Oh gosh, things got HECTIC a few weeks ago for me. Finishing up my first semester of grad school(4.0, by the way), my work load increasing, finishing up my knitting class…I just got overwhelmed and did not really spend that much time online. I have been contemplating some blog changes and hope to get started on that, soon. For now, I thought I would show that, yes, I do still exist, and, yes, I am still knitting.
I recently spoke of my growing stash of Northbound Knitting yarn. Well, I have since used up some of that yarn…and also added more to it. Oops! This post is just to show you what I have been working on. I have a nice review post planned once I complete these projects.
First up is Trivium by Lisa Mutch of Northbound Knitting. This pattern comes with three items: cowl, hat and fingerless gloves. I have completed the cowl, sans buttons and blocking, and will go on to the hat next. This is a lovely pattern, easy to remember and really fun to knit. The yarn I am using is NBK’s Merino DK Singles in Nocturne, the first skein of NBK yarn I ever purchased. I love the subtle color changes from white up to dark grey. And it is so wonderfully soft! I am happy that I will have this set ready for when cold weather hits us once again. I’ll need to order another skein (oh darn!) to knit up the fingerless gloves but I do believe I will need the complete set this winter.
This week, I have also started my first shawl for myself, another lovely design by Lisa Mutch called Flawed. I plan on doing a review on this pattern and yarn, so I don’t want to talk about it too much but I do want to show it off because it makes me SO HAPPY!
I will say that this has been a blast to knit and the colors are knitting up so beautifully! I cannot wait for this to be off my needles and to share it with you guys!
My boyfriend is adorable and will always text me when I get mail. Whenever I receive mail from Lisa, he will text me to let me know that I have “yarn. Canadian yarn.” I think it is adorable and now dub every day I receive a Northbound Knitting package as Canadian Yarn day (I have at least one a month and they are my favorite of the days). Yesterday, was Canadian Yarn Day.
The purple is Lisa’s BFL/Silk Fingering in the colorway Velvet Underground. It is so amazing in person that I don’t even know how to put words together. My favorite color is purple and this just…is the best purple I have ever seen. This will become another shawl by Lisa.
The bottom skeins are Lisa’s Superwash Merino Sport and the colorway is Skeleton Key and oh my gosh. I have been wanting this colorway for a while now and seeing it in person, it is just breathtaking. Lots of gray variants, which I just love. I have a pattern picked out for this MAYBE. I cannot decide for certain just yet, though.
Although not from Northbound Knitting, I purchased this beauty yesterday while out with my mom. We went by my local yarn store and noticed that it had a going out of business sign. This has really saddened me. I knew the owners were looking to sell but I was really hoping someone else would purchase the shop. The closest yarn store to me now is about 30 minutes away, in a town I honestly never go to. But I suppose I will be making some trips out there in the future now.
I had not planned on buying anything when I went in. But learning the sad news, I just couldn’t not buy something. I have been wanting to try Madelinetosh, which they did have some in stock but no colors that really spoke out to me. I saw this Malabrigo when I first entered the store and can picture it knit up into a lovely shawl (I think I’m finally on a shawl kick…).
I’m going to go by the yarn store again this weekend after pay day and pick up another skein or two. It breaks my heart that this is happening but I know the ladies who own the store are ready for changes. I can’t really blame them.
I’ve noticed on Ravelry a new group has been added, for local knitters. These are people who have been attending the yarn shop’s knit nights (which I haven’t yet been able to attend, sadly, but had hoped to join this summer). They’re working on meeting in different places so they can still knit together. I’ve joined and they’ve invited me to join. I cannot attend this week due to us going out of town the night they are having it but I hope to join next week. I really need more knitters in my life and hope that I can make some new friends through this venture.
For the most part, that covers what I’ve been doing for the past few weeks. I am also still working on my surprise knit, which I hope to have done this week. I’ll have to wait until the present has been delivered before posting pictures, though. I will say this: it’s turning out rather cute!