Now that the weather is finally warming up, I can start to lay my knitting out on the back porch to dry.
This is my first complete Tunisian crochet project. The yarn is Knit Picks Bare Fingering. Stroll maybe? I don’t remember, to be completely honest. It’s fingering weight. I dyed it myself. I’m still not sure what I’m doing with the finished product. There’s a decent chance I may give it to a friend.
I also finished the Scarf of Emotional Trauma at the Hands of British Television. (It was originally called the TV Watching Scarf, but this name is so much more descriptive.) This the scarf I worked on while watching Sherlock Series 3 and Downton Abbey Series 4. At Zack’s suggestion, I will be giving it to his aunt later today. I can only hope that the angst came out in the wool soak this morning. It was a lavender soak, so that should help right? (Seriously, Downton series 4 was a bit traumatic for me – I really hate the idea of giving bad energy to anyone.)
The thing that gets me about this yarn is how shiny it is. To the point that I can’t get a decent photo that accurately shows the colors. It’s crazy. The yarn is Wollmeise Sockenwolle 80/20 Twin. A grad school friend sold it to me my first year in the program. It’s made a great scarf. The lace pattern definitely opened up with blocking. This is a pattern that I improvised. I’m thinking of knitting a second version then maybe farming out a test knit so I can publish it.
My birthday is a week away, and since I was in the vicinity of one of the few local yarn stores still doing business in my area, I decided to pop in and treat myself to some happy birthday yarn:
I decided on my way down that this year I would treat myself to some Malabrigo lace yarn, if there were a few hanks in stock. After circling the store a few times, I finally spotted the lace and sock weight yarn in the corner to the left of the register. Then I discovered the gorgeous blues pictured above. Unsure exactly of what I would make with this yarn, I decided the three hanks would be enough. It’s not going to be enough for a massive lace shawl, but I’ve made more than enough of those to last me a while, so these hanks will probably be used to make either a rectangular or half-circle shawl. Something that I might actually use, since the large circular shawls don’t seem to get that much love in my wardrobe. Now I just need to find the right pattern, although trolling Ravelry has given me a few leads (including one option in a magazine I already own).
The other hank, a Heritage Silk Paints, I just had to buy because it’s in Ohio State colors. That will probably find its way into a scarf for my sister.
When I bought my tablet, my hope was that I would be able to use it for work purposes and maybe not have to drag my computer around so much. That has sort of been the case. But another use that I’ve found for it is that it enables me to access my knitting patterns much more easily, especially if I’m taking my knitting on the go. This is especially convenient if I’m using pdfs or knitty patterns that I don’t want to have to print out. Or if I’m just being lazy. It’s also very useful when I travel, because it keeps everything in place. I must say, it has proven to be an unexpected upside of splurging on my tablet.
Over Thanksgiving weekend (during the OSU-Michigan game, to be precise), I cast on a shawl that I’d bought as a kit from Knit Picks a few months ago. The Tuscan Sunflower Shawl was a surprisingly quick knit, at least as far as shawls go for me. It took me less than four weeks to get it done. Of course, it was almost the only project that I worked on in those four weeks, which is a little unusual for me.
Here it is, just off the needles:
Weaving in the ends on twenty-four little petal points was annoying, not to mention a bit hard on my back. I had the shawl resting on my exercise ball while I picked up each petal to weave in the ends. Right now, it’s soaking in the tub. The yellow yarn seems to be bleeding a bit, so I’ll have to see how many rinses it takes to get it clear. Then I’ll have to block it out. Considering I don’t have many lace blocking tools “block aggressively” could be an interesting direction to follow.
I love Saturday mornings, perhaps more than any other morning of the week. Mondays actually aren’t so bad, at least not this semester. Mondays are a chance for me get a fresh start on the week, to tackle with enthusiasm all the things I need to get done to feel like a productive teacher and scholar. But Saturdays… Saturdays are better, because they’re a chance to feed my creative side.
Saturday mornings are like a hank of new yarn, especially yarn that I haven’t wound yet. It’s all potential. It’s the start of the weekend, when I’ve finally had enough sleep and wake up feeling refreshed, instead of with the knowledge that not only do I need to do everything on today’s agenda, there’s probably still one or two things left over from yesterday. Not on Saturdays. Saturdays I try to carve out time for me, to indulge in whatever whim takes me. Not unlike the potential of a hank of yarn. New yarn, with no project attachments, represents all the promise of knitting. It could be a scarf, or socks, or my next overwhelmingly large lace shawl. It could be a present, or it could be for me. New yarn can be anything, just like Saturday. It could be an adventure, or I could spend my time lounging on the couch mainlining Sherlock.
Of course this feeling of promise is ultimately limited, just like the yarn promise. Once we get to about two o’clock, it’s clear what my weekend will be. Once I’ve wound the yarn, I usually have a project or two in mind. And heaven forbid I have to try two or three (or more) times to get the right project for the yarn – that completely spoils the promise. But for that brief amount of time, when Saturday is all promise, before I settle in to whatever I’m doing… well that feeling is just wonderful. And it comes back every week.
Baby leg warmers!!
I’ve been having great fun this past week posting close ups on Instagram of my mystery project. (For those of you on Instagram – @playingwithfiber) But yesterday afternoon, I finished the leg warmers for my friend’s baby, and was able to present them to her in the evening when we had a girls’ night in with delicious Chinese food and Hocus Pocus. Now I still need to make the coordinating hat, but that’s not really a mystery project since I showed her the pattern.
The project details: Knit Picks Andean Treasure in Royal Heather (MC) and Meringue Heather (CC), knit on size 3 (3.25mm) double pointed needles. They took me just over a week, with many distractions in between. Leg warmer #2 took less than about 8-10 hours of actual knitting time. Still, they are adorable, and I’m now considering making a pair for my niece. At almost three, I’m sure she’d look adorable in a pair of her own.
My knitting mojo has been a bit lacking recently, which I’m pretty sure can be directly related to the amount of work I need to get done. Fortunately, Wednesday nights I usually go sit in on a Humanities lecture with a friend, so that’s fifty minutes of dedicated knitting time. Unless I do something silly, like send a ball of yarn rolling to the front of the lecture hall, preventing me from getting much knitting done. That was a fun night. Even more entertaining was live-tweeting it.
Today my yarn arrived for a mystery knitting project, so that’s fun. I haven’t knit with Knit Picks Andean Treasure before, but I’m looking forward to using it. It’s wonderfully soft, as one would expect from alpaca yarn. I’m making a gift, so until it’s done and given to the recipient, all you get are hints of what is coming.
In the meantime, here’s a picture of a scarf I’m making using Wollmeise Sockenwolle: