Pattern: Nymphalidea by Melissa Vermeer. Free pattern, Knitty Fall 2013
Yarn: Madelinetosh Sock in the Bearded Iris colorway and Louet Gems Fingering Weight in Navy on size 4 needles.
The directions for this shawl are easy to follow and the skill set requires you to knit, purl, K2tog, yarn over. I do like working on this, but I guess it becomes stale when a new item flashes its way onto the needles. I am more than half way finished, so I pledge to work on it for the next week. Maybe I can cast off even sooner than that?!
Pattern: Frosted Hat by Amanda Lilley
Yarn: Cascade 128 Tweed on size 5 needles.
I am on a hat kick! I forget how quick they are and how well they assist in the stash busting! This will be my third hat in a week if I am able to finish it by Sunday. It seems to be working up quickly, So that shouldn't be a problem. I am coming down from the exhilarating 12 days of Christmas break where I had no real demands on my time and I could knit to my heart's content. Now that I am back to work at the high school, knitting is my sanity saver!
This pattern calls for a size 5 needle and the stitches are so beautiful and plump. The ball band recommends using needles 10-10.5. I do love how the tighter gauge really makes the yarn sing. I am trekking away on the 6 inches of ribbing and then free sailing should happen once I get to the stockinette. The second color will probably be an off white/natural, but if I find something more splashy in stash, I may go with a bright contrasting hue. I am not a colorwork girl, but I am hoping this toe dip into that pool will encourage me to try something a little more challenging in the next set of projects.
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What is on your needles this Wednesday? Have you set any finishing goals for the week? Oh, perhaps you are not the obsessed knitter. Lucky you!