Wishful Knitting: Around Every Corner

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.

Happy Knitting!!

WIP Wednesday: Garter Rainbow Wrap

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!

Happy Knitting!!

Cast On: Garter Rainbow Wrap

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!!

Comfortable Memories

My memory blanket has seen some knitting time this early. I treated myself to a professional pedicure and then snuggled up under my WIP while watching podcasts. It was an all too short self care session but every little bit helps.

If my schedule and daylight cooperates, I will try to get outside and take some pictures of the full blanket in natural light. My mom commented when she saw it that it looks like the Technicolor Dreamcoat from the musical, lol.

Happy Knitting!!

Knitterly Gifts

My mom surprised me with a gift she picked up on her travels through Missouri last month.

There are two skeins of Jawoll Twin in Turquoise Tiger Stripes from Lang yarns. This is definitely sock yarn and hopefully makes a nice matching pair of socks. Next up is a unicorn tape measure that PB has already claimed as her and has disappeared into her toy stash. And last but not least is a muslin project bag that reads Peace Love Craft. Pretty sure that is a crochet hook but I love the sentiment nonetheless.

Moms who are also crafters totally pick out the best crafty gifts! Happy Knitting!!

Destashes Get Me Every Time

Pretty yarn destashes get me every stinking time! I fell down on Instagram when I saw a knitter was culling her stash on Etsy. There were two skeins that just needed to come to my house.

First up was a single skein of Chromatic Yarns Sturdy Sock in Druidcraft. I have a lot of greens in my stash so this will fit in nicely. I have really like mixed, matching and marling my sock yarns to make bigger projects than socks. Plus Hannah of the Corner of Craft is one of my favorite dyers.

Second (and last) was a single sock skein from The Lemondade Shop, a dyer out of Colorado. This reminds me of cotton candy but I didn’t buy it for the colors. I bought it for the name……”Only Strippers Shave Above The Knees”. I cackled laughing at this one.

Happy Stashing!!

Ready For Section Four

My Volcano Trail cowl is whizzing right along. I am now adding my mystery skein of green sock yarn and this time I’m doing it correctly!

I am solidly in section four and getting ready to start section five. As with most of my projects where I hold yarn double…..I still fixing my mistakes where I don’t get both strands in both stitches. Sigh….

The only yarn I have left to fade in is a purple speckled/variegated skein of Ms. Crosby’s Hat box. I am thinking it will blend nicely. I am intrigued to see how I will end up seaming this up an what the finish will look like. Its in the 90s here in Kansas so I won’t be needing what will about to a DK weight cowl anytime soon!

Happy Knitting!!

Well…..Shoot

So my Volcano Trail hit a speed bump. I had grossly misinterpreted the pattern and had my color changes ALLLLL wrong. So I had to pull back a full section of my cowl….sigh

Basically I jumped right to adding the third color (green) instead of slowing fading through the pink where you hold it double with itself. It wasn’t too bad to get back on the needles because with I just fed my needle through the top loops of the garter bumps and I then I was free to pull out the work above it. I did have to fix about 1/3 of the stitches where I accidently got down a row.

My brain had been looking at the green and it did look quite jarring. I MUCH prefer the slow pink fade that I have now. It’s a lot more subtle and beautiful. I have been making this my go-to after the kids go to bed knitting. It’s great tired mommy brain knitting while I binge my latest show.

Happy Knitting!!

FO Friday: Scrappy Marl #2

Despite my hesitations about this project I did manage to finish my second scrappy marl hat. My second Scrappy Marl is done, blocked and photographed. In the end, I’m okay with this project but still largely “meh” about it.

Pattern: Scrappy Marl by Beata Jezek (Ravelry link)

Needles: US 6s and 8s

Yarn: A whole bunch of tiny sock yarn scraps with no real scheme

Mods: I upped the needle sizes by 2 in order to get a bigger hat than my first one.

This hat ended up using just over 300 yards of sock yarn. I think I used up all but four of my tiny balls of sock. I consider it “tiny” when its under 5 grams. So this was a great stash buster for me.

Just as in my first one I used a spit splice to join all my ends so I didn’t have 1,000 ends to weave in ends. My kiddos laughed at me because I legit used a balloon to block this hat. I inflated the balloon inside this hat and set out to dry. They couldn’t wait for it to dry so they could have the balloon, lol.

This FO is definitely going into the donate pile. It is a fine hat but I just don’t love the chaos of colors. But it is still a functioning hat and will keep a head warm. The yarn is all superwash so I would feel comfortable donating this to a local shelter or other charity.

Happy Knitting!!

Progressing To Green

Arbitrary knitting rules be damned…I can’t quit my latest In The Light shawl.

The first color section is done and the first fade transition. I’m now in the second full section where I am holding C1 and C2. This was going to be my most pronounced transition but I’m happy with how well its actually blending.

I think I have a couple row more of this section before I start the second fade. After this second fade then I will be ready for a solid green middle chunk. This project is very squishy and warm.

I can tell this simple version is using less yarn than the fringed version, which is okay. I’ll have scraps for my scrappy project. And I shouldn’t be surprised as I’m knitting less stitches because there is no border. This project would work well for smaller put-ups or partial leftover skeins.

I will put this on pause to try and finish my Toxic Oreo Socks if I can ignore the “just one more row” urge. Happy Knitting!!