Holla there knittas,
I’ve had a busy few weeks around here with school, work and many other fun things on the go. I have been getting some knitting done though! I think I’ve finally made it over the burn-out I was feeling following my crazy Christmas knit-a-thon. Not only has my knitting time been relatively productive but I have also been working my way through my stash.
My stash isn’t terribly large or anything, but on occasion it causes me some anxiety to look at all the potential projects sitting on my shelf and wonder if I will ever make it through the yards and yards of pretty string hanging out there… So I have made it my mission to begin working it down. Here is the start! (I’ll have some FO posts soon, I just have to get around to photographing them!).
First up sock #1 from a pair of wee anklets. For these I’ve chosen to do a simple 1×1 rib for the cuff and a 3×1 rib for the top of the foot along with my usual heel and toe combination. The yarn is a little something I picked up at Romni Wools on a trip to Toronto in January, its Shibui Knits Sock in Spectrum. I love the bright fun colours, they kind of remind me of candy. The yarn is a 100% superwash merino and is lovely and springy, I’ll be curious to see how it wears. As it comes in 50g skeins and I have fairly small feet, a single skein is enough for a pair of anklets which is fantastic if you’ve put yourself on a yarn budget!
The colours have pooled a bit on the instep but I’m curious to see what will happen now that I’m through the gusset decreases and onto the main body of the sock. I originally thought that wool ankle socks were a completely ridiculous idea, but I have knit one pair so far and find them surprisingly practical! They are especially great if like me you often wear skinny jeans or leggings and want something that won’t pool around your ankles (or that you won’t have to put on before your pants!).
This second WIP was impossible to photograph. The yarn is Zen Yarn Garden Serenity 20 in Mazz which I frogged from a hat project and am now knitting a pair of Cookie A’s tried-and-true Monkey socks instead. The colour is incredibly bright and I absolutely adore it, especially as I feel you don’t often see obnoxiously bright cashmere yarns. My only mod so far is to not include any purls in the lace pattern. I have knit the original version which is all fine and dandy, but to be honest I was just not in the mood for purling so I didn’t bother. I’m pleased with how they are coming out so far and they will be so lovely and cozy once they are finished!
Clearly I have been on a sock kick, but if we are to be realistic here I ALWAYS have a pair of socks on my needles. Ever since I did the classic “pair-of-socks-a-month” challenge back in 2011 I have been a bit of sock fiend, in large part because they are something I can knit in my sleep. Ok, I may have actually fallen asleep while knitting socks before… let me just say that metal dpns do carry a certain amount of danger in their pointy tips. But onto other things!
This here folks is a second mitten, but not just any mitten, nay, it is a TARDIS mitten. I have long admired Spilly Jane’s patterns and when I saw the pattern for these beauties I queued them instantly. Since Christmas has passed I have promised myself some selfish knitting and these were at the top of the list. I love knitting fair isle projects and with only two colours and a bold and intuitive graphic these babies have been knitting up quick! I knit all but the thumb of the first one during a Downton marathon one Sunday.
I’m using Gems fingering for these and I am really impressed with how it is working up, it has great stitch definition and a really nice twist on the yarn is making these a lovely little project. I chose to go with white as my background instead of the sample’s grey and I’m very happy I made that choice, the contrast really makes the TARDISs (not sure what the correct plural is here since it is an acronym, TARDI? TARDISes?) pop. I am stoked to get this one done and wear them out and about!
Lastly, I have a controversial little WIP, not for a bad reason but more for the extreme simplicity of it. The pattern is Mira’s Cowl and the yarn is some Hand Maiden Mini Maiden which I picked up for a steal on sale. The colour is even more beautiful in person, rich and full of depth with a gorgeous sheen from the silk. It is working up beautifully soft and airy on 4.5mm needles and will be fantastic if the weather ever decides to warm up around here.
Now to be honest, besides plain socks, I don’t particularly enjoy plain knits. While I think they look beautiful, when I find myself working on something that it dull to knit I do consider strangling myself with it after a while (or I just moan about it to everyone at knit night so they want to strangle me). But I will tough this one out and just keep it around for store knitting/movie knitting etc. so don’t expect to see an FO anytime soon.
And now a peek at the stash that will soon become beautiful FOs! A girl can dream right?
It seems I’m digging blues and purples lately (how did that red sneak in?) and I also have a bad habit of buying new yarn and getting overly excited and winding it right away. Bad Lily. I should know better, I tell people off for doing this all the time. Anyway, the general plan is to work through what has been wound the longest, it is mainly sock weight but much of it isn’t really suitable for socks so I will have to get creative and branch out. Woot!
Alright, I am off to finish the rest of these projects so I can get crack-a-lakin’ on all this stash busting jazz.
Have an awesomely awesome day!