My most recent scheme is to do something with all of the yarn I already have wound. Some of it is in a WIP (work-in-progress) and some of it is wound and waiting for me to cast on. My mind is constantly thinking of new things for me to knit. This has led to probably 10 languishing projects and lots of cast ons, but very few FOs (finish offs). I am hoping to fix my cast-on-itis by buckling down and knitting things out of my yarn that I’m enjoying knitting.
I have several projects going now from yarn that I recovered from languishing WIPs. The first is my black eyed susie raglan. I recovered this yarn from Redhook, a vest I planned to knit out of it, and decided to use it for this short sleeved raglan instead. A few weeks ago I showed you a progress pic where I had just finished the lace edging. Now I’ve finished the decreases and am working on the body of the raglan. I’ve been making progress on this one for about an hour saturday and sunday mornings when I talk to my parents.
I am keeping my raglan in my new sweater sized project bag from Jessalu with firefly characters on it. I sold a skein of Wollmeise laceweight to buy this bag. It is the perfect size for a sweater.
This weekend, I frogged my Entomology shawl and decided to use the yarn for a citron instead. Because I already had a beautiful bead match up for Entomology, I am making a beaded citron, using the crochet hook method to add the beads. I am adding beads every 15 rows of the repeat, about 1 bead every 5-6 stitches. I’ve finished two repeats so far, though I took this progress pic at the beginning of the weekend where I hadn’t yet done any beaded rows. This is my first circular shawl. The yarn is Sweet Georgia cashsilk colorway coastal, a 55% silk 45% cashmere blend that is so soft and lovely to work with. I am knitting the shawl on my size 5 signature circulars (love these needles, the perfect join for my laceweight yarn) and keeping the project in my sparkly Glinda bag.
Oh I forgot, I took a crappy iphone pic a little later in the weekend. The colors are really off but you get the idea.
The third reusing of yarn is a brilliant new idea that has occurred to me that will hopefully help me use up some of my incredibly large stash of fingering weight yarns, especially the variegated ones. I’m holding 2 strands of frogged colinette jitterbug colorway frangipani together to knit a Tony the Toxbox monster. The yarn originally was a pair of gull wing socks that I frogged because I didn’t follow the directions correctly and they wouldn’t have fit my recipient. I had never found another pattern I wanted to use this yarn for and it’s been wound for like 3 years, which is way too long.
I’ve also been working on a couple of pairs of socks. I’ve made a lot of progress on my Wayward socks this week and hope to finish by the weekend. The pattern is one of the February patterns for the Cookie A sock club. The yarn is the club yarn, Alisha Goes Around Richness of Martens fingering in the colorway Genevieve. The yarn is a merino/silk/cashmere blend is is very soft and squishy, lovely to work with. I am using size 2.25mm addi lace turbos, my go to sock knitting needles. In this picture, I am wearing the sock on the wrong foot, my right foot instead of my left. The pattern is a traveling mirror pattern, my favorite type of sock pattern to knit these days, and one that Cookie A designs very well.
The second pair of socks on the needles that I made progress on is Laurelhurst. I am knitting these out of two colors of hazel knits artisan, lichen and blue spruce. I love these colors together, and I love how simple and fun this pattern is to knit. I am knitting these also on a size 2.25mm addi lace turbo circ.
Last but not least, I am slowing making progress on my hexipuffs. I knit one or two every night before I go to bed. In this picture starting in the top left corner and going in a diagonal line, I have bugga hexipuffs in Autumn green tiger beetle, fierce snake, alderfly, [dark grey? not sure the name], and iskein.
Oh, and I did actually finish something, even though it’s not for me! Here is a picture of the stripey socks I finished for a rav friend out of her yarn, Gothsocks in Cheshire Cat. This is really a beautiful cashmere blend yarn and I love the slight tonal changes in the stripes. I also think I did a fabulous job with the afterthought heel for this socks. I traded these socks for a bunch of bugga minis for my quilt.
I have recently been toying with the idea of starting my own video podcast about my knitting. I have wanted to do a radio show for awhile, but knitting is really better podcasted on video so you can actually see what I’m talking about. If I do decide to start one, I plan to record on Fridays, but I won’t be able to start until mid-may or maybe June because of my schedule. We’ll see, but I think it would be fun!