I've been a busy little bee on my week off!  Sooo much knitting and cataloging of yarn has been happening.  Let's get to what I've finished, what I'm working on, and what I'm planning to work on!

Forked!

Well, as this is my first post, I don’t have anything completed at the moment.  But, I certainly expect to have things finished for next time!

Moving Right Along

I’m currently working on 3 garments.  Well, actively working on… Ahem.  In order of excitement:

promenade blouse
Promenade Blouse

Pattern: Promenade Blouse by Caidree
Size: 43 1/4”
Cast on: July 1, 2022
Yarn: Knit Picks Capretta in Turmeric; Drops Kid-Silk in Curry
Needles: Chiagoo Metals in US 8 (5mm) - 16” and 40” length
Project Type: Beyond My Comfort Zone
New Skill: Working with mohair

I have had this Capretta in my stash since like 2008…  I'm sure I had big plans for it, but I have no clue anymore what they were, and I helpfully didn't stash this in Ravelry or tag it to a project 14 years ago.  Harumph.  Must be better about stashing and tagging going forward.  (Also, since this isn’t the only yarn I have that’s that old (or older), so I decided to get my knitting group on a quarterly Stashbusting KAL schedule!  This is my entry for this quarter!)

I knew I wanted to make the Promenade Blouse with this beautiful golden mustard, but it calls for DK weight.  Capretta is fingering.  I made a guess that holding the mohair with it would yield close enough results, and my gauge was bang on!  So the modification I am doing is working the fingering with the mohair for the DK stripes, dropping the fingering, and continuing the mohair stripes with one strand only of the mohair!  Because I didn’t want to switch needles every few rows, I just added 2 more rows to the lace rows to get the stripe widths to match.  I am overjoyed with the result, and the fabric is light and fluffy and so very beautiful.  My row gauge is VERY off but that's what math and tape measures are for.  I can’t wait to finish it and wear it in 5 months!

As an aside, I looked high and low locally for some mohair that would match the Capretta and couldn’t find anything. So I ended up ordering from Wool Warehouse in the UK.  The color match is perfection, and they shipped to me in Wisconsin in less than 5 days! For about $7.  What shipping sorcery is this? Needless to say, Wool Warehouse is now one of my go-to online shops!

lunae shawl
Lunae Shawl

Pattern: Lunae by Natasja Hornby
Size: One size
Cast on: June 18, 2022
Yarn: Knit Picks Palette in Hollyberry, Marble Heather, and Asphalt Heather
Needles: Chiagoo Bamboo US 4 (3.5mm) - 40” length
Project Type: Beyond My Comfort Zone
New skill: Mosaic knitting, using red

Amy Palko of the Meaningful Stitch podcast has the most beautiful projects and one of them was a version of the Lunae shawl.  I think I saw hers and bought yarn that night to make one of my own.

This shawl is knit sideways which is a very cool way to make it feel less cumbersome.  I actually knit the first half of the top section twice because I changed my mind on the main color, and I’m still cruising along.  The color work is mosaic knitting which is new to me, but I really enjoy it.  It should feel tedious because you knit each row twice essentially, but it doesn’t.

The colors are a stretch for me as I don’t wear red, and every few days I think to myself, “Do I like this? Really?” But that’s just because it’s red.  I’ve enjoyed knitting this soooo much.  (I’m totally gonna make another one.) In a very short period of time, I have knit almost the whole thing.  I am on the large border chart, and then it will be just 16 rows before bind off!  And countless tassels.  But knit night friends said they’d help me figure that out :)

flutter buttshorts
Flutter Buttshorts

Pattern: Flutter Buttshorts by Jessie Maed
Size: 1X (but should end up at the large size)
Cast on: June 4, 2022
Yarn: Cascade Ultra Pima in Black
Needles: Chiagoo Metals in US 5(3.75mm) - 32” length
Project Type: Beyond My Comfort Zone
New skill: Shorts

I couldn’t get gauge and I was confused by how much ease to add, but I decided to forge ahead anyway. I definitely messed up the increases, because I was on peak automatic with all the stockinette in the round.  But, I made up some randomness, and I think it will work out fine.  I’m just a few inches shy of the leg split, so I have high hopes I can get these done in the next few weeks!  It’s my designated TV / movie knitting so it’s moving along a little slower.  It’s summertime so I’m outside more and watching TV less.  But let’s just do this and go on the record - I WILL complete this before August.

That’s Dreamy

These days I am feeling very much like someone who needs 2 extra sets of hands and the ability to knit with my feet.  Do people knit with their feet?  I’m afraid to Google that…

Annnnyway, as of today, my Ravelry queue has 820 projects in it. 8-2-0. Now, many of these have been frenzied additions due to all the knitting podcasts I have discovered in the past month, but there are also some ancient artifacts lingering in the project crypts.  If you’ll indulge me a moment, my oldest queued projects date to October 16, 2007.  They are all socks including the Bayerische Socks by Eunny Jang (is she still a designer?), so you can see what my focus used to be.  But there was one other thing queued on the 16th, and it was the Kate by Jess Hutchison.  I have no idea why I have a doll in my queue from 15 years ago, but there you go.  LOL.

Lately it feels like every day I am discovering a new designer with a thousand patterns I want to make, so these old patterns are less appealing than they once were.  The ex-archaeologist in me can’t delete them, cuz “historical record”.  But - I still have just the two hands for now.  So, I have to prioritize.

What I have decided to do is 1) focus on techniques I want to learn or styles that I don’t normally wear, 2) focus on plugging wardrobe holes, and 3) knit things that I’m excited about for no reason other than they are pretty / fun or I love my yarn choices.

Beyond My Comfort Zone
Pattern: Look At My Holes by James N Watts
Possible Yarn:  Debbie Bliss Piper

Wardrobe Brick
Pattern: Camisole No. 2 by My Favorite Things
Possible Yarn: Conflicted

Just Because
Pattern: Curvette Shawl by Stephen West
Possible Yarn: Evergreen Fiber Works Cedar Sock; Malabrigo Silkpaca

Joyous Things

Wind Chimes
I have always loved wind chimes but never had a porch or balcony to hang one up on.  I have a balcony now, so of course I bought myself some lovely ones that make the most heavenly sounds when the breeze takes them.  I can even hear them in the living room when they are particularly melodic.  The peace I feel working by the sound of chimes can't be expressed 💜

My Bike
I wasn't a kid who rode bikes.  It's a long story, but I didn't really learn to ride a bike properly until my early 30s and it was in Boston and quite scary.  Fast forward to 2022 and another 4 years without a bike, and I decided to declare myself a bike person.  I wanted to be someone who rode their bike to the beach, to the store, to meet a friend for dinner, just for fun.  So I bought a bike that matched my style and I have slowly been transforming myself into a Bikey Person™️!  I feel such excitement and happiness when I can bike to and fro without incident.  Once my stamina builds up, I can start biking to the capital to get lunch and things!

Tidying Up
Clutter.  Oof.  Nothing zaps my productivity and peace of mind like a cluttered house.  This week I am on vacation and I am using this time to tidy.  It's been glorious.  I'm donating gently used things and throwing out abused things.  Buying organizational items and reworking my space to be more comfortable and free of chaos.  It's been the highlight of my staycation and will pay dividends when I am back to work!

That's it, folks!  I hope your knitting projects are going well, and I'll see you next update!