Pattern | Destroyed Cowl by Martha Merzig
Yarn | My handdyed MCN Sock Yarn in Dusk colourway
Specs | Machine knitted on Bond USM, keyplate 1, double stranded
I usually use my Bond USM for knitting up sock blanks for the store but I was inspired by a fellow indie dyer’s work on the cowl. The pattern is just a simple rectangle flat stockinette piece which requires you to drop a couple of stitches in the beginning before heaming. The result in a knitwear that is quick to work up – on a machine (hand knitting this would be boring for me but great for those nights in front of the TV) and still functional while unique. Great for destashing too unless you like collecting yarn and displaying them like soccer trophies.
Colour-wise, I picked the dusky colourway that I did using a new technique which has shorter colour repeats and zero to minimal pooling. Because the Bond USM doesn’t handle fingering weight yarn very well – I found out the hard way when I knitted single strand and had to frog – I double stranded it but was amazed at how the colours turned out. There is still another skein available for sale at the store in case anyone is interested. *hints*
As a result, I’m making a couple more of the cowls in worsted weight for my brother and in fingering weight in one of my own handdyes as well – hopefully the recipients will like the overall look of the cowl, which you could wear as it is or loop around the neck twice for a “tighter” fit.
Meret I and II
Pattern | Meret (Mystery Beret) by Woolly Wormhead
Yarn | Handpaintedyarn.com Colonia 140 in Zeus and Malabrigo Yarn Merino Worsted in Alpine Pearl
Needles | 4.5mm circular needles
I actually finished this a long time ago but never got around to taking pictures of it or blocking it so it sat in my FO bag for a few weeks. Then after blocking, I told myself that I should take pics but still, I didn’t get around to it until today. My excuse was that I had been waiting for the right day, right time but that’s just it – an excuse. Blame it on pregnancy hormones and just being lazy to catch up with my assignments on roadside assistance plans plus knitting. Heh.
Anyway, I cannot emphasize it enough – slouches need blocking in order to get its shape, otherwise you’d just end up with an ugly looking beanie wannabe. The pattern is easy to knit up and addictive not to mention simple to remember on those train trips to and fro work. I was pleasantly surprised at how the colourway for the Colonia 140 turned out (see above picture) – the hat came out with clean stripes and sections, and in contrast with my other yarn choice for the pattern (see picture below). Still, it makes for a fun knit and Mum even asked for a slouch – I just need to add an extra repeat for hers since she wants it slouchier.
This pattern goes quite well with semi-solid yarn but is particularly good for self-striping yarns like Noro, or colourways with long colour repeats. These two hats are the final adult ones that I’ll be knitting up and I’ve started work on the accompanying scarves. I still have a child hat-scarf to go but figure that I’d leave that for last since I’d like to get the scarves out of the way first. Am using my knitting machine for the adult scarves and it looks like I should finish them by mid-May.
A few weeks ago, I decided to reward myself by getting some lovely skeins of yarns and braids of fiber from my regular stash supplier. It had been a while since I partook in her “UnClub” offering and I chanced upon it the moment she announced it! When the yarns arrived, I told myself that I did the right thing. The colours were just what I was looking for and although I don’t have a specific project in mind, these will definitely be the prettiest socks ever!
I also bought two hanks of yummy silk-alpaca lace from KnitPicks in shades of green and pastel green. Of lately, I seem to have caught the green bug and it would appear that even my dyepots were beginning to see more greens than other colours. Must be due to the ProFlowers Cincinnati assignment I got the other day. Anyway, I might use these for some triangle shawls I have queued up on Ravelry. Trouble is that I’m up to my neck in scarves (for my bro – and am making good progress with it), a Knit-Along (KAL) with a bunch of other M’sian knitters and another shawl using my own handdyed yarn. Hopefully I’ll be able to finish it within the next couple of weeks or at least two months now that Bub No 2 is coming along – won’t be able to dye much so will have more time for other stuff. YAY!
And of course, how could I forgot my fiber stash enhancement? I have sock plans for the first braid and laceweight singles for the second…maybe even two ply laceweight if I can get it to a fine single! Both are from JulieSpins and so very ultra deliciously pretty!
…is a good due date. Don’t you think so?
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