You’ve probably heard about Joji Locatelli’s Starting Point MKAL. I’m trying hard to resist — I have too many projects and don’t think I have enough solid sock yarn in the stash to join in with yarn I have — but man, indie dyers are making it hard! I’ve loved/been tortured by all the pictures of yarn sets popping up on Instagram. I’m a particular fan of the two color sets dreamed up by Kim Dyes Yarn.
And let’s round things out with a couple of cute knitterly things: look at this adorable sheep pouch, with a design by Anna Wright, available from Ysolda, and I love, love, this sweater print from Tilly Flop Designs.
Over the weekend, one of the #yarnlovechallengeapril prompts was hibernating. For it, I took a deep breath and pulled out (most of) my hibernating sweaters. Nine in total. There are other unfinished objects lurking in my stash … even a few more sweaters … but these are the biggies. And since I’d already been planning a UFO installment in my spring cleaning posts, now seemed a good time to get on with it!
As I’ve mentioned a few times recently, my Viola socks are languishing a bit. I’ve been trying to figure out why that is. I couldn’t wait to cast them on, I love the pattern, I love the yarn … but I’ve just completely stalled out on the gusset! I think part of it I’ve been distracted by other things, like nearly finishing my Arrosa shawl and starting Southwell.
But I also think part of me needs to change things up. I’ve knit a fair few pair of plain jane socks (my Droving Socks excepted!) over the past six months, and I think maybe it’s time for a little change of pace.
So instead of showing you yet another picture of my Viola socks in the same place (basically they’ve barely grown since this post), wanna help me with planning my next pair?
Hi friends — happy second day of spring for those of you in the Northern Hemisphere!
I’ve mentioned in passing here a few times that I’m trying to get my knitting life a bit more organized. In the spirit of spring cleaning, here’s the first post in what I imagine will be a multi-part series thining about how we handle stash, longstanding unfinished objects, and finished knits we don’t use.
Back in November, my lovely friend Kate of Rosalind Craft Supplies had an idea. A really good idea. Let’s document, reflect on, and celebrate the knits we wear the most. I’ll let her tell you more about it:
… the vast majority of knits we see on Instagram and Ravelry are new creations, fresh off the needles. What do those lovely knits look like after they’ve been worn for a while? Did the garter stitch section droop? Did that merino yarn pill? Did that dye fade? More so, I thought it was about time we cherished clothes that are looking a little worn in. With all this in mind, I’m introducing: the #mostworn blogalong.It’s a simple concept. I’m going to write about the knitwear I’ve worn the most in the past couple of years in three categories (torso, neck and feet) and take photos of their current appearance. Then I’m going to nominate two friends to do the same. And hopefully they’ll do the same. And their friends will do the same. And so on and so forth. We’ll fill the blogosphere with photos of well-worn, well-loved handknits.
Hi friends! How’s your weekend going? We’ve been spending loads of time out on the back deck, relaxing and crafting … a perfect Labor Day weekend, if you ask me!
And it’s been even more perfect than usual because we had a very exciting start to the weekend. Remember Thursday when I mentioned I had an upcoming adventure that I was really excited to share? Well, here it is! On Friday afternoon, my mom and I hopped in her little Fiat and tootled out to gorgeous Rose Lane Farm in Rocky Mount, Virginia.