I can’t remember where I saw this pattern but I was sucked in HARD by the Around Every Corner shawl pattern by Stephanie Lotven. The original was made in a solid grey with a gradient of reds. (Sorry I printed in grey scale to save ink).
My knitters brain knew I had the PERFECT yarn in my stash for this project. My wishful knitting shawl is going to have a green main color with a flower/tulip like gradient set from Bede Sisters Yarn Co. The solid green is just some Cascade sock yarn I had kicking around in my stash. I just have this mental picture of a garden inspired shawl.
I have the pattern printed and yarn all kitted up in a project bag. But what I don’t have is needles in the right size in the correct length. That and like five other active WIPs, lol. So I’m going to leave this in my project tote as a prize for getting some of my other WIPS off the needles.
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!
My drought of FOs has been broken! My Advent Socks #3 are finally done, blocked and ready for my feet!
Pattern: My own 68 stitch toe up vanilla sock recipe with a gusset heel
Yarn: agirlandherwool 2020 advent mini skeins
Needle: US 1
I used roughly 84 grams of yarn to finish off these socks. And that equate to all but two yards of the very last mini skein from my advent calendar. I still have a good chunk of the full skein that came with the calendar but that is a bridge for another day. I am counting this as a win towards my goal of finishing off all my previous advent calendars before my 2021 calendars get here.
The socks fit fairly well and the BFL feel sturdy on my feet. I have already tucked these into my sock drawer to be ready for whenever fall decides to actually come to the Midwest, lol.
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.
After finishing Bifrost I knew that I still had one advent set of minis left to complete. I had previously started the All My Stitches and had reached a crossroads. Y’all….I just couldn’t get past what to do next and so I stopped working on the project. I took this as a sign that the yarn/pattern combo wasn’t meant to be. So I frogged it!
I decided to improvise another wrap with the loose bones of the Bifrost. I am starting with a triangle that I will build out to my desired width and then I will knit the rectangle until I get to my last advent color. I don’t know if I will do another point on the opposite end or just leave it square.
But for right now I am happy to have this squishy and colorful project on my needles! Happy Knitting!!
As promised, here is my finished Bifrost. It has had a good bath and blocking.
Pattern: Bifrost by Cate Carter-Evans
Yarn: Cloudborn Fibers Superwash Merino Singles in Antique White and Cornbread and Honey Superwash Merino Fingering in the 2019 Advent calendar
Needles: US 9s
Mods: I changed the cast on to 100 stitches
I definitely made a few mistakes in this wrap. I have increases where there should decreases and vice versa. I would count every so often and would almost always have more than the 100 I started with. I just chose to decrease those away and move on. So my wrap isn’t perfectly straight but its wonderfully warm.
I really like how the colors faded from purple through browns and finally towards teal. This project is LARGE. I used 2,172 yards of yarn that roughly equates to five and a half skeins of fingering weight yarn. I am super happy with this stashbusting project.
I would totally make this project again and I’m already daydreaming my next garter wrap!
I have had to return to the office full time but I immediately turned around and had a two day leadership training, lol. So I took full advantage and used my hours and hours on zoom to try and finish my Bifrost.
I really was able to work through at least two mini skeins worth of advent skeins. I have about a mini and a half left to go. I really hope to be done by this Friday. This project is FAR from perfect but it is very squishy and soft. It has been very soothing to knit row after row of garter stitch.
Bifrost continues to be my main focus here lately. I took some time this week to relax after the kiddos went to bed. I had squishy garter and Murder She Wrote on the TV. It was wonderful.
Love me some Jessica Fletcher. And man, do the 80s and 90s bring back some memories and nostalgia. (I’m old but no so old to have watched this originally but I did watch re-runs after school.)
I’m starting to see pops of teal showing up in my minis. So I’m getting through the neutrals and progressing to some full blown tonal teal minis at the end. I’m intrigued to see how the “fade” progresses.
The temperatures around here are slowly coming down. Enough for this momma to agree to a morning park adventure before it really gets crowded. COVID is flaring badly around here so I am balancing fun activities with safe activities. But this isn’t a COVID blog so I digress.
I packed my Bifrost along for the trip. I managed maybe two or three rows in between chasing kids across the massive park and pushing swings. But for a few minutes I was in the warm sun with soft yarn running between my fingers.
My Bifrost is speeding right along. I am through most of the purple minis and I’m in the neutral creams and browns. It’s starting to get heavy and warm in my lap!
Thanks to TV watching (and possibly a glass of wine) I have on occasion added an extra stitch here and there. I have decided perfection is my enemy in this case and when I discover the extras I am just decreasing them away. Makes for a few lumps and bumps but no one will EVER notice in a garter shawl of this size.
The one thing I am fixing is where I split the yarns. I am marling my 2019 advent minis with skeins of Cloudborn merino singles. So I want to make sure every stitch uses both yarns, for strength purposes. So when I discover those stitches I am dropping down to fix them.
I should be approaching halfway with this project and couldn’t be happier! Happy Knitting!!