I’m a busy, stressful little Bee which means I am knitting my stress out but instead of working on projects, I am more or less casting on more. For some reason, I am finding starting a project more relaxing than working on current projects. Not sure what is currently up with that but a recent purchase of mine is helping me with the addition of projects.
I’ve decided I wanted a new set of interchangeable needles. I currently have a set of Knit Picks Harmony which I enjoy, for the most part, but have been wanting to add a metal set. I’ve recently fallen in love with Chiaogoo (for real, how have I never used these before??) and when my LYS got the sets in stock a few weeks ago, I knew I would have to purchase one asap.
As you can see, I’ve had to try them out. I currently have two sets of needles out. I’ve recently cast on the Daybreak Shawl by Stephen West but haven’t made much progress, so this is the only mention it will make on this blog post. I’m also thinking about frogging what little I’ve done and doing it again because something looks off and I’m wondering if I missed an increase or something.
The other set of needles are currently knitting up the Honey Cowl. I mentioned that I was interested in doing this during the Knit and Crochet Blog Week post about mascots for your house. I’ve been wanting to knit something for me and I am trying really hard to work on things in my queue, especially projects that already have the yarn purchased.
This is a lovely pattern, very simple, easy to memorize and perfect for knitting after a long day of work while catching up on Breaking Bad and Sons of Anarchy. I am of course loving the yarn. This is from my Northbound Knitting Stash and the colorway, Skeleton Key, is quickly becoming a new favorite. I am very much enjoying how the texture and the colors are mingling.
Having this adorable stitch marker really adds to the fun of the pattern, as well! I purchased this from my friend Stephanie who has an Etsy shop, Stitch Marks the Spot. I purchased a set of these and two different sets, which I haven’t used yet but am itching to add to some projects soon.
Also on my needles are a pair of socks that are meant for someone who may or may not read this, so I’m not going to talk much about it. Just wanted to mention that I’m trying socks on two circulars for the first time and am LOVING IT. Of course, more Chiaogoo. Love love love. This also features my new project bag, showcasing Mo Willem’s beloved character The Pigeon! I purchased this from Tangerine Designs on Etsy and I love it. I probably need more of them, honestly.
Also working on a pair of vanilla socks for my mom in yarn she purchased. I don’t remember the yarn information, but I know it is Knit Picks Felici. I’m thinking I need to transfer these to the two circulars. I am really not enjoying knitting on DPNs now, to the point where I have no interest in picking up this project. I may run by my LYS this afternoon.
Also on my needles, and what I hope to finish this weekend, is this adorable baby sweater for a friend of mine. The pattern is Ruffaluffagus by Cassandra Dominick of Knit the Hell Out. Very well written and just adorable. I am worried I’ve taken too long and it will no longer fit its recipient. I only have sleeves and a few small details left. I’m not sure what’s making me NOT want to work on this.
Along with my WIPs I have some FOs to show you! First is this…mostly a FO. I still need to weave in the ends, but this hat is just wonderful. This is the Phoncible by Alexandra Tinsley, who has some amazing designs. The pattern calls for two different colors of Noro, but I used the same two colors (mostly because I could not find the other skein I had in my stash and because I bought this because I wanted a purple and grey striped hat). I love it and cannot wait for it to get colder so I can wear it.
This is an older FO, Varia by Alexandra Tinsley. I’ve blogged about it before when it was in progress but never got around to posting about it being done. I have ideas of making something to go with this, so you will see it again. I added a repeat thinking it would work better with my dreads, but I think it would have been fine without the repeat. I love this pattern and will definitely knit it again.
I also finished my boyfriend’s socks that were supposed to be for his birthday…last December. Ooops. Knit in Knit Picks Felici in the Too Cool colorway, I decided to have the stripes mimic each other, which is something I’ve never bothered with before. I liked the effect of the socks being identical instead of fraternal and will try to do that more often with self striping socks.
One last…sort of finished object is this one Hermione’s Everyday Sock, by Erica Lueder. I haven’t started the second yet but I must say…this is a great pattern. Very fun, love the texture. And I think it works extremely well with the yarn.
I am very excited about finishing up a few things and casting on the second one of these. This one fits so perfectly and may become my favorite pair of socks I’ve made myself.
This ended up being longer than intended. Maybe I should have broken it up more. But since I had the time to blog, I thought I would take the opportunity to do so. I’m excited to have a three day weekend coming up and am hoping to get more work done on these WIPs and also get started on my homework for the second semester of grad school, which started this week.
Maybe next week, I’ll be able to get some more FOs posted. My fingers need to get busy.