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Year of Projects 2022: Week 12

Lots of finished things to talk about this week.

I can finally share the preview knit I was working on for one of Brooklyn Tweed’s spring design groups: Oiva. This is a VERY generous scarf – I’d even call it more like a narrow stole – with tons of texture. The pattern includes a textured knit/purl stitch at both ends, plus a center panel with cables, nupps, and lace. I knit mine using Brooklyn Tweed Shelter (which is their worsted base) in the colorway Truffle Hunt. The pattern used just over 1000 yards.

I also finished another cowl for the Kacey Knits Casual KAL 2022. I used her Rider pattern, which has a fun, easy-to-knit textured pattern that looks like interlocking chain links. I used up a skein of Hedgehog Fibres Merino Aran I had in stash in a “potluck” colorway, in a spring-y color palette.

Additionally, I finished up the Cinnamon Stars cowl from Baroque Purls. I absolutely adore how this came out. I used a dark multicolored sock yarn in the Northern Lights colorway from The Cyborg’s Craftroom as the main color, and then put together a gradient of grays and dusty purples and blues from Miss Babs using their Yummy 2-ply sock yarn base. I used 8 of the gradient colors, and the color sequence was repeated 3 times around the circumference of the cowl.

In spinning, I plied up the Finnsheep wool roving from Two If By Hand I had been working on, for a 2-ply sportweight in beautiful deep forest greens. This was 286 yards and 100 g total. The original colorway was from the 2IBH Harry Potter colorway group – Quick Quotes Quill. No specific project earmarked for this one yet but I know I will use it for something as the color is one of my favorites.

On my needles currently, I’ve got a pair of cabled socks for a test knit (so no photos of those yet). I have the first one almost completely done – just the toe to finish up, which I plan to do today – and then I can start the second of the pair. I also cast on for a new summer-weight yoke-patterned top, Misurina, designed by Caitlin Hunter, as part of a KAL I’m doing with a few online friends. I’m using a couple of skeins of hand-dyed merino/yak/silk I had in stash from when I closed my online store, with the main color of “Graphite” and a deep red-purple “Purple Lotus” for the colorwork around the yoke. I’m just working on that a bit while I try to get the sock done, but it’s at least started.

My next spinning project will be this lovely super-soft braid of superwash merino from Oceanwind Knits. This was a club colorway from 2016 (? I think) inspired by a 1967 summer concert poster from The Doors. It’s got a gorgeous blend of colors and I can’t wait to spin this one up.

And finally, I finished up the partial page of the Winter’s Encounter cross-stitch project I’ve been working on. I’m now at just over 46% complete on this project. It’s harder to carve out time to sit and work on stitching right now but I am happy to have met that milestone. I’ll be switching to my Desert Mandala project for the rest of the month starting today.

Weirdly, I felt like I didn’t have a very productive week crafting-wise, but the above would seem to indicate I did! Have a good week YOP’ers!

21 thoughts on “Year of Projects 2022: Week 12

  1. Wow!! What a productive week! Agree, the Cinnamon Stars cowl is just amazing. What beautiful yarns you have chosed for your summer top I just adore the shine silk brings to yarn.

    1. A super productive week! All 3 of your FOs are stunning. Am looking forward to seeing the test knit socks when you are allowed. Your next spinning fiber is gorgeous. Great colors.

  2. Such beautiful finishes Anne and I really love your Cinnamon Stars cowl, it’s gorgeous! Great projects you have going too, the colors in your fiber are yummy😊

  3. What a lovely group of projects! The colors you have for your short-sleeved colorwork sweater will be BEAUTIFUL together!
    Your cross stitch is coming along magnificently as well!

      1. I completely understand that! I have my favorite colors (and frequently buy yarn in those shades) but it can get weirdly depressing to have all of my knitting WIPs be the same color even when it’s a color I love.

  4. What a productive week! The stars cowl is stunning! Those are my favorite colors. That fiber also has some great colors in it. I’m interested to see how it spins up.

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