Cast On Monday: The Summer Edition

I’ve been working on a couple big projects this summer … which naturally means I haven’t cast on as many projects as I usually do.  My WIP pile was getting bloated, so I’ve been trying to do a “cast off two = cast on one” thing … with some success.  In any case, here are the new things since last we chatted:

Spring Fever Wrap: I’m improvising a bias-knit leafy wrap for some self-striping (prismatic) handspun that I made. If I like how it turns out, it may become a pattern. We’ll see!

Clue for Fennick Socks: This is for a M-KAL … I frogged the companion shawl after 1.5 clues done, but I think I’ll keep plugging on the socks. The yarn is a “Wild Child” skein of Iachos from A Hundred Ravens.

Dandelion Stripes: This is a “love at first sight” pattern — I knew I had to make it!  Then Hub Mills got some of Madelinetosh’s new “Dandelion” in … it is a match made in heaven.  I luuuuuurrrrrve this cardi, and I know I’ll be living in it soon.  The body is done, I’ve finished all the ribbing, so it is just sleeves and buttons and loose ends and done!  I’m using some Very Special Buttons from Robert Gilmore on etsy.  (Really, go check out his shop — great stuff!)

Touched by Maine-Made Alpaca: This is a M-KAL by a favorite designer, perfect for some “Kickstarter” yarn I have in my stash. I was knitting along swimmingly when the cable on my #6 signatures snapped off, right at the base of the needle. Sob. Signature is being awesome about replacing the needle, but until it arrives … I’ll make no more progress on this project. Sigh.

Last but not least, I’ve also cast on for two designer-y projects — I’m re-knitting Evolution in Rylie for an October KAL (for The Fiber Factor), and I’m making a striking colorblock stole in Soft Linen for Classic Elite.

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