On the WIP Side – 7.23.2020

As always, I hope you are still all staying safe, happy and sane. Thank you for reading my blog and I hope it brings you some joy during this tumultuous time. Definitely check out my YouTube channel to see any projects “in person.”
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Total: 6 WIPs (3 active)
4 projects -1 sweater, 2 pairs of socks and 1 blanket
1 project – 1 blanket
1 project
Finished: 2 projects
2020 Total Finished: 17

Drachenfels Shawl – DONE
Pattern: Drachenfels / Melanie Berg
Yarn: Suburban Stitcher / Single Sock / Darkest Hour, Clementine and Sweet Adeline
Needles: Size 4 Needles
Gauge: IDK
Cast on: 3/18/2020
Cast off date: 7/6/2020

This shawl is DONE! Overall, it was a good knit that really filled in the need for an easy garter stitch shawl. I owe this shawl for helping me return to regular reading and keeping my stress levels in check.

Without giving too much away here, look for a project highlight post here soon!

Altheda Sweater
Pattern: Altheda / Jennifer Steingass
Yarn: Rauma Finull PT 2
Needles: Size 1 Needles (neckline), Size 2 Needles (Body) and Size 3 Needles (colorwork)
Gauge: 20 st in 4 in on size 1 needle
Cast on: 6/9/2020
Cast off goal: None

It shouldn’t, but it does always surprise me how when you work on one project monogamously, it really seems to knit up quickly. Funny how that works, right? I cast on this sweater a while ago at this point and recently picked it back up as my “focus” project. Once I finished the test knit I was working on, I started working on this sweater and I have to say I’m mostly through the hem of the body. That’s about a week’s worth of knitting.

I worked on a lot of the yoke during a sit and stitch session last Sunday. I think I finished the yoke by Monday? Then just zoomed through the body for the rest of this week. I’m really surprised at how quickly it knit it, but it is just stockinette stitch so there wasn’t too much to hold me back.

I’m loving the yarn. It’s my first time using Rauma yarn and while it’s definitely a coarse “woolly wool” (as they say), it will be comfortable for me to wear. I typically wear undershirts anyway and so I will be totally fine with it. Even if you are sensitive, I’d give it a try. I think it’s softer than Jamieson and Smith and I haven’t even washed it yet. It’s a nice round wool and does create a nice sweater fabric.

The yarn is labelled as fingering, but I definitely have a DK gauge and I think that’s what is helping the sweater knit up quickly. Again, I have experience with Jamieson and Smith as my only other reference of this type of yarn and I do think it’s a thicker yarn.

I am up to the hem of the sweater and it’s a garter stitch hem vs a ribbed hem. I pondered which way I was going to go with this because I think I like the look of a ribbed hem better. However, the neckline is already knit with a garter stitch and I figured that was a good enough reason to stick with the pattern. The Pavement sweater that I finished earlier this year also has a garter hem and I do like it there. I’m not sure why I didn’t feel like it fit in as well with this one, but I can always change my mind if I end up not liking it.

I’m hoping to finish the sweater in the next week? I have Friday off from work and so maybe I’ll start the sleeves.

1. Spinning – I’ve been spinning a lot! Check out my Youtube channel to hear more.
2. Northeasterly – have not worked on.
3. I finished a test knit, which I’ll post more about when it’s published.
4. I also have been working on a pair of vanilla socks randomly.

1. Neat Ripple – This is on hold until I finish up the charity items with the colors that I have used so far.

What’s Next?
I’ll be posting a cast on party on my YouTube channel soon. Make sure you subscribe there so you don’t miss when it’s posted. I have a few projects coming up!

August mystery yarn clubs are now available
. If you want to see how I dyed up the July skein, check this out.

July 2020 Mystery Yarn Club

Check out the shop here. There are some great kits for shawls and socks along with good pairings for sweaters. Let me know if you need help with some color selections.

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