Everything and Nothing

I have been in a very peculiar mood lately. I have been in the mood to start endless new projects, yet have very little desire to actually work on them. This lead to having about 5 barely-begun WIPS on the side of my bed the other night. I mean really, I was sleeping with so much yarn it is a wonder I never woke up wrapped in a yarn cocoon.

I have been having this same issue with books. I keep checking out books, hoping something will spark my interest. The last book I actually read was terrible. I have started the next book I’m reviewing and have made some progress on it. However, there are several other books that I’m interested in that I keep moving from one reading location, to the other. These poor books are stuck in endless transit between the nightstand and coffee table, yet haven’t been opened.

I blame my almost a solid week of headaches on this weird state I’m in. Sadly, I can’t seem to get rid of those or shake this odd feeling.

Texas is finally about to see a little burst of “fall weather” (meaning it will be 85 instead of 100 degrees) and we should get some rain, so maybe that will help wake me up a little bit.

I cast on (yet another) new project last night. This is the Promise Me shawl by Boo Knits. In keeping with my Yarn Diet, I actually dug into the stash and pulled out a few balls of the lovely Rowan Kidsilk Haze in Dewberry to use.  This is my first foray into lace knitting and I am actually doing to to train for the Boo Knits Morticia Mystery Knit Along that I plan to do in October. The creator of the Boo patterns suggested trying the Promise Me pattern before attempting the MKAL if you’re unfamiliar with lace. I’m hoping the mystery element will bolster my confidence and convince me that I really am capable of knitting lace if I just focus. However, this training requires me to knit an entire lace shawl between now and October 1st so I can start the MKAL.

This will also be my very first time using beads in my knitting. I really hope I’m not getting in over my head here…

My yarn and beads

My yarn and beads

Some progress

Some progress

Mawata Mittens

I heard that you can knit with unspun silk hankies (also known as Mawata). After watching a few tutorial videos, I really wanted to try it. I quickly ordered up some beautiful dyed silk hankies, check out a pattern book, and today I got started. So far, it’s a bit like knitting with cobwebs; very clingy and light. I am enjoying the rustic looking fabric that is being created. I wanted to share some photos from today.

The bag of 40 grams of mawata

The bag of 40 grams of mawata

One chunk of hankies

One chunk of hankies

A single cocoon

A single cocoon

After drafting

After drafting

The cuff of my mitten, so far

The cuff of my mitten, so far

 

My mawata came from Wooliebullie on Etsy and the color is Peony. The pattern I am using is from the book The Knitter’s Handy Book of Patterns. This really is an interesting book that allows for patterns in any gauge.

The Yarn Harlot made her own pair of Mawata mittens, which inspired this project and she is the one who recommended the book I’m using. She also offers some useful Q&A about using Mawata.

Here is a great video on knitting with unspun mawata.

 

 

 

 

Nifty Gifties

The lovely Aisling from my knitting group surprised me on Tuesday with two awesome graduation gifts. The first being a hank of her handspun (the color is Flannel Shirt). The second was a ball of some super soft and squishy silk/wool blend fiber. It’s so nice I want to save it for once I have gained some spinning skills and won’t mangle it.

I don’t have a project planned for the yarn quite yet so I’ve just been admiring it since Tuesday. Perhaps a hat…

Thank you, Aisling!

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Another Let Down

New ImageMy July Yarnbox came today. Last month, I wasn’t overjoyed with the yarn that arrived because the color was not at all my taste. This month, it is the style of yarn I’m not crazy about.

The yarns are from Darn Good Yarn and all of them are from recycled materials. Although I appreciate the mission of Darn Good Yarn, I’m not big on novelty style yarns. Darn Good Yarn has a mission of helping women in India and Nepal to earn a livable wage through yarn production. I think that this goal is fantastic and, if you like the style of yarn, this would be a great company to shop at.

The blue, recycled silk yarn is ok. It’s sort of soft but has a very heavy texture to it. It could make a funky hat. However, the ribbon yarn (made from pieces of saris) is just not my thing at all.

I think that Yarnbox has a great concept going, I’m just worried that whoever selects the yarn and I have very different tastes. So far none of the colors or textures have been something I would select for myself. I’m subscribed for one more month, but I have a feeling I’ll be cancelling after that.