If you have been following my blog this week, you might have keened that I have a case of Cast-On-Itis, lol. Next up is the project I had intended to be my Christmas Eve Cast On. But I didn’t get around to getting that organized thanks to germs and a lack of bandwidth. But I have sorted the cast on now!
I chose Windowpanes by Jill Ramos as its a worsted weight bandana style cowl. I pulled two coordinating skeins of worsted by K-Zip Knits from my stash. I started this once on US 9s and HATED the loose fabric. So I ripped back and started again on US 7s and that made me much happier.
I did have to use my plastic needles from WAY back when I started knitting. Not my ideal needles but I couldn’t lay hands on any other US 7s and I really just wanted to knit. The pattern is pretty straight forward and I have 7 inches of this pattern to do before moving on.
My vanilla stockinette projects seem be taking most of my attention here lately but I have made some barely there progress on my Around Every Corner shawl.
I am still in the first section that uses the main color. My main color is some oldl/deep stash of Cascade sock yarn in a green color. The pattern isn’t complicated but does require counting to make sure I create the correct number of increases. It just hasn’t “calling to me” from the WIP pile.
It may need to marinate for a bit? Happy Knitting!!
Every behind the curve I decided to use my Queen City Yarn advent calendar to make the pattern it came with. It is Perpetual Hope by Kino Knits. I am still in Clue one……lol.
The yarn is sock weight and variegated in nature. I have already peaked at others FOs and I’m willing to give this one a try. If I get into it and I fall out of love I will frog back these minis for something else.
Oh, and the stitch markers were included with advent calendar. They are wooden, beautiful and lightweight. Perfect for a shawl project!
Next on my needles is some past Wishful Knitting! Kind of nice to cast on something I planned and have been thinking a lot about!
This will be a flower inspired Around Every Corner by Stephanie Lotven. I am doing the main color in some Cascade sock yarn in a really deep green. And then my stripes will be in a range of colors that remind me of a daffodil or other spring flower.
I have this vision in my head of this garden like object. I really hope the actual object comes out like I see in my head. Happy Knitting!!
Yarn: Cloudborn Fibers Superwash Merino Fingering in Antique white held double with my Teal Torch Knits 2020 Christmas advent calendar
Needles: US 9s
This was my LAST project to use up all my lingering advent calendar yarns before my 2021 calendar shows up. It feels really super good to get this yarn used up and into beautiful project. I think this shawl/wrap will go to work as my “work blanket” when winter really starts to hit. The two end triangles are not perfectly matched but they are close enough for me and anyone who looks too close will get a bop on the nose!
This project was a marled one holding two fingering weight yarns double. I used up an amazing 2,201 yards of yarn! And it wrap nicely around my whole upper torso. I forgot to measure the finished dimensions but I’m guessing its roughly 7 feet long about about 2.5 feet wide. Super cozy! And you can’t even hardly tell where I grafted the last part!
YouTube showed me that grafting in garter is pretty easy and only had one “pattern” to remember. But y’all….it really did take me a minute to get my tension right. I started off WAY too tight and then I went to loose. After about three inches I did settle into a nice rhythm and tension.
It took me about 45 minutes to graft all the way across and my shawl is blocking in my laundry room. I hope to snag some cute pictures to show you folks later this week! Happy Knitting!!
I am really cruising on my Rainbow Garter wrap now! I am finished with the yellows and on to the oranges.
I laid my project out to see how I was doing as I am now knitting from the All My Stitches I gave up on. And something hit me like a lighting bolt….I might be able to graft the two pieces!!!
There are more stitches on the triangle shaped piece than on my wrap, so I think I need to keep knitting the wrap until I unravel the triangle shaped piece to a point where it has the same number as my main piece. This really means I could have less than a couple hours left on this project!
This proximity to doneness has really ramped up my mojo on this one! Happy Knitting!!
My Garter Rainbow wrap is swimming along and I’m officially past halfway! My current color is this very vibrant egg yolk yellow that just feels so happy.
I did pretty well in the green sections and didn’t split my yarns. But man, that light yellow section kicked my rear. The husband and I were binging Ted Lasso and I made SO MANY mistakes. All of last evening I spent my entire knitting time laddering stitches down and back up to correct the missed stitches.
Note to self, don’t knit yarns held double while distracted!
I ended up staying home from work this past Monday with back pain. It’s hell getting old and out of shape. So after a trip to the chiropractor I settled myself into bed and spent ALL DAY KNITTING. I don’t appreciate the impetus but I’m not mad at the outcome.
I managed to add three full mini skeins to my Garter Rainbow Wrap. I started the day with teal, added the acid green and finished with the variegated green. When I finish this latest mini I will officially be halfway through my advent minis.
It’s becoming patently clear that I will run out of the white sock yarn. I’m going to dig around in my stash for other white scraps to see how far I can get without ordering yet more yarn, lo. Wish me luck!
I made it to 102 stitches when I decided that was wide enough. I was also honestly tired of doing increases, lol. But now it will be just endless garter with i-cord edging. Perfect for nighttime TV knitting and my tired mom brain.
The changing colors is keeping me engaged in this project. I keep thinking “I’ll just work until the next color change.” I have a goal of finishing this by Halloween, no particular reason why I just wanted to make a goal.