Wednesday, November 30, 2011

What else have I been up to?

Recently, I've been starting various small projects since I need a little instant knitting gratification!  I've been having fun making little scrubby tawashis using this easy free pattern and various cotton and cotton/bamboo yarns I have in my stash.  Here's the one I finished over the weekend in Araucania Patagonia Nature Cotton:

I don't think I've posted much about the Travel Shawl from Knitting 24/7 that I've been making since Malabrigo Stockpile in October.  This warlock of a shawl is almost done - and it was turning out beautifully, until I dropped a stitch and didn't notice it for ten flipping rounds.  Oops.  I picked it back up, but it's not exactly unnoticeable - and since I was knitting it as a gift for someone, I am now having to trot out Plan B.  Thankfully, Plan B is a much easier project to make, but I'm still pretty bummed that this shawl isn't going to work out.  If we ever kiss and make up and I finish this thing, it will be a lovely addition to my wardrobe, I'm sure!  It's also really hard to photograph just looks like a blob of knitting, basically!  Once feature I do like is that it's completely self-contained - the ball of yarn I'm working from is nestled inside the project.  Nevertheless, it is sidelined till further notice.  

Botanical Cowl in Canopy Fingering
I'm also on a big hat kick - after getting Weekend Hats for my birthday (and having a few downright chilly glimpses of winter),  I've got major startitis in the hat department.  Tons of cute designs from this book have jumped to the front of my queue, but I'm not allowing myself to start any of them til I finish a few other projects.  In that vein,  I started a Windschief by Steven West, but just undid all of my work because I am going to make it in a different color and use the black yarn to make a special top secret project I came across today when I was working (and by working, I mean trolling the "recently added patterns" section of Ravelry).

Finally, the Fibre Company Canopy Fingering did not go more than a few days without getting tapped for a project.  I ordered it (from Doodlebug Yarn) specifically to make a Botanical Cowl, a pattern I discovered via their blog.  Since this project is for me, I don't work in it very much - it'll be slow going til I finish my holiday gift knitting.

Speaking of holiday gift knitting, I have one more pair of socks to make!  They're sport-weight (yay!) but, because I enjoy special torture apparently, they are a complexly cabled pattern (the Rocaille Socks from the Knitter's Book of Socks) that is sure to be amazing, provided I get them done in time (thank goodness we're celebrating Fake Christmas in January - that's almost a two-week extension!).  They are a lovely forest green color which I overdyed over a bright spring green.  The problem with this project is that it's tough to see what I'm doing unless I have absolutely perfect light - and a few weeks ago, my task light burned out!  A tiny disaster (or some would say mild inconvenience) to be sure, but I really do feel like I've gotten less knitting done because of it.  I finally remembered to take the light bulb with me to Target last night so I could match them up.  I hope this means that I'll be much more productive now!

Ogee Lace Skirt
I'm also itching to start this cotton sarong - not usually a project you want to make when it's cold out, right?  We're headed to Florida this January for Tyler's grandmother's 90th birthday, and in anticipation of having to don a swimming suite for the first time in about two years, I have determined that some sort of wrap or coverup is necessary.  My yarn guru Lauren destashed a big box of Tahki Cotton Classic to me ages ago, and I have finally thought of the perfect use for it!  I'll be knitting the Ogee Lace Skirt....just as soon as I finish my holiday knitting!

(Also, I promise that I will NEVER wear it over a pair of jeans.)


  1. You're crazy and I love you!

  2. I think I'm going to have to make a scrubby tawashi! And FL in January sounds perfect right now.