This week, I finished up the Stillness Shawl I was working on. (You can pop over to Friday’s post here to see more details.) Happy to have that larger project done and off the needles so I’m now working on….
A new spin. This is the last of the mixed sweater lot spin I’ve been chipping away on. I have 8 oz of a 75/25 BFL wool/silk blend, dyed by Funky Carolina in the Sirius colorway (part of her Harry Potter series from eons ago). One of the braids is a bit more gray than teal, so I decided to spin singles of each and ply these together. Here’s the first ounce of the “grayer” braid spun up and the next 1 oz of the “teal-er” braid I’ll be working on spinning this week.
Not quite on the needles yet, but today I plan to start on a pair of socks for Socktober. I’ll be using Suburban Stitcher’s Sock in the colorway Maple which is a rich, autumn-y red, and using This Handmade Life’s Cozy Autumn Socks.
That it for this week for projects – but a bit of a ramble here. When I put together my yarn/pattern list for the year, I was looking at stash and thinking of ways to get through a lot of yardage. I wound up pairing several single skeins that came up on my randomly generated list with others from stash and then found larger multiskein shawl patterns to use up more yarn. But you know what? I don’t WEAR large shawls very much. Occasionally, but if I do, they tend to be rectangular stoles and not triangles or crescents. So I’ve come to the conclusion that while it doesn’t eat up very much stash, I should be knitting mostly things I will use and wear or at least things that I know will be good charity projects like pairs of warm socks (including larger men’s sizes) and things like unisex scarves. Not to say that I won’t knit a few larger shawls in the next year, but I am going to have another look at my proposed project list and adjust a few of the items I had chosen to replace them with more “me” patterns. If that means I have 24 pairs of socks at the end of a year, I’m completely fine with that.
The Socktober socks are a perfect example. I chose a lace triangular shawl pattern for this yarn and after thinking about it, I’d really get a lot more wear out of a pair of socks – so socks it is!
Hoping everyone is having a wonderful craft-filled weekend with some relaxation and enjoyment of the season. Until next week!