Wednesday, March 29, 2017

WIP Wednesday & YarnCon Countdown

It's been a few weeks since I shared what I'm working on, mostly because I've been focusing on a secret sample knitting project that I can't share just yet - which means that most of my WIPs are seeing very little action. In fact, the only project to progress somewhat since this post is my Find Your Fade (although I'm still not even halfway through the second to last color). Obviously, I won't be finishing by the end of this month, which is when the KAL ends, but hopefully I can get it off the needles sometime in April! Meanwhile, my knitting basket is getting a tad crowded.

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That probably wasn't helped by starting another new project over the weekend - even if it is rather small. This cute fair isle mittens ornament kit was gifted to me over the holidays and I've been meaning to break into it ever since. If not now, when*?

*Pro tip: this is how you can justify just about any cast-on.

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I also have a new project on the loom which will be a display piece for Bijou Basin Ranch when they attend the Intermountain Weavers Conference in July. I've been trying to take it slow so that there are fewer mistakes and nicer edges than my first two weaving projects, and so far so good. The idea is to show off this beautiful hand-dyed colorway (Joseph) from MJ Yarns that is dyed on Bijou's yak/bamboo base, Lhasa Wilderness:

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I've always loved knitting with this yarn (see: Molten Metal Cowl), and weaving with it it also pleasurable. It took a little bit of getting used to since it's more slippery than the wool yarns I've been weaving with, but the learning curve was rather mild, and I am loving the results:

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I am definitely planning to weave more projects with this yarn in the near future.

It's the most wonderful time of the year! This weekend, I'll be at YarnCon here in Chicago, which is hands-down my favorite fiber show of the year. If you happen to see me there, come say hello!

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