Friday, March 30, 2012

Finished: Boneyard

My knitting has taken a direct hit lately... I've been losing steam a lot quicker than normal and the approaching warm weather isn't helping my cause any.  Today I finished my Boneyard Shawl by Stephen West in Quince and Co Chickadee.  The shawl is incredibly easy, though a touch boring with all the stockinette.  Overall, I am happy with the finished project though.

Next up is a Kathleen hat in Cascade 220 and working on my Agnes ... I also have my Grand Avenue cowl in the Classic Elite Princess of a few posts back... and I am hoping to hit up Webs annual sale Sunday! Did I mention that I am considering casting on a Haruni with the Cascade 220 Fingering sitting in my stash? Phew...More soon...

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

March Progress

It feels like I have been spending a tremendous amount of time contemplating my projects lately.  It seems I have hit the "...but do I love it?" phase too many times this March.  For starters, I have my Damson shawl, made with Madelinetosh Sport.  This yarn is sought after, and I  love it.  As the yarn price approaches (close your eyes Phillip!) $50 for two skeins, I  can't help but wonder if the yarn is better suited to another project (say a Mara shawl?).  It has hit the bottom of the bag as I mull it all over but sadly, I think it is inches from the frogging pile.  (That is not to say that I don't enjoy the pattern by Ysolda.  In fact, it is one of my favorite patterns, as it has a line by line stitch count which I found insanely helpful.)

My Rosebud hat has also gone absolutely nowhere, as I decide whether I really want another navy colored hat.  I am still very much in love with my 16 Cable Hat (see post a while back) and am wondering whether the Malabrigo in Marine is really going to be worth the effort.  I have recently decided to make a Kathleen hat (by Jane Richmond) and my mind is racing---is there really a such thing as too many hats? To a (traditionally)  non-hat wearing gal, the answer is yes. :( 

All is not riddled with doubt though, on my needles is a Boneyard Shawl in Quince & Co Chickadee.  I am in serious love with the Chantrelle colorway and am having no anxiety about this one.  I think it will be a go to piece for this upcoming fall and winter.  

I guess the moral of March is that I have lots of work to do. 

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Finished: Different Lines

I finally bit the bullet and made a Different Lines shawl.... I am not sure how I feel about the finished product.  Truth is, I love the idea. I love the technique involved... but I hate the way the w&t's leave holes no matter what "invisible" method you use... throughout the project I sort of kept changing my ways, trying a new one after reading a Rav post, then trying a new one on a project page.  Blocking did help some, just not sure whether it helped enough to make me fall in love. (I have fallen in love with Cascade 220 Fingering though.) 

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Finished: Baby Chalice Blanket

I finished Rachel's blanket yesterday after a few marathon days... I am really happy with how the lace blocked open.  Love, love, love it. 
I also received a package from Webs yesterday with my Classic Elite Princess, Cascade 220 Fingering and a load of Valley Yarns for a new Agnes sweater.  Overall, it was a fruitful knitting day.  

More to come soon!

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Progress: Baby Chalice Blanket

I've been working furiously on a blanket for my pregnant friend Rachel, a Baby Chalice Blanket.  I felt overwhelmed by the tremendous amount of amazing baby blankets on Ravelry but settled on this wonderfully easy, and impressive looking lace pattern by Karen Lauger.  I began the project four days ago and probably have another day or two left of work... talk about fast! I am using Bergere Alpaga in Horizon, which is a perfectly mute purple for the conscious of the too-girly. 

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Finished: Poplar Cowl

I had been drooling over this design by the Kelbourne Woolens Design Team for a long time.  The original used  Organik by the Fibre Company, which I have been saying I was going to try for a long time, too.  After Wisp, I decided I needed something else a little mind numbing so I dug in with some left over stash yarn-Berroco Vintage in 3 shades.  I love the result; the yarn is soft and squishy and the directions are really easy to follow.  Oh, and the pattern is free! Do you need any more enticement? 

I have already knit something like 1.5 miles this year... 2012 is off to a good start.  I have a Webs order coming soon with new yarn for Agnes, some Cascade 220 Fingering and some Classic Elite Princess.  I can not imagine not being able to make it to 5 miles with the mound of projects clogging my queue.  And in even better news, Phillip was able to score me a massive mound of knitting books from work---everything from Ann Budd, to Interweave Socks... I think I will be alternating between work and hibernating in the coming days. 

Happy Knitting, and until next time....