Tuesday, 14 January 2014

New Year... LOTS of new projects

So, yesterday Ysolda Teague's first Mystery Knit Along began - Follow your Arrow.

I choose to use my Artesano Definition yarn (in a lovely school grey) and at the last minute decided to to do a two colour version.  I found a lovely dark charcoal 4ply in my stash (bought on a whim no doubt) and I cast on last night.

I won't do any in-progress photos etc as it is a knit along and I'd hate to spoil it for anyone else.  If you don't mind spoilers then check out Ysolda's group on Ravelry here.

My other knit along is a Mystery Sock by Kirsten Kapur. It starts tomorrow and I'm doing it in Regia Angora Merino in a stunning gold shade.  I have a wee stash of Angora leftovers from previous projects which I'll use for my 2nd colour...

baby socks, Homin Shawl, Elizabeth and Torrent Socks

In mid December this hot water bottle cozy popped up in my Ravelry pattern highlights...

Cozy Bottle
{photo credit - Hinke}

The pattern wasn't available at the time, so it couldn't be my Christmas holiday project (which ended up being this), and after stalking the pattern page for several weeks, the designer sent me a copy of the pattern at the weekend.

I plan to do it in Jamieson's Shetland Heather and I'm leaning towards a full on 70s colour scheme!  Having done two cosies in Shetland Heather already,  I can highly recommend this yarn as satisfying to work with, heat retentive and hard wearing.  Hearts is a great first colourwork project, Snowflakes a bit more complex.  Cozy Bottle seems a little more complex.  A good next step for my stranding skills!

Snowflakes and  Hearts

So that's 3 projects in 1 week...

I recently finished my first crochet blanket and immediately started planning a second.  This is the kind of project that will sit on the couch for 6 months and I'll dip in and out of it.   I'm using this random stripe generator to try and be 'truly' random!

In November I started a shawl in Freedom Alfresco Aran - Sheep Wagon Shawl.

Sheep Wagon Shawl
{photo credit - Joanna Johnson Slate Falls Press}

My first shawl in a heavy weight yarn.  To keep me warm whilst I'm knitting!  I'm not doing stripes but switching between stocking stitch and garter stitch instead.  This is slowing down now as I reach over 500 stitches on the needles (and perhaps because our winter has been quite mild so far).

However whilst tidying our trunk of Debbie Bliss Winter Garden it struck me that all the colours look so good together.  THEY would be lovely as a blanket.  Especially in my newly decorated bedroom.  Maybe a knitted one this time - it is a super chunky so knits up fast...

So that's another 3 (large) projects...

Oops,  I almost forgot, I'm supposed to be doing a Wedding Ring shawl!

Patons 4ply Cotton

Add to that some new shop samples -  a new Winter Garden scarf sample and the 4ply baby cardigan and matching soft toy (currently on my very thin needles) and something in our new sparkly yarn...

That's quite alot...  But completely normal for me!  How many new* projects are you starting 2014 with?

Do you have room for one more?

*I of course have few projects that are currently... (cough) hibernating.  Socks that are not yet a pair.  A cardigan that is over 1 year overdue, but that's a whole other blog post!

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