In a very short while I will have completed 1176 rows of lace border on a shawl sample for my cousin’s shop. For anyone who knows me, knows that while I appreciate lace, and can ooh and aah over it, I am not particularly a lace knitter. Lace barely makes sense to me; I can barely find the flow of it and can never guess the next step or understand where I made mistakes to be able to fix it easily other than a complete rip-back. So truly, this is a pretty big accomplishment for me.
But in all honesty, aside from the tediousness of 1176 rows of lace, I really enjoyed knitting the pattern: Kaldbakur from Ístex Lopi No. 37 (a book I pretty much want to knit half the patterns in) in their lace weight yarn Einband. I thoroughly enjoyed working with the Einband; it didn’t really feel like a lace weight yarn and had the signature Lopi roughness without actually being rough.
Aside from the Einband becoming a new delight to my senses, I think I’ve found a new favourite yarn: Blue Sky Fibers’s Woolstok Worsted. Oh my goodness. Not only is it a cushy wool, but it’s delightfully soft and wonderful with a ton of colours to pick from. I pretty much just want to knit everything in it. And so far I’ve knit 1.5 hats with it.
And one of the great things about it is that the are bigger 100gr skeins sold, mostly in neutral colours, with smaller 50gr skeins of contrast colours that makes colour work projects super convenient. Like I said I’ve knit 1.5 Yukon Campfire Hatsout of three skeins of yarn (1 100gr. skein in Midnight Sea and 1 50 gr. skein each of Cranberry Compote and Red Rock) and I’m pretty sure I could still squeeze out another one. Or even manage a cardigan for Miles. THE POSSIBILITIES ARE ENDLESS! I’ll definitely be buying more regardless my next time at the shop; I’m completely enamoured.
Now if you’ll excuse me I’ve got 58 rows of lace to complete during someone’s nap time.
So like I mentioned in my last post, I was getting slightly anxious to finish my Lovely Ribbed Cowl, which I did…
…and move on to what I had had plans for the Dovestone DK I had recently bought, which I did…until I didn’t like what I had planned anymore. Sigh.
Luckily (or unluckily for my wallet) while visiting Needles in the Hay yesterday, I finally discovered what the Dovestone was truly calling for:
The Netherton Cardigan in the new PomPom anniversary edition magazine. I couldn’t help it really. I’ve been thinking about that beautiful cardigan since the last time I had been at the shop, and even though I would have loved it in the yellow, I figured the green I had bought was a good substitute.
I’ll be playing a little bit of yarn chicken with the sleeves as there were only 2 more skeins of the green left but that’s ok. I usually prefer more elbow length sleeves anyways so I’m not terribly worried – just excited!
Did you know that WordPress has an app?! I truly didn’t and now, voila! I’m currently one-handedly typing this while breastfeeding a sleepy babe and I’m quite impressed with myself (and the app)!
Anyways, in knitting news I’ve been surprisingly productive. I managed to finish a baby sweater gift while at the cottage yesterday, and am halfway through the Lovely Ribbed Cowl I wrote about last time.
I’m pretty in love with Luma and want to knit everything in it. I can’t wait to see how it blocks out.
And surprisingly I haven’t gone stark raving mad from the continuous ribbing. I think it’s mostly from the fact that I’m just happy to be knitting.
I do have to admit though that I am getting slightly excited/anxious to finish this project and move on to the one I’m planning for some of the Dovestone I bought. There’s just something about roughspun wool yarns that always call to me, and lately it’s what I crave. This is one of the things I love about Luma: it’s not a pure wool but it satisfies me in the same way a traditional wool yarn would.
Don’t get me wrong: I love the beautiful, special-dyed yarns like Sweet Georgia, Fleece Artist, or Koigu, just to name a couple of my favs. But for me there is nothing more satisfying or more knitterly than a classic sweater in a good, sturdy wool. And right now since sweater knitting is a little out of the picture other than baby ones, I’ll have to settle for accessories.
Yesterday I took Miles to one of my favourite places in the whole world: my cousin’s shop, Needles in the Hay. And while he may have been more concerned about getting in another feed and poop before we headed home, I loaded up.
I even managed to cast on and get an inch or so in when we got home.
This is the start of a Lovely Ribbed Cowl from Purl Soho – something nice and easy that can easily be picked up and put down as often as a crying newborn dictates – being knit in The Fibre Co.’s Luma (in the Willow colourway). I am so in love with this yarn so far; it’s a combination of wool, cotton, linen and silk and just feels cool yet warm all at the same time. I’m not usually a huge linen or cotton fan; I rarely knit with them although I do love the idea of them, but this yarn seems to be the best of both fibre worlds for me. It makes me wish I were knitting a drapey sweater that I know could be worn all year round.
On top of the Luma, I grabbed (from left to right): Dovestone DK in Chevin, Dovestone Natural Aran in Armley, 2 skeins of Shibui Drift in Brownstone, and the Grasslands Saskatchewan colourway of Fleece Artist’s National Parks collection for the 150th anniversary.
I’ve never worked with any of these yarns before (just oohed and aahed and squished wishingly) and am SO EXCITED! Squeeeeeeee!!
What’s the latest yarn you’ve gotten that you’re excited to work with?
I love Christmas. LOVE Christmas. But holy man, am I glad I don’t have to put anyone at the top of the knitting list other than me and wee one.
Which is fantastic because I just scored a load of new yarn from one of the most amazing yarn shops I’ve been to in awhile: fibre space in Alexandria, Virginia. They had so many yarns I’ve either never heard of (and wish I had!) or can’t particularly get in Canada, I was literally in there for so long that Husband (who usually stays in the car) came in to make sure I was alright.
From left to right we have the newest addition to the stash family:
Hedgehog Fibres’s Sock Minis in Pollen and possibly Crybaby as it was tagless when I found it.
Brooklyn Tweed’s Loft in Meteorite. This one I’m so excited about and got proven right about how great it is, if only I could just figure out the perfect pattern for it because MAN I want to knit it up! SO much so I’m tempted to forgo my no-handwash-yarns-for-babies rule and knit up a wee sweater (I’m addicted to baby sweaters).
The Periwinkle Sheep’s Watercolors Sock 75/25 in black/turquoise. Mama’s going to get a new pair of socks.
And finally Neighborhood Fiber Co.’s Studio Sock in Thomas Circle, which will either become a Playdatecardigan or a pair of Hosenmatz. I really can’t decide. (who am I kidding, I’m probably going to cast on Playdate as soon as I’m not pinned down by cats)
But OH! am I so excited! If only I could decide on patterns.
In almost finished project news:
I’m on the last section of the Super Easy Crib Blanketby Purl Soho and knit in Berroco Vintage Chunky and I’m so happy with it – which, of course, I’m not surprised with since I’ve knit this blanket in various weights for other people and loved those as well.
The past week or so have been pretty rough on me, and I’ve barely had time to knit at all it feels like.
Somehow though, I have cast on a Flying North sock in the louet Gems I got recently.
I’m pretty in love with this yarn: it’s soft and has amazing stitch definition. Some of my friends, however, were not as in love with the yarn as I was. Although they were pretty amused watching me knit during the pre-show at the movies the other week.
Hey man, you have to take your knitting opportunities when they come.
Guys, I think I’ve just had my knitting dreams come true. It’s official. It’s here. It’s awesome.
Guys, I now have a yarn store in the family!
My lovely knitter cousin has literally just taken control of and reopened Needles in the Hay in Peterborough, Ontario. It’s the sweetest little yarn shop in the sweetest little(ish) city, and I know I’m going to have a hard time controlling myself.
Today she had her official reopening sale, and of course, I bought some goodies because a) as we’ve discussed, I have no self-control, and b) it was too glorious to say no.
I snagged myself enough Indigodragonfly’s CaribouBaa in Hipster Franz and The Mung Bean Stalk (Special Edition) and Cumberbacchanal (bottom cake) to knit a Breathing Space sweater from Interpretations Vol. 3. I’m so excited.
And then since I realized this morning that I really don’t have any handy travel projects, I got some louet Gems in Cloud Grey for some Flying Northsocks.
So please excuse me while I go binge on new yarn. And hey, if your in the area: go check out Needles in the Hay – the reopening sale is continuing until tomorrow.