On the needles, off the needles, and everywhere in between….

There are so many projects in the works it’s hard to keep track.  Some are hibernating and will do so for a while – like socks I’ve been working on forever and keep pushing aside.  My ESK quarterly project – it will get done eventually but not by the deadline.

My Birch Bark CustomFit sweater, – I ditched the original plan with the three cable panel up the front.  Between the yarn I’m using and my tension, the cables just weren’t showing up.  If they are not going to really pop against the background and just blend in instead, then I’m not wasting my time making them.  I switched that section so a bunch of mock cables — smaller, I don’t know if they’ll show up any better in the end but I really like making them.

My other CustomFit aqua sweater — still knitting along on the front but looks much like my last photo.

Now there’s the Loopy Academy projects to be working on.

Actually, one of  my three projects for this semester is already done.  Greyson Hat.

DSCN3788  I would love a whole sweater made out of this yarn – it’s so soft.  Hard to get a good photo of a hat.  Maybe tomorrow I can get a photo that actually shows the mock cables along the edge of this and true yarn color.  But then again – with all the rain that seems to fall nonstop, maybe not.

Anyway – one project done.

I was going back and forth about the mittens.  I couldn’t find my mitten pattern I love.  I wanted to make felted mittens and I knew that if I made the largest size of one particular mitten in that pattern book, it would be too big for me and would felt down to the right size.  Looked high and low.  The book will show up after I start on my mittens using another pattern.

Then I decided, I’d use another pattern I found and just double the yarn which would make it proportionally bigger and should felt down well.  Except – (1) I have one mitten nearly done and I think I’ll run out of yarn for the second one (2) making the double stranded will make them felt down even thicker and too thick felted mittens mean you can’t bend your hand in them to say hold the house key or a bus pass.

So I’m in the process of ripping that one back out and will be making the Northanger Abbey mittens.  I won’t be making the cuffs quite as long as the pattern calls for but I really like the pattern that comes from the wrist up over the lower part of the hand — even if it means a bit of cables again.

My cowl is started and the first stitch pattern is done.  I happen to have some beads here that go well with the yarn so will be adding those into the next section.

Tonight, a stop at the local quilt shop.  It also has a very nice selection of yarn and I needed some double pointed needles for my mittens.  Someone (who looks very much like me) got mad that her metal cable needle kept slipping out of the cables she was working on and decided that a larger sized wooden double pointed needle, broken in half, would be the perfect cable needle because it wouldn’t slide around.  So that nameless person found one and as she can’t remember the last time she used a double point in that size, broke one in half and sanded a point on the other end and it was a fantastic cable needle until……. two weeks later she found a mitten pattern that needed 5 dps of that size to make them (ah, yes, that’s the last time I used those — they were my mitten making dps!).

So anyway, stopped and got those needles.  That’s all I needed but I walked by one shelf of yarn and ran my hand over it.       It was all over then — I was picking colors — one of the ladies who works there asked if I had found everything I was looking for.  I held up my needles in one hand  and told her “This is what I needed that I came in her for”.  Then I held up my other hand and she just laughed and said “and then you touched that yarn.”  A kindred spirit – she knew I couldn’t leave without getting some.

It’s Knit One Crochet Too Covet (100% superbaby alpaca) in Mink, Pearl, Aquamarine, and Celestine — even the colors sound rich and wonderful. I just can’t stop squishing it – it just feels incredible.  I don’t know what I’m going to make but am thinking a cowl or some sort of scarf — not an “outdoor – winter weather trying to stay warm”  scarf but a scarf to wear over a pretty plain sweater or blouse.   Now to go cast on those mittens. or maybe start the beaded part of my cowl.

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6 comments on “On the needles, off the needles, and everywhere in between….

  1. Your hat looks very pretty and I love the color of the yarn you used. That new yarn DOES look like it would be baby soft to the touch. I imagine it would feel wonderful draped around your neck. Can’t wait to see pattern what you come up with.

  2. SO much fun going on in your world today Denise! I love your hat – it will perfect for a cold blustery day. That color is amazing!!! And I can only say YUM when I look at your yarn! Those colors are simply delicious!

  3. Am interested in how you will add the beads to your project. Have never done it but always thought it would be pretty

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