I have been working quite diligently on the Joker and the Thief shawl, going through all of the pattern with some decent speed. I was looking at the amount of remaining yarn and I knew I could knit a bit of the last pattern repeat. As I got closer to having to make that decision, I looked at the main color. It might have gone for another half repeat and then I would have to immediately bind off. This sounds like a game of yarn chicken, which you all know that I do not like doing. So I went with the pattern as written and just bound off. It is off the needles, with a significant amount of ends still needing some weaving, but a lot less then if I did not weave as I knit. Once that is done I can wash and block this (probably will grow a bit) and I can immediately put it away until fall. Summer is starting to really kick in here and wearing a Yak and Merino scarf sounds lovely, but not right now.
With that off the needles I needed to figure out what to cast on next. This ended up being a bit of a dilemma on my part, I have a lot of things I wanted to start. One being the Atlas that I received the kit for, but I knew right now I needed something a little easier to work on. I like having a simple and a more involved/complicated/more then just garter or stockinette project going on at the same time. So I went to my queue to see what peeked my interest and there were a few things. Sweaters would be nice, but I think 90 degree weather with no AC at home would not be enjoyable. There were some lace shawls that looked like fun out of colorful gradient fingering weight, but I kept going. Then I remembered something a friend of mine made and I searched frantically to find it in my queue. I found it and looked at its requirements, 2 skeins of fingering weight yarn in two good colors. I have a few good pairs in stash that I can use, so I started looking at the stash (online of course). I thought about a Madelinetosh combo that I have had for a little bit now, but I decided to save that for some brioche (and I didn’t want to dive into the big bin for it). Then I remembered I bought some yarn for a design that I just was not going to make. I pulled out the skeins and they were perfect for this project. One was a semi solid brown and the other this slightly multi teal with burnt orange that worked well with the brown (it should, they were purchased to work together). The yarn is Verdant Gryphon Eidos in the colorways Anubis and Epistemen which are turning into the Snood Barcelona. This pattern is simple in it’s techniques, but you do have to pay attention when performing the short rows.
Yes that is a Star Wars Slipper Stitch Studios bag (I couldn’t resist buying this when the email went out, I may have a problem) and the pattern is working up nicely in this yarn. I hope I can make a decently sized cowl out of the yarn I have, which I should have plenty of yarn (famous last words).
The sweater is still on time out right now, I just don’t want to work on a full merino wool sweater in the summer. I might pick it up again once I finish something, but I needed a new easy project. Queue up the Vanilla is the New Black socks again, this time in the Stray Cat Sock Yarn in the colorway, Revolution. Seemed fitting with July 4th just behind us and July 14th coming soon (if you don’t know, July 14th is Bastille Day in France). I wound the yarn and I am super excited to start it up. Side note, I do speak French (my second language, long story of how I became fluent) so it’s fitting I pay attention to the 14th of July.
And the Tour de France has started, not that I am interested in watching it. But the Tour de Fleece has also started and granted I have had a slow start. I did a little spinning last night on my Lendrum out of some fiber from stash (a surprise I know, but this has been on that bobbin for a few weeks/months now) and I did a little light drop spindle spinning as well. Hopefully I can do more spinning and weaving this summer, since nothing needs to be on my lap. Maybe I’ll get a lot done during this tour, but only time will tell. I am going back to my short rows and hopefully not messing them up.