Loads of things to discuss today. I’ve been casting on ALL.THE.THINGS, thanks to the Harry Potter Knit and Crochet House Cup classes and Quidditch match in May so far. First up, a pair of self-striping, plain vanilla socks for my mum. Sock one is on the needles and I’m ready to insert the heel. I’ll probably go with a Fish Lips Kiss heel on these as I like how it fits, as does my mum. The yarn is from Desert Vista Dyeworks. The color is Oh Clark! (from her Summer Vacation series a while ago) on the Vizo base, which is 465 yards/100 g of 75% superwash merino and 25% nylon.
Next, I cast on for Justina Lorkowska’s Holyrood (Ravelry pattern link) for the second of the term’s Quidditch matches. Thanks to a long weekend of camping and 4 hours of driving up to and back in southern Colorado, I cast on and worked the first half of the pattern repeats. The shawl gets bigger as you work down so I’m not at the actual yardage halfway point but just as far as the instructions go. I’m knitting this with Wooly Wonka Fibers Rhiannon Sock in Blackberries (the dark purple) and Suburban Stitcher’s Sock in Starstruck (the lighter/multicolor).
I also added a couple of inches to my In Stillness Cardi (Ravelry link), although it doesn’t look much different from what you saw last time I shared it. I’m knitting this in a soft luxury blend of merino, alpaca, baby camel and angora bunny, hand-dyed with natural dyes using meadosweet and indigo for a bright spring green.
Last but not least, I also cast on for Da Crofter’s Kep (Ravelry link) using a mix of jumperweight shetland wools I had in stash, all in forest colors – greens and browns.
So loads on the needles right now, with a few larger projects (the Oregon cardigan and Bronwyn) on hold for a bit while I work on all of these. I don’t normally have a lot of projects on the go at once, but I have been enjoying having different techniques and needle/yarn sizes to work with, and of course, all the imaginary Harry Potter house points that I can grab.