A bit late with my post this week, but here’s what I’ve been working on:
I have several new cast-ons. I was in the mood for a bit of colorwork, so I have started Tin Can Knits’ Compass Cowl. I received 4 skeins of Marie Wallin’s British Breeds yarn (her own custom spun yarn) in a “taster box” from The Woolly Thistle last year and had been struggling a bit with how to use them as I wanted to use most of the yardage up, but I didn’t want to buy more colors. I think this small motif cowl is just the thing. I’m loving how these four colors are working together (Raw, Evergreen, Lime Flower and Woad).
I also cast on a Musselburgh hat. This design, by Ysolda Teague, is really versatile as it’s more of a recipe of sorts, so you can use any yarn weight with needles to give you a fabric you like, and you can cast on with abandon and check your gauge once you’ve gotten started on it. I opted to use a skein from McMullin Fiber Co, their Posh Sock, which is a delicious blend of merino, cashmere and nylon, in the colorway “Gentle Anne” from their Bronte Hallow’s Eve box. Admittedly, the pinhole start is a bit fiddly, but worth it for a smooth, gauge-less start.
I’ve also cast on a new pair of socks using Helen Stewart’s Vintage Fairy Lights pattern and a skein of Spun Right Round’s Classic Sock in the “Hocus Pocus” colorway. I have knit this pattern in the past and loved the socks so much, I wore them out, so I am enjoying recreating the pair for my sock drawer.
And while I will be doing a more in-depth finished object post, I am over-the-moon delighted to say that I have completed the Desert Mandala. This has been a multi-year project (although if I’m honest, if I had focused on it and no other stitching, I could have finished it in under a year, based on my monogamous focus on it through most of 2022). I am thrilled with how it turned out and I’ll have detail shots and some other discussion about it on my FO Friday post this week!
Have a great week YOP’ers!