I think I am going to truly enjoy writing up these little recaps every week… already it feels as if these recaps are challenging me to come up with a little something new and exciting, along with finishing the “old” and to start-up on something new.
This week my intent had been to make progress on both my test knitting project and my Masala shawl. Ideally, by the time this roundup is posted I would have finished the body on my test knitting and have moved on to the sleeves. So here we go!
Over the weekend following my last post I have gained about 2 rows on my Masala; it doesn’t sound like a whole lot but when a row has 500+ stitches and every 2 seconds you’re chasing an almost toddler- 2 rows is a great accomplishment. At last count I have 19 rows left in this growing beast before beginning the final stretch and border. Since then I haven’t gotten much farther (see below…) which is OK as I am farther along than I was this time last week.
Last time I spoke about learning to enjoy the idea of slow knitting with this project and I truly have. However, there are moments when I crave to be done with this section. As beautiful as slow knitting can be there are times in which it seems to go on forever without end in sight! Out of all my current projects this one is resigned to be my after work, baby is asleep, I’m done for the night knitting. So the progress I make on this piece is also dependent on these time restraints.
Project/ Designer:Masala Shawl/ Michele Wang for Quince & CO
Yarn:Owool O-Wash Fingering in color Pearly Mussel
One the flip side, my test knitting project is my travel project. Easy straightforward stitching and its compactness make it an easy pick for a subway knitting project. It has been; what- maybe two weeks since I’ve started and I have finished the body up to the armhole! The sleeves will seem like nothing next considering I have plans to knit them simultaneously- no suffering from “second sock syndrome” here! Unfortunately I have hit a temporary wall as I do not have a long enough circular needle to do the sleeves two at a time. So until I can purchase the necessary needle, I am putting this project on hold…
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)
All that being said, I made another impulsive decision and am going to move forward with the Penguono by Steven West (see linked post for last discussion)! I purchased the pattern earlier this week, pulled out every leftover yarn that I could find and started to figure out what would work together and what wasn’t meant for this project. (My little girl also managed to get her hands into one of my yarn baskets earlier this week while Daddy wasn’t looking and made a little bit of a mess of a skein; so another good reason to start this sweater and downsize my yarn stash!)
Project/ Designer:Penguono by Steven West
Yarn: Purl Soho Flax Down in Kettle Black + various remnants (details to be added later as I get to them…)
**FUN FACT; when you drape a blanket over said yarn basket; its like instant camouflage to baby….
Until next week…
~~All photos are my own unless otherwise listed~~