Wednesday, March 30, 2016

WIP Wednesday: Resisting Temptation (For Now)

I honestly thought I would come back from last month's trip to Germany with a finished project or two, but as usual, I greatly overestimated how much time I would spend knitting while I was away. You'd think a 9 hour plane ride (one way) would be productive, but that certainly wasn't the case for me, unfortunately! I have since finished the projects I took to Germany, and now I have just two projects in play, both of which are blue:
The crochet project on the top is the Calm Cowl in Artyarns Merino Cloud that I started on the flight back to the US. I haven't logged much crocheting time since arriving home, but it has grown a little since last week. The other project pictured above is actually an IOU from the holidays, a pair of striped socks to commemorate the Royals 2015 season for Tyler (each color will represent a win or loss at an away or home game). The 2016 season opener is just a week away this past Sunday, so I figured I better get my butt in gear!

Though I've done pretty well avoiding the siren call of new projects, over the weekend I broke into the miniskeins of Finkhof Wolle that I was gifted in Germany.
I thought it would be fun to knit a tiny triangular shawl swatch, inspired by a 5 Shawls in 5 Days challenge I spotted on Instagram recently...I can't seem to remember to look up what this challenge entails, but I've seen a lot of people posting photos of their sample swatches. I like the yarn - it was a nice rustic yarn that wasn't scratchy - just had a little oomph to it. Each one is actually a little different in terms of fiber makeup (so I saved the tags to attach to each stripe later when it dries). The yarn was also nice and sticky, which makes it easy to weave in ends and/or save a dropped stitch, a quality that can really come in handy! Also, everything seemed to soften up considerably after blocking, so I am curious to feel the sample after it is completely dried.

That's it for this week, thanks for stopping by! 

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