Over it and done

Picnicknits Mystery Shawl KAL 2015…I’m over it and done with it and have amphibious (k)nitted it down by the pond. I’m sorry but I’m not liking it, and, if I finish it, I’ll wear it to the one wedding and it’ll live in a drawer. This is one of the caveats of mystery pieces. Sometimes I get one I just don’t like. Another example of this is Color Craving by Stephen West. I enjoyed knitting and finished this one but have never worn it. Sometimes I like the pattern but  yarn selection is just wrong as in the case of Follow Your Arrow 2. The Dirty Water Dyeworks Lillian I was using for Picnicknits will be re-purposed as Bond Street.

I just (k)nits bound off the TTL Mystery Shawl KAL 2015 in Shalimar Breathless Passion Fruit and Crayfish colorways and US size 6 needles. I love…love…love this piece. I think it will be worn often once blocked.2015-07-17 07.59.33

My new just (k)nits in the zone is Come What May using  Annie Yarns Destiny in Blackberries colorway and US size 6 needles. I’ve had the stinking tinks on this one. Some outbreaks caused by trying to watch The Walking Dead and (k)nit. I’m a new “dead watcher” and sometimes get caught up in the action and forget the (k)nits. Even thought about change just sleep(k)nits to go to just walking dead(k)nits.  Yesterday I realized I had an extra pattern repeat in one section which causes some concern about yarn shortage. Susan B Anderson designed this and was kind enough to give yarn weights when she started the ruffle and bind off so. I can check when I get closer to the end. I’m liking this piece also and may (k)nit another for a friend.image

My first just sleep(k)nits to go Seven Swans a-Swimming sock is finished. I’m using Desert Vista Dyeworks Zien and 2.25 mm needles. No I’m not a Pittsburgh Steelers fan but I did go to Appalachian State which has the same colors.

imageJust (k)nits for othersGramps Turner is being worked as a just sleep(k)nits to go project because I realized that school will be starting soon and I need to quickly (k)nit 30 backpack buddies which will be birds this year. I plan to use this pattern.  I had planned to (k)nit owl puffs again but really liked the bird idea. They don’t have eyes and even though I use safety eyes I still worry about the small kids choking. So for the next few weeks, I’ll be just (k)nitting birds for others. Since I’ve several fun  “me” projects that I want to (k)nit, I’m a bit bored by the just (k)nits for others right now  and have been unsuccessfully using the “me” (k)nits as dangling carrots. So the cure has been some yarn retail therapy (last time it was buttons).

I’ve just discovered that purchasing Wollmeise from Germany is more economical that purchasing it in the US. This is one of my favorite yarns so my yarn budget is a bit blown right now as I’ve splurged on quite a bit of this yarn. (Thanks to a knitting friend for enabling.) I also might have pre-ordered some GnomeAcres Sparkle Gnome in BatGirl to make a Sockhead hat for me (yeah it’s purple) and then there’s a bit of Desert Vista Dyeworks coming (hey, I had coupon codes). I also have a birthday coming up so this is my birthday present to me.

Till next time, no frogs, no tinks, just (k)nits.

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