A Case of Cast-On-Itis

Scrollwork Cowl

Scrollwork Cowl

I’ve gone from not wanting to knit much for the past few months to needing to knit all the things. Consider this knitting mojo rediscovered.

And just in time, too, as family members decided fairly late in the game that they wanted hand knit things for Christmas. Oy vey. I owe my brother a birthday/Christmas present of a panda hat (very long story), the other brother a Dalek hat, and a few cousins some Doctor Who-themed knits. Luckily, these will all be fairly small projects and so should be quick to knit. That’s the goal anyway. However, I’m a hardcore procrastinator, so we’ll see how this goes.

In the meantime, my needles have been busy. The picture above is of the Scrollwork cowl by Irina Dmitrieva. The pattern includes two different projects (a hat and a cowl), and while I don’t usually do sets of things, I couldn’t resist in this case. I’m a sucker for cables. First up was the cowl. I modified this a bit to cut the stitch count way down. I really wanted to use up some stash yarn for it. The yarn is Malabrigo Worsted in Pollen, leftover from my Dryad scarf.

The pattern was very easy to follow. I really enjoyed working on it, even though I had to make some major tweaks to get my yarn yardage to work with it. The cowl fits very closely about the neck, making it perfect for under my winter coat. I’m looking forward to wearing this in a couple of months.

Next up was, of course, the hat! For this, I used Manos Del Uruguay yarn from my stash. I can’t seem to find the tag right now, but when I do, I’ll update this on the colour. It’s this rich, vibrant red almost pink. I love it, and the cables sit up gorgeously on this yarn. This has to be one of my favourite hats, and after having done a couple of her patterns, I have to say that Irina Dmitrieva is quickly becoming one of my favourite designers.

Scrollwork hat

Scrollwork hat

And then something unexpected and irresistible crossed my path on Ravelry this weekend. My husband is a big Breaking Bad fan, so when I spotted the Heisenberg cup cozy by Alexandra Davidoff, there was no question. I had to knit it. We’re not even cozy people. The project was extremely fast to knit and very easy to follow. The best part? It wasn’t intarsia, which I had half expected it to be at first glance. I finished the project in just a couple hours, with the frequent distraction of my cat Ampersand trying to steal the yarn.

The cozy

The cozy

I also finished my Meridian sweater by Cecily Glowik MacDonald. I don’t yet have a picture of that as I’m not entirely pleased with the collar. It’s not a design issue; I just haven’t decided if I want to try a hard blocking on it to get it in shape (the whole sweater has been blocked already) or if I want to try tacking it down. I’ll write more about it when I’ve figured all this out.

Sunday morning I knocked one of the Christmas items off my list. I started and finished the Tardis Beanie by Morgan Kenia Andrews. It was a fun, quick knit. I also don’t have a picture for this yet, but I should have one today. That’s one Christmas project down and four to go! I think I’m going to relegate these projects to the weekends, so I can spend time on my Bond Street shawl by Kirsten Kapur, which was on the needles before this craziness started.

Phew! I hadn’t realised until writing this out how much I’ve finished and how much more I have yet to go. At least I have my mojo back. I may be in a frenzy to knit up presents between already planned projects, but I love it really. More time to knit for people I love.

What projects have you been working on?


An Aran for Ken

The cables look a little messy, but nothing a good blocking won't cure later.

The cables look a little messy, but nothing a good blocking won’t cure later.

That’s technically not the title of the project I’m working on, but if you were to look in my copy of Jane Austen Knits 2011, that’s exactly what you’d see. My husband drew a neat little line through the name “Frederick” and added his own.

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Another Endless Project


Slowly but surely

Some projects seem to go on and on, like the Doctor Who scarf. That scarf easily took up a month’s worth of my time, and it was only garter stitch. I thought I’d pick something easy after that from my WIP pile. After scouring through it, though, I found all of my projects were temporarily abandoned because they felt endless.

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