Saturday, January 26, 2013

Finished: Burberry, Milanese Loop

I haven't been knitting as furiously as I imagined.  I have been battling something like  a cold and I am trying to figure out whether I will need to give up reading books permanently  since I am incapable of having two hobbies at once apparently.  After reading a good book, I managed to finish two cowls this January.  A Burberry Inspired Cowl Neck Scarf (which is insanely popular on Ravelry and now I know why... in Classic Elite Ariosa) and a Milanese Loop in a gorgeous shade of Madelinetosh Pashmina (well water).  The Milanese was really simple and I am incredibly happy with the end result.  I used a size 6 needle which produced an airy end result but I know  I will be wearing it year round.  

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Finished: Line Break

Line Break is the perfect representation of my knitting life.  The yarn, beautiful Madelinetosh Merino Light (from a few posts ago), was purchased from a Rav destash and the pattern was gifted to me by an amazingly kind RAK-er.  After less than a week, I found myself binding off, and being a little sad that this gem was done. 

I am feeling so rejuvenated as we haven't even hit two weeks into 2013 and I am almost at 1000 yards!  It's back to the drawing board for me now; I am quite anxious to start knitting  sweaters but I have just received a skein of Madtosh Pashmina in Wellwater that is dying for attention. 

Happy Knitting!

Sunday, January 6, 2013

Finished: Shaelyn

Phillip and I have both been working hard.  Him on a new header for my blog, and me on knitting up a storm. Three days into 2013 and I already had an FO!  I finished my Shaelyn shawl in the amazing Sweet Fiber Cashmerino Luxe yarn I picked up after Thanksgiving(?)... I am really glad I finally knit this pattern.  Now I understand what all the fuss is about! It was easy enough to keep with me when I wasn't really supposed to be knitting, but interesting enough that the lace worked as a minor challenge.  (Ok, challenge is not the right word, I definitely think the pattern is new knitter-friendly, but it required thought.) The end result is beautiful and I am really glad I splurged on this yarn, only now I am regretting not buying more!

I received a package of AMAZING tosh merino light in Stovepipe for a Line Break Shawl, only to return to paypal to pick up a skein of tosh pashmina in Wellwater.   I know that the costs will eventually save me money in the long haul, but I am still feeling a little sticker shock as I continue to rack up the purchases.  Or maybe I am just telling myself that even though I buy nothing but yarn?

On New Years day, I made a short trek to a LYS for a sale.  I picked up some Classic Elite Ariosa for an unknown cowl, and some Rowan Felted Tweed (at 50% off!) for a striped shawl.

And while I am on the subject of yarn, I hand dyed another skein of bulky weight yarn, for an unknown project to come.  I was pretty happy with how this skein turned out, the colors are subtle, muted, and even though I don't have the dyeing thing down just yet (duh, I only just began), I find it really interesting and fun.
Maybe this skein should go to my friend Julie, who provided me with all the supplies?

This morning I cast on a Tea with Jam and Bread for Phillip in 220 Heathers... I am already approaching the raglan increases, so here's hoping he will have a new sweater in a week or two!
Happy Knitting!