I was starting to get a little worried with all this finishing and the lack of stash enhancement. This week I’m back to myself. And I’m pretty sure I’m in the process of proving something else I’ve suspected for a while.
First the project(s). I did do more work on the Ostrich Plumes Scarf, and I’m still in love with it. I also made some more progress on the sock yarn blanket. No pictures though, they’re pretty same looking.
What did I start? One of the tams I got yarn for at camp last year. This is #13, and eventually it will have cute little birds just above the ribbing.
I used 2×2 rib instead of 1×1, just because I like it better. I thought about pulling it back to the rib and going down a needle size because the hat seems kind of open, but I decided to keep going since the yarn blooms some when you wash it.
In the stash enhancement arena, I’ve got two skeins of WM Lace-Garn on their way from a destash. According to USPS tracking they’re going to be here tomorrow. I hope so, I love getting them.
And I didn’t just start one thing. I also started an Ashworth Scarf. I’ve been thinking about making it out of handspun, but for some reason this gorgeous silk/cashmere blend I picked up at Gourmet Yarn a couple of years ago jumped into my head and reminded me it would be perfect for the pattern. I went ahead and gave in. Didn’t even fight it.
I made one small modification to the pattern, narrowing the blocks to 24 stitches instead of 30. I just prefer to not have it that wide. Of course once I get a few of the cables done I may change my mind, but for now I’m really liking it. Stupid simple knitting, but the fabric feels awesome. The high silk content in the yarn (52%) means it doesn’t have much give while knitting, but the fabric is so soft and drapey it’s going to be great to wear.
And about that whole confirmed suspicion thing? It has to do with this Spin In Progress (SIP).
Sorry about the picture, I didn’t realize I was so close. Too lazy to go back and take another.
Anyway, it’s made from these really cool rolags I got at SSK in 2013. They’re pretty and there’s nothing wrong with them, but the blended fiber preps like this are just not really my thing. I think the yarn is going to be really cool arty-looking stuff, and I’m enjoying working on my long draw spinning, but I think it’s just not a type of prep I’ll really enjoy spinning or yarn I’ll want to knit with when it’s all over with. I am going to finish it though, because I want to see how it comes out and I don’t want to give up on it just because I’m not digging it part way through. We’ll see.