In Progress

In order from newest to oldest projects…

  • Washcloths: Some friends recently bought a house and are having a housewarming party. I am knitting them some washcloths because every home needs something hand knitted.

washcloth

  • Watermelon Socks: I’m past the gusset and well into the foot and starting to get a bit pink. I pulled a few yards of white out so the sock would turn pink more quickly.

watermelon

  • Raindrops and Wildflowers Cowl: this is my second time knitting this pattern. I don’t normally re-knit patterns, and I am having a hard time with this one. On the original I ran out of yarn before the final border, so I have to re-knit for pattern photos. I keep telling myself it is worth it…

cowl

What’s on your needles?

Testers Needed

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A few weeks ago I finished knitting a cowl of my own design. I’ve been pretty quiet about it since then because I’ve been writing up the pattern, making charts, and getting everything edited and pretty. The pattern has been fully tech edited and is now ready to be test knit. I’m looking for 6 testers: 2 each to knit the cowl in Mawata Silk Hankies, mohair, and fingering weight yarn. The pattern was written for silk hankies and includes a photo tutorial on how to work with them. The mohair and fingering weight versions should take between 200-300 yds of yarn.

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If you are interested in testing please let me know here and message me your email address on Ravelry (username DramaticLyric) so I can email you the PDF (I won’t use your email for anything else, cross my heart).

shirt cowl

Change of Plans

The best laid schemes o’ Mice an’ Men
          Gang aft agley
~ from To A Mouse by Robert Burns
Yesterday I wrote about my Raindrops and Wildflowers cowl that was not quite done.
Today I write about the selfsame cowl, fully completed.
I originally planned to knit the cowl with 1/3 of the length in silk hankies and the other 2/3 in mohair. As I was knitting the mohair section I was distressed to see that I was using up my yarn much more quickly than planned. So I changed my plan, ripped out the mohair, and bound off in the silk. Thus my cowl is done and I couldn’t be more pleased!

I’m writing the pattern as we speak, so if you are interested in testing, leave a comment with your Ravelry username and I will contact you.

Works in Progress

I have a lot of things I am actively working on. And a lot more things I want to start…. Here’s what’s in progress.

My Fibonacci Blanket: the 3rd square is almost done. It only gets bigger (much, much bigger) from here.

blanket

Pink Floyd Socks: One done. Now to start the 2nd…

sock

Raindrops and Wildflowers cowl: I’m 2/3 done knitting this. The pattern is written, but needs revision.

raindrops and wildflowers

Half Granny Shawl: I am surprised by how much I enjoy this and how easy it is to work on. It’s growing by the day.

granny

Rumplestiltskin yarn: My singles are spun, and I’m 1/3-1/2 done with plying. The main hurdle is stringing 63,871,688 beads. It’s so pretty, though, that it’s worth it. Pattern suggestions for when it’s done? I’m thinking a shawl.

rumplestiltskin

In progress

After a false start my Pink Floyd socks are flying off the needles! Look at these gorgeously brilliant stripes!

pink floydclose up

Yarn is Rainbow in the Dark in The Fiber Seed Sprout Sock. Vanilla socks with an afterthought heel.

I’m also super excited to be designing a cowl. The patterning is starting to show up, and it is gorgeous!

I’m knitting this with mawata silk hankies dyed by Beesybee.

I went to the yarn store for needles…and came out with yarn. But that’s not surprising to anyone.

Carnelian

This is Blue Heron Yarns Rayon Metallic in the colourway Carnelian. I have wanted it ever since I first saw it months and months ago, and finally it is mine!

What are you working on?

How to knit a cowl in 10 steps (or fewer*)

 

Step 1: Cast on a scarf

Step 2: Knit valiantly until the project sucks your soul away

Step 3: Abandon the scarf for 3 years

Step 4: Find project while rummaging through stash

Step 5: Decide to finish the scarf

Step 6: Decide you are too lazy to actually finish knitting a whole scarf (besides, you never liked that yarn anyway)

Step 7: Decide to make a cowl instead of a scarf

Step 8: Pretend you meant to make a cowl all along

Step 9: Hide the evidence Give away excess yarn

Step 10: Marvel at your ingenuity while enjoying your new cowl (or, you know, giving it away for Christmas)

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Yes, that is a TARDIS in the background

*Steps 3-5 optional

Burnout

I have been knitting so much the last few weeks months that I think I’ve reached the point of burnout. I finished mom’s Christmas socks, Grandma’s sweater just needs buttons and a little neck modification, and that weird scarf I started 3 years ago for a roommate has been finished as a rather short cowl. Plus, add a birthday cowl for me, a sweater for my adopted nephew, and 1 lone mitten. The second mitten is glaring at me (or, rather, the yarn is glaring at me), but I just can’t bring myself to work on it.

I have started a sewing project instead.