Wow, it’s already July! Sorry for the lack of posts. Even though it’s summer, things have been crazy busy since I’ve been working full time in a biology research lab. I love it but I’m just exhausted when I get home. Not much has happened knitting-wise this past month but here’s an update on what I’ve been working on:
1. I finished the song of the sea scarf and blocked it with the much-needed help of my cat, Diane. I still haven’t worn it since the heat index yesterday was over 100 degrees F but I will if we get a cooler day.
2. I also started a pair of Jaywalker socks using some Cascade Heritage silks yarn that I’ve had laying around for about a year. Honestly, I kind of hate knitting socks. They take forever because of how small the yarn is and then once you finish one, you have to turn around and do the same thing all over again. Needless to say, it’s taking me a while to knit them up. I’m trying to motivate myself with thoughts of wearing them but so far that hasn’t helped much.
I really want to start working on another sweater, but right now I’m trying to finish some old projects and use up some of the yarn that I already have. I see many hats and pairs of socks in my future…
What’s your favorite stash-busting project? And do you have any tricks for staying motivated when knitting socks?
It’s finally here! My awesome skein of yarn for the Song of the Sea scarf was finally delivered today. It’s a beautiful sea foam green and so soft! I can’t wait to start using it! It’s a blend of 70% Blue Leicester, 20% silk, and 10% cashmere and the color is Pale Turquoise. There are a lot of subtle variations in the color which I think will knit up very nicely. Now I just need to wind it into a ball. Right now though, it’s going on my shelf- It’ll be my reward for finishing the MCAT this Saturday!
Ive really been struggling to get the second sleeve on the octopus sweater done. The fact that it’s finals time and I feel guilty for taking time away from studying to knit hasn’t helped so I’ve decided to take a little bit of a break from knitting the Embrace Octopus sweater and find some fun summer knits to make.
First in my queue is the Song of the Sea scarf. It’s a beautiful lace scarf and I think it’ll make a good first lace project for me.
I just bought a beautiful skein of yarn for it as a birthday present for myself (I turned 21 yesterday!)- Fyberspates Rural charm in pale turquoise. It’s 70% Bluefaced Leicester, 20% silk, and 10% cashmere and I think it’s probably the most expensive single skein of yarn I’ve ever bought.
After Song of the Sea, I really want to knit something that I can wear this summer in St Louis when it’s going to be 100 degrees and humid. I found this really cool pattern on Ravelry- the #22 Lacy Tee from the spring/summer 2013 issue of Vogue Knitting.
I haven’t picked out yarn yet but I’m thinking of using something in linen or cotton since I’ve never knit with either of those fibers before. Do you guys have any suggestions?
I’m really excited for this summer. I was awarded a biomedical research fellowship so I’ll be working in a biology lab full time which will leave me lots of time on the evenings and weekends to catch up on my knitting. I can’t wait!
We had our first snow yesterday which can only mean one thing: winter is coming! I’m so excited that we have such beautiful sweater weather now- I’m snuggled up in my Inishturk sweater as we speak. Along with the delicious food, cozy fires, and holidays spent with family comes the time to wear all of the wonderful woolen things you’ve knit throughout the year! My latest project falls into this category. I’m making a wool scarf. Its been ages since I’ve knit a scarf because I get bored of it pretty quickly with the endless repeated stitching patterns. This next scarf is something entirely different for me. Its my first big venture into Fair Isle knitting. I love the different design patterns- there’s never a dull moment.
Im using Ella Rae wool in a dark purply-brown color and Cascade 220 in cream. They are both really soft and knit up very well. I’m about one quarter of the way done with the scarf right now and I’m not even close to being bored! I’m definitely loving Fair Isle!
I know I haven’t posted for about a week but I only have one WIP- this scarf- which moves pretty slowly. I’ll just post occasional picture updates of it since its a repeated pattern. Right now, it’s about 20″ long.
In more exciting news, my Elsa wool yarn should be getting here by Friday! I’m really excited!
Hey everyone! Sorry that its been so long since I posted! I had an exam last Friday and two more exams tomorrow so things have been a bit crazy and I haven’t had much time to knit. I just wanted to give you an update on what I’m working on. I started the DNA scarf pattern again- this time with Knit Pick’s Wool of the Andes Sport Weight yarn in oyster heather. It’s holding the pattern much better. In the picture, it looks a little pink but its actually a nice neutral tan. I’ve never knit with a yarn that’s so thin so I’m surprised at how long it takes to make any progress. I’m on row 27 and the scarf is only about 3 inches long. Each DNA twist repeat is 40 rows. Needless to say, this is going to be a long project. A new thing that has saved me is the discovery of row counters! Since I keep having to stop in the middle of a repeat, this keeps me from making as many mistakes. Although, as you can probably see, I’ve still had a few rough spots. I just can’t bring myself to rip out so many rows so I’ll keep going and hope that nobody notices….
I promise I’ll post more in the future but for now, I’ve got to go study!
My next sweater intermediary project was going to be this DNA helix patterned scarf. The pattern calls for a sport weight yarn (~120 yds/50g) made of 25% baby alpaca, 25% merino, and 50% tencel. This original yarn, however, was discontinued a while ago.
At Michaels, it was almost impossible to find any sport weight yarn which has a 2 in the little skein symbol on the label. There were lots of 1s, 3s, and 4s but basically no 2s. I did find a skein that had a similar yd/g ratio called Bernat softee baby which is 100% acrylic. It only came in pastels except for a nice grey marled color. I bought two skeins, tired of digging through shelves that didn’t really seem to be organized in any particular way.
I started knitting a swatch tonight and I don’t like this yarn at all. It feels really soft but the individual strands unravel very easily when I try to use it. The pattern uses size 2 and 4 needles so this is pretty annoying. The color is also way too busy for the pattern. The stitches are relatively intricate, but it all gets lost in the ridiculous speckles. I got about 1.5″ through my swatch and decided it wasn’t worth taking the time to finish it. This is what it looks like:
I’ll have to go search for a different yarn before I can do this pattern. Sport yarns seem to be relatively rare though so I might have to venture to my Local Yarn Shop for the first time (well, kind of local. Its about 10 miles away) which I wanted to do anyway.
For now, I guess I’ll just have to work on the sweater for a bit. Endless stockinette stitch just kind of gets old…
Or I suppose I could actually get some reading done for my classes…. We’ll see