WIP Summary: June 2017

June has proven to be a busy and trying month. It has been hot and emotional, and I didn’t get as much knitting done as I thought I would, and I’m not at all prepared with photographs of most of my still in-progress projects. But here’s what I do have: two of the three projects I brought with me on my recent vacation, hastily photographed on the last morning.

Find Your Fade
Pattern: Find Your Fade
Yarn: Madelinetosh Euro Sock (Antler, Havana [Minimal / Optic], Crudo, Burnished, Cactus, Joshua Tree)
While vacationing on Big Burn Island in Lake George, I finally got to the last color in my Find Your Fade. When I started the green phase of this shawl, I wasn’t entirely sure about my color choices, but, now seeing all of the colors present, I’ve realized that I really like the colors I picked. When I began knitting this project, it was ostensibly for me, but I often plan to make something for myself, only to later realize that the colors aren’t right or I don’t actually like it or use it. And while working on this, that was always in the back of my mind: this might not be for me. But I think this is really, truly for me.

Palmyre
Pattern: Palmyre
Yarn: Madelinetosh Tosh DK (Worn Denim)
This was my subway and campfire knitting project, because it’s not yet very large, I can pick it up and put it down without losing my place, and — perhaps its best asset — I can knit it in the practically-dark. It’s still small at this point, and I have a feeling it won’t take center stage in July, but I’m enjoying it. I’ve never been much of a blue person, although blue has infiltrated other parts of my life, but recently I’ve been very drawn to blues, so I’m just rolling with it. Again: ostensibly for me.


And then, of course, Seasmoke is still languishes. My Cameo Flower shawl is, on the other hand, down to the last seven rows of the “Filigree” chart, but I’m about to run out of yarn. I’m hoping to pop by my LYS tomorrow and pick up a third skein of Malabrigo Arroyo. The rows are long, but the lace is easy, and I’m at that point where I can see the finish line, and it’s exciting.

My two WIP sweaters, Coloring and Gull Island, came more or less to a standstill this month while I focused my attention on other projects. I knit maybe an inch or so on the Gull Island body and a couple inches on the Coloring sleeves. It would be satisfying to finish both in July, but I think August is more realistic.

Finally: my month of baby knits was only semi-successful. I did finish both WIPs pictured, plus the Miel cardigan, but that’s it for completed projects. I do have an Aida Cardigan on my needles, the body basically complete. I have to measure the length and confirm that it’s correct, knit some garter stitch, bind off, and then work both sleeves, which can all be completed in about a week of my pre- and post-work knitting sessions. As for the rest of my baby knits plans, I feel less urgency to complete a pile of baby sweaters right now, so I might hold off casting on the rest of those projects.

WIP Summary: May 2017

Find Your Fade
Pattern: Find Your Fade
Yarn: Madelinetosh Euro Sock (Antler, Havana [Minimal / Optic], Crudo, Burnished)

If I had to pick a “WIP of the month,” it would probably be my Find Your Fade. I’ve been chipping away at this very consistently since I cast on and, on Monday, while I sat on a lawn chair at an annual Memorial Day party, I finally reached the point in the pattern where the increases and decreases cancel each other out (Section Seven). I’m on my fourth color of six and seem to be at approximately the halfway point.

Gull Island
Pattern: Gull Island
Yarn: Mirasol Yarn Llama Una (Black Dahlia)

Gull Island was my second most-worked-on project this month, however it’s still just 3/4 of a sleeve and most of a body. I’m still have one or two inches left on the body before I set it aside to finish the sleeves and join all of my stockinette tubes. I would like to see this project finished before the end of June, but I’m not sure how serious I am about this goal.

Coloring
Pattern: Coloring
Yarn: West Yorkshire Spinners Wensleydale Gems DK (Jet)

This is probably the project I’m most in need of, but I worked on it the least this month. I keep switching between knitting the sleeves two-at-a-time and working them separately, unable to decide which method I prefer for this particular project. (I generally prefer knitting sleeves simultaneously.) Despite my indecision, I somehow managed to half-complete both sleeves, and I’m hoping to buckle down and put a big dent in this project next month. I suspect I won’t be finished with it by the end of June.

Baby Sophisticate
Pattern: Baby & Child Sophisticate
Yarn: Knit Picks Wool of the Andes Worsted Weight (Indigo Heather, Seraphim)

I cast on this little three-month-sized cardigan yesterday afternoon. My boyfriend’s sister is due next month, and I’ve been squeezing in baby sweaters throughout May. (Hence the slow progress on my own sweaters.) I actually knit two Flax sweaters this month — both of which still require finishing — as well as a Miel cardigan. This Baby Sophisticate has some mosaic work on the back, but I don’t love it. More on that in a later post.


Seasmoke is still languishing on my needles. It’s ignored, but not entirely forgotten. Instead of working on it this month, I impulsively cast on a Cameo Flower shawl, which I’ve enjoyed working on. Currently, I only work on it on Saturdays, and only on the foul-weather Saturdays, so it too has recently come to a bit of a standstill, but I might move this into my at-home rotation in order to get it off my needles.

WIP: Find Your Fade

As I anticipated, I ended up casting on my Find Your Fade shawl sooner rather than later. It was too hard to resist the charm of the yarns I selected for this project.

After casting on, I quickly realized that it’s equally hard to not give in to the impulse to knit “just one more row.” Similar to my previous experience with speckled yarn, I’m thoroughly enjoying the unpredictability of each colorway: watching how each singular hank transforms into fabric, and blending two in the “Color Melting.” And since I decided to skip the lace sections and knit the entire shawl in garter stitch, this has become an incredibly relaxing and mindless project, making it even harder to put down. It’s the perfect WIP for nights when I get home from work at 22:00, which is four times a week. (The fifth night I get home at 23:00!)

Additional changes: I cast on a couple of times, ultimately deciding that the YOs looked messy and caused a loose edge. I’ve opted to knit a kfb as the increase and slip the stitches along both edges. The recommended double decrease also wasn’t to my liking, so I’m working a centered double decrease (s2kp2), which creates an elegant line of stitches.

Pattern: Find Your Fade
Yarn: Madelinetosh Euro Sock (Antler, Havana [Minimal / Optic], Crudo)
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FO: Palmyre

Palmyre
Palmyre
Pattern: Palmyre
Yarn: Madelinetosh Farm Twist (Oeste), Madelinetosh DK Twist (Sweet n Sour)
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Palmyre has been on and off my Ravelry queue since I first saw it a couple years ago, and I’m so pleased with how it turned out. This project went so quickly and effortlessly that I’m pretty certain it knit itself. And, as I recently mentioned, the Farm Twist was also a very nice yarn to work with.

I decided to do the bind off with a different yarn, just to give it an extra pop of color. The coral-like reddish edging matches some of the more subtle flecks of color found in the Oeste yarn, but I also briefly considered a bright green yarn and, halfway through binding off last night, it crossed my mind that the leftover Mineral from my French Cancan might look quite nice.

This shawl is most likely destined to become a gift, but I think I’ll have to knit one for myself.

Palmyre

A couple comments on kntting Palmyre: I often forget to weigh my yarn (as I did here), so I don’t know exactly how much I used, but I did need to break out the third hank of Oeste to finish the lace border. I was about five or six rows from the end of the chart. The only modification I made to the pattern was to knit a longer garter tab before picking up stitches, because I don’t like it when that gets too tight and causes a bump in the shawl. If I could do it all over again (and I probably will), I would experiment with slipping the outer edge of the garter tab, since that would better compliment the top edge of the shawl.

Palmyre

WIP: Find Your Fade

Find Your Fade

Okay, so this isn’t really a WIP. Yet. But I’m excited that I “found my fade” for the Find Your Fade shawl.

I know you don’t have to use a single dyer or base, but I ended up selecting six hanks of Madelinetosh Euro Sock, which is a plied, 100% merino fingering-weight yarn. From left to right, the colors are: Joshua Tree, Cactus, Burnished, Crudo, Havana (Minimal / Optic), and Antler.

Find Your Fade

I have to finish a couple projects before I start this, but I suspect I’ll cast on before the end of the month.

WIP Summary: April 2017

April was kind of a busy month. What with all of the madness at work, I completely forgot that I had made those steek swatches! And it took me two weeks to finally make it over to my LYS to pick up the yarn they special ordered for my Fusion cardi! (And truthfully, I brought it home this past Tuesday and haven’t had a moment to even line the hanks up and confirm that my colorway looks how I pictured it would.)

But I also completed a few projects and — naturally — I started some new ones.

Coloring
Pattern: Coloring
Yarn: West Yorkshire Spinners Wensleydale Gems DK (Jet)

This pattern is written for sport-weight yarn, and this West Yorkshire Spinners yarn is supposed to be DK, but it seems more like something that fluctuates between fingering and sport. So I decided to take a chance and cast on a Coloring cardi. This is probably one of those times I should have swatched, but I didn’t. Because I almost never do. So fingers are crossed for this project. Right now, I’m working the sleeves two-at-a-time, then I’ll finish the body. If I have enough yarn left, I’ll probably work a vertical button band.

Gull Island
Pattern: Gull Island
Yarn: Mirasol Yarn Llama Una (Black Dahlia)

This was the project I had in mind when I purchased the West Yorkshire Spinners yarn, but it’s definitely the wrong weight for this pattern. Since I’m between sizes, I’m knitting one of the sleeves first, and from that I’ll determine my gauge and figure out how many stitches to cast on for the body. The Llama Una is very soft, which makes me worry about pilling, and it also feels light and airy too. The fabric is quite nice, but I do wonder how it’ll wear.

Palmyre
Pattern: Palmyre
Yarn: Madelinetosh Farm Twist (Oeste)

And, because I’m rarely without a quick and easy shawl project, last night I cast on Palmyre with some Farm Twist that I just got in the mail the other day. I’m curious to see how this yarn looks as it turns into shawl.


Seasmoke is also still on my needles (and still unphotographed) but I don’t think I’ve touched it in a month and a half. I’d like to move it back into my active WIP rotation in May. This also reminds me that I have a few 2016 WIPs languishing on my needles — a couple since last July — and I need to make some finish-or-frog decisions.

FO: French Cancan

French Cancan
French Cancan
Pattern: French Cancan
Yarn: Madelinetosh Tosh DK (Mineral)
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French Cancan has been in my Ravelry queue since July of last year and in my mental queue for even longer than that. I usually try to have an easy shawl going, especially when I’m working on fingering- or sport-weight projects, and the French Cancan’s mindless garter stitch and DK yarn was a good choice. The body of the shawl knits up very quickly, and the chart is easily memorized. Once I turned my attention to the border, it was completed in just a couple days.

I weighed my yarn as I knit, hoping to use up as much of it as possible. I started with 241g and knit the body until I had 103g left, approximately 42%. The pattern suggests leaving 40% for the applied lace edging, but I decided to err on the side of caution and avoid a game of yarn chicken. I still had 8g of yarn left when I completed the shawl, so I probably could have done a few more rows on the body.