The Irish Hiking Scarf is finished but not quite ready for its photo shoot. Tomorrow I'll be spritzing and steam blocking to correct some gauge issues. I ended up using the equivalent of two skeins of Brown Sheep Lamb's Pride Worsted and knitting the scarf on Size 8 Addi Turbos. Until I shot the photo (above), I didn't realize that Brown Sheep Lamb's Pride was "permanently mothproofed" -- did you?
This scarf was probably one of my favorite knitting projects to date; the bonus was that knitting all those cables helped me brainstorm some things that I've been trying to work through.
I've spent an inordinate amount of time blogging this simple, humble pair of socks (knit for myself), but they're finished. Although the actual knitting was finished last week, I had the toe to graft and I always like to wait until I have my earbuds in and I'm listening to music to tune out distractions. I can do the grafting without written instructions now and that was a goal of mine. I grafted a toe on the Mountain Colors "Wilderness" Bearfoot sock. The colors and the knitting experience are just amazing with this yarn. Granted, I haven't yet found a sock yarn I dislike, but this tops my list for a basic sock yarn and it's a great choice for a quick pair of socks for a gift.
I also finished the few rounds and bind-off remaining on the One Day Wristwarmers I started last year (pattern can be found here). It's a finishing frenzy around here; I've freed up 3 sets of DPN's today.
Strangely, I've been dreaming of knitting stockings so I'm considering doing that sometime. No, I don't need them . . . I just WANT them. It might be the ideal project to work on when I'm needing something to relieve the worry and nervousness I've had while my daughter is driving. On her own. Without me. Can you imagine if I documented it like this and this while knitting stockings?
The Irish Hiking Scarf is now within a foot of being finished and it's been amazing at helping me to relax the past few days. I really need to free the needles on this one, so that's my motivation for finishing it as soon as I can.
Have you had enough of my orange obsession yet?
I pulled out the Irish Hiking Scarf to work on yesterday. I set it aside back when all the stuff started happening with my parents. But when I finished my Purl Soho custom-colored (Cedar Stripe) socks yesterday, I wanted something "worsted" to work on and the cabled knitting moves along oh-so-nicely while we watch movies. I'm now at the halfway point and it's knitting up fast on my Addi Turbos.
I've been in this orange / rust / persimmon / pumpkin phase and I don't see any signs that I'll stop grabbing orange yarn to knit with. For my basic wardrobe, I'm definitely a neutrals gal, but I love kicky and colorful accessories to jazz things up. Orange just looks wonderful with denim.
It's at the halfway point now. I'm shooting for 60" (152 cm) and it's right about 30" now (76 cm):
And now it's time for buttered popcorn, a chick flick and more Irish Hiking.
Today . . . I am dealing with a totally frustrating situation and THE KNITTING HELPS . . . as does a day or two off. I am wisely going to refrain from writing about what it is until I can get some distance from it. By then, maybe I'll have the wisdom to keep it to myself and nobody will be the wiser. However, I do wonder if I'm a better knitter when I'm angry. I'll let you know.
Isn't it wonderful? I'm giving my hands a rest from the sock needles this morning and I cast on for something a bit bigger to practice my new cable-knitting skills. I'm a huge fan of Brown Sheep Lamb's Pride Worsted and I had some Tiger Lily in my stash to make what will be an extra-long scarf. The free pattern can be found here: Irish Hiking Scarf and there's a Knitalong too.