Sunday, November 23, 2014

Mildly obsessed


I've nearly finished a pullover for me. I'm on the second sleeve, there are a few more inches left, and then I need to use whatever yarn is left to finish off the bottom hem, and then I need to sift through my leftovers to see if I can find something I like to do the edging on the neck because I'm pretty sure I'll run out of yarn. Maybe if I find something with sufficient yardage I can use it to do the edging on the bottom hem too, because this is gonna be another squeaker.

I've finished one of the pair of socks for my sister, and cast on for the second - I cast on as I waited in the returns section of Ikea today. I didn't wait very long, though, so I only managed to get the cast on and three rounds done before my number was called.

I've also cast on a pullover for my sister - working the bottom ribbing.

Plenty on the knitting docket.

So why can't I get this shawl pattern - Morrígan - off my mind? I haven't knit a shawl in a really long time because I sort of lost my shawl wearing mojo a while back - I have a few shawlettes that I suddenly couldn't wrap around my neck without seeing them as giant bibs, and that sort of neutralized my desire to make more. Maybe the period of abstinence has done the trick.

Either way, I'm envisioning Morrígan worked up in a slightly heavier yarn - sport weight - with a smaller discrepancy between needle size and yarn weight to yield a slightly more substantial piece. Honestly, when the idea struck I imagined cranking it out in time to wear to this year's office Christmas party, but that's in 6 days' time, and I'm not that delusional.

Still. It's taking a lot of willpower to not start winding the yarn.

And there's good reason for me to hold off on winding, because we're looking to move to our new-to-us, newly renovated house within the next month. That means a whole lot of packing is in my very near future. Which means unleashing more yarn is probably a bad idea.

Maybe I'll be able to hold off till after the move. Maybe I'll be able to dangle the promise of the new project as a reward for all the hard work that's going to come with moving. (Because really, moving sucks hard.)

I know. I'm not holding my breath either.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

K'done: Shandon Cowl

I'm still knitting! Just, you know, not as much as I'd like.

Pattern: Shandon, by Beata Jezek
Yarn: Knit Picks Swish Tonal in Blue Yonder
Needles: 5.5 mm / US 9

I wanted to crank out a relatively quick but satisfying project, and was flailing about trying to pick one for myself, so my sister got one instead. She is not complaining.

Textured cowls with just knits and purls are apparently wildly satisfying - at least, for me. I thoroughly enjoyed every moment of knitting this, and I may knit a smaller, not-blue version for myself - I prefer wearing cowls as a simple loop about my neck, where they perform as accessories through which I attempt to snazzy up my simple tops for work appropriate attire. My sister, however, wears cowls as snuggly warmth-providing accessories, so when she saw the sample picture with the model (the designer, I think?) cozily bundled up with this piece, she was sold.

I knit it as written in terms of number of stitches used, but I sort of stopped looking at the pattern once I got the chart in my head, so I'm not sure how deep I was supposed to go - I went until I had pretty much gone through a second skein of yarn, and then stopped at a logical place in the pattern. It ended up being 4 repeats of the chart, with an additional batch of the first 4 rounds. The result, laid flat, looks like this:

Well, that's what it looks like in the rather yellowy light we have here - the sun is now setting by 4:30 PM, which means I have no window of opportunity for photographing knits in natural light after I get home from work. So please forgive the colour quality, but check out that texture! That there is an unblocked piece - sister likes it unblocked since it scrunches back on itself so strongly, so it hugs her neck nicely when wrapped twice. Since the yarn is superwash (and dryer tolerant), I figure the way to retain that fresh-off-the-needles scrunchiness is to toss the piece in the dryer on a low setting after washing. We'll see how it goes.

Tech specs: Chinese Waitress CO, double chain BO. I really like this pairing.

She likes the finished piece so much, she wore it to work today - I handed it over last night! She happily reported receiving many compliments on it from coworkers too. Life is good.