I have been trying to knit down some of my yarn stash. Seriously. My goal for the year has been to reduce the stash by a tub, which is rather lofty, I know, but I am trying.
My other goal has been to finish some WIPS. So last I posted I picked up the Damson shawlette and decided to frog back to the snag and finish it. Well.... I came to the last 10 rows or so and realize.... I had run out of yarn. The pattern, in theory was supposed to take a skein of Malabrigo sock yarn. And that is what I bought, but I ran out. I also had no idea what the color was that I was using.
Luckily my LYS keeps a record of all the yarn that you have bought in the last year and they were able to tell me that the colorway was Rayon Vert. So now I need to order another skein to finish up. If the dye lot looks seriously different from the yarn I already have I may need to rip up to the border and do the border with the new yarn.
And I am not really all that in love with the pattern. I guess you could say that I am finishing it for the sake of finishing it, and on that note, I have to say that I am awfully tempted to just tear the whole thing out, re-wind the yarn and use it for something else. For now, it is back in the UFO pile as I have not made up my mind yet.
Anyway, the good news is that this shawlette failure spurred a shawlette success. Fed up with Damson, I cast about for another project. This time I found success. I knit (in about a week) Wendy Johnson's Seascape Shawlette out of one skein of Ani's Bamboo/Merino sock yarn, in a frothy blue green.
There it is pre-blocking.
and here it is, pinned out. It, um, turned out way bigger than a shawlette. (Maybe it was the Bamboo/Merino blend?)
The wingspan took up the length of my full-sized bed. And I didn't even stretch it that much- the yarn seemed to just want to stretch. It will be a full-sized shawl no, doubt, not a shawlette. After it dries I will get a picture of me in it, because I am curious to see what it looks like on.
Wendy's (of WendyKnits) patterns are really clear, well written out and fairly simple lace. She has lots of shawlettes on sale on Ravelry, and I went through them and matched a bunch of sock yarn to them. Planning to knit a few more to help go through some of the sock yarn that is lovely, but that I don't want to put on my feet.
Meanwhile, speaking of lovely yarn, a friend went to England and brought back some lace yarn for me. Its hand-dyed Merino, 900 meters from Gloucester.
It is very springy, and I need to find the right pattern to show off the yarn
Meanwhile, I finished my "Live by Grace" cross-stitch. It is at the shop, being framed (it is a gift.) When I get it back, I will take a picture. I am now working on a tiny Halloween ornament (I love Halloween stuff) for my dad because it features two black cats in front of a harvest moon, and he has two black cats.
The fabric is a great stormy blue, but it makes stitching hard to see. Anyway, off to scheme on more shawlettes and to decide what to do about the Damson shawl.