Happy Friday eve, friends! I have been straying from my Sunset Highway sweater (though I do have one sleeve done and I have started the second!) and I have decided to participate in my FIRST mystery knit a long (MKAL) hosted by knitwear designer Casapinka; The Sharon Show! I am fairly new to Casapinka’s designs but I knit her Hugshot shawl a few months ago (see my FO page for pics) and I really enjoy her design aesthetic and her patterns are very well written and FUN!
The Sharon Show MKAL started this past Friday. It will be six weeks long and a portion of the pattern (clues) are released every Friday. The picture above is clue 1 which I finished last night. Its been a really fun knit with lots of different design elements including lacework, mosaic knitting, and color work. What a fun way to learn some new techniques! For me, I had never done mosaic knitting and Casapinka made it simple to do.
I am outside of my comfort zone with the color palette of this project but I think its turning out well and my husband really likes it so depending on how this project turns out it will become a scarf for the hubby.
Last week instead of starting a brand new project after finishing my Birds of a Feather shawl I decided to pull out a UFO (unfinished object) that I haven’t touched since March.
I don’t know why I put this sweater away… it was my project I would bring to the office but since I started working from home this spring I’ve been distracted with other things. Anyways, I’m working on the body and it’s slow going… just mindless stockinette. I need to get it to 15in before I start the ribbing for the hem and I’m at 12.5 in right now.
Also, this is my first color work project and I’m feeling anxious about it. I tried to consciously knit looser but I feel like the puckering I see may not block out. I don’t know… maybe it will? I have no idea. Either way I’m still going to wear this sweater and enjoy it.
I finished my second Birds of a Feather shawl a few days ago and I am so pleased with it! I knit my first one last summer and I got so much use out of it that I decided to knit another but in more subdued tones (my first one is navy blue and NEON!). This shawl is big enough to wrap around yourself but yet you can also scrunch it together around your neck and have a cozy and beautiful scarf.
The fingering weight yarn and mohair work well for warmth but not too warm that you are sweating all over it. It’s the perfect weight for So Cal nights when it tends to get a bit chilly and breezy. Some people have mentioned in their project pages on Ravelry that they run out of mohair before they can finish but I have not had that problem with either shawl I have knit. I get to the last bit of the skein but I still have enough to finish. However, if you are a loose knitter you may want to get a second skein of mohair.
I would totally knit another one… but maybe in a year since these babies take a LONG time to finish.
The fingering weight yarn I used is Jawbreaker by Long Dog Yarn in their sock base (2 skeins) and the mohair is Winterbloom by Autumn and Indigo Fibers in the lace mohair base(1 skein). Both yarns I HIGHLY recommend and they were both a pleasure to knit with. I am happy to support my local yarn store and I purchased my yarn at Apricot Yarn and Supply in San Diego.
This is my basket of mini skeins and scraps left over from previous projects, just about all of it is fingering weight yarn. My basket is getting full so I am thinking its about time to start figuring out how I want to use these up.
There are so many patterns on Ravelry for using up scraps that its hard to decide what I want to make with these… Do any of you have a pattern that you have enjoyed that uses up these odds and ends? Share with me!
One of our local yarn stores in San Diego announced a few weeks ago that they were closing their doors for good. Its always sad to see a local business close, especially one that has been in business for quite a while. The store has a closeout sale going on so I went in to see what was still left as it has been on closeout for a while now.
I was pleased to find great prices on some yarn brands that I have been wanting to try! I picked up a couple skeins of Shibui Knits Silk Cloud (60% Goat-Mohair, 40% silk) in the color ways Pollen and Dusk. Both skeins are richly dyed and gorgeously soft.
I also bought five skeins of Shibui Knits Lunar (60% Wool-Merino, 40% Silk) in Abyss. I am pretty set on knitting a drapey Ranunculus sweater with some of it and then saving the rest in my stash.
Lastly I found that the store carried SweetGeorgia Yarns which I have been wanting to find for some time. I grabbed two skeins of their Bulletproof Sock (50% Wool-Merino, 20% Nylon, 15% Goat-Mohair, 15% Silk) in Basil. This green is unlike anything I have in my stash and very rich and saturated. Plus the yarn is just so so soft.
What are your favorite brands of yarn? Share in a comment! I always love finding a new favorite.