The local yarn store has what is called Club Knit. Members of the club sign up for once a month sessions during which they learn new techniques, are able to purchase certain yarns that are marked down for members, participate in Knit A Longs, have Show and Tell, and have fun chatting with fellow yarnies.
Today was the first Club Knit session I have ever attended. When I got to the table where we gather around, there was a copy of a pattern for a mystery Knit A Long and a small packet of heel which is a foot cream made by soak. After the store owner talked about what Club Knit will be about for the next nine months, everyone introduced themselves and talked a bit about their current projects.
After introductions were made, I took a quick look at the pattern so that I would know what kind of yarn to purchase. Worsted weight yarn in four different colors are required for the project and I chose bright primary colors. I can't wait to see how the scarf turns out!!!
I started the Juliet shawl by Jane Campbell about 10 days ago. I have about 15 rows left to knit. The "I Love This Yarn", which is 100% acrylic, has been working up very nicely with this style shawl. The colorway is Sorbet Ribbon which has white yarn entwined with a shiny thread that has purple, brownish red, and a couple of shades of green.
When I bought the yarn for the Navarro wrap-turned-wide scarf, I got 8 skeins of it. I am currently on the third skein. The yarn is nice to knit with and doesn't split (which is what I was afraid it might do). The yarn is very soft because of the little bit of alpaca and cashmere it has.
Some Sock Yarn
I thought I would once again try my hand at knitting at least one pair of socks and crocheting at least one pair of socks. Thing was I didn't have any new sock yarn. When I was at the LYS last Thursday for knitting group, I bought 3 skeins of TOFUtsies sock yarn. The yarn includes 50 superwash wool/ 25 soysilk fibers/ 22.5 cotton/ 2.5 chitin. The photo above (far right) is decent at showing the colors of the sock yarns.
All's Well That Ends Well
Last year was the first time that I had ever made any shawls. The first one I made was the As You Like It shawl by Jane Campbell. It was a very easy pattern to follow and the shawl drapes over the shoulders in such a way that it stays on well. Some shawls tend to slide down or off. Since that first shawl, I have probably made about a dozen altogether. Over the winter though, I didn't make any. Since I started knitting them again about 3 or 4 weeks ago I have made three, The shawl in the far left photo above is the All's Well That Ends Well shawl by Jane Campbell. I finished it last night.
I Love The Way It Feels
After I finished the shawl last night, I started knitting a scarf. The pattern is Navarro ( it can be found at www.berroco.com ) and the yarn is Dale of Norway's "Harlequin" in the colorway 13. The color is a nice blue (shown in the middle photo above) and has flecks of yellow, green, and turquoise throughout. The yarn is made with 35% wool, 25% microfiber, 20% Alpaca, 10% Cashmere, and 10% viscose. Even with the small amount of Alpaca and Cashmere, the scarf is going to feel nice and soft.
Discounts Are Great!
I bought the yarn that I'm using for the Navarro scarf at my local yarn shop. The owner of the shop has two small areas set aside for yarns, books, and accessories that are at Clearance prices. The original price of the Harlequin yarn is $9.15 for 1.75 ounces/120 yards. The markdown price was $5.49. I bought 8 skeins of yarn for $43.92 plus tax. I saved almost $30.00!!!
Earlier this week, I finished the 3 Color Cashmere Shawl. Yesterday was the last day I worked on the Boneyard Shawl. Now I am working on the All's Well That Ends Well shawl. So there will be a block party this weekend. The 3CC Shawl is going to take a lot of straight pins to pin it to the mat!! The Boneyard Shawl almost looks like a stingray! The All's Well shawl is working up very nicely. I should have it finished by the weekend for the block party.
~~~ A few days ago I finished the 3 Color Cashmere Shawl. I still have to block it though. ~~~ Last night, I started the All's Well That Ends Well shawl. It was designed by Jane Campbell. The photo shows the progress I have made on it. So far, the pattern has been easy to follow. I like those kinds of patterns. Makes for quicker work that way. ~~~ I'm still working on the Boneyard Shawl by Stephen West but I will have to buy one more skein of yarn so that I can finish it up. ~~~ In my last blog post, I mentioned that I will be taking pictures of a few of the buildings in town so yesterday afternoon, I took a little drive and took some pictures of two buildings. When it warms up again after this spell of chilly weather, I'll be taking pictures of a third building. For this building, I will need to stand across the street so that I can get a halfway decent shot of it. It's pretty wide so I might have to walk across and take several shots of it so that I can "get it all in". One of the buildings is tall and narrow so I think I can design a scarf from this one. The other two buildings are wide and "short" so I believe wraps would work out for them. I will post the pictures of the buildings in a week or so.
Hooray! The 3 Color Cashmere Shawl is off the needles. Now all I have to do is block it so that it will lay nice and flat and not curl up around the edges. I think it turned out pretty nice as far as the design goes. I don't know if I would make another of the same design or not. I'm ready to make more shawls but each one different. I'm still working on the Boneyard Shawl by Stephen West. I'm pretty sure I will be starting the "All's Well That Ends Well" Shawl tomorrow evening.
The weather has been really nice this past week but I think we are in for a cooling-down trend for a short spell. The magnolia trees, forsythias, and daffodils are in full bloom right now so it's getting very colorful again. ~~~ There are a few buildings in town that could be inspirations for a couple of knitting designs. I need to get out and take some pictures of them, study them for a bit, and figure out what items could be based on those buildings. I'm thinking that a wrap would be easy enough to design or maybe a scarf. ~~~ I have been trying to hold off on buying more yarn but that's kind of hard to do because all that yarn is just so irresistible!! I have one shawl in the works, another one that I will be starting soon, an already started wrap that needs to be worked on, and then the summer top that needs to be finished. Nah. I don't need to buy more yarn. Yeah, right!! ~~~
When was it that I started on the 3 Color Cashmere Shawl? It has been only two weeks that I have been knitting on the shawl but seems like forever ago that I started it. I think the main reason it seems that way is because with the increases on each row it takes more time to knit each row. Ugh. Now, I am on the lace band of the shawl. I must admit that there are some boo-boos here and there but I'm not going to worry about it because I don't want to have to back up all those stitches on each row! After I finish the lace band, there is a dark-colored finishing band I have to do and then I will be done. Yay!! Oh, but since the edges are curling up on the shawl, I do need to block it so that it will lay nice and flat. I will be so glad to finish this shawl so that I can start another one!
During the past week, I have been knitting on two shawls. The shawl on the left is the Boneyard Shawl by Stephen West. There are supposed to be 12 "purl" ridges across the shawl and I am almost to the twelfth one. One thing is for sure. There are lots and lots of stitches now because I increase by 4 stitches every other row. The shawl on the right is the 3 Color Cashmere Shawl by Joji at Designs by Joji. I am finally at the 3rd color after knitting two different band designs. Yay! I haven't started the third shawl that I mentioned in my last blog post because these two are taking up all my knitting time. It's very possible that it could take at least a week, or maybe a little longer, to finish them up.
The winter season is coming to an end so that means a change in the items to knit or crochet. I'm done with making the poncho, hats, scarves, and mitts for now and have started knitting shawls. I like shawls because they can be used throughout the year and not for just one or two seasons. A shawl is nice to have over the shoulders in a building where the air conditioning makes the air very chilly.
By the end of the weekend, I will most likely be knitting on three different shawls.
The first shawl I started is called "Boneyard Shawl" and is designed by Stephen West. I am using a nice wool yarn that is gray and will be warm and have a good drape to it. The second shawl that I will be starting soon is "Juliet" by Jane Campbell. I bought this pattern at the LYS this evening and I hope to meet Jane there tomorrow evening at her trunk show. For this shawl, I will be using Plymouth Yarn's Encore which is an Acrylic/Wool blend. The color is an off-white. For the third shawl, I will be using 3 different colors of yarn (shown in the accompanying photo) for the "3 Color Cashmere Shawl" by Joji Locatelli. This shawl is part of a Knit A Long with one of the groups I belong to at Ravelry.
I will have updates here on the progress of these three shawls. Who knows? I might sneak in a mini project now and then!
I need to catch you all up on what's been happening! Last week, I had a curve ball thrown at me so that has created some distraction for me but didn't keep me from continuing an easy project that I almost stopped knitting. Read about that, my new favorite pattern, and what's up next.
My New Favorite Pattern
The photos above show the scarf/cowl that I have been knitting lately. The pattern is Totally Looped by Julie Tarsha. When I find a pattern that I really like, I will knit several items from that pattern and use different kinds of yarns. So, this has turned out to be my favorite pattern for now. The first one that I made was done in a Noro yarn. I like the way the colors striped...not too narrow...not too wide. The blue is a cotton with a metallic thread and will be a nice lightweight cowl for spring. I still need to block it and then sew the ends together. The scarf at the right is currently in progress of being knitted. The yarn is Classic Yarns' Cotton Jeans in the colorway Sailcloth. I should have it finished tomorrow and then block it some time over the weekend.
I Had To Start Over Seven Times!!
When I made the first two scarves, I had no problem following the pattern. It is actually an easy pattern!! I cannot figure out for the life of me why I had to start the third one over at least seven times. It's not like the pattern is difficult to follow. Also, it doesn't have an enormous amount of stitches....there are only 42! Plus, I thought I was following the pattern closely! Finally, I got it lined out to where I didn't have to frog the scarf.....again. That was a plus. There were several times, though, that I had to back up the work because I had somehow lost a stitch. I had to back up at least 6 or 7 rows but at least I didn't have to frog it any more. Whew!! I'm currently on the last pattern repeat of the pattern and should be able to finish it up tomorrow.
I'm pretty sure the reason I had so much trouble with working such an easy pattern is that for the past week there has been a distraction that has taken my mind away from concentrating on the project at hand. I almost switched to crocheting an easy hat but didn't because I was determined to get the scarf done. Yay me!!
What's Up Next
~~~ With the Spring season coming up next month, I will be gearing more toward lighter weight items such as the summer top that I started last year and some shawls. There are a few shawl patterns that are beautiful that I want to make with lace weight yarn. ~~~ On the first Friday of March, designer Jane Campbell will be having a Shakespeare trunk show at my local yarn store! Her designs are based on and named after some of Shakespeare's works. "As You Like It" is one of her designs that I have made several shoulder wraps from. I can make one in two or three days. I'm really looking forward to meeting her and seeing what she will be offering then. ~~~