WARNING: Because I haven't written in a while this may be a bit longer than usual. I also haven't had much time to take proper pictures for you, so I may have been putting it off a little. I apologize. I've provided subtitles if you'd prefer to skip around.
Recent News and Finished ObjectsWell, the slew of knitting classes I signed up for have just begun. I've been spending the last week or so winding balls of yarn, checking and rechecking my toolbox for everything I might want or need at hand, and trying to decide when to do my homework. Too far ahead and the reading might not be so fresh in my mind, but I don't want to wait too long either. I don't want to be that one person who's not prepared- it's been a while since I've been in school and I forgot how exciting it can be!
|Show-off Stranded Socks in Malabrigo Arco Iris|
So I went to my first knitting class, Mittens and Socks from Measurements, and I had a blast! It was great to be working and mingling with other knitters, sharing tips, and working out the material. Someone in class asked if they could swatch for the project at home so they'd have a chance to wash the superwash yarn she was using. I thought that odd, because it's superwash- it's static, right? Turns out superwash loosens up oh so slightly when it's heated (like in the dryer). Could this be the answer I'm looking for? I think I'll need to investigate.
Works in Progress and PlansSo I had been working on socks before the classes started so I wouldn't be too invested in anything while classes were on. I'll be doing homework while working a full time job so a sensible move, right? I don't know what possessed me, but I've started working on another pet project I've had in mind on top of all of that. I made myself a Shibuya top a few years ago, a pattern from Berroco #308 Vintage DK & Vintage. I really loved it and wore it quite a bit but, when I started to gain some weight it didn't fit anymore. I think I've finally given up on the idea of shrinking significantly enough to ever fit into it again, and I had an extra skein left over from the original project, so I've reclaimed the yarn and I'm starting over.
With my new shape, cap sleeves also aren't the most flattering look for me, so I'm thinking I'll make a few adjustments (and do the math- ugh!) to make it into a cute vest. More flattering and less yarn- it should be a win-win. I hope... While I'll be pretty busy over the next few weeks and months, it's also good to have a familiar pattern to work with- something I can pick up and put down easily.
And then I lost my mind. I watch a lot of podcasts and nearly everyone is hosting a knit-a-long at the moment, really awesome knit-a-longs. I feel like I must participate. I MUST. <sigh> I'm going to list them below with links to the Ravelry groups, in case you're interested in checking them out.