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Year of Projects 2021-2022: Week 20

This week, I finished up the first bobbin of singles for the 8-oz spin I’ve been working on slowly. I have 3 more oz of singles to spin on bobbin #2 and I’ll start that this week. (You might remember I spun a 2-oz sample skein of this roving, so I’ve got the remaining 6 oz to spin and ply.) This is the 75/25 BFL and silk blend from Funky Carolina that will be the final one in the larger sweater-sized lot I’ve been working on this year.

I also decided I’d really like to finish up the skein of Carodan Farms worsted weight I had pulled from stash. I had about 150 yards left, so I cast on a cabled hat with that. This is Sloane Rosenthal’s October Hat pattern (a freebie) and I am really enjoying the big cables on it. I did cut the ribbing rounds in half – I was going to be a little short on yarn for the pattern as written, but I think it will be fine without a folded brim, to be worn as a basic beanie style.

Finally, I cast on for Sonoran, designed by Mackenzie Alvarez, which is a 4-color rectangular shawl/wrap with fairly simple garter stitch and lace panels in it. I’ve worked sections 1-3 and am almost done section 4. (There are 24 sections in all.) This is a great work call project as it’s pretty mindless, so I’ve made some good progress on it this week.

25 thoughts on “Year of Projects 2021-2022: Week 20

  1. Such neat, soft spinning, I feel I want to smoosh my face into its softness! I’m loving those soft, muted colours too. Your shawl is already looking amazing, I can’t wait to see progress on that.

    1. Thank you on all counts! I really love the roving colors and I’m enjoying the spin but I’m also at the point i want to have all of this color done. It feels like I’ve been working on this sweater sized spin for eons.

  2. Your handspun is gorgeous and so tiny…you are good at that spinning! I love that shawl…the yarns you chose are exquisite. You should let us know what you’re reading since you love books too. I’ve read every day since I learned how as a child. I usually have a magazine, a fiction, and a non-fiction book going. Right now it’s a National Geographic, The Boys in the Boat (NF) and I just started re-reading the Mitford series books by Jan Karon. Have a great week and enjoy that shawl knitting!

    1. Thank you so much, Sandra! I do have other blog posts with book reviews if that’s of interest but right now, I’m reading A History of the Tudors in 100 Objects which is a nonfiction book and quite fun, looking at little snippets of history illustrated by objects from the time period, and The Book of Dreams, which I’ve just started and is contemporary fiction. I’m not sure how I feel about this one yet as I’m just a few chapters in but it’s one my dad recommended to me so I suspect I will love it as most of his book recommendations become favorites. πŸ™‚

  3. I really love how your Sonoran is knitting up. I have always wanted to make a wrap like that. I wonder if it would work with mini skeins or an advent? I love your handspun, it looks amazing and the color is so pretty.

    1. Thanks for your kind comments! It isn’t technically written for minis but I don’t see why you couldn’t make it work as long as you kept an eye on yardage use. It’s a fun pattern so far so I’d say give it a shot! πŸ™‚

  4. I have October hat in my library to knit one day, it’s such a pretty cable pattern and showing so well in the yarn you’ve chosen. Your shawl is very pretty. With it having 24 sections that sounds like a possible advent pattern. I look forward to seeing how it progresses.

    1. I think it could be, although it wasn’t written specifically for minis. There are a couple of the sections that might need a bit of editing to make a mini work but it’d be pretty easy to do!

  5. Your hat turned out great! Sometimes a short ribbed brim is exactly the kind of hat you want! Bonus points for using up all of the stash ball!

    Your singles AND your shawl look fabulous!

  6. Sonoran is gorgeous! Now I want to add that to my ever expanding ‘to do’ list. The colors you have chosen are wonderful for it. Your handspun for the hat looks so warm and cozy. It will be a great beanie.

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