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fo : ease pullover

I took the path of least resistance on this one. I decided to just accept that my third hand-knit sweater’s gonna be one of my more loose, comfy ones. The color’s gorgeous (not one I’d expect I’d like so much,) and the pattern was easy enough to follow. 
 I’m also happy to report that a friend reached out to me, letting me know that my WIP inspired her. She started an Ease sweater of her own, with Knit Picks Hawthorne! Knitting-evangelism +1. pattern : Ease by Alicia Plummeryarn : Knitpicks Wool of the Andes Superwash in Mineral Heatherneedle : US 6,10 [4mm, 6mm]
size : Large Alicia Plummer’s thoughtful design elements in this pattern were much appreciated here. The use of a purl ridge to encourage a crease on the stockinette knit fabric was a nice touch and made a pretty effect. I used Jeny’s surprisingly stretchy bind-off method for the end of the body and the sleeves—Highly recommended. After the first wash this garment bloomed…a lot. I’m reserving this sweater for days like this …

fo : seahawk and rogue nilla socks

This pair of socks took a year to get off the needles because I was eyeballs deep in my projects at work. I still put the couple hundred odd stitches here and there to decompress when things were especially stressful, but it definitely did not progress as quickly as I had wanted. pattern : Improvisedyarn : Manos del Uruguay Alegria in Fondo del Marneedle : US 1 [2.25mm]size : 10″ pattern : Vanilla Latte Socks by Virginia Rose-Jeanes yarn : SweetGeorgia Yarns Tough Love Sock in Rogue needle : US 1 [2.25mm]size : 10″ My rogue nillas marched at a much faster pace but I was still pretty impatient about it. I cast these on while moving across the rogue river valley. I just had to start something, sitting shotgun on a road trip would otherwise have felt like a waste of valuable knitting time. Recalling the experience of knitting these two pairs is almost embarrassing. It’s like I’ve become this results driven careerist about something that was initially supposed to be an ongoing process …

wip – hue shift afghan

And just like that, I’m a quarter of the way through my hue shift afghan project. Mitered squares turned out to not be too difficult to work on. I admit that this wip spent a few weeks in time-out here and there because of some absentmindedly picked-up stitches on the wrong side. Or at one point, a completed mitered square using the wrong color combination. After those speed bumps though? Yes. This can be smooth sailing now. Many knitters of this particular Knit Picks pattern kit suggested that I break the yarn as few times as possible to compensate for such tight yarn rations. I’m still unsure if I’m doing well on that front, but we’ll see soon enough.

yarn swift

I finally purchased a yarn swift. Nick’s pretty happy to know that he won’t be asked to sit through holding a hank for me anymore—not that he complained much about it (or has been asked that often to do it either). I feel a little bit more like a legit knitter now. I’ll try not to think about how a dark wood variety of this swift was made available on Knitpicks just days after I received this order. Of course the better looking one would show up after I commit to a product!