This week’s look at what’s on my knitting needles (and what’s been cast off)
Hello and welcome back to What I’m Knitting Wednesday!
I have a couple of finished projects to show off, and then I’ll show you what’s on my needles.
Yarns & Patterns Used in These Knitting Projects
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FOs (aka Finished Objects)
Side note: am I the only one who finds the designation “Finished Objects,” aka FOs, a little weird? “Finished Objects” to me makes it sound like we, the knitters, had absolutely nothing to do with these completed items. They just magically appeared out of the sky like some knitted UFOs. Which, incidentally, also happens to have “FO” in its name.
Am I really the only one who finds this all a little odd? Anyone else out there? Anyone? Bueller?
Ahem. Okay, moving ahead…
First, you might remember that last time we chatted, I had just started a pair of “glittens” (ie, gloves plus mittens) for a boy with webbed fingers. That is now finished! Below is a photo of both sets of glittens.
I’m hoping to send these to their rightful owner this week.
And since my last Wednesday post, I started and finished a whole other project. My mom visited me recently for two weeks (yay!) and during that time, she saw those fabulous boot toppers I made with my Darn Good Yarn Yak Wool, and she said, “I want some!”
So, being the good daughter I am, I made her a pair.
I used Lion Brand Vanna’s Choice in Oatmeal, which she chose. I love the tweedy look, and I think it worked fantastically with this stitch pattern.
As for that pattern, it’s called Thermal Boot Cuffs. How did I choose this pattern? Well, through a painstaking process (i.e., I pulled up Ravelry on my phone, typed “boot cuff” in the search box, and clicked on the first result I saw), Mom decided this was the pattern she wanted.
On My Needles
Now, let’s get to what I’m currently working on. First, this is the start of a cowl/hood I’m making for a friend of mine named Karen. Karen has this charming (if sometimes alarming) habit of drooling over everything I knit and post on Instagram and Facebook and begging me to make it for her.
It’s charming because we all like to be appreciated. It’s alarming because she always seems to have a knack for doing this right when I’m working on about 3 other things at once.
Anyway, I promised Karen I would start her project once I finished the glittens. And I did.
To be honest with you, Homespun isn’t my favorite yarn to use. I love the colors and I love the way it looks, but boucle and I are not the closest of friends. However, I’m starting to get the hang of using it. Why use a yarn I don’t have the best history with? Because another friend gave it me, and I knew Karen would love it. It is a gorgeous color.
The second project on my needles is the Project Peace cowl. If you’re a Knitting Nuggets subscriber, you may have seen my mentions of this peaceful knitalong. I started right on the day it began, December 1, and I’m already behind. (Oops.)
I have two excellent reasons for being behind. Well… I have one excellent reason and one “d’oh, did I do that??” reason.
The excellent reason is that I spent very close to all weekend volunteering my time to be a stopwatch timer at my younger daughter’s swim meet. It was a multiple-day event (rare in my daughter’s training group, thank God) and I decided to get all my volunteer hours out of the way in one fell swoop.
(I don’t recommend this, by the way. If you want to know why, my aching legs will be more than happy to explain to you.)
The “d’oh!” reason is that, on Dec. 2, halfway through the second pattern repeat, I discovered a twist in the join of the cowl. Actually it might have been multiple twists, one on each end. (How does one do that? Darned if I know.) To be honest, I knew about the twist all along, but I kept pretending it wasn’t too bad and pretending I could get it sorted eventually. I was wrong, of course.
On Day 2, I should have been finishing up my 2nd pattern repeat. Instead, all I really managed to do was thoroughly twist up my project, heave a sigh and resign myself to my doom, and then frog the whole danged thing and start over.
By the way, it is really, really, REALLY hard to cast on 318 stitches and join them in the round without twisting. It’s even harder to do this with laceweight yarn. LESSON LEARNED in a very big way.
I did manage to re-cast on my stitches, this time using fewer cast on stitches (306) and a smaller needle (I had been using size 5; I changed to size 4). This is because I noticed during my original attempt that the cowl was going to be a lot longer than I wanted. So I’m trying to shrink it a tiny bit.
And, this time I didn’t join the cast-on to knit in the round. I actually completed two full pattern repeats knitting back and forth, rather than in the round. THEN, I seamed the edges together with the cast-on tail. Only then did I start knitting in the round.
I took this photo a couple of days ago, when I’d nearly finished pattern repeat #3. I’m not quite caught up yet, but I’m getting closer.
Although I’ve had my problems with this pattern, I have no quibbles whatsoever with the actual stitch pattern. As benefits a “peace cowl,” the stitch pattern really is quite soothing. I’m trying hard to take the time to knit this pattern without doing anything else, so I can let it soothe me and allow my thoughts to wander.
This doesn’t come naturally to me, as I’m a rather dyed-in-the-wool multitasker. But I’m trying!
The yarn, by the way, is Knit Picks Aloft in Tarragon. This is my first-ever laceweight, and I love it. While it definitely requires concentration to use, that makes it rather perfect for this project. But it’s ridiculously soft. Ridiculously.
Whew! That’s a lot of knitting. And I didn’t even show you my progress on that prayer shawl square… next time, I promise, haha.
So, what’s on your needles? Please show photos, if you’d like, and let me know what yarn/pattern(s) you’re using!