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.

CO Monday: All The Knitting

Ok … so I did actually finish a few things.  And I ripped out one project that wasn’t behaving.  But, I also bought a new #5 needle so I could cast on ALL THE THINGS.

Here’s what I’ve started in the last week or so …

A crochet shawl using  Llyr (Lord Darby’s Missing Locket):


A quick bulky cowl using my Blue Moon handspun:


A trilobite hat using some Ella Rae


A lace shawl using my gradient set from Miss Babs:


A cabled cape in Fresh From the Cauldron:



And, last but not least, the fifth (and final!) pair of socks that I owe my mom, in Claudia Hand-Painted:



CO Monday: Catching Up

It’s been a while since I posted!  There hasn’t been much new for me — mostly recovering from the road trip to Atlanta for Stitches South, then working hard on finishing up some new design prototypes.

SPEAKING of Stitches South … we had an absolutely delightful time meeting lots of knitters and crocheters and sending them home with lots of Kate’s gorgeous yarns.  We ate at Waffle House every morning, and at Ruby Tuesday’s every night. The drive down and back was super fun and super exhausting … the highlight for me was seeing lots of wildlife at dusk on Skyline Drive.

In between hawking yarn from A Hundred Ravens, we took turns checking out the marketplace.  I had a few specific things I was looking for … and I’m pleased to say I found them all!  Would you like to see???

Let’s begin with the not-exactly yarn stuff:


On my new spinning stool (yay!), you can see a notions bag, antique brass Victorian buttons, a glass sheep pin, a Waffle House giant Christmas mug, a new bead for my Pandora-style necklace (orange and yellow like a Georgia Peach), and some unrefined pure Shea butter (good for skin, doesn’t rub off on yarn).

The sheep pin is just SO CHARMING I can hardly stand it:


The brass buttons are un-used, authentic Victorian … each has its own little scene, but I lie the ducks best:


The notions bag is actually three nested bags — a gift for Jane, who made me a bunch of perfect stitch markers to give away in the Flywheel M-KAL:



There were several Trindle dealers at the show, and I found one (Gale’s Art) that had tiny Trindle shafts, and fossilized coral spheres.  It is so light and spins so well!  I bought some terrifically silky  Chocolate Alpaca/Silk top in my favorite colors — it has EXTREMELY long fibers that allow for extra-skinny spun singles. I played with my new toy at the show — couldn’t keep my hands off it.




On to the yarn!  My biggest purchase was six skeins of Fresh From the Cauldron Opilio, destined for a cabled cape.


From Miss Babs, I got a 7-skein gradient set of Yummy Toes and a Yowza in “Gal Noir.”



From the Buffalo Wool Company, a single skein of Sexy.  I bought it to make a pattern on display … and lucky me, I even had needles to cast on AT STITCHES.  That’s right, I brought my US6 signatures along, just on the off chance I’d have the perfect project to cast on, and I did! 🙂  So there’s some actual “Cast On Monday” for you.


Last but most definitely not least, please meet my new yarn bag from Namaste….



I owe a big thank-you to Kate for encouraging me to check out the sale bags at the Namaste booth — between the markdown and the vendor discount, I got this bag at an unreal price. And I love it! So there.



CO Monday: Mainspring Prototype, Rory at the Coast, Peacock Themisto

It’s been a busy week! I finished off Cogwheel and sent the pattern to the tech editor, so it was time to cast on for the third and final design for the Clockwork Collection.  “Mainspring” uses one skein each of Kyoto and Couleren in Iachos.  The swatch is something  I made a while ago, looking for something to do with a high-contrast multi … I think it with be beautiful in these two spring-y colorways.

Speaking of Iachos, I abducted a test skein from the House of a Hundred Ravens.  I’m calling it “Rory the Roman” because the real colorway (slightly different) is “The Last Centurian.”  It looks an awful lot like my favorite breakfast item at Vic’s Waffle House: the Dulche de Leche Waffle. Yum!  I’m making a Steilküste cowl with it, which makes good use of short rows to pool the colors. Loving it so far!

Last but not least, I have a hat — Themisto — that I bought yarn for at Stitches East last fall.  I fell in love with the Peacock colorway, and had to come up with some excuse to buy it.  Glad I did!  The yarn is a bit, ahem, “rustic.”  But, I think it will be all right in the long run.

CO Monday: Cogwheel Prototype, Vail of Morvarch

I finished the blocking on my Flywheel prototype (it is AMAZING btw and I am so excited for this M-KAL! you should be too!), so I cast on for the 2nd shawl in this series.  Clockwork Collection Shawl #2 is “Cogwheel” — it uses 2-color garter stitch interspersed with lace motifs, and is inspired by  gears (well, at least a little bit).

Cogwheel Swatch:

I actually knit a big section of the prototype, then ripped, then started again, then ripped — the proportions weren’t quite right at first (or second).  Here’s hoping the third time will be the charm :).

I also started a Morvarch shawl for myself.  I had the pleasure of shopping for yarn for this pattern, since I don’t actually have that much laceweight around the house, and what I do have is committed to projects.  I ended up buying hand-painted Vail (so soft, so pretty).  It’s actually light fingering-weight, but I’m persuading it to behave like a sturdy laceweight for this project.

(Yes, I am on a bit of a color kick! How nice of you to notice :).)

CO Monday: Travel to Portsmouth

My cast-on finger was itchy last week, so I started a new shawl for me! 🙂 The first few rows kicked my butt (probably because I tried to do them at home, while riding in the car, at Chili’s, and at knit-night); however I have tamed them and everything is going well now.

I’m using two skeins of Verdant Griffon Traveller in “Rhinebeck” and “Vitebsk” to make a Portsmouth, NH scarf (by Emily Peters).