i’ve been starting new projects all weekend. sort of a kneejerk reaction to the project monogamy of the last week, maybe, or to the large amount of paperwork i have also processed over the last few days.
i think i have five new projects on the needles in fact, though two of them are not even big enough yet to take pictures of. i know this is trouble in a way and not only because i also still have a few nearly-finished objects that i really should just get done. i still have a raven stole to knit.
oh well. i was overcome by the urge to get my hands into some different yarn. sue me.
and, as i was saying to kim the other day, projects in progress are better blog fodder.
one new item is the bee sock i started with kim’s beautiful new lightweight merino sock yarn
it’s a bouncy hi-twist yarn in supersoft merino that gives beautiful, crisp stitch definition. kim is going to put together a kit with yarn and pattern.
i also finally got to wind up judy’s beautiful merino/silk artisan blend yarn to start the geese wrap i’ve been thinking about for a while now.
i just couldn’t keep my hands off it any longer
mmmm, it’s Sooo smooshy. and don’t get me started on the colorway—i have just one word: love. this wrap is moving right along and it feels like i’m adding inches by the hour. because, well, i am. it’s a nice change of pace from laceweight and just what i needed.
i already like this wrap a LOT.
the patterns are easy to memorize and that keeps things moving along too. yay.
oh, but was i satisfied?? i think not. in addition to that cashmere mitt i’ve also been working on, i’ve been trying to find a great stitch pattern for the fearless fibers wool/mohair blend.
this has proved somewhat challenging!
maybe it’s the size of the yarn (nearly worsted weight), or the sheen, or both, but i’m having trouble finding just the right stitch that will really make a WOW of a scarf. i thought i had something, then i waffled; i’ll get it, though.
and when i do, you’ll be the first to see it.
and then chris’s huge hank of celebration starting waving it’s tag at me and jumping out of the goodie box. totally out of the blue, i swear it.
this bamboo/merino DK-ish yarn was a gift from her in the summer, and she dyed it in the most beautiful blend of slate blue, gray, and plum just for me.
i had no intention of starting anything with it just now, but about a month ago i found the perfect stitch for it and it’s been a bee in my bonnet ever since. i’ve been simultaneously weedling myself to play with it and shushing myself up.
and i couldn’t stand it anymore so today i balled it up and got the stitch pattern ready. it will be another easy-to-knit wrap and i’m really psyched. it can’t take priority over the raven stole or the goose stole, but i can take it to class or work on it when i’m too tired for either of those.
the stitch pattern takes full advantage of the yarn’s natural sheen and that’s one of the things i’m so psyched about . . . i just know i’m going to like it. and funny enough it all came together the same way the totally autumn throw did . . just all in a burst of inspiration.
sometimes that happens.
and hey, i am NOT gonna look a gift horse in the mouth.
in fact, i’ve been slowly hatching another idea concerning this stitch. it might also be the perfect one for that wool/mohair yarn, so i MIGHT knit up both a scarf and a stole with the same pattern. it could be a nice joining up two old friends (who have never met) and two yarns. it could work.
we got our photo shoot in today for Irtfa’a and the pictures came out awesome. that david sure knows how to photograph a shawl (wink).
the weather has been wretched here, both cold and wet, but as luck would have it, this was the perfect light for the raven colors. and can i just say that yellow maples make the most spectacular backdrop?
now i know you don’t want me to ruin the surprise so i’m keeping them under wraps til release day.
it won’t be long . . . .