Well, this past month things got a wee bit out of hand...

Moving Right Along

I’m currently working on FIVE garments and a home decor project  Yes, I am out of control! In order of excitement:

Winter Lights Shawl
Winter Lights

Pattern:  Winter Lights Shawl by Stephen West
Size: One Size
Cast on: July 31, 2022
Yarn: Evergreen Fiber Works Cedar Sock in Ash, Fossil, and Pollinate; Malabrigo Silkpaca in Sunset
Needles: Chiagoo Metal US 5 (4mm) - 40” length
Project Type: Just Because

This is my very first Stephen West shawl, and my entry into the Across the Pond Shawl KAL put on by the Little Monkeys and Me and Ruth Loves To Knit podcasts. The yarns were originally going to be for the Curvette Shawl, but I wanted a little more of a challenge.  I hadn’t seen anyone use a dark color for the main, so I thought I’d give that a go since I’m often a black outfit kinda person.  The colors are giving heavy honey bee vibes which is rather a propos given one colorway is literally called Pollinate! 🐝

It’s a super easy knit so far and knitting up very quickly.  My brain is already wondering whether I should make a Shawlography or Fantastitch next… I can’t wait to see it all finished and blocked.  I think this was a perfect hors d’œuvre leading up to the main course: the Westknits 2022 Mystery KAL in October!  Can I do 3 shawls in 3 months? 🤔

Jamie Floor Cushion

Pattern: Jamie by Moira Douglas
Size: Floor Cushion
Cast on: August 23, 2022
Yarn: Berroco Lanas in Snow Day, Grapefruit, Teal, Black, and Sunny
Hook:  Knitter’s Pride Dreamz in H (5mm)
Project Type:  Beyond the Comfort Zone
New Skill: Overlay Crochet

I learned to crochet about 15 years ago, but really haven’t done much with that skill until now.  I saw this amazing pattern for a throw that could also be made into a rug, and I knew I had to have it for my bathroom.  The only problem was that I didn’t know the technique and the designer suggested starting with something less spicy.  So, I picked up this pattern with the intention of making the floor pillow, and I. LOVE. IT!

I hemmed and hawed over the colors at one of my LYSs, but I am chuffed with how summery it is turning out.  It will compliment my rug perfectly.  And once the crocheting is done, I get to figure out how to sew on a fabric back and source the cushion!  Hopefully that jump starts my sewing mojo because where did it go??

The only drawback to working on this every minute of the day (besides work), is that it hurts my wrist and forearm.  I’m thinking maybe I don’t have the most efficient crochet technique so I’m going to look into that.  And stretches!

Hipster Cowl
Hipster Cowl

Pattern: Hipster Cowl by Joji Locatelli
Size: One Size
Cast on: September 2, 2022
Yarn: Malabrigo Rios in Ilusion
Needles: Chiagoo Metals in US 8 (5mm) - 40”
Project Type:  Just Because

Started this for the Joji Locatelli Fall 2022 KAL.  I’ve made two other garments and figured I’d give this one a go.  Originally I planned to make the shawl but since I’m already making Winter Lights, planning a Slipstravaganza, and joining the WestKnits 2022 MKAL, I needed to pivot to something smaller. It was pointed out to me, though, that this is a large cowl... 🥴

I settled on this color because I needed yarn ASAP after the yarn I had my heart set on using turned out to be the wrong weight by a lot 😭 And none of my LYSs seem to have much Rios in stock.  I'm considering myself lucky to find three skeins in a color I don’t hate 🙏  And it's growing on me the more I look at it.

Helix Crop Top
Helix Crop Top

Pattern: Helix Crop Top by Iris H
Size: C / D
Cast on: August 1, 2022
Yarn: Ella Rae Lace Merino in Sweet Pear
Needles: Chiagoo Metals in US 2.5 (3mm) - 24”; Chiagoo Metals in US 4 (3.5mm) - 24”US 2½ - 3.0 mmUS 4 - 3.5 mm
Project Type: Wardrobe Brick

The push for base layers continues!  The sizing for this is a bit complicated because of my narrow back.  As a sewist, I usually make my back pieces 1-2 sizes smaller, but I haven’t considered that with my knitting.  I am now trying to do that to get better fitting garments through the back.  So I am Frankensteining this pattern: the back will be a size C and the front will be a size D.  Hopefully I’ve mathed it properly and it fits the way I’ve envisioned in my mind. 🧠

Leaf Top
Leaf Top

Pattern:  Leaf Top by Melanie Reinert
Size: Custom
Cast on: July 24, 2022
Yarn: Cascade Llamerino in 19
Needles: Chiagoo Metal US 4 (3.5mm) - 24” length
Project Type: Just Because

I mentioned in a previous posts that I was making a hybrid size.  This only comes in S/M or strange L where only the back is made larger.  Since I have a narrow back, that wasn’t going to work.  I decided to add an extra repeat on the left and right panels.  I was feeling pretty proud of myself for mathing until I realized I was going to have 12 too many stitches once I reached each strap.  So I decided to decrease according to the pattern and then add additional decreases IN the strap so that I would end up with 4 sts to match the back’s 4-stitch strap.  It wasn’t pretty, but it got the job done.  Perhaps next time I’ll be more intentional going in and create a smoother set of decreases.

That said, I did a pin fit (pinned the edges together and tried it on), and I love the look of this top a lot.  I’m excited to finish this up soon. All that’s left is blocking, seaming, and sewing on the buttons!

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 the Comfort Zone
New Skill: Working with mohair

I’m still excited to wear this sweater, but I have lost the joy of knitting it because it’s soooo sticky here.  🥵 I’ve put this on hold for 2 weeks when hopefully the humidity and temperature will by low enough to put cashmere and mohair in my lap again…   Fall, where are you??

That’s Dreamy

Beyond the Comfort Zone
A focus on techniques I want to learn or styles that I don’t normally wear.

Pattern:  Cardigan No. 4  by My Favourite Things
Possible Yarn: Drops Kid Silk
New Skill: Multiple strands of mohair / Pattern Deciphering

Wardrobe Brick
Plugging wardrobe holes and moving away from fast fashion.

Pattern:  Fit Knit Bralette by amimonology
Possible Yarn: Lion Brand Truboo

Just Because
Knitting things that I’m excited about for no reason other than they are pretty or I love my yarn choices.

Pattern:  Koyamae by Joanna Ang
Possible Yarn: Plymouth Galway Sport and Cascade Alpaca Lace

The Boneyard
A project I’ve found buried in a project bag or basket that needs love.

Pattern:  It Cannot Fail To Please by Susan Crawford
MIA for: 11 years ( see it in my queue)

Joyous Things

The Lakes

I have always loved water and with my move back in May, I now live on a river and between two lakes!  I am taking full advantage and spending as much time as possible near or on the water!  I've biked to the lake for lunch or a knitting session, sat at the lake with friends, taken walks along the lake, visited the Biergarten on the lake, and more!  And in about 6 months, I'll be able to walk on the frozen lake!  Wisconsin as an adult is full of wonderfully quaint things to do, and I am here for all of them!

Balcony Garden

I never expected to get so much happiness and joy from a few little vegetables popping up on my balcony.  I've grown green beans, some tomatoes, lettuce, and an ear of corn is trying its darnedest to make it before it gets too cold!  I definitely am planning to have a balcony garden again next year 🌽

Game of Thrones - House of the Dragon

It's been many years since "that" ending, but I am really enjoying the new series and all the messed up stuff they are getting up to again in this world.  George R.R. Martin really is a master of world building, and this world is certainly one I am thrilled not to live in!  LOL