We had a lovely weekend away in Colorado last week, so no YOP update post from me, although I did get a lot of knitting done!
I finished up a not-quite-matching hat/scarf set. The scarf is the Malabrigo Waffles Scarf (a free pattern on Ravelry). The hat is the Dots and Lines hat by Lete’s Knits. For both of these, I used a very well-marinated stash yarn, Rowan Tweed DK, in the Dark Emerald colorway. I knit a sweater eons ago from this, and had 3 and a little bit balls leftover. I think my folks got me this during one of their UK trips in the early 2000s? Not entirely sure, but it was pre-Ravelry.
I also started (and have since finished) the Rosewater shawl, designed by Janina Callio of Woolenberry. I’m knitting this as a shop sample for my friend, Jocelyn, over at Serendipidye. This is on her Filolious base (a decadant blend of alpaca, silk and cashmere) in the Little Diva colorway. It is currently having a little soak before I block it, so finished pictures later this week, but so you can get an idea of the color and overall look, here’s where it was during our travels. This is a single-skein, fingering-weight shawl, knit all in garter stitch and a garter lace (so zero purling is involved). The bottom lace border appears complex but it’s actually very easy and not even charted; it’s mostly just yo/k2tog pairings in creative ways.
Additionally, I finished up the first pair of socks for the Falling Leaves Sock KAL 2022 hosted by Denise of Earthtone Girl. These are just a plain vanilla sock with a Fish Lips Kiss heel. I used Fiber Stash Dyeworks Twinkle Toes in the Hayride colorway for the main color, with contrast heels/toes using The Unique Sheep Luxe Sock in Sinful.
I have also been working on the Aloft shawl I cast on a couple of weeks ago. I’ve finished the second of the chart repeats. The design is from Bekah Knits and was originally part of Laine’s 52 Weeks of Shawls but is now available as a standalone pattern. I’m using it as the “A” pattern in my Shawls A to Z personal challenge. The yarn is the last of a custom spun base I had created for my shop – a yummy blend of alpaca, wool and silk. The original yarn (Celestial) had flecks of moss green silk noil in it but the mill ran out of the hand-dyed silk noil so these last few skeins didn’t have the silk noil in them. No matter, as it is still a lovely yarn with a light halo and I’m really enjoying working with it.
Last, but not least, although I didn’t work on it much last week since we weren’t at home, I took advantage of our rainy Saturday yesterday to work on the left bottom corner of the Desert Mandala. I’m hoping I can settle in for a couple of hours of stitching this afternoon and get the last feather done.
Have a great week YOP’ers!