Sunday, March 29, 2015

A little intrigue

A while back, I noticed an announcement for a mystery knit-along, run by Jenny Faifel, that promised to use up sock yarn scraps to make a shawl-cowl-thing. Well. I have a pretty decent collection of sock yarn scraps. Most of them I figure I'll use to play with colourwork socks, but there are some odds and ends in there that are 100% merino, and I have since developed a rather strong preference for socks made using sock yarn that has some nylon spun in there for added toughness. So the 100% merino leftovers are just sitting with no end game in mind. This MKAL seemed a good way to use them. Plus, she was offering folks a chance to join in for free, so I took it.

Now, I've packed up all my stash yarn and moved the boxes over to the basement of the new house, but my remnant stash was still here, lurking in the linen closet. So I pulled it out, sorted through what was there, and came out with this little pile:

Um. That's way too much - the pattern calls for roughly 200 g, and that's closer to 300 or 350, I think - I couldn't manage to get it all on the scale without some of the balls running away. That's okay, though - just means I have options as I go.

So the first clue was released on 23 March. Recent days have been not so much with the knitting time, so I just plugged away a bit here and there, and last night, I finished the first clue and found this in my lap:

That bit is mostly done using some Shibui Knits Sock (the burgundy-gold-brown-cream stripes) and some Madelinetosh Tosh Sock (the beige stripes). The cream bits of the Shibui are a bit close to the beige of the MadTosh, so the stripes aren't as vivid and clear as they might have been had I used different colours.

Still, I'm pleased with the result thus far, and am anxiously awaiting the release of clue #2 - tomorrow.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

A great big plan

I'm still here. In the chaos of an unpacked and super cluttered house, waiting for the new-to-me house to be ready for us to move in. Trying very hard not to remember that the original estimates for moving in were for December of last year. (Well, honestly, the guys figured end of November, but even I could see that that was a pipe dream.)

And I have so far successfully not cast on something new - all my yarn is still contained within the cabinet. And, um, its boxes. In fact, I'm even thinking of taping up the boxes, moving the cabinet yarn into more boxes, and then taking it all over to the new house and just sticking it in the basement for the time being. The idea is to try to move as much of our stuff as we can in small trips, and the yarn is sort of the most pleasant stuff to consider doing this with, since everything else will require some sorting and organizing.

I haven't yet finished up the two sweaters for my sister, though. Largely because I've been spending more time surfing the Rav pattern database looking for things I want to make with the yarn I already have, because the budget constraints of our current housing situation mean I really should avoid buying more for a little while, and one of the Mister's friends came by last weekend and happened to see the yarn cabinet and exclaimed, "That's a LOT of yarn!" Which means I caught a bit of grief from the Mister. I better knit the stash down a bit.

So, I've firmly told myself that once we've moved, and the semester has wound up - which might happen at about the same time - I'm going to treat myself to a lot of knitting time. There are many things I'd like to make.

1. Oblique, by Veronik Avery

2. Atelier, by Heidi Kirrmaier

3. Forest Park Cowl, by Liz Abinante

4. Winter Sea Shawl, by Liz Abinante

5. Morrígan, by Beata Jezek

6. Windward, by Heidi Kirrmaier

7. A yet-to-be-determined laceweight shawl, to be a Christmas gift for the Mister's mother

8. Six pairs of socks - TdS 2015!

9. A couple of sock design ideas I've had that I want to play with.

Phew. Now that I've written it all out, it's quite the list. With no items for my sister. Probably a couple of those will get added at some point.

Getting through all of this in one summer is most likely a pipe dream, too.

Ahem. Challenge accepted.