I’m fresh out of words, poor other blog and journal… My hands keep busy though:
In the becoming-more-usual way, it has sprung with dizzying speed. This time last week, significant amounts of snirt were still visible in shaded corners and we had an actual snow fall. Boots, coats and mitts were still in evidence. Yesterday, in true Canadian (and especially Ottawan) fashion, shorts and flip flops were being sported by many.
I, in my typical way, am fallen victim to my annual spring dithering… so much to do and I don’t know where to start! My garden calls but I haven’t purchased any garden tools, My knitting calls but my stash is worse than a harem – all the pretties want attention and none can be satisfied with short attention span and shorter ministrations!
I’m trying hard to finish up a test knit of my Goth-Stonian Legwarmers, mostly to be able to show the gorgeous handmade beads that are going onto this next pair and am working away at another Arcadian Double Loop, this time to show the technique for a photo tutorial… That and three sweaters, all at various stages have me all a-twitter as the robins.
I’m thinking a nice long walk this evening to clear out the residual hibernation hangover is in order and then maybe I can tackle this lot from a fresh perspective.
A class photo of all the Arcadian Cowl variations. The pattern writing festivities continue and I am keeping the coffee and stashbusting faeries very happy 🙂
Double Loop was seamed up yesterday. I swear I’ve done more Kitchener grafting in the last four days than in the last four years! This one is my favourite for yarn base – the silk merino blend – though I knitted options, this one seems the best “fit” for the design, IMHO.
On the WIP front, insurance skeins have arrived for both sweaters as of the first of April and I’m “Circuit Knitting” on both of them (why do I only have one set of 4.50mm dpns??!). Silky Cables is set to win the race, though I doubt it’ll see wear this year as M’lady Spring seems to have deigned to grace Ottawa with her presence, however sporadic her appearances have been and Silky is bulky in fit and wonderfully warm.
On the Quick ‘N Dirty front, I’m working up the second “Skully Fingerless Glove” today – which may become a bottle cozy if I lose interest and due to it’s thumb-free design ;-). I’ve a second pair of Goth-Stonian Legwarmers half done too. A pair with an Asian-type theme are next up. These have been great for stashbusting:
I have a bucketful of WIP’s and not much else at the moment. I’m still waiting on “insurance skeins” to finish up both Silky Cables and Harmonia’s Rings. This hasn’t dimmed my enthusiasm a bit and I expect I’ll be back on track by week’s end.
The same story with My Little Log Cabin afghan. The Lett Lopi is backordered for another week and then will need to get here. Being as far along as I am has started a wee knitted blocks craze for me though. I’ve put together two afghans’ worth of ancient stashed worsted weight and am itching to start.
On the design front, I have a victim ;-), doing the test knit / crochet for “The Arcadian” as I type. I’m currently working the prototype for the double loop version in some scrummy Zen Yarn Garden Serenity DK:
I’ve rejigged the sewing up on this one, an improvement I believe and will be making some edits on the pattern before release. I am stupidly happy with this second version, the yarn (using stash again!) is so nice to work with.
Best be off now to finish up this ZYG. I hope your Monday will be gentle and that you aren’t seeing the snow falling that I am. Yes. More friggin’ snow!
Damn… I love alliteration! 🙂 It comes naturally, a function of the ADD brain I’ve thought, as I often think in rhyme too… Anyways…
Making her debut is The Arcadian Cowl (single loop version):
I’ve a busy day today that will preclude knitting – I wish Atavan was available OTC! – but the test knit for Arcadian’s double loop sister should be underway by this evening. I really like this blocked and finished and might just keep it!
And as knitting is my Valium, I jumped into yet another project. This is another buster of most ancient stash and easy on the hands so far. KFI’s Angora Extra, has been languishing in my stash for at least 5 years and when I found it a few days ago, I wanted to knit it but was out of love with the original pattern I chose. Elsebeth Lavold to the rescue and I now have a couple centimetres of “Halle” underway.
Sometimes, the sheer volume of my stash makes me want to cry… I will never work through all this yarn! I have made some good progress in “shopping the stash” and have two WIP’s (one with chains) to show for it.
Silky Cables now has it’s turtleneck collar and is only waiting the arrival of an insurance skein before I pick up and finish the sleeves. The chains are part of a test knit for another KeiB Designs pattern, this one combining knitting and crochet.
I’m excited to finish this up and to complete the tech editing on the pattern. I really love crochet, almost as much as knitting and have been matchmaking them for a while now, though this will be the first pattern I publish. Hopefully, “Arcadian Cowl” will be complete in time to come with me to Thursday’s “Sit ‘N Knit”. I’ll be dropping off more copies of “Les Cloches Cannelées” and looking for a victim to test knit this new one 🙂
Arcadia is off the blocking board today (finishing this post on Wednesday AM) and ready for sewing up. I’ve lassoed a few more ancient and ornery skeins of KFI Angora Extra to cast on for a casual Elsebeth Lavold sweater and a further herd of motley colours to try my hand at a mitred block afghan. Pictures of that bunch to come in a later post.
Halfway through the week now – Yay! Hope yours has been going well 🙂