Friday, October 23, 2015

FO Friday: Weekend!

As I've mentioned before, my friend Jen Geigley recently released an awesome book of patterns called WEEKEND: Simple, Modern Knits. You can read more about it here on my official review - and guess what? I'm reopening the giveaway, because the person whose name I drew never claimed their prize! So click here to find out how you can win a copy of this awesome book, plus a Knitter's Pride Nova Platina chunky interchangeable needle set.
Last weekend, Jen was actually here in Chicago for a trunk show and book signing at Nina! I was so glad I could stop by to say hello to Jen, as well as many of my other knitting friends who also happened to be there, too. After the trunk show, I grabbed a drink at Bangers and Lace with Jen and Heidi from Hands Occupied - guess whose beer is at the dark end of that spectrum!
Since there is a KAL happening all month long for WEEKEND, I figured I should probably start another project from the book to work on while I was out and about - so I grabbed some handspun yarn and cast on for the Little Earthquakes cowl on Saturday afternoon. By Sunday morning, I had a finished cowl - talk about instant gratification!
This particular handspun yarn was something I made using all of the leftover singles I'd accrued, mixed with a deep purple-black base single. It was one of those experiments I figured wouldn't work, which then turned out to be pretty stunning (shows what I know!). The simple design was perfect for this kind of variegated/tweedy yarn, and the resulting cowl is so incredibly squishy, I kind of want to keep it (alas, I am putting it in the holiday gift bin).
In fact, at the start of the month, I knit another Sliver hat for the KAL using - you guessed it! - still more handspun yarn from my stash.
If you read this blog regularly, you know that most of the things i knit are on fingering, sport or worsted yarn. Big, chunky knits are not well-trod territory for me, but I am totally a fan of how fast and fun each project from WEEKEND has been. In fact, I am currently hatching a crazy scheme to spin enough chunky weight yarn to knit the Undone sweater out of Swalesdale top from Louet. It might have to be one of my 2016 craft resolutions!

4 comments:

  1. Love it! Thanks for the second chance to win! The weekend is on my wish list!

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  2. What a great Second Chance draw! Thank you for the opportunity.

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  3. Undone is the One for me! Sorry for the second post. The Keyboard froze and I have no idea why. Probably the iPad was wishing for a cozy Weekend knit of its own!

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  4. do we do a new post here, or do we need to re-post to the prior blog post?

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