In the last week, I've finished the 3 main projects I had on the needles, which turned out to be perfectly timed with Stitches Midwest. There's nothing like coming home from a show with a pile of new yarn and actually getting to use it right away, so I indulged in startitis and have been casting on with reckless abandon!
I got a test color in Shangri-La yarn, and I wasn't sure what to do with it since I am not normally a fan of laceweight yarn, and it also wasn't a full 200-yard skein. Then I remembered that a Hunter Hammersen Curl could be knit with any yarn weight and any yardage....and I was off! I'm knitting Argent, which is looking quite lovely in this shimmery yak/silk blend yarn:
Delta Hat by Heidi Gustad for the KAL that is happening right now here on Ravelry. I chose the very-difficult-to-photograph Continental Blue colorway of Himalayan Trail yarn (which, as you know, is one of my faves - it's a blend of Merino and Yak. Yum!):
Pennant Cardi from the new Knitscene. I'm using 100% yak sport weight yarn and I'll be subbing in my own handspun for the colorwork detail in the yoke. Knitting with this yarn - even just to swatch - has been incredibly enjoyable. Now I'm wondering why I didn't get with the program sooner, and I seriously want to knit all the sweaters in this delightful yarn.
Leonarda pattern (you know...the ginormous shawl I just knit) by Laura Chau...and it's the only project I have on the needles right now that doesn't include yak in its fiber content! Instead, I'm knitting with the two skeins of silk/merino yarn that I bought in the Fiber Story booth at Stitches. As soon as I picked them up, I knew I had to knit myself a wrap; I have a wedding to attend in October where I intend to wear it, which gives me a doable deadline - always a bonus.
this tutorial for the Infinite Long Tail Cast-On over on Laura Chau's blog. It worked perfectly for a frustration-free start (and I used my new stitch markers to keep track along the way, placing one after each set of 50 stitches cast on). Now, you wouldn't think that a rectangular wrap worked flat that begins with simple garter stitch would be easy to mess up, but clearly you are mistaken! I picked this back up last night (after another in a series of long work days) only to discover that I had done some weird twisty thing mid-row a few rows back. Long story short, frog city....but the good news is that I am now back on track.
Last but not least, the knitting portion is finished for this cute little top in Spud & Chloe Fine, but I have many yarn ends to weave in. I think I'll be setting this aside til I have more time for fussy finishing work over the weekend!