Work(s) In Progress

I am a serial caster on-er,  regularly seduced by a lovely, shiny new pattern.  But it seems to be getting worse since I have started my yarn diet, because I can see so much potential in my beloved stash.

I knew things were getting bad the other day when I couldn’t find any 4mm interchangeable tips.  I hadn’t lost them, they were simply all being used.  When I dragged all the bags and boxes of projects out I realised I have to focus on finishing some of them before I can allow myself to start anything new.

Here are a few of my favourites.

kidalton

Kidalton is by Kate Davies from her Inspired by Islay collection which I am knitting in a Merino yarn by Lang Yarns.  I have been cabling without a cable needle on this pattern which the wonderful Jen Arnall-Culliford taught me when she joined The Knitter.

XanaduXanadu is a beautiful shawl by Kitman Figueroa.  If you haven’t ever tried one of her designs, what are you waiting for?  They are as elegantly written as the shawls themselves. This is a pre-blocking image so you can’t see how yummy it will look. The yarn is Yarn Stories Fine Merino 4ply.

RedshiftRedshift is a Jared Flood design. I think he is one of the nicest people I have ever met in our wonderful world of knitting so I always have a soft spot for his designs. This is a steeked shawl and I am using Gomitolis Lambswool and Wool/Cashmere. As you can see mine is more of a yellowy-green shift.

marled magicStephen West’s Marled Magic Mystery Knit Along was gifted to me by my dear friend Michelle.  She is joining me on the yarn diet trail and though this would be a good pattern to eat up a few of the odd balls that we both have.  I am trying not to be too regular in the colours I am putting together and I am really pleased with the result so far. Miracle of miracles, I am actually keeping up with the clues.

There are at least another 6 projects that I am willing to admit to on the needles but I am going to try to finish one off every week or so. Gulp!

Chart busters

I started with the best of intentions, just like when you get a new diary for Christmas and promise to write in it every day. Now look, it’s a month and a half and I haven’t written anything.

But I did finish my Rowanette Exchange. The beautiful Laminaria in the finest merino and silk yarn was a real revelation. Lace knitting, just like cabling really isn’t so hard. You just have to be able to follow a chart and keep count.
‘Well, that’s easy for her to say!’
No, it’s easy for all of you. I remember the look of pure joy on a lady’s face at a workshop when she had made her first cable. She wasn’t just proud of herself, she realised that the whole concept was easier than it looked. A new world of possibilities was open to her and the real thrill is that you score extra brownie points because it all looks so technical.
So, if you have the mother in law to please this Christmas knock her dead (so to speak) with one of the many shawls on Ravelry or put Latvian lace in Google and see what you get.