TITLE TBA…. episode 1

I spent a good 10 minutes with my hands on the keys trying to decide what these monthly write ups should be called. “Weekly Roundups” has a nice ring to them but now with doing these monthly I can’t seem to come up with something fun and catching….so for now they’re “TITLE TBA”. I know so original….

April brought a mix of old and new…. Projects finished, projects revisited and new ones cast on.  If you did not have to opportunity to catch up on my other posts (or insta!) the big finish this month was my Penguono!!  I wear it AT LEAST 2 x’s every week to work…its all sorts of warm and cozy and I am so SO proud of how it turned out.  To date its one of the most pristine, high quality item i have ever knit.  I also ENJOYED knitting this so i am already looking through my stash to see if i have enough of whites and creams to make another version.  I saw Knit Collage’s take on this recently and LOOOOVE her interpretation!  Creams and tans with subtle pinks throughout and the TEXTURE- ugh, sorry, just dying over here.  As much as i tried to let go while making mine- Knit Collage is making me want to throw even more caution to the wind and make another!

April also allowed for me to finally (but really, FINALLY) get the needles I needed to continue on my way in the pattern I am helping to test knit.  While the designer has been kind enough to not have any completion dates, i am anxious to finish it up to give any pattern notes/ suggestions back to the designer AND allow my baby girl to wear it before she outgrows it!  As much as I thought doing two at a time sleeves would be a great idea I am ironically struggling a bit and haven’t gotten as far as i would like.  I carry around this piece daily and yet can’t seem to sneak in a few little rounds.  I believe i have about 5” left to go before i can join the body and sleeves.

I also spent a little time this month working on my Masala Shawl.  This one has had the slowest growth at all in recent months due to the sheer size.  One round of twist rib can take almost 10 minutes to finish!  I have (still) about 10 rows lift before I can begin the next section.  Would love to finish this up too as it would be great for summer nights out.

And finally, I allowed myself to cast on one new project which is nearing completion!  The Ural Shawl was my DK wt project that I wanted to have in case my finer gauge ones were ones I did not wish to work on.  Sometimes small needles/ stitches just wont satisfy!  This piece gave me the ability to feel as if I was actually completing work instead of feeling like i was going nowhere.   Since my last write-up on it I am headed into the last two little sections and should be finished with it in the next two weeks.  I will certainly get a FO post up as soon as I can with photos of the finished product.

So there we have it!  The first monthly write-up.  Below Ill leave you with the project and yarn detains for those of you interested….

Pattern: Penguono by Steven West

Yarn:  Yarn:  Purl Soho Flax Down in Kettle Black + The Fibre Co Cumbria Fingering in Scafell Pike & Dodd Wood + Lake yarns Alturas in Shell Seeker + OWool Local in Gray Birch + Skeinny Dipping Fingering and Skeinny Dipping DK in Cease and Desist + Baa Ram Ewe Titus in Coal

Pattern:Masala Shawl/ Michele Wang for Quince & CO

Yarn: Owool O-Wash Fingering in color Pearly Mussel

Pattern/ Designer: UNDER WRAPS

Yarn:Madelinetosh TOSH SOCK in color Astrid Grey (link to main website, will have to check stockists for where to buy)

Pattern: Ural Shawl by Whitney Hayward

Yarn:Sawkill Farms Worsted; Undyed Wool from 2016; “Odd Offs” from Purl Soho (they were skeins/ colors that I believe didn’t go into final production…I think its the Worsted Twist but not 100% sure and the label is not clear…); and OWool Local in color Cochineal

As always…

XO,

Christine

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