A(nother) Knitting Binge
So, over the past week or so, I’ve been on somewhat of a knitting binge. You know what I’m talking about… when you cast on with whatever yarn you see first, knit an insane amount, finishing a project (which should have taken a week) in a day or so, and then immediately cast on for another project. The cycle is hard to break, and at a certain point you realize, wow! I’ve done a lot of knitting recently! As well as, wow! My room is absolutely covered in yarn and knitting needles and notions.
The last thing I posted, about a week ago, was that I finished my pretty purple gloves, as well as a secret knitting bag that I can’t yet post photos of. Since then, I’ve cast on for convertible mittens with my handspun yarn (photos will be posted when I’m done the project), knitted and created a pattern for JDRF mittens (I will explain more in a minute), knit a lace scarf out of some gorgeous variegated DK yarn I got for Christmas (again, more in a minute), as well as knit 2 dishcloths for my girlfriend’s mom.
The JDRF mittens are something I’ve been meaning to make for a while. I went to Romni Wools in Toronto (if you haven’t been: go! I can literally spend hours in there), where I got three skeins of worsted weight Galway to use. (In case you don’t know what JDRF is, it stands for Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, and you can learn all about it here). The mittens were fairly quick to knit up, following a basic pattern, with JDRF colourwork. The pattern is currently being tested, but once that’s finished I’ll be selling the pattern, and all proceeds will be donated to the fantastic organization. Here’s a photo to tide you over until then!
I also knit a lace scarf out of a gorgeous DK variegated yarn, called James C. Brett Marble. It is 100% acrylic, and so machine washable, so I don’t have to worry when I wear it. I used the pattern Summer Shimmer Scarf by Purl Soho, which turned out beautifully, full of zigzags and colour.
Rainbow Socks and other knitting
My rainbow socks are complete! They were a nice quick knit, perfect for knitting while watching Criminal Minds and various other TV shows.
I actually finished them a couple of days ago, I just didn’t have the opportunity to take photos until today. The weather was so gorgeous! It’s warm but not too humid yet, and the nights are still cool, so in my opinion it absolutely can’t get any better.
In the meantime, I’ve been working on a couple of other things as well. First, I’ve been attempting to hand sew a liner for my mystery Waterfall Bag (I promise! I will post photos eventually!), as well as the convertible mittens I started out of the yarn I spun and dyed with Kool-Aid. I’m nearly finished them, so I should be able to post photos soon. Something to look forward to!
I’ve been doing quite a bit of knitting over the past few days, including finishing my handspun convertible mittens. Unfortunately I haven’t taken any photos yet, but I will soon, I promise! I have been slaving over the cardigan Abalone by Beata Jezek, knit out of deep blue Bernat Satin. It has worked out wonderfully, besides an issue I’m having with the applied i-cord bind off, which was too tight for the drape of the garment. I’m trying to figure it out now!
In addition, my friend Kylie (of likepurlsoffastring) has published another pattern! It’s called Bisous, it is a pattern for “a lightweight hat with “x”s around the body, which converge into a star at the top,” and it is available for $2.50 in her pattern store.
In celebration, she is hosting a giveaway, where she will give away 5 copies to the lucky winners! To enter, check out the original post here.