December 9, 2018
I finished the body of the Marled Mania Cardigan pattern by Stephen West months ago, but then hit a mental block with the sleeves. I wasn't sure if the project would be forever left lingering in WIP limbo. Then the other day I suddenly felt an unexpected urge to knit the sleeves, and I did, in just over a day. And I'm happy I did, because I really love how it turned out! Until after blocking I wasn't sure how the non-traditional shape would play out, but turns out I really like it!
At the time of the casting on I had no yarn resembling the Qing Fibre Melted Baby Suri recommended for the ribbing, so I combined three strands of yarn in hopes of achieving a similar fabric: Wollmeise Twin, The Fibre Co. Meadow and Rowan Kidsilk Haze. I quite like the fabric they prduce together, even if the ribbing turned out somewhat loose. For the marled sections I combined two strands of fingering or sport weight yarn, one black or grey and the other speckled or otherwise multicolored. I think I'm getting slightly better at marling after the Colossal Stash-Busting Blanket.
November 11, 2018
The previous pair of socks took me three months to finish, and now this one took four, so I haven't exactly been a speed demon with one of the faster projects out there. I mostly didn't use a pattern, but I took some pointers from the Smooth Operator sock pattern for the afterthought heel. The white and speckly yarn is some Qing Fiber Super Sock from last year's Westknits YAL; I love how soft it is! For the contrasting black I used Wollmeise Twin.
The most challenging part about knitting these very simple socks was that I used the Addi CraSy Trios for the entire project. When I first bought them earlier this year, I tried them briefly on another sock project, but switched to Magic Looping when they didn't feel comfortable. But I figured it was probably mostly about lack of practice, so I decided to give them another try. They kind of grew on me along the way, even though I think I still prefer Magic Looping with long-tipped circular needles, due to the way I like to hold my needles. I don't generally like short needle tips, because I like to have a longer to needle to rest my hand on, but I do prefer the CraSy Trios to DPNs, because there are fewer needle changes. I will likely use these again in the future!
November 1, 2018
Having been going through some times of missing knitting inspiration lately, I felt test-knitting this garter stitch shawl for Lisa Hannes might be just what I needed. I've done some test knitting for her in the past, and her patterns have always been excellently written, and so was this one. I was also drawn to the relaxing simplicity of the garter stitch and a triangular shawl. As a bonus, I was able to put to use one of the skeins from TitiTyy's Feel It yarn club; the variegated yarn is Tough Sock by WalkCollection, paired with a matching skein of Knitlob's Lair Tuulen Tytär from older stash. The tassels are a nice touch; I like how they weigh down the tips of the triangle a bit.