Silly me. I started & finished a KAL project a day too early. Duh!!!! The KAL started January 15th and will run until July. I knitted a hat on the 14th. I’ll consider it practice. And it will still go to charity.
What I did right. I did try to finished as many old projects as possible. Otherwise, they won’t be touched until after July.
I didn’t finish any handspun. No regrets. I just wasn’t ready. Deadlines, even arbitrary ones, are enough to push a decision.
It’s only January but I already feel a bit too rushed and already behind. Time for some strategy and deep breathing.
Silly. It’s all self imposed pressure. Not a lot at stake, except missed opportunities for door prizes. Even so, it’s great motivation to use up stash.
Handspun (focus on vendor fibers)
Blue-purple-turquoise lace weight 700 yards
✔✔ Done. Red DK weight 750 yards for Robin shawl by Leethal Knits. Already on the second swish.
❌2 Guys BFL in Royal (spinning now) fingers cross it will be 350-400 yards.
❌Gale’s Arts BFL in Iris (spinning soon) Still in a quandary about how to spin this one.
Gale’s Arts BFL in natural
Gale’s Arts Polwarth in natural
Gale’s Arts Polwarth/silk in natural
2 Guys standard fingering in Salt on the Rim
✔Gale’s Arts Extreme sock blank in Crossing Paths by Ann Budd. Yuk. switched to a simple plain pattern.
✔Gale’s Arts sock yarn that I hand dyed in Gale’s workshop, in Crossing Paths by Ann Budd. Yeah! Loving this.
Gale’s Arts gradients
Gale’s Arts sock yarn in natural
Gynx Yarns Strong sock in Confetti & champagne
Knitty and Color hardcore sock in 1,000 of Oceans
Knitty and Color hardcore sock in Blueberries
Marigoldjen sock yarn in Street Graffiti
Miss Babs Yet lace in Franklin
Miss Babs Yowza in Baids Whale
Miss Babs BFL fingering in natural
Stranded Dyeworks Oasis in Magpie
Boun’s hat by Ann Budd is my current favorite hat. I could easily knit several a week.
This could change on a whim.
Right now there are lots of hats and socks in my Ravelry Queue from the two designers. Better get a pair of socks on the needles.
But first up is Robin shawl by Lee Meredith. I’ve wanted to knit this one for several years. I’m taking a chance using my first real handspun, the purple-navy-turquoise with Miss Babs lace in Franklin and the stripes in Huckleberry Yarn lace.
And in 24 hours, I’ve already changed my mind. After winding the purple-navy-turquoise into center pull balls, I decided it’s too light, thin and not enough yardage.
Instead, Robin will be a longer term project. I’m spinning the 2 Guys BFL in Royal now.That will be the main color. Gale’s Arts BFL in Iris will be the two contrast colors. I’ll comb the green and gray together for the second contrast color. Fingers crossed for enough yardage.
Scratched the whole idea. Not enough yardage (264) in the 2 Guys Royal. I might try to find another fiber to handspin for a new main color. Right now, I am too scared to tackle the Gales Arts Iris.In the meantime, I am knitting Robin with the red handspun. Contrast color was a challenge. And also decided to modify the pattern. Switching the contrast and main colors in section 2.