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!