Wishful Knitting: Scrappy Marl

I am still doing a decent amount of wishful knitting centered around using up scraps or holding fingering weight double. This week’s pattern search is the Scrappy Marl by Beata Jezek (Rav link)

For this one I can foresee using some of my larger scraps up that won’t be large enough for a memory blanket square. Maybe even some of small scraps for when I reach the crown decreases? The best part of this project is that I can just add and drop colors as I want because there is no right or wrong.

And this feeds nicely into my 2021 hat knitting kick and dovetails nicely into using up small scraps. I think this might be my carrot to get me to finish my Mom’s Christmas hat. Because arbitrary knitting rules, lol.

Happy Knitting!!

Wishful Knitting: Volcano Trail

With all the marling fun I have been having with my Into The Light and In The Light I decided to fall down the pattern rabbit hole and see what else I could make holding fingering weight yarn double.

The Volcano Trail by Maxim Cyr (Rav link) really popped out to me. It is designed at DK gauge but uses fingering held double. So this will use up a TON of yarn. And I think the finished project is super cute.

I think I might cast this on after I finish my current marling project…..I may or may not have already pulled yarn from my stash, lol.

Happy Knitting!!

Wishful Knitting: Into The Light

I watched an old YouTube video from a new to me podcaster, Chevas of Chevyrell’s Stuff. This one is swearing friendly and I love it but it may not be for everyone. But I digress, she had knit a couple of the pattern Into The Light Shawl pattern (rav link). And I’m obsessed I can’t think of anything else I want to knit right now. It’s a gorgeous triangle pattern with all garter stitch and beautiful yarn fading.

I haven’t let myself cast on yet but I did some stash diving in my fingering weight stash and pull some possible combinations. This pattern needs three colors of sock yarn with the yarn intended to be held double.

My first combination is a pink to purple kind of transition. A skein of Into the Whirled, Knitted Wit victory sock, and skein I forgot to read the label for. But this is a light to dark kind of fade.

My second combination is my runner up. It goes from a light blue and grey mix to blue hues to finally a decidedly more grey dominant mix. I know the left skein is from Knitterly things and I didn’t write down the rest, lol. I like this combo and its growing on me but I really am leaning strongly towards my first pick.

It was really fun to dig through and play with different combinations of all this fun yarn I bought many moons ago. I need to clear my needles a bit but this is for sure my next cast on!

Happy Knitting!

Prepping My Mother’s Day Cast On

For the past couple of years I have joined the Prairie Girls Knit and Spin Podcast bandwagon and set aside time for myself to cast on a selfish project for myself on Mothers Day. In the past I have made the Old Man of Storr in 2016Nangou in 2017, and Antarktis in 2018.

This year I have always known what yarn I wanted to cast on for my Mothers Day project but I have been waffling on the pattern. I know I want to use my Hedgehog Fibers Merino DK yarn in Ink and Salty Tales. But I have been wishful knitting this yarn and nothing sang to me. But now I know what I want to do!

I’m going to knit the Kindness KAL 2019 shawl pattern by Jaala Spiro of KnitCircus yarns. I have more yarn than I need but I’m just going to either extend the pattern or knit the leftovers into a matching accessory.

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Is it Mothers Day yet?? In the meantime Jellybean and I need to get to caking up my yarns…..Happy Knitting!!

PB Won’t Stop Growing Up

When I was at Joanns picking up the needles I was missing, I might have fallen down in the chenille yarn section…

PB will be one year in May and I’d like to make a lovey for her birthday like I did for Jellybean when he turned one. I found the Premier Parfait Layers in the perfect grey and pink combo that matches PB’s layette. Man…she does not stop growing these days!

She definitely approved and was thematic for her outfit that day!! (PS…that’s 18 month sized clothing on my 9 month old….)

I already own Rebecca Dangers’ Big Book of Knitted Monsters and there is one written for super bulky. So I think PB is getting Baldwin the Bathroom Monster.

I fully recognize that I made my life harder by choosing chenille yarn. It’s not my favorite to knit with but PB has an affinity for super soft things and I’m a total sucker. I’m thinking I’ll make the big monster and then crochet the leftovers into a little monster sized blanket.

Deadline knitting and I don’t always mesh…so we will see how this goes! Happy Knitting!!

Wishful Knitting: Hedgehog Fibers Merino DK

I keep finding my thoughts drifting to the Merino DK I have in stash from Hedgehog Fibers. I have roughly 650 yards between my grey and blue colorways. I REALLY want this to grow up to be a shawl.

I had originally thought about doing Touchstone by Laura Aylor. But it’s a one color shawl I would have to commit brain cells into converting to two colors in a logical way. So I did some more Ravelry searching and came up with a few more options.

AAACK! Why do I have to have so many options. All of these would be lovely but I don’t have a clear front runner that scream KNIT ME! Perhaps these precious skeins just need to marinate a little longer before they decide what they want to be when they grow up…

Happy Knitting!!

Wishful Knitting: Late To The Fade

One of my purchases from Winter Woolfest 2019 is already hopping into my knitting queue. The Fade has been around for what seems like forever now and just about every knitter has faded something. I’m not generally a bandwagon knitter and take awhile to come around to a trend. But I have been feeling the pull of Free Your Fade from Andrea Mowry. This is more my speed as it’s only three skeins so not as large of a time commitment as some of the others. I just don’t get enough knitting time to spend months and months on the same thing. I would explode. Plus this shawl comes in Fingering and DK. And I just so happen to have a pretty neat fade in some Sport weight yarn.

From left to right is my One Twisted Tree Lavish sport in the chaotic neutral, followed by the Leon Alexander DK in the Oh La La color and lastly some Anzula Ava sport in the Raspberry color. I think these make a nice shift with a tonal solid on either side with a speckle in the middle. No clue when I will get to this one but I have the pattern purchases and yarn all kitted up together just waiting for the Perfect cast on day.

Happy Knitting

A Winding Evening

I have gone and lost what little I have left of my mind! The hubby took over the kids for evening to give me a much needed break.  And I went nuts in my stash! I pulled out and wound up yarn for three projects…

  1. The speckled yarn is for a pair of vanilla socks for little old me. I think this might be my Christmas cast on.
  2. The purple solid and light purple variegated yarn is for a tunic dress for PB.
  3. And the tonal burgundy is for a matching set of winter hats for both PB and Jellybean.

Where and when will I have time to knit all this?? Who the heck knows. But now I know the yarn is patiently waiting for me and I can get straight to the knitting when I am ready. And it’s kinda pretty just to look at.

(Note: for those of you who stress about caking yarn up to soon and getting it stretched out. I double wind all my cakes so they are solid but not overly firm cakes. No yarny stress whatsoever on the fiber.)

Happy Knitting!

Wishful Knitting: Sweaters for Jellybean

I wrote last week about dreaming of sweaters for PB. She is cute and tiny and has zero opinion about what I put on her. So it’s awesome to make fast projects that I think are cute and have someone wear them without complaint. But my mom guilt got the better of me…Jellybean hasn’t gotten a new garment in awhile. He really liked the Storytime Scholar I made him last year. Not that he has noticed that he hasn’t gotten a new sweater. But I decided I need to dream about a sweater for him as well. My current options are:

  • Good Grief by Susie White. I won this sweater pattern in the 2018 PALKAL and it’s an adorable worsted weight pullover. The downside is that PB is at the top end of this patterns sizing.
  • Elwood by Jenny Wiebe. This is a nice striped old man style sweater and I think PB would really dig it.
  • Big Thom Jenny Wiebe. This is a nice mix of pullover with a nice button detail to allow for ginormous boy noggin.

What I learned from this Ravelry dive is that I may love everything Jenny Wiebe designs for boys and Jellybean may end up with a sweater collection….

Happy Knitting!!

 

Wishful Knitting: More Baby Girl Sweaters

I am sooooo close to finishing PB’s second Sporty cardigan that I’m already dreaming of my next cast on.  I seem to be really energized knitting for cute baby girl clothes. I pulled up my stash on Ravelry and perused what I have. I know that it will have to be sport or DK weight. Those kinds of projects work up quickly but also make a nice light fabric. And because babies are messy and get changed a lot…the sweater needs to be easy on and off, not to mention easy cleaning. I created a Ravelry search and came up with the following options

  • Leksak by Yarn Madness. This is a tunic with long sleeves and a nice open front. And the neckline doesn’t look horrible for big headed babies.
  • POP! baby cardigan by Rachel Atkinson. This is a garter yoked cardigan similar to my Gidday Baby but without eyelets and in more comprehensive sizing.
  • Little Renee by Tiaga Hilliard Designs. This is a top down caridgen with a lace panel on the back. It’s a little adventurous for my knitting time and brain power but it’s drop dead gorgeous!

I think I may stash dive and pull out yarn and let the colors speak to me and tell me what pattern to pick next!!

Happy Knitting!!