2 for 1

After admitting to my numerous WIPs last week I’ve decided that the best way to get through them all and still enjoy a new project every now & again is to “allow” myself to cast on one new project for every 2 WIPs that I complete/frog.

FOs

Finished Objects this week (technically I think 2 were off the needles last time):

I finally got some buttons for the girl’s pastel rainbow cardi.

Pastel Rainbow

 

pastel flowers

 

I got the buttons in a pack from Spotlight.

The Noro vest has been blocked. This is a Drops pattern, “Take Me To Spain”.

Noro vest

 

The third FO is Tequila Sunrise, knit in a gradient yarn from Purple Fleece. The pattern is a combination of Morgentau (for the main body) and the edging from Lavish Cape.

Tequila Sunrise

3 finished objects – does that mean I can cast on 1 and a half new projects??

Only one new cast on this week: The Joker and The Thief.

I’m using yarn that was custom dyed for me by Ozifarmer’s Market.

Joker & Thief

 

WIPs

This week I worked on the Everly Vest by Patricia Breakstone, using a 100% llama yarn by Fibras Andinas that I received in a kickstarter. Gorgeous soft yarn with the best labels.

llama yarn

I also worked a few more rows on Milano by Carol Sunday.

My Feather and Cloud cardi by Veera Välimäki is undergoing some ‘refreshing’. I decided that the 3/4 sleeves really don’t suit when I have long limbs – it just looks like my sleeves are too short. So I’ve frogged the ribbed cuffs and added more length to each sleeve – 7″ in total.

Video podcast this week is Nathan Taylor, the Sockmatician.

I’m Loving Video Podcasts

These last few weeks I’ve been watching a lot of video podcasts, or are they vodcasts? I love them! I’m tempted to do one myself.

The thing I like most about video podcasts is that it is so easy for the host to show what they have been knitting, what’s off the needles, what’s on the needles, what they are planning to knit etc. Whereas a written blog takes time – there are pictures to be taken, and words to arrange.

Although I have been tempted, I won’t be doing a video podcast just yet….but I’d like to follow a similar format in my blogging : finished items, works in progress, etc.

So here goes.

Just lately I feel that I have been knitting up a storm. I am not a monogamous knitter and I probably have around 20 projects on the needles. (don’t judge me)

Recently though I have been somewhat monogamous and have actually been finishing some things.

Vary The Gate by Casapinka was cast off at the end of March. It’s a great pattern for using that skein of highly variegated yarn as it has slipped stitches that help stop the flashing and pooling of colours – although it still occurred in a few places.

Vary the Gate closeup

 

Vary the Gate worn

Vary the gate drape

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I knit mine in Artyarns Ensemble Light which is a 50% cashmere/ 50% silk DK weight yarn – very soft and luxurious feeling.

Next off the needles was Liminal by Petra Breakstone, knit in Berroco Mica, another DK weight yarn, this time in 31% Cotton, 26% Silk, 23% Nylon, 20% Linen. This yarn has a lovely feel but was a pain to knit with – so slinky – it was difficult to weave in the ends. I’m still thinking about picking up the stitches under the bust, in the round, and knitting down to make this more of a top. What do you think?

Liminal

 

 

Liminal 2

 

2 other projects are finished but not yet blocked and photographed (Morgentau & a Drops pattern, number 129-15).

Currently being worked on is Milano by Carol Sunday. I bought the kit for this ages ago (which came in its own project bag) and have finally wound all the skeins and cast on. The yarn is a gorgeous 75% Merino, 25% Angora sportweight blend that is super soft & a delight to work with – although the fine gauge and oversize design mean it will take for ever! (but I can just imagine how comfy and snuggly warm this will be when I do get it finished).

Milano

And the video podcast I’ve been watching most this month? I recently discovered the Pink Hair Girl podcast and have been catching up on the past episodes. Pink Hair Girl is Sally-Jane who lives in South Africa, she’s married to the Geek and she homeschools their children (who also knit!).

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ton Of Wool sample – a review

TONOFWOOL was founded by Kylie Gusset in 2011.  I must admit I looked at the product then and dismissed it as I don’t usually knit with white/cream yarns and also usually not with anything heavier than a DK (I didn’t realise it was available in fingering weight or in black & grey). I also had reservations about how soft it was. I had visions of this Merino Corriedale cross resulting in a more “rustic” yarn. I was so wrong, on all levels.

Since then I have heard how amazing this yarn is & how soft; and so I was keen to try it but still hesitant to spend the money.

I entered a competition to win enough yarn to take part in the Amanda KAL, being run by Fringe Association. I even have the book. Unfortunately I didn’t win.

But then Kylie offered samples of the Aran Weight. Luckily I was able to get my hands on one of these. It is more a natural creamy white than the bright white that this photo depicts.

Ton Of Wool Sample

The first thing I noticed was how squishy the yarn is, and soft. I imagined this knit in an Aran style sweater – it would look & feel amazing!

I used 5.5mm needles (just some cheap straight bamboos that were handy at the time) and tried out a few stitches.

A 2×2 rib, stocking stitch, moss stitch, reverse stockinette, cables, bobbles ……

Ton Of Wool Swatch

 

It is a dream to knit with, soft & easy on the hands yet with great stitch definition. I definitely want to knit a garment with this yarn, something with a fabulous texture pattern, maybe some cables, ideally in black or grey, but we’ll see.