Holy Moly, I completed a project with yarn from circa 2007-8!!! Now that’s a deep plunge into the stash.
Frustrated with my Islay Cardigan (recap – I ran out of yarn, bought more yarn, waited for said yarn, forgot where I was in the chart, realized I couldn’t figure out where I was because I had done the decreases for the wrong size, unknit the additional decreases, and I still had the wrong number of stitches, oy!), I decided I wanted to knit something quick quick quick and get a finished project under my belt. Get my knitting mojo back, you know what I mean? I feel like it’s been awhile since I finished a knit project. So, I went looking for something small, something modest. Every year I admire the dooable projects in Ysolde Teague’s Knitworthy e-books, patterns perfectly designed and timely released for gift knitting. These patterns are released bi-weekly until the ebook is complete, and while from the start you can preorder the entire ebook, and get the patterns as they are released, you can’t buy the individual patterns until after the subscribers get their full ebook. So, I usually like the first pattern, don’t want to commit to the whole book until I see the whole book, and then I forget about it. So, when I really liked the first pattern this year, Belyse, I just decided to go for it, and I subscribed to the whole book.
So, because I needed immediate gratification, I wasn’t going to buy anything, and I started going through my stash. Dig dig dig – and I ended up finding a nice, tweedy Rowan 4 ply Tweed, which came out sometime between 2006-2008, and is now discontinued. For the main color, I picked this purply pink tweedy yarn from Maryland Sheep and Wool, from Davidsons.
Unlike traditional glove patterns, Belyse starts at the fingers, not the cuffs. Interesting. The fingers are actually pretty ingenious – they’re knit like I-cord, and then you make a stitch from the tail, ladder it up the back, and close up the circle. Crazy. And then the fingers are joined to start the palm.
Here’s the first one in progress. Sorry about the crappy photos – I knit these through Saturday and Sunday football – not to much movement out of the blue chair.
The back (yep, with some dog butt) –
And front (sans butt!)
And of course, as soon as I finished these mitts, I saw these –
OMG I love these! They’re from Ann Kingston Tup Knits (tups apparently refers to sheep mating, learn something new everyday!), and I love the mitts, the hats and the cowl – although I think all three is a bit much. I think I’ll make the mitts and the hat and call it a sheep.
So, that’s where I am in my yarning!
And the reading! I finally secured the digital download of Dark Matter, and read it in a day and a half.
The beginning is edge of your seat exciting, the middle starts to read like a traditional time travel novel (although its not about time travel), and then there’s a twist and bam! Gotta find out what happens! I enjoyed it, and obviously it was quick, like my mitts. I guess that’s the theme this week!
Back next week with probably a return to the cardigan, or the start of something tuppy!