Knitting Notes – Sunday 1-7-18

My first 2018 Yarnathon project is finished.   It’s never too late to join in the Eat Sleep Knit Yarnathon – it’s just started and you can participate as much or as little as you like; make one project – make all the projects – or somewhere in between.  You follow your way along a map that has store credits and other prizes when you reach certain levels.  You get scratchy tickets in your order that may also win you things.  Customer service is great also.  You can find the information about the Yarnathon at and more discussions and teams in the Eat Sleep Knit Ravelry group.

The first project I finished is the Simple Yet Effective Cowl in Mad Tosh DK and the colorway is Outlander.


It needs a little bit of a steam block but I’ll wait until the second one is done. This one will go in my gifting pile I think.  It is the larger of the two sizes on the pattern.

Once I get the second cowl done I will be able to earn multiple badges for submitting both of them to the Yarnathon page.  The pattern is a Tin Can Knit pattern  and we can use any TCK patter for the  1st QKAL – so my quarterly project will be covered.  Plus it will also qualify for “Speedy Crafter” (since I finished the first cowl within a week of starting it) and  “Cowl Me Maybe” (badge for making a cowl).



The second cowl one will be the smaller size (and perhaps a bit taller) and will be a gift to me! 🙂  (and it will earn a bonus star for my QKAL).  Stars are good and go towards team totals.  The second cowl will be made out of BMFA Yaksi – a blend of wool, silk and of course….. Yak.  It’s supposed to be lovely to knit with but I’ve never tried it before so will be interested to see.  It will be in this lovely color called Vine Ripened Red.

But I decided to work on something different before starting the second cowl.

I’m going to be making Linus as my CopyCat Badge project (copycat meaning you make a project from a pattern that one of the ESK Ravelery group moderators has made).  This is the project that  I favorited long ago and actually bought the yarn for early last year.   (If you are not a Ravelry member the second link will likely not work or you since it’s to someone’s project page and not the main pattern page.)(


I’ll be using Malabrigo Dos Tierros (sport weight) in Hollyhock (solid and Anniversario.  It will sort of fade from the solid color into the multicolor.

This is a super simple shawl pattern.  There are just two rows to alternate (which give you the shaping edges) so great project to take on the go – it will be my bus knitting.

I wound one of the hanks last night (which is why one hollyhock is missing from the photo) and got a bit of a start on it.  The top edge and side edge are finished in a way different than other shawls I have made and I really how they are done.


But before I get back to knitting, there’s a spinach and bacon quiche to make and some laundry to fold but then an afternoon of movie watching and knitting under a cozy quilt – I just can seem to get warm today even tho it’s actually warmer outside than it has been.  Once I turn the oven on tho that should solve the problem since it really warms things up.