Cold weather knitting, warm weather dreaming

The mittens are moving along after some drama on Monday. After knitting three repeats I admitted the cables were pulling in too much.Take a look. Those cables span one half of the stitches. They should cover the whole front of the mitten.
Mitten Front Cables
I ripped back to the ribbing and gave 8 more stitches to the cable panel. I also knit the ribbing a good inch and a half longer before starting the cables. It’s looking better but I need to knit more to confirm. More on that next week…
I’ve been giving a lot of thought to the types of big projects I’m knitting (meaning, garments). Given how long it takes me to finish a larger project, I need to start knitting them several months before I want to wear them. So, if I want to make something for the spring and summer, I need to start now.
I pulled three yarns from my stash
Warm weather yarn options

  • left: Dale stork, 100% cotton, fingering weight, black
  • niddle: Elsebeth Lavold Hempathy, hemp, cotton and modal, DK weight, a great red
  • right: Louet Euroflax, 100% linen, sport weight, eggplant

I’m so out of touch with warm weather patterns. I need to do a little more studying and a review of my Rav faves. I want to get something CO by next Sunday. I’m so tired of not finishing garments. I want to wear what I knit! And not just on my hands and around my neck (although that’s nice too).
I’m open to any suggestions. Please leave a comment if something comes to mind. Help a knitter out :)
Oh! I almost forgot (ok I did forget, but I’m updating this post right after I hit publish). Here are a few things that caught my eye this week:

  • The Blathnat socks, a new mystery sock pattern designed for the SKA January mystery KAL. The theme is flora and fauna and these are a gorgeous combo of flora-inspired motifs. Take a look at this stunning FO by IgnorantBliss. She always takes the most awesome pics.
  • The Knitty surprise came out and I love the Freja mittens with their abstract heart motif on the front. I won’t be starting any more mittens this winter but I’ll definitely consider these for next fall.
  • Wingspan shawl a garter stitch, short rowed shawl that works exceedingly well with long repeats of color. Check out all the projects – there are some masterpieces!

One thought on “Cold weather knitting, warm weather dreaming

  1. The Wingspan pattern looks great for progression dyed (or spun) yarn.
    The mittens look fabulous – I love how the cables pop with this yarn.

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