I have a lot of fingering weight yarn left over from different projects, and they really don’t go together, with the exception of a linen stitch scarf. Here’s the yarn I’m working with.
See? Not really a matching set. The purple/blue is from Allie’s dress, the brown is from a pair of socks I knit for a friend, and the multi-ball is from a pair of socks that I knit for myself.
But, when they come together, the effect is quite interesting.
It’s sort of pretty. You make the fringe as you go along, so you don’t have any ends to weave in. Interested in the pattern? It’s available for $5.00 on Ravelry. Is it worth $5.00? I’m not sure, but I don’t mind supporting a knitting pattern designer.
Short rows is one technique that I sort of scoffed at. Picking up wraps? Who cares about the holes? Truthfully, I didn’t understand the directions. There I said it. But, it finally clicked for me this week.
I needed a small project to do, and Very Pink’s Learn to Knit a Spiral Scarf pattern was just the trick for me. It includes precise directions and video. And it got me to actually follow the directions and understand them.
Here’s how the scarf is coming along.
I’m using Plymouth Yarn’s Noro Silk Garden knockoff, Boku. I’m all for that. It’s half the price, has similar fun colorways, and doesn’t have as many knots from breaks in the yarn.
In summary, short rows are fun! Now that I’m doing them correctly, I won’t be afraid of using them for shaping now that I know how to pick up the wraps and not have little holes in my work.
Yay! I completed the Wingspan scarf I started late last summer! I think a big part of why this one went wayside was the yarn. I used some weird novelty yarns, and some Lion Brand Amazing that I had left over from a previous project. It looks…interesting.
It’s a strange combination of textures, I will admit that, but it’s, well, interesting. I’m not sure how I feel about it. Do I like it? Don’t I? Will someone out there like it? Who knows. All I know, it’s finished.
See the project details on Ravelry, if you are interested.
I have so many works in progress (WIP’s), that it’s starting to gnaw at me. So, no more new projects until I have all the current stuff on my needles done.
And just what have I left behind? Here’s list.
1. Lacey simple poncho. This is the most current piece I started, and I’m going to try to finish it first. A pictures of what it sort of looks like all bunched up on my circular needle is what it looks like.
2. Stripey Vest. I started this one before the poncho about three weeks ago. I was going to work on it over the weekend, but I had an awful migraine, and working on black and white stripes while your head is pounding is not something I want to look at.
3. Lacey Wristers. I was rightly tempted by the British magazine Simply Knitting with it’s pretty purple skein of free yarn. I saw this pattern in the magazine, and had to knit it. This was in November 2012. I am only part way through one mitt. Considering I had to special order the needles for this project, I’d better finish it.
4. The sweater I was going to make myself for Christmas. HA! It’s not quite finished. I had to stop working on it when I had my shoulder sprain back in January. I haven’t picked it back up since. I got distracted by other things. Even though it will be too warm to wear soon, I’m going to finish that darn thing.
5. Wingspan Scarf. Poor project. This was started in the summer. I had just learned this pattern and churned out quite a few, until this current scarf, I just lost all interest in the scarf. Now, I want to get it done.
Well, that’s about it. I guess five isn’t a bad number of WIP’s, but I want to do an early spring cleaning of my projects. Next up, projects I need to work on before I knit for myself.
I am a little hesitant when it comes to lace knitting, as my previous experiences have not been good. So far, I’m surviving and have gotten into a good groove with this particular pattern.
Here’s an example of the lace pattern.
I’m hoping to have it done for a party on the weekend, but I doubt it’ll be done, so maybe for the party the following weekend.
I’m turning out to be quite the party animal here.
I’m also doing a little bit of my own variation with the pattern. I’m using a worsted weight yarn instead of a DK weight, and I’m doing fewer stitches than the pattern calls to compensate for the larger yarn size. I also like the color of the yarn I’m using. It’s just some Red Heart Super Soft yarn in Off White that I had in my stash.