I’m making a baby quilt for a friend who is due this month, but it currently looks like this –
Yep, that’s it. I’ve managed to put one strip together, and I still have a huge stack of hourglass blocks waiting in the wings.
I took a break from the quilt last week in favour of painting the livingroom (looks waaaay better btw), and surprisingly, my will to knit is back.
Last Sunday, I cast on a Monkey sock –
I’m using 2 skeins of Claudia Handpainted in Buckeye on 2.0mm needles. I started out on 2.5mm needles, but it was coming out pretty big and I was getting some unflattering pooling, so I went down a needle and it looks good. I even updated my Ravelry project page for it – here.
When I received my tax return this year (not very big, but seems big to me since I’ve been on a pretty strict budget) I set it aside for some guilt-free fun money). Actually, I tried to put it towards my student loan payments, but hubby insisted that I have some fun with it (he’s great!).
Anyhoo, on Monday, I drove into Vancouver and went to Three Bags Full on Main Street. I think I spent over an hour in there, and I had really great customer service. I didn’t really have a project in mind when I arrived, although I was hoping to find the Coastal Knits book (sold out though unfortunately), and another skein of the Berroco Ultra Alpaca in Candy Floss Mix.
I needed the skein of Ultra Alpaca, because after trying to do a crocheted edge on my Tinder Cardi, I realized that just wasn’t giving me the look I wanted, and if I really wanted to have the sweater work, I’d have to bite the bullet and buy another skein. Since I bought the first batch of this yarn over a year ago, I knew the dyelot wouldn’t match, but I got lucky and the skein I bought actually was from the same dyelot! Woohoo!!
Over the last while, I’ve started to pay more attention to shop samples in yarn shops (actually, if you remember back to my old blog, that’s how my Multnomah shawl obsession got started), and while at Three Bags Full I spied a lovely looking sweater draped over their couch. The second I picked it up, I knew I had to knit it. It wasn’t just the sweater pattern, but the combination of the pattern and the yarn that made it irresistible. The sweater pattern is the Effortless Cardigan by Hannah Fettig and the yarn is Tanis Fiber Arts Green Label Aran in Sand.
I was allowed to try on the shop sample, and I knew at that point that there was no way that this wouldn’t be my next project.
Although I haven’t actually cast on for this project yet, I’ve started a project page for it on Rav, and I’m chomping at the bit to get swatching. Project page – here.
The yarn color I chose for this sweater is the same yarn base the shop sample was knit from, but I choose the Dove colorway instead of Sand.
I’m just about done the Tinder Cardi (for reals this time), and then I’ll be casting on for the Effortless Cardigan.