Lightweight Pullover, Socks, Stash Busting

Lightweight Pullover, Socks, Stash Busting

The weather has turned. Easter was full of sun and gentle breezes all week. Now, it’s all blustery and chilly out. Challenge accepted! I actually love infrequent, transitional weather. It perpetuates my belief that I need at least one of *every* knitted wardrobe staple, and accessories. For now, I’m still on the basics, but I’m in love; my first cowl neck sweater!

This is Hannah Fetting’s Lightweight Pullover. Isn’t this in every knitter’s queue? The yarn is Mimi in their discontinued mink Lotus lace weight. I bought the tobacco colorway about five years ago with the hopes of making the delicate Juliet cardigan. About a year later I impulsively bought the Kiwi and Teal colorways for fingerless gloves (which still might happen depending on what’s leftover). I have mixed feelings about not being any closer to a lovely lace Juliet cardigan, but I am thrilled to be making a desperately needed spring staple.

I’ve also cast on for socks. Another original design and my first time doing top down socks since I first learned to knit! I’m very pleased with how the first sock has turned out and I’m itching to cast on another pair as soon as these are done. “Socks are also a wardrobe staple” is the mantra for all those W.I.Ps.

Both of these projects are entirely stash busting. It feels a little amazing to have enough yarn hidden away for a sweater and socks…working at a yarn store has long reaching consequences. I’m pretty positive this sock yarn and Mimi tobacco need to be together forever. Mayhaps fingerless gloves? Or a headband?

I bought this sock yarn before I even worked at the yarn shop. Pagewood Farms Chugiak (Teal). I believe it was one of my first purchases after I became a regular at the shop. I even remember where it’s home was in the shop, discreetly tucked away by an anonymous college student. I love the high twist to the ply of the yarn and the super saturated, hand painted colors.

I’m pausing on my sweater for the week with the hopes of getting these socks cast off, I’m not sure if I’ll finish in time to wear my snazzy pullover in 50 degree weather, but at least my feet will be warm!
I can’t wait to share another design with you soon!

Knit on ❤

Guilds, Waterlilies, and Endless Sweaters

While I work on part 2 of “From the Other Side: Knitting in the Mission Field” I decided to throw out a little update on my other knitting pretties.

I’ve discovered the knitting community in Kansas City, it is prosperous and delightful. Specifically, I’ve tapped into the local knitting guild, Sunflower Knitting Guild. There were many crafty guilds back in Arkansas, but they often met at times when I I had to work or they were located in other county’s. If there was any sort of knitting guild in Fayetteville, I feel like it was my LYS . All of the crafters from the Farmers’ Market and the local knitters would meet there. It was (is) an amazing community and I was very eager to find a new one here in KC.

Queue a few google searches and a phone call and I was invited to a knit night at Hy-Vee!

Side note: Guys, have you heard of Hy-vee? Grocery shopping AND a restaurant upstairs? Are you kidding me? What is this magic…

When I walked in, I had a pretty wonderful pang of nostalgia from my Thursday night knit nights. A huge crowd of knitters of all ages crowded around tables, glasses of wine, loud laughing, and an overflow of hand knits. I ended up meeting quiet a few members of the Sunflower Guild including the president, vice president and editor! Everyone was so nice and they invited me to their monthly meeting on Monday. It was epic. Guys, they just take over the bottom level of a restaurant. My whole heart, they have it. It was exciting to see a guild meeting. There was a quick discussion of finances and updates so that we could get to the meat of the meeting, Show and Tell. Everyone had the opportunity to have center stage and show off recent knits, share patterns, and applaud wonderful work. When the mic came to me I tried to pass, but they insisted I talked about  my Leaf and Trellis shawl. They applauded me, I nearly died of giddiness. I’m very excited to attend the next Knit Night!

In the mean time, I’ve cast on for Waterlily as my first spring knit! After being bogged down with wedding and Christmas knits all of last year, it felt so so good to cast on for a seasonal knit! I’m using Ella Rae Lace Merino and I’m in love with this delicious raspberry colorway with flecks of white. Makes me crave a plethora of raspberry desserts…

And in the corner….crying out to be finished…is my NaKniSweMo. *Sigh*, maybe this year I’ll actually finish NaKniSweMo IN November. To be fair,though, I also knit ten Christmas presents and had them all under the tree on time. I secretly knew there was no way I would finish. I’m inches away from being done with the collar of this baby, though, due to an error in the pattern, I’m going to have to rip back about five inches first. It’s only about 40 stitches at this point though, so not a huge blow.

Then I have to steak (not talking about it) and weave in all the ends, and block, and sew in a zipper….as I said, endless sweater. I keep it sitting out in the living room, much to Jon’s chagrin, so hopefully it won’t disappear down the void of WIP’s. But honestly, wouldn’t it be a bit of naughty fun to whip this out in October, finish in a week, and flaunt it? I’m thinking yes….

Spring is exploding here and our apartment is finally starting to feel like home. I have the itch to start painting walls and find new picture frames. But for now, in my down time, I mostly just want to swing on our balcony and watch the trees bloom.