Knit Envy

Only a knitter would go into their local doughnut shop on a cold morning like today and leave thinking, “I need to knit a shawl like the one the cashier had on”.

It was soft grey. A very simple rectangular shape with a simple ruffled border.

It looked nice and cozy and left me thinking that I really need a simple shawl that is actually warm.

I could totally knit it with no problem. The biggest problem is that when I start browsing shawl patterns I always find myself picking out lace instead of actual warm things.

Now I’m finding myself wanting to check Ravelry for similar patterns and hunt down some soft, neutral colored yarn that could go with any out. Which I totally don’t need to do because my stash is already out of control and my queue is ridiculously long.

Stupid knit envy.

I Don’t Even Knit Socks…

So why am I picking out sock patterns?

And buying yarn?

And wondering if I have the right needles?

Why am I making all the plans for socks?

Especially since I know that I will get SSS (second sock syndrome) and never complete the second sock.

To make matters worse, my only attempt at knitting socks ended in the ankle and heel with no gusset or foot.

And since I don’t even wear socks except in the coldest winter times (which is rare in Texas).

The only justification I can find is that these are darn cute socks.

I bought yarn to do them in black and white with pink hearts.

The yarn I chose is ShibuiKnits Sock in Abyss, Ivory, and Blush.

Love Sock by Devon Clement

**UPDATE**

The yarn arrived. It is very soft and squishy. If I’m going to knit socks, at least I’ll be doing it with great yarn. My colors will be different than the example photo, but I think I’ll like them.

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Fountain Shawl

The yarn for my fountain shawl finally arrived! I saw this collection of beautifully dyed, gradient skeins from Knitcircus on Etsy. I knew it needed a lovely shawl pattern to go with it. There was a little snag in getting the yarn here because it took more than 3 weeks just to ship (I won’t even get into that situation). But it arrived, plus a little gift in pretty Butter Lettuce. I have no plans for the green yet, probably a hat.

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The pattern I chose is called Juturna, who is the Roman goddess symbolized by by fountains. The name, symbolism, and style of the shawl all fit with the colors so perfectly. I’m excited to try this out.

 

Finished Projects: New Orleans Hat

The New Orleans Hat

The New Orleans Hat

This is my New Orleans Hat that I recently finished. The pattern is the Knit Night Hat by Judy Marples made in Malabrigo Rios yarn. The color is Zarzamora which is Spanish for blackberry. Which is a fantastic color name for this. Have I mentioned purple is my favorite color?

I call it my New Orleans hat because I purchased the yarn from the Quarter Stitch in the French Quarter of New Orleans two years ago. It was my first ever fancy yarn purchase (meaning not from Joann’s or Michaels) and I didn’t even know how to knit at the time. I searched for crochet patterns for awhile to use with it, but in the end, I just left it still wrapped up in the store packaging (they wrap each skein in tissue paper and sprinkle it with little paper heart confetti). That is, until I found the pattern on Ravelry that was actually intended for that exact yarn. It was kismet.

I don’t think it photographs well but I am incredibly pleased with how it looks on and I can’t take a not-awkward photo of me in the hat. Now I just need to finish the second fingerless glove to match.

I really hope I’ll get to go back to NOLA soon and visit the Quarter Stitch again. It was such a charming shop. In fact, the Yarn Harlot herself even wrote a post about it.¬†