Currently in the Queue: It Won’t Stop Raining

Dotted rays
It won’t stop raining. It has been so grey and wet around my neck of the woods. I’m over it! But with my husband traveling and the rainy weather that has given me more reason to snuggle on the couch and knit. So I thought I’d give you an idea of what’s in my queue right now.

  • FINISHED: My test knit! Woohoo. After what seemed to be an endless amount of stockinette I’ve finished my secret test knit. I don’t know when I’ll be able to share pics but it’s a good one.
  • IN PROGRESS: Dotted Rays, pictured above. I squished it down for the photo but I’m almost finished with this baby. I’ve got 2 more sections and I should be casting off. I may just sit down and finish it over the weekend but…
  • ANTICIPATING: Durumi for spring. I’ve really been itching to get on with some of my summer knitting because I know the temps are about to turn up for real. I know my gauge and I’m reading to wind my yarn and start on my Durumi this weekend.
  • ON HOLD: Still leaving my spring jacket on hold. Perhaps I’ll pick her back up in August.
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Maryland Sheep & Wool 2018 Haul

Okay, okay! I’ve pulled together my Sheep and Wool haul. Whenever my husband is traveling I feel like I lose about a third of my time. And on work, graduation last week and life in general…blogging got left behind.

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Watch it in motion!

My biggest splurge was a new yarn swift! Last year I saw the Yarn Tech yarn swift and thought it was a beautiful tool. I thought about it for a year as my little tabletop swift started to wobble. I knit almost every day and wind my own yarn so having a swift that’s well made and beautiful is a great purchase in my book. I’ve been asked why I prefer a tabletop swift over an umbrella swift and really, it’s just because of space and how it looks. Umbrella swifts are pretty huge and just seem to take up a ton of space. I have a small little office set-up with a slim table and this style slides together to be the width of about 3 rulers. It doesn’t have to be in the way.
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The main base of the swift is one of three parts. It attaches to the bottom of the swift and then you expand the arms to accommodate the size of the skein you’re winding.
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It’s easy to sit in ton top and then there’s a yarn ball holder that’s the third piece. So once you wind the yarn you can transfer it to the holder spindle.
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And then you can just pop that onto the base. Easy as pie. And don’t think I left Sheep and Wool without buying some yarn.
Sheep and Wool haul
Here’s what I bought:

 

  • Top left: O Wool Balance. It’s a wool and cotton blend which I think will be a perfect weight for a cardigan I can wear early fall into late spring. I bought a sweater’s quantity and am already plotting out what I’ll make with it.
  • Top middle: A bundle of Jill Draper Makes Stuff Windham worsted yarn. I have wanted to try her yarn and I thought this would be a great way to test it out and use on a colorwork project.
  • Top left: Tempting Ewe Yarns in Sparkly DK. This lovely sparkly olive caught my eye.
  • Bottom left: Tempting Ewe So Chubby. This fun gradient also caught my eye as I was checking out and it was exactly what I’ve been looking for to make a hat!
  • Bottom middle: Dancing Leaf Farm Charleston worsted in Targaryen. It was the first skein of yarn I saw as I walked in and the color caught my eye. Plus it was another yarn I haven’t tried before. I scooped it up.
  • Bottom left: Knitty and Color Dubstep DK in Supernova. I love wild graffiti looking color yarn and I knew I wanted to pick something up from them. I’ve got some ideas of what this will become.

Sheep and Wool haul
And last but not least, I bought 4 skeins of Miss Babs Yowza – my favorite. On the left is Nori, a gorgeous deep olive green. On the right, Adobe, a gorgeous light clay color. I may pair them together or they may become something separate, only time will tell. I went slightly over my budget but I also know I have all the yarn I need for a really long time.

Stitching Status: Here Comes the Sun

I still haven’t gotten my Sheep and Wool stuff uploaded but I hope to do that over the weekend. I’ve had a hectic week, it’s always like that when my husband travels abroad. He came home yesterday and then our central air died on us. It’s supposed to be 90 degrees on Saturday and the HVAC guy can’t come until Monday morning. Ugh. But as the temps are getting warmer and I’m coming to the end of my test knit I’m getting excited about diving into my summer knitting. And you know there’s the Tees, Tops and Tanks Knit Along going on this month so you should totally make something short sleeved to wear this summer. So I thought I’d share some patterns that have me excited. Have you see the latest preview images for Pom Pom Quarterly’s summer issue?

Leiden by Natalie Selles
Leiden by Natalie Selles via Ravelry

The issue is all about stripes (my favorite) and I’m in love with so many patterns it’s making me rethink my summer knitting plans. The first one I fell in love with is Leiden. It’s a modular knit, so you start with the middle square panel and pick up stitches along the sides. I don’t know why but I love picking up stitches. I totally want to make this tee.

Anni by Gina Röckenwagner
Anni by Gina Röckenwagner via Ravelry

I’m also equally smitten with the Anni top. Three colors, dk weight yarn and a great shape that will feel so great on a hot day in a light cotton. Plus my stash is still full of Berroco Weekend DK I was thinking of using for other projects but now may switch over to these. And because it’s Friday and despite worrying about melting in my home this weekend, I’m grateful my husband is home and safe from his travels.
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The girls were super excited to see him too and Cher wouldn’t take a paw off of him all night. And as soon as he went to bed early from jet lag she was right there with him. Have a great weekend everyone!