Deviate

Well I finished another shawl. Which is no surprise really because well I love shawls and I try to keepĀ  at least one on the needles at all times. I don’t know what it is but they are just so much fun and their are so many great patterns out their.

This shawl is Deviate from Lisa Mutch/Northbound Knitting and well just as I expected it was so much fun to knit. I just adored the fact that there was a purely stockinette side and then a garter side. It was like getting the best of both worlds. On top of it all Deviate is another great shawl for a highly variegated yarn. I rarely work with variegated yarn, not because I don’t like it, but because it is, in my opinion a difficult medium to find the right canvas for (I will go into further detail in a later post).

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The yarn for this was actually dyed by Lisa/Northbound Knitting, it was a part of her cocktails KAL/SAL. The Trillian was too. This yarn just like the yarn for Trillian was amazing to work with. It is an Alpaca, Silk, Cashmere blend and it was heavenly to work with and well the colors together are to die for. Lisa has such a way with color, I am starting to get more and more of her yarn in different bases and each base is lovely in it’s own right (she also dyes fiber and I can’t wait to get my hands on some of that). So besides being a great designer she is a wonderful yarn dyer.

Okay so enough gushing, here are some more pictures.

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Pattern: Deviate

Project Page: here

Yarn: Northbound Knitting Alpaca/Silk/Cashmere

Colorway: More Gin Please

Mods: To use up more as much of this lovely yarn as possible after I completed the last section I repeated the other section until I used almost all of the yarn and then bound off.

Progress

Slowly and surely inch by inch things are getting closer and closer to completion. At this point in the game I remember time and time again why monogamous knitting is ideal, it’s ideal because you get stuff finished quickly, but then I forget that and want to cast on two new things for every finished object. I feel like I haven’t made any progress on any of the WIP’s except for the Nachtfalter. Besides working on way too many projects life has also been slowing me down. I was hoping that with my two week break between semesters I would be able to bust some major projects out, but that doesn’t seem to be happening. So far every baseball game I have been at the weather has not cooperated in terms of letting me knit. Either it is too hot (so I’m sweating) or raining. Also I have had an impromptu part time job interview, have had to mow the yard, weed the flower bed, and to take my Uncle who’s visiting from Wyoming shopping.

Well enough of that here are some project shots, the project shots make me feel like I have made progress because everything is slightly bigger than last weeks pictures of them.

If you look at this post and last weeks post you can see that in Deviate the yarn overs have started going a different way, Nachtfalter is well past the baby cable ribbing (the front side is almost done), and well the socks show the least amount of progress. Also exciting news I filled up my first spindle, I’m not quite sure if I will ply it or not, or how many yards I have.

What have you been working on? Has life been slowing down your knitting life?

Scold

Well I haven’t wrote anything lately, but it is because I haven’t had much to say. I have been finishing up some of those sad WIP’s that have made it into the new year and I have begun some new things too! Probably the biggest reason I haven’t posted is because we have been having rather miserable weather so I haven’t had an opportunity to take really good finished object pictures. I have had the chance to get one done though.

This was another test knit, this time for Lisa Mutch.

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Pattern: Scold

Project Page: here

Yarn: Madelinetosh Merino Light

Colorways: Starting from the top triangle: antique lace, heuchera, and the bottom is vanilla bean

I really like this shawl, it has just enough garter for a somewhat mindless knit, but at the same time has just enough lace to keep it interesting. I have worn this shawl so much since I finished it. The pattern was super easy to read and follow and would totally suggest it to anyone. I could see myself making another one as a gift or maybe even for myself.

The yarn was to die for, I love the feel of it. I also love how well the colors go together, the vanilla bean has just a bit of periwinkle in it that just matched one of the shades of purple in the heuchera and then the brown and in the vanilla bean and the white of the antique lace really acts as a nice relief to the purples. I just love it!

Also I don’t know why but I have a major thing for single ply and when I saw that this shawl was done in a single ply yarn I couldn’t help but get excited. Granted Lisa used her own single ply yarn from her shop Northboundknitting, which is equally as nice as madelinetosh (I do own a skein of Lisa’s single ply), but I didn’t have the time/missed the update to have the option of getting her yarn for this project.