What’s on my needles right now!
Post Spinzilla I haven’t done any spinning. The first weekend after I reorganized my stash, picked up the loft and put together project bags. Putting together project bags is basically my OCD version of startitis. I select my top projects I want to knit and bag up the yarn, pattern and needles. It looks a lot like the picture above. There’s actually more project bags not pictured but I’m only going to talk about those I’ve already started or actually plan to work on within the next month. I have an additional five queued, bagged and ready to go.
- Reverse Spectra – I started this puppy in May, put it away for several months and then actually completed over a dozen of the wedges. But, I have several oopsies along the edging and I wasn’t happy with how I carried the black yarn so I ripped it out. Knitted about six wedges and had to rip again. Hopefully third time is a charm. The pattern is Spectra by Stephen West. Gradient yarn is Turquoise to Tangerine gradient on FootNotes from Fiber Optic Yarns. The solid black is also in FootNotes. Most people have used the gradient for the wedges but I mixed things up and used the solid for the wedges!
- Watering in the Garden Shawl – This one is bagged up except the pattern. I changed my mind when I noticed my prior selection did not have charts for the lace. Knitting lace without charts didn’t sound too appealing. Anyways, pattern change. This is a shawl for me I hope to be able to wear to holiday parties. Yarn is Crimson to Black gradient from Fiber Optic Yarns. The pattern is Watering in the Garden Shawlette by Giddy Davies.
I finished! I finished!
I finally finished this. I started on it in March but got distracted by the KAL shawl and some spinning, then ran out of yarn. The ten feet of i-cord was made bearable by a Clover Wonder Knitter. I now love that little tool.
Moving on to the details.
Pattern – Alluvia Felted Tote (Ravelry pattern here) from Alaskan Purl. I’ve had this pattern for a while but hadn’t got around to working on it. The pleats and different colors make knitting interesting and felting it makes for a sturdy bag. You could use any set of colors for a truly unique bag. Make sure you have plenty of yarn for each color. Pattern is $1.99 on Ravelry.
Yarn – Knit Picks Wool of the Andes Worsted (WOTA). WOTA is a blend of corriedale and merino wool. Personally, I don’t think it’s very soft and wouldn’t use it for next to the skin. A 50 gram ball is 110 yards. I used the following colors, from the base of the bag up: Coal, Onyx Heather, Firecracker Heather, Claret Heather, Amethyst Heather, Lullaby and Lake Ice Heather. NOTE: The pattern has been updated since it was originally published to add yarn because people were running out. I had the amounts called for in the revised pattern and still ran out on one color.
Post felting and drying, I’m very happy with the bag and its size. Next time I would make the straps longer and possibly make the bag itself a bit bigger.
What’s on my needles right now!
More later about vacation and traveling with your knitting. Or your spinning. Or your angora bunny. Ok, not the bunny. Back to my needles. Here’s what is in progress. I have one other scarf/shawl barely started but don’t even have a Ravelry page set up for it. So I’ll catch it next time. Obviously I need to catch finishitis sometime soon.
- Firehawk Shawl – So this is still in process. This two color shawl has an interesting construction. You knit the long lace border edge then pick up stitches along it to knit the body of the shawl. I’m still working on border (see photo above) but love this shawl and the yarn. The pattern is Firehawk Shawl by Heather Zoppetti and the yarn is Dream in Color Smooshy with Cashmere in Amber Glass and Blue Lagoon.
- Scarlet Capelet – I’ve been working on this poor thing for over a year. I started it, put it aside, picked it up, put it down – you get the idea. This pattern appeared in the 2011 Jane Austen Knits and is a hooded cape. I’m unfortunately not as excited about it now as I was but I do plan to continue working on it. This pattern (Scarlet Capelet) is also by Heather Zoppetti. The yarn is Miss Babs Northumbria Aran in Vlads.
- Alluvia Felted Tote – A felted bag/tote out of different colors. It’s worked from the bottom um and I’m on the third color (just finished the second pleat). The pattern (Alluvia) is from Allison Haas. The yarn is Knit Picks Wool of the Andes Worsted in the colors listed on my Rav page.
- Mysterious May KAL – My local yarn shop (Nomad Yarns) is doing a a knit-a-long with a mystery shawl. All we know is it will be a semi-circle and it involves self-striping worsted weight yarn. I got behind from being on vacation and then decided to re-start to clean up my starting edge. So, long story short, I’m just now finishing clue 1 and clue 4 gets released Thursday. So I need to seriously catch up! The pattern is here and I’m using Ella Rae Classic Superwash as my solid and Knitting Fever Painted Sky as my stripe. Rav page showing what colors are here.