February 21, 2023
Last week, one of the #Fiberuary prompts was "WIP Tally." I generally really try to keep things moving along, and typically have 2-3 projects in active rotation. But I was a good sport, and tracked down the things that have been put on the back burner for one reason or another.
This is the video inventory, and here are the works in progress in the order they appear:
(And I knew that I was missing Romi Hill's Time Heals MKAL shawl, but couldn't find the project bag.) (Which I found the following day.)
I've borrowed an eight-sided die from my kid. A couple of these are close enough to completion that they won't be included, but I'm planning to number the languishing projects, roll the die periodically, and add a few rows or rounds to whichever number comes up.
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Pattern here. This KAL will be self-directed, but please feel free to join in on Saturday social stitching, or to reach out for assistance. The beginning steps are well-designed and explained, but the cardigan starts out a bit differently than most, and I am happy to field questions! Recommended gauge is 20 stitches / 4"--lots of options will work for this! (Lore, Loch Lomond, Tosh DK, Encore, Lanas, Ultra Wool, Rios, Forge, Woolstok...)
There's a new sock yarn in town--with a touch of extra luxury. Ferner Wolle Lungauer Sockenwolle is an Austrian sock yarn that is 60% superwash merino, 20% silk, and 20% recycled nylon. If those specs sound intriguing, they feel even better. In the context of socks, silk is a strong fiber, and is a good temperature regulator. It's not a fiber that has a lot of bounce or recovery, which is why it's blended here with wool. If you're a sock knitter who prefers nylon in your sock yarn, this blend has a generous 20%--and though it's still a synthetic, it is recycled. These colorways are all self-striping, and there are examples of each knit up on the product page. Not into socks? Try the Sockhead Hat or Sockhead Cowl--the stitch counts tend to preserve the striping of self-striping yarns.
Also? The stock of Schoppel Edition 3 is refreshed--this is a great option when you need a substitute for Spincycle Dyed in the Wool.
I also sewed up a few new Kiko Drawstring Bags in the Tall size. This size came about when I was maximizing yardage, but I like them for keeping the next skein or two at the ready in the bottom of the bag, with the project itself on top.
This week bon my needles: I finished the body of the Gartergan, and started a sleeve. I'm about halfway through the sleeve decreases. (Of note--the body is knit to the specified length, but the designer has accounted for the fact that blocked garter stitch increases in length.)
The Versa Cowl got some love, also--I finished the broken seed stitch section, and worked about half of the stripes.
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