is preventing me from calling the Winding River Cowl done. As written, the pattern has a thoroughly clumsy three-needle bind-off. That’s just silly on an otherwise reversible piece of knitting. I have set it up to kitchener it, but in K2P2 rib, there is the need to idiot-proof before I actually sit down to do it or mayhem will ensue. The weather is right for it, now to find the RAM.
I absolutely love my Hawthorne from STF Lyra. I wanted to do something fun with the skein I have from the club in the colorway I got to name (Santorini). Lyra just cries out to be cuddled, so Rose Beck’s Cocoon Me called. The texture is nice and
scrunchy and I know it is going to be toasty. I put this on smaller needles than I would have liked, because in my experience, Lyra tends to relax quite a bit when it meets water, and I do not want to lose the “bubbles” entirely. The pattern gives you a crescent shawl, infinity loop or standard cowl. This is the former, just a couple of rows shy of bind-off (and a little over-exposed). I worked some extra repeats to use every yard possible ~ details to follow.
Then there is this hubba-hubba number. My office-mate commissioned it, so I couldn’t exactly say no. The pattern is Gemma from Quince & Co. The pattern pictures made it look awfully stiff and perhaps too tightly knit. I went a different direction with Cascade Heritage Silk to give it a bit of drape, and a larger needle for a slightly looser gauge than written. It will be made bigger than written, too. Right now, it suits the need for totally mindless knitting ~ no pattern necessary.
With all of these near completion and a trip on the near horizon, I have the most wicked, itchy start-itis EVER. I am showing great discipline in taking two small projects with me. I know what they are. I know I will not finish them. I know I will get very little knitted on them at all. But I still find myself endlessly surfing around Ravelry looking for more patterns to go with the yarn shop upstairs! Sheesh.
Queue ’em up!
*Yes, there is something wrong with my header. It should be nutmeg. Some days it is. WordPress has been asked for help. Sigh.