Golden garter lace

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I am enjoying every stitch of this shawl.

Technically the name of the pattern is Aether, but In my head, as I knit, I’m calling it golden garter.  Alliteration improves everything, right?

The yarn changes color with the time of day and the changing lighting.  The yarn is Tosh merino light, in the colorway Nutmeg.  In the morning sun it was bright and gold.  Tonight by lamp light it is dark honey.

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Five of seven repeats are done, as is the first skein.  It has become clear that this is going to be a really big shawl when it is blocked!

 

 

Two steps backward

I started a new at-home knitting project (not to be confused with my at-work knitting project) but didn’t get very far before I realized that I had messed up the increase pattern completely.  I was doing the repeats from my last project instead of my current one.  Sigh.  I ripped it all out and started over.

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The yarn is Tosh Merino Light, my all time favorite yarn.  It glows in every colorway and this picture does it absolutely no justice.  These two color ways are Ink and Betty Draper’s Blues.  The pattern, now that I’m actually knitting it instead of just thinking I am, is In a Word.

Warm stitches

I started a new knitting project this week.

The pattern is called Drachenfels, by Melanie Berg, and it is a simple knit, increasing on one edge while decreasing on the other, creating a sideways triangle.  I just have to remember not to do the decrease every 6th row, and other than that it is pretty mindless knitting, so I can keep reading or talking or watching TV or all of those in various combinations while it grows.

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Three yarns are all really different from each other in texture and content.  The dark cone yarn is a marked two ply wool in two different browns.  The dirty white coned yarn is a raw silk, very nubby and splitty.  The golden brown is Madeline Tosh merino light, a soft luminous yarn – Tosh merino light is one of my all time favorites to knit with.

I’m trying hard to knit from my stash, both as a money saver (though I just spend it all on fabric instead, so it is net neutral in the long run) and to reduce the sheer volume of stuff in my craft storage.  These three yarns wouldn’t normally go into the same project, but it seems to be working so far.

I was a knitter long before I started quilting, and though larger blocks of time are usually given to quilting, the portability of knitting can’t be replaced.  If I sit too long without having needles in my hands my fingers get itchy.

We also got our tree up this week, so I can knit in the glow of the colorful lights, with the Hanukkiah candles also adding in their flickers.

Those are my sons, post decorating the tree, and pre-redecorating it after the cat tried to climb it and pulled the whole thing over.  Sigh for my Swarovski snowflake ornaments.   We also went with two Hanukkiahs this year as it cuts down on the candle lighting arguments.