Is it just me, or did today feel more like Friday than Wednesday? Hello, 4-day-weekend, am I glad to see you! I’m totally not complaining. Wanna see some WIPs?
Ever More Ribbons:
|Malabrigo Yarn Rios, colorway Azules|
That is a terrible photo of the knitting but an adorable photo of Darwin, so I kept it. Thanks to an extra-long conference call today, I finished one of the pair of my Beribboned Wrists and started the second. These are my leave-at-work knit because they are simple and I can just knit a row here and there when I have a second without messing anything up. I anticipate having a pair of these on the needles continuously for a while, people have been chatting them up on facebook and I’m being convinced to open an Etsy shop and sell them… but probably not until after the new year. Too many deadlines!
|Dragonfly Fibers Traveller, colorway Riptide|
In addition to the secret knitting I ‘showed’ you last time, I have another secret design on the needles using yarn from Dragonfly Fibers. Kate uses similar yarn bases as The Verdant Gryphon and Cephalopod Yarns and is another Maryland-based indie dyer. I don’t know what they put in the water down in Maryland but it sure makes for some talented and creative fiber artists with great color sense, and I’m grateful for it!
SPOILER ALERT: If you are taking part in Star Athena’s Mystery Cowl KAL and don’t want to be spoiled, you should probably stop reading now. (Bye!)
|BMFA De-Vine, colorway Smokey Mountain Morn|
This was a total impulse project. I saw the post about the mystery KAL, knew that I liked Star’s sock design I’d recently knit, had been thinking about making myself a new cowl, and once I heard the word “discount” (10% off the yarn with purchase of the pattern) I jumped at the chance to justify trying this new-to-me bulky yarn: De-Vine from Blue Moon Fiber Arts. The yarn is crazy cool and different from anything I’ve knit with before.
Here’s the website description:
“Thirty six singles spun fine then 2 plied, then 4 plied, then take 8 of those sets of 4 ply and twist. DeVine! Soft with a bounce and spring. DeVine takes color like our sock yarn, all bright and glorious.”
How crazy is that, right? It has a dense, almost velvety texture. It’s really nice. And the pattern is simple and fun so far. It involvs linen stitch and herringbone stitch, both of which are pretty rough on the hands (especially on size 15 needles!) but work so well with the variegated colorways of Blue Moon that it’s worth it. You can read more about the KAL in Star’s Ravelry group.
|One more beauty shot…|
That’s most of the knitting I’m actively working on right now. I’m looking forward to some seriously focused knitting-and-blog-reading time this weekend, I feel so behind! I normally travel to Long Island for the holiday but the Fiasco and I are staying in CT this year. We’ll spend Thanksgiving with his family and then spend the rest of the weekend packing our apartment up because we’ll be moving to RI the following weekend! It’s not a very far move but it is an exciting one because it means we 1) gain about 400 square feet of space (yaaaaaay) and 2) lose 45 minutes off my current commute (double yaaaaay). While I’ll miss seeing my family very much, it will be good to get ahead on things around here. I hope you all have a good holiday!