It’s like I’ve been knitting faster than I’ve been writing. It would probably be more accurate to say that I’ve been knitting more often than I’ve been writing. Whichever way you phrase it, what it means is that we’re well into 2019, and there are projects I finished in 2018 that have yet to see the light of blog. So this is a summary post to get them documented before I forget about them writing-wise altogether.
I never know what to do with hanks of fingering weight yarn that are less than 400 yards (366 m), and I only had 395 yards (361 m) of this lovely yarn. Ravelry’s pattern browser came to the rescue. I found Reyna, one of those patterns that looks fancier than just plain garter or stockinette stitch, but lets you stop when you run out of yarn instead of frantically trying to wrap things up at the end of a pattern repeat. Cleverly, the garter stitch bands remain the same from one repeat to the next, but the mesh sections double in width. I’m thinking to try Reyna again with a yarn that I have lots and lots of, just to watch the pattern develop.
Gradient Spiral Shawl
Another cake of gradient-dyed yarn and me wondering what to do with it. The pattern for the Gradient Spiral Shawl looks like mindless knitting. I figured it was just garter stitch with regular increases and decreases to produce the spiral shape, and so this would be the perfect project to take along to social events.
See those little loops on the outside of the curve? That’s I-cord. And sure, I-cord itself isn’t complicated, but this is I-cord that has to be the same number of rows for each loop, or it becomes obvious when you stand back and look at the shawlette as a whole. And it’s I-cord that gets worked by itself on some rows and worked with the rest of the row on other rows, for joining. And meanwhile, on the inner edge, that’s also I-cord. It made for a lovely shawlette, and I might make another one someday, but it most certainly isn’t mindless knitting!
(Did I mention the I-cord bindoff?)
With the two projects above, I already had the yarn, and went off looking for patterns to use them in. This project was planned from the very beginning. I love the Zuzu’s Petals cowl I did a few years ago. I had vague thoughts of making another one, but for that, I needed another ball of Catnip or its equivalent, and I don’t stockpile worsted weight yarn the way I do fingering. But then Twisted Fiber Art came up with this new colorway. Instant love on my part, and then I remembered I was in the market for Catnip anyway…
Yarn: Blackberry Ridge Mer-made Fingering Weight
Colorway: Wild Rose
Needles: 5 (3.75 mm)
Gradient Spiral Shawl
Pattern: Gradient Spiral Shawl
Yarn: Twisted Fiber Art Muse Evolution
Needles: 4 (3.5 mm)
Pattern: Zuzu’s Petals
Yarn: Twisted Fiber Art Catnip Evolution
Needles: 7 (4.5 mm)