What a Weekend!

Guys, I’ve just had a truly relaxing weekend. I loved it! I really did actually stick around home all day on Sunday. I went for a walk, but that was just around the neighborhood. Other than that, I enjoyed just being in my own space.

I’ve certainly been feeling like with two larger projects on the needles, I am unable to post progress pictures that look different from the day before. However, if I have a long enough time at home in my own space, I no longer think “There’s no TIME to work on anything else!” And I just kind of naturally pick up other projects. I finally got some serious spinning done on my dyeabolical mash up project. Here’s my second bobbin. Looks like I might be about halfway through at this point.


I also picked out a batt and began spinning that on support spindles. That was later in the evening, so a photo of that will be taken after work today.

I refuse to start any new knitting whatsoever. The reason? I found my fade. I’ve been loving the pictures of that shawl all over the place. I’ve been contemplating it and wondering what I would choose if I chose yarn for the project. It’s really one of those addicting patterns to look at and contemplate. The last time I remember feeling that way was about the color affection shawl. And, my choices there did not disappoint, it has become one of those staple pieces in my winter wardrobe. You know what? I just tried to find good photos of it, and there are none! And my project notes say I didn’t like knitting it. I don’t remember that at all!

In any case, I found my fade, but my fade came from a shop. It’s a special order, so I have to wait until mid march for it to arrive. So, my hope is that I will not cast on anything new, so that I can cast on Find Your Fade as soon as that yarn comes in.

That shouldn’t be too problematic. I’ve got my cotton slub shawl, I’ve got the lace stole, I’ve got Mr. Ink’s socks, and I’ve got Miss Marja’s reversible circles of lace scarf. This should totally tide me over to mid march, don’t you think? And if not, there’s always spinning.

I’ve also been contemplating some various knitting techniques or projects I’d like to accomplish in the upcoming year. Either this year or next. On the list:

-Large circular lace shawl

-Colorwork mittens, lined

-Mosaic knitting

Doesn’t seem like a particularly tough list to manage, it’s just planning those projects out, deciding on patterns, choosing yarn, and sticking to the plan. It’s so rare these days that there are new techniques I’d like to try, so I owe it to my knitting journey to accomplish them.

What techniques would you still like to learn?


5 thoughts on “What a Weekend!

  1. it sounds like a lovely weekend! Mine was also good, but not that relaxed. I had Friday off, and I went totally crazy on plotting a sweater, then cast it on Saturday morning. Sunday I had a fundraising event in the morning, then spent the afternoon spinning. I am almost done filling a bobbin with the third color in my combo spin. Should finish it and start plying tonight. Find you Fade – an ambitious project, but you are right, everyone who does one has the most beautiful FO! I might have to look into it. As for new techniques – I don’t have any true plans for that, but I am determined to make a sweater that fits and that I like. I want to learn how to adapt patterns to my shape and measurements. Got Amy Herzog’s “Knit to Flatter” on Friday, read it cover to cover and rewrote a basic cardigan pattern – that’s what I am now knitting to see how I did… but I like sweaters that aren’t just plain stockinette, so this is just a step. That’s about it – although, now that you mention it, I have a lace Pi shawl in my Q… and I am glad I tried lined mittens, they are so warm!

    • Wow, what a great sweater “obsession.” I love when a project grabs me like that. And really, learning to rework patterns for YOU is such a great learning experience. One I haven’t had, I can’t seem to properly envision the final garment prior to knitting it. Which is why I end up knitting and reknitting. 🙂

  2. Anticpation is half the fun. Your Mid March start will be lovely.
    I need to be inspired seeing others’ knits, so I usually wait until I’m ready for a new cast on and go to the yarn group or yarn shop.
    What I’d like to learn? I want to cast on 8 stitches on 4 double points and not feel like a contortionist! A dishrag pattern starts that way and I always have a fit starting.

    • I am just thinking out of the box right now, but do you crochet? I can’t remember. I wonder if doing a crochet chain and connecting it, then picking up those stitches with your double points would feel less acrobatic? (I assume this would be for knitting in the round.)

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