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Current temp outside: 38 degrees F

Current temp in my house: 54 degrees F

Currently working furnaces that I own: zero

Yes… our furnace started going out Christmas Eve, and as of now we are still without heat (a part has been ordered to fix matters, but I don’t have a real idea of when it will get better.)  This is one time in my life that I’m glad to be a knitter, as I shiver in front of a space heater wearing 2 sweaters and a hat.  I know, those of you from colder parts of the world are snickering at my 38 degree pain, but there is a reason I’ve not given into Marc’s scheme of moving to, say, Minneapolis (though I’m sure I would love it there in other respects.)

I have been knitting to keep warm, and I am now working on the sleeves for Amelia – I won’t say it’s a super quick knit, but I am loving the results.  I also started a new pair of socks, per my New Year’s resolution to knit more of them.

I’m using the Hedera pattern from knitty, and the yarn is Fleece Artist Sea Wool.  The icy color is perfect for winter, especially considering our current situation!  I’m not convinced yet on the yarn – it has the same crunchy feel as sea silk, and tends to twist on itself.  But I may change my mind – the sheen is gorgeous, as are all the Fleece Artist colors.  These are my first Cookie A. pattern, as well as my first lacey socks.

Have you read this article on Knitters Review?  It’s about something called “slow stashing,” which is basically what I meant with my resolution yesterday.  I resolve to be more thoughtful with my purchases, so that I only knit with yarns I truly love.  I also like that it talks about letting go of things you won’t use, because I firmly believe that life is too short to knit with yucky yarn.  The ideal, of course, is not to buy them in the first place, but I have to tell you that I don’t feel compelled to use things up (this spreads to things like leftovers in my fridge too… probably this is one of the ways you can tell I was an only child.)  I have sent many yarns onto happier homes, which pleases me – they do not go to waste, and I don’t have to feel bad.  I have used lots of stashed yarns this year, especially during my yarn diet from April-August.

But often I do like to use up my stash… yarns that I love but have not yet found a use for.  Above you see two skeins of Rowanspun 4-ply, which is discontinued.  I have two full bags of this yarn, one in Jade and one in Midnight.  I have been totally stumped about what to use it for – I thought of lace but fear it would not hold its shape, and I don’t like the thought of a 4-ply sweater with this (too thin.)  I have been searching for a tweedy yarn to make the Garter Yoke Cardigan (from Knit.1) but as of yet have had no luck… Kathmandu Aran was too bulky, and I don’t love other tweeds… but I do want to make the sweater tweedy, as garter stitch is so pretty in tweed.  I finally hit upon the idea of doubling these yarns (one of each color) and it is so lovely – just what I wanted!  The gauge is a DK weight, which is good because I needed to downsize the sweater just a bit.  I hope to get started knitting this up soon!

The spirit of capitalism has not left me though… and to prove it I will show my Christmas present yarn (a combination of presents and things I bought with Christmas monies!)  It’s mostly sock yarn, because that makes the easiest present, but I do not complain… I love sock yarn, and I have said this will be the year of socks for me (and sweaters too, don’t go getting worried… I’ll give up another hobby before I quit my sweaters!)

Handmaiden Casbah in Paris.  I don’t usually go for multis anymore, but this is so pretty.  I think Fleece Artist and Handmaiden really have the nicest colorways.  The yarn is really lovely and soft (cashmere!) and is sort of between a sport and fingering weight I suppose.

Squoosh merino/ cashmere sock.  More tightly spun than the casbah, but just as soft.  This color is navy over teal, and it is so very pretty.

And some yarn I ordered with x-mas money, but haven’t received yet…

Hedgehog Fibres merino/bamboo sock in Falling.  So pretty that I bought it on impulse, even though it has to come all the way from Ireland.  I think it looks like mermaid colors, and I want to make Pomatomus.

Madelinetosh sock in Poprocks.  Because I have wanted hot pink sock yarn for ages.  No, I don’t know why… maybe because I can’t wear it near my hair, but I love hot pink.

Hazel Knits in Beach Glass.  Um… because it was 30% off?  Woolgirl is having a sale, if you didn’t know… the Madtosh was 10% off too.  Check it out.

Apparently this week’s theme is blue/green… good thing I love those colors!

After this Christmas related frenzy, which can only be blamed on stress (I promised myself sock yarn if I made it through the season without a meltdown !) I have an ample supply of sock yarn to choose from again, after selling off most of my older stuff since I wasn’t into the colors anymore.  I do still have some Trekking that I don’t want, I need to take a photo of it and see if anyone wants to buy it – lovely color of purple, but I’m not feeling the Trekking love… it’s finer than I prefer.

Back to working on Amelia  I hope to finish a sleeve today, wish me luck!

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Where I’ve been, and where I’m going…

2008 is almost over, so it’s time for the obligatory year end wrap up post!

In 2008 I completed 31 fiber projects.  That breaks down as 18 sweaters, 3 hats, 1 scarf, 4 shawls, and 4 pairs of socks.

I took a little break in the summer/fall to work on the house, but I’m back in the swing of things now!  This is the year that I learned I can knit lace – I made my first real lace shawl, the Shetland Triangle.  I also learned that I am unlikely to enjoy really complicated lace, and that I wear my rectangular stoles more often.  I rediscovered sock knitting (and sock yarn) after a long hiatus caused by trying to knit too many boring stockinette pairs.  I realized that I do not love knitting sweaters in one piece, but I will do it for the right pattern.  Six of the sweaters this year were knit in one piece, but they all made me curse their very existence at some point.

In my personal life, we bought our first house together and moved in July.  I discovered a great love of color when choosing my colors to paint the house.  Marc’s sister is having a baby in March, and I will be an aunt for the first time (important because I’m not sure that we will have children of our own.)  I survived turmoil at work, and started teaching out of my home in September (a long time dream of mine!)  We celebrated our first wedding anniversary in August, and I realized how lucky I was to have someone who shares my (admittedly unusual) views on life.

I am not so big on resolutions in my personal life, but knitting goals are easier to achieve, so… here is what I want to do this year:

1. Knit at least 1 pair of socks per month (I’ve joined a few knitalongs and found it really helps with motivation.)

2. Design a sweater for myself

3. Don’t buy sweater yarn too far ahead… I find I tend to get yarn for a project, then forget about it, and then be stuck with yarn I have to use up or destash.  I don’t mind having a stash at all (and sock yarn in particular does not matter here) I just want to be sure that I’m using yarns that I love, and that the yarns I’m using are a good match for the project.

And that’s all… other than that, I’m fine with continuing the way I’ve been going!

Speaking to #1 on my list, I wound up the yarn for the socks I want to make in January.

On the left is Fleece Artist Sea Wool to be used for a pair of Hedera socks.  I have never made lace socks or one of Cookie A.’s patterns, so I am looking forward to it.  The other yarn is by Yarn Chef on Etsy – it’s a self striping yarn in various shades of pink.  I’m planning to knit Back to Basics from Knitty, and to conquer the toe-up socks.  My last attempts were not successful, but hopefully this will keep me interested so that I can knit toe up in the future.  I bought this yarn last year, but haven’t knit it yet because I was worried about durability (it is very springy and not too tightly twisted.)  I’ve decided to take my chances, and hopefully have pretty pink socks for Valentine’s day.

I’m continuing to work on Amelia.  I am past the waistband now, and working towards the buttonholes.  I did not take it with me over Christmas, and the twisted stitches are kind of slow going (and make my wrists hurt a bit.)  It’s lovely though, so I’m going to really focus on it for a few days to see how far I get.

Dionne (above) is clearly not amused that I am using her bed for photos.

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Gloomy day yarn

Since it’s a gloomy day here (we had snow and ice last night) and I have to go to work tonight (Advent reconciliation service) I thought I would cheer us all up with some random yarn prettiness.  These are the latest additions to my sock yarn stash.

Socks That Rock lightweight in Moonstone. I bought this during their 15% off sale last week.  I have another order coming with mediumweight in 24 karat and heavyweight in rosebud.  I’ve never used this yarn, but I’ve always been curious about the frenzy.  They have some more solid colors now, so pooling is less of an issue.  I’m thinking of Chalet Socks or some sort of lacy pattern.

Fleece Artist Somoko in Beet. So pretty.  This yarn contains mohair, so I expect it will fuzz up a bit, but the color is gorgeous.

Fleece Artist Sea Wool in Silver. Absolutely looks like silver.  Love the crunchy, springy feel.  I can’t wait to knit with this, I hope I can find a deserving pattern!  I love fleece artist and handmaiden yarns in general, so I’m pleased that these yarns are so nice.  I also want to try Casbah, Handmaiden’s sock yarn with cashmere in it.

I finished my first Cozy Cable sock.

It’s pretty and fits well (those cables really pull in!)  I am not so enamored of the yarn, but more on that later.

Right now I am eating Qdoba for a quick dinner, and I’ve just finished knitting the back of the climbing vine pullover on the machine.  I decided to go ahead and machine knit the stockinette, because I have so many sweaters still to get to this winter, and as much as I love the yarn I love my tendonitis less (I always knit too fast on stockinette and wind up having to take knitting breaks!)  Right now my tendonitis isn’t bad, but with Christmas and Christmas jobs coming up, who knows how I will fare.

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New Patterns and Obsessions

I am nothing if not obsessive.   All my life I have chosen interests and then followed them with (some might say) excessive enthusiasm.  First there were books… I carried them everywhere, and probably wasn’t seen without a book in my purse until well after the age of majority (and now I’m back there again, but nevermind…)  Then there was embroidery.  Then Crochet.  Then (recently) my obsession with restoring the house.  Knitting has carried on for quite awhile with no sense of waning.  Now you will rarely find me without a half finished sock lurking in my bag somewhere.  I even develop minor obsessions with my knitting.  Currently I’m really into semi-solid yarns, both for socks and sweaters.  Yesterday I started these socks.

The pattern is “Cozy Cables

It’s not a free pattern, but totally worth it… the pattern is extremely detailed and clear.  I’m loving knitting these, except for one thing… the yarn (dream in color starry) is too solid.  Fortunately, it has sparkles, and they will get me through the pain, but I think this yarn should be less solid if they are going to call it a semi-solid.  Other than that the yarn is lovely, and so much larger than the Malabrigo sock I used last that I can’t believe how fast it’s going!

My sock queue on ravelry?  Three pages long.  And I just bought “Folk Socks” and “Knitting Socks in Handpainted Yarn.”  My sock yarn stash?  Let us not speak of it.  I have sold off most of my variegated and am now replacing them with semi-solids and some variegated skeins where the colors are closer together.

The new Winter Knitty is out, and for once I have found quite a lot to love.  I immediately queued up the yarn for Amelia.

I love the little pintucks and the shaping.  Plus I have a thing for garter stitch cuffs for some reason.  The yarn is Madelinetosh worsted in Malachite, and is so pretty that honestly it might kill me.

My other favorite from the issue is Maja.

I love the geometric look, and I already own the yarn called for, Manos Silk Blend.   I bought it so long ago that I can’t even remember why, but it’s semi-solid!

I also really like the Plaited Points socks and have queued them, though I’m not sure if they would be an annoying knit or not.  Finally, Surface is gorgeous (I even like the funny wrap thing) but I have Kingscot to attempt before I queue any other Norah Gaughan patterns.

I did cast on today for the Climbing Vines pullover from the Winter IK today, but I don’t have any good photos yet.  I’m using Dream in Color Classy in Chinatown Apple, because I can squeeze the smallest size out of three skeins.   I hope to have pictures tomorrow!

Does anyone have a copy of the new Knit.1 yet?  They are relaunching with new editors and what appears to be a whole new look.  They seem to have at last been released from the death grip of lion brand, and everything looks beautiful and wearable.

I’m planning to make this garter stitch cardigan from Kathmandu aran tween (I have a really dark blue shade that is lovely, but needs to be a plain pattern or it obscures the details.)  The socks are by Cookie A… lovely.

Hope everyone is having a good week!

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Time for an update

Now that Thanksgiving is over now, thank goodness, and I can finally have some time to myself, it’s time for an update.  (I’m not a grinch, really, I’m just an introvert who never gets enough downtime during the holidays… big gatherings make me nervous.)

I finished one of my twisted tweed socks. They look kind of funny off your feet.

The soles are really baggy, and if you hold them up they look strange.  But they look normal on my feet!

Actual color is somewhere in between these photos… purple is hard to capture properly.  I’m not allowing myself to write about my mods yet, because I want to finish the second sock, and to me this pattern was a little tedious.

All the family togetherness has caused my knitting time on Vaila to suffer (I have to have the chart with me, so it makes bad carrying knitting.)  But I have made progress, and am now on the last part of the body before the sleeves.

Curiously, my gauge seems to actually be tighter when purling every round.  I expected it to be looser.  It will fit either way – the lace is very stretchy, but it is coming out a bit small.  I am looking forward to the sleeves now – I want a break from the lace.

Much like my sock knitting, my sock yarn buying goes in spurts.  Sometimes I can’t imagine wanting to ever knit socks again, mostly in the summer (I envy those who can knit socks all summer… I can’t seem to work up an enthusiasm for them when it’s hot!)  But right now I’m into socks, so I’ve gotten some sock yarn.

This is starry, the new yarn from Dream in Color.  It has silver bits spun into the yarn.  The color is Cinnamon girl, one of the new semisolids (although to me it just looks solid.)  I thought the silver would stand out more on a solid backdrop, as much as I love their other colorways.  The yarn feels thinner than smooshy to me, but it’s hard to tell without knitting it up.  I’m not sure yet on a pattern, but I’m thinking of a fancy pattern (for me) because I rarely use true solid yarns.

Two other yarns, bought in a thanksgiving weekend spending spree…

On the left is “My Kelly” from Miss Babs, from the woolgirl thanksgiving sale.  On the right is “Field” from Funky Carolina.  Lovely greenish yarns… how I love you!

We are keeping Christmas small this year, since we still own two properties and it seems silly to spend on things we don’t need (my sock yarn money came from selling off my stash earlier this month.)  We are fixing up the bathroom for a joint present.  Our bathroom has a lovely fancy granite shower, but it has a sinkfrom the 1930s that is falling apart, and cheap laminate flooring that is ruined.  We’ve bought a new sink and medicine cabinet, and we will be tiling the floor and painting the walls a color other than lemon yellow (I’m thinking a soothing aqua, but that is not certain yet.)

I hope everyone in the US had a wonderful Thanksgiving!

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Shoes & Swatches

I have always loved shoes.  My shoe collection is probably not massive by anyone’s standards, but it is carefully chosen – there are few pairs that I don’t care for.  In the winter I tend to wear high heeled boots most of the time – they are warm, and that way I can wear heels in the winter without freezing.  But when I do buy another pair, I find that a new variable has entered into my considerations – “How will they look with handknit socks?”

Luckily, they look very nice.

I bought these at the same time as a new pair of boots (it was a buy one, get 1/2 off sale.)  I wanted a pair of flat soled boots, for those times when heels aren’t what I want.  I confess, although I love these I am totally at a loss for how to wear them.

They are a little too big in the calf for me, but so are all boots… I have something like the world’s skinniest legs, and the world does not make them small enough for me.  I always have to buy them too big and deal.  They aren’t as big as they look here though… they are unzipped.  Do I wear them over pants?  Because I tried that, and I thought I looked strange, but that may just be holdover from the last time I work pants tucked into boots in the 80s.    I got these because I don’t care for the clunkier riding boot styles of flat boot, and I liked the retro 60s aesthetic.  I have worn them, so they aren’t returnable… any advice on how to make them work?

I have been swatching a little, to no one’s surprise.  For my fellow soft tweed lovers I thought I would share a new find.

It isn’t labeled a tweed, but it has different colored flecks, making it tweedy in my book, if not a traditional tweed.  This is Beaverslide worsted, a blend of merino and mohair.  The mohair makes the yarn soft, but is not apparent in the skein.  The yarn is somewhat minimally processed – it contains lanolin still, but it does not smell sheepy to me (this is a big deal to me; I hate strong sheep smells.)

The yarn has a sturdy, dense feel, but it is not in the least scratchy or hard to knit with.  I would call this a softer version of Peace Fleece (I can’t knit with peace fleece, but this was lovely on my hands.)  It is easier to knit with than Kathmandu Aran, and if you like that yarn I think you would love this.  It knit to 4.5 st/in on US 7s before washing, and blocked to 4.25 st/in.  There is a tiny bit of vegetable matter, but not nearly as much as could be found in, for example, noro.  I’m planning to use this for Vivian by Ysolda from the twist collective.  I was worried that it was too thin, but having knit with it I can see where it will be nice and dense for cables (it looks nice in cabled garments on Ravelry.)  It was a bargain I thought as well.  I’d recomend checking out their website, they have many lovely colors.  I’ve also heard good things about the McTaggart tweed, though I have not tried it.

I also swatched my nature wool for Wisteria.  I got 5.5 st/in on US 6 needles – so seriously not a worsted weight yarn.  I love the slight variegation.  I’m hoping this will be my next sweater after Vaila.

I am nearly finished with the first lace repeat on vaila.  I can’t say that the sweater is super fast – the lace pattern is on every row.  I made one error already, but I’m hoping it isn’t noticeable.  I should also mention that I did not do the special cast on.  Since I’m changing the shaping it didn’t seem important, and to be honest I almost never do special cast ons (don’t even get me started on tubular cast ons!)  Thanks for the suggestion to knit the sleeves inside out – what a great idea!  I will certainly try it.

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Purple period continues

I ripped the embossed leaves socks I had started with my Malabrigo sock, and started a pair of Twisted Tweed socks instead.

I really love the way this pattern looks in the yarn, and in general it’s an easy, approachable pattern.  I cast on 66 stitches (the pattern calls for 72) because I have thin ankles..  Hopefully they will fit and not be too big or small.  The yarn is not at all bouncy, but it is wonderfully soft.

I also started Vaila, from the Twist Collective.

Does anyone else have a hard time telling purple from blue?  I always seem to call things purple that other people insist are blue.. maybe it’s just that I’m unwilling to accept purpley blues.  So anyway, I think this is blue, but I could be wrong.  Nice yarn either way – I’m alternating skeins to avoid pooling, and it’s super easy in the round.

I’m doing some alterations to this pattern.  I cast on for the smallest size, because it has a 32″ hip measurement (the next largest is something like 37″.)  But I want the 2nd size bust measurement (also 32) because I don’t like A shaped pullovers on me (cardigans yes, pullovers no.)  I will add some waist shaping so that it isn’t boxy, and then knit the top and sleeves in the 2nd size.  So overall the same sweater, just with some shaping.  I may also knit the sleeves flat and seam them – I would rather seam than purl in the round for that long (they are reverse stockinette.)

Finally, I got my yarn for Wisteria.

I adore this color.  This yarn (Araucania nature wool) is kettle dyed, so I will also alternate skeins on this knit.  I have knit with this yarn before (a scarf for Marc, which he promptly lost… not the yarn’s fault I suppose.)  It’s not the softest – I would compare it to cascade 220.  It’s also not a true worsted weight, more of a light worsted or dk.  I’m hoping I bought enough yarn to make up for the gauge change!

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Color periods

Does anyone else find that they go through color phases with their knitting?  I definitely do.  I tend to buy yarn in clumps, with the result that I frequently end up with multiple sweaters of yarn in nearly the same color.  This past summer it was kelly green.  Early this fall it was muted aqua.  And now that winter is approaching, I find myself obsessed with deep purples and wine colors.  Recognizing the problem, I have managed to limit myself to one sweater’s worth of wine colored yarn  – Araucania nature wool for Wisteria.  I have wanted to make Wisteria for awhile, but it doesn’t come small enough for me.  Nature Wool is really a light worsted/dk yarn, no matter what the label says, so hopefully it will allow me to make a smaller size (5″ of ease is not going to be working out.)  I also got some Beaverslide worsted to try out in a purple shade, but this is a lighter shade (or so I tell myself.)  I haven’t received it yet, but I really hope I like it – the colors are so pretty, and it is so economical.  I want to make Vivian from the new Twist, but I’m not sure it will work.  If not, I will be making something else pretty and tweedy!

Sock yarn though… that doesn’t count, right?  Sock yarn never counts, or so I hear.

This is the new Malabrigo Sock yarn in Abril.  When I heard about this yarn I had to get some.  It came untied in shipping, so I went ahead and wound it up – it was a nightmare to wind, with sections doubling back on one another.  I had to wind it by hand, which I never do, and it took well over an hour.  I’m not sure what pattern to use – I’m thinking of something from Knitting on the Road or Knitting Vintage socks – I haven’t done a Nancy bush pattern in awhile, and they are so wonderful.  This will become my next socks, because I don’t like to leave things wound into this sort of ball – it stretches the yarn.

I also convinced myself that yarn for a shawl would not count as part of my purple obsession.

This is Colourscape Chunky by Rowan in Northern lights.  The pictures truly do not do it justice, it is gorgeous!  I’m going to make Skye from this – it is shown in the Ghost colorway, but I fell in love with the deep colors here.  I think I will need to get my purple coat drycleaned so I can wear it with this!  One thing that is odd about this yarn is that the colorways look different in the same dyelot.  For instance, there is a lot of pink in that middle skein, but almost none in the one to the right.  Doesn’t matter in this sort of yarn.  I cannot wait to get started on this – it will be happening soon because I fear it will take ages!

I bought some more Malabrigo as well recently (it is a sickness I tell you… I love that yarn so much.)

On the left is Buscando Azul, which I have decided to use to make Vaila.  I tell myself that it is not purple, but I may be kidding myself.  This is a candidate for starting soon – it is snowing today, and I want a snuggley turtleneck!  I may redo the shaping to make the sweater more shaped – I think the A line shape might not be great on me, and I am a bit worried about reverse stockinette in the round.

But the pearl malabrigo is definitely not purple!  I will use it for the Just Enough Ruffles scarf.  Thank goodness Laura didn’t make this in purple, because I love it so much that I want mine to look like the original!

Finally, yarn that is in no way purple.

Dream in Color Classy in Chinatown Apple (+ 1 cat hair already… my house is cursed.)  I was not the biggest fan of this yarn when I made my February Lady, but I must confess that the colors will make me overlook the squeaky superwash yarn.  This colorway is amazing – it looks like Autumn to me!  I’m thinking of using this for the Climbing Vines Pullover, my favorite from the new IK.  I really like the idea of autumn colors with the leaves, but I’m not sure if it might overwhelm the pattern, or if indeed I will care with this pretty yarn.  I might need to make something simpler from this, but either way it’s gorgeous!

I finished Polly (pics soon!) and cast on for Baby Cables.  I was going to show you my progress, but it would appear I have been knitting a moebius, for the first time in at least a year.  I can’t figure out how I managed, but I did.  I think the pattern is cursed for me, and I’m planning to start something else instead – I will return to the sweater when the memory of having to start it twice already has faded.

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Finally FO pics!

I was finally able to take modeled photos of Petersburg – at 7 am, so they are a little dark.

A few random notes after wearing it several times:  I have given up on the belt holes – I don’t like how using them makes the sweater stand out from my waist.  I would make belt loops if I did it again, but as it is I’m just doing without, and it seems to be working fine.

It’s very warm and cozy, but perhaps could be a little smaller in the shoulders (this is my primary problem with sweaters with ease – my shoulders are so narrow that the sweater will fall off if they are too big.)  I love it anyway, especially with this shirt, but I’m still not sure that belted knits are my thing (I don’t like messing with the tie, and I am very short waisted.)

I have finished knitting the pieces to Polly, and it will be done soon – I can’t wait to wear it!  Today in the mail I got the yarn to restarts Baby Cables, Jaeger Extra fine merino DK.

This is such a nice yarn… I cannot understand why it was discontinued.  Nice basic yarns that don’t cost a fortune are rare.

The new issue of Knotions is out, and I really love Swing Swing – I have the exact yarn used in the pattern already!  I will probably knit it to a slightly tighter gauge – Colrain does pill a bit, and I like to minimize that.  I’m also making the Magic Mirror mittens, Vortical socks, and Isotope hat… it’s a great issue!

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Stir Crazy

My Silken Scabbard is separated under the sleeves now, and I have merged the cables to the sides.  It feels like progress is glacial… I don’t like the way the pattern is written at all, and to be honest I might have given it up, except my husband, who rarely notices sweaters, loved it when I tried it on.  So I’m still going, but I think I might work on a sleeve for awhile, to get some actual progress.  My socks are nearly done, so I cast on for a shawl with some Kureyon Sock, bought in a moment of insanity when the yarn first came out.

This is the “Simple Yet Effective Shawl” from Cosmicpluto Knits.  The pattern is super easy, and I love the way the sock yarn looks knit up – after swatching I realized this was not going to be socks, but it’s very nice here.  The hardest part was winding the skein into two balls – the yarn is some of the stickiest I have seen!