It’s supposed to be almost spring here, but it doesn’t feel like it. Many of us around here were fooled a couple of weeks ago when local highs reached 60 for several days in a row. All the snow melted and I actually started thinking about casting on some fingering weight sweater projects. However, as we all know, weather is fickle, and we’re back to sub-freezing temperatures during the day now and, once again, there is snow blanketing everything. The bushes are literally flattened by the change in weather.
The end of February meant also the end of the Through the Loops mystery sock knit along I mentioned last time. To my surprise, I was actually able to keep up and get them finished on time. This might be the first time I’ve ever done this as I am notorious for being easily bored and distracted, especially with socks.
I tried knitting both socks at the same time with this pair and was rewarded with a completed pair of socks at the end of the knit along. Maybe this is the cure to Second Sock Syndrome? It worked for me this time, anyway.
As for the Snowmelt shawl, this one got finished mostly because it was super easy knitting. There was a little lace, but it was easy to follow and watch telly at the same time. While knitting, I was a little unsure of how the multicolored yarn was going to look in the finished project, but despite my insecurity, I pressed on. It turns out that I needn’t have worried. There’s a little pooling, but it’s broken up pretty well with the pattern.
I cast on this project during our first Nor’easter in New England in early February. It seemed fitting to block it while a second Nor’easter shook the house this past week.
For a brief moment, when both of these two knit alongs were nearing completion, I wondered what I was going to knit next. Then, A Year of Techniques was brought to my attention (sorry there’s no link right now, but I will add it later when their server is back on) and I knew exactly what I was going to knit next: Hyacinthus Armwarmers.
If you have never done Helical striping, I urge you to try it. Here’s a link to a video. There’s also some info in there on how to get all the patterns that go with the knit along.
It took me about a week to finish the first set of mitts and I immediately cast on another, which says a lot about the compelling nature of the pattern and technique, since I almost never knit the same pattern twice in a row. Plus, I had enough yarn leftover to make another set, so why not?
The return of the cold weather also drove me back to my old sweater project, Chartreuse. I almost gave it up for the season when the temps were warm and I was dreaming of greenery all around me. It did not seem likely that I would be able to finish it before the cold weather was gone for good. I should have known better than to indulge in those daydreams. So, I have picked it up again and after about a week’s worth of steady attention, it actually looks like a sweater now.
The chances that I will actually be able to finish this and wear it before the weather turns warm is pretty high now, I think. As long as I don’t get distracted by something else…
Today I can finally show you two projects that I have been working secretly on for the last couple of months. First is a sweater that I made as a birthday present for a dear friend.
The husband is about the same size as our friend and kindly assented to trying it on. It fit so well that I was a little worried he would not take it off!
Fortunately, it fit our friend well, too. The pattern is Brownstone by Brooklyn Tweed and is such a classic pattern that I really think anyone would look good in one of these. Even the husband, who rarely wears sweaters and tends towards lighter layers in general, made some noises about how nice this chunky sweater was to wear. The sweater was knit in one piece form the bottom up and fairly easy to follow. I would recommend it for sure. You can see my ravelry notes about it here.
Next, I can finally reveal another test knit for Thea of Baby Cocktails. Her new pattern, Amaro, has just been released. This is the one I have been knitting with the Shalimar Breathless yarn, which is just heavenly. The silk and cashmere content really make this sweater comfy to wear next to your skin.
This one is also knit in one piece from the bottom up and with a fun saddle shoulder that gets shaped as you knit. That part was really fun to work on. I love how I always learn something new when working on a Baby Cocktails pattern.
I think the styling of this sweater is especially nice. It can be dressed up or down and has a nice relaxed fit. Already, I am thinking about the next Baby Cocktails sweater that I want to knit. I have one sleeve of Bailey’s Irish Cream done, but I am not entirely happy with the fit of it, so may rip it out and do it over. I also want to do Rolling Rock because it looks a great sweater for early fall.
Right now, I am still trying to focus on socks. I have one more single sock done. If I put it with the other blue one I finished a couple of weeks ago, I would have a pair. Unfortunately they do not match. Second Sock Syndrome is something I suffer from dreadfully, which is why I am planning to cast on a pink sock later today. Anyone have a cure for SSS?