Remember my crazy casting on frenzy a few weeks ago? No, not THAT one...the most recent one. The craziest part of it was that I actually KNIT on all the things I started in that flurry, and this week they all (well, not ALL...I think there are still some socks from that startitis attack in progress) popped off the needles....1 - 2 - 3!!!
First off: Slipstream Cowl by Louise Zass-Bangham was a 4-part mystery knit, made even more mysterious with this mystery yarn in my stash. (I even had the beads in the 'bead-stash'....I would call this a real stash buster project, only you can't tell I even made a dent in the stash.)
Next off: Spectral by Debbi Stone. The fun part of knitting this cowl was using the Miss Babs gradient yarn.
It is long...can wrap twice easily. And while the yarn was wonderful to knit, the pattern got the teeniest bit tedious towards the end. A four-row repeat, over and over and over and over....you get the idea. I love the end result; quite worth the tedium.
And last, but not least...and hot off the needles just last night....Bryum by Cailliau Berangere.
I used one skein of Kettle Yarn's Islington and one skein of Luna Grey Fiber Arts Celeste and I couldn't tell you which I loved more. Both are absolutely luxurious to the touch.
This shawl was like a very very good book that you never want to end. The feel of the yarn, the emerging pattern, the colors...everything came together perfectly from the first cast-on row....the whole journey was totally enjoyable. And, as a bonus, I have something I love at the end of it. (It's coming to church with me today!!!)
So, three things finished....three empty project bags! You know what that means!!! (no? hee hee!)
One bag will definitely hold....
I was so lucky to win this gorgeous skein of hand-dyed Mountain Girl Yarns from Camilla who blogs at Fjordgirl (and is the hand-dyer!). It's ultra soft, ultra beautiful merino; just last week I was scrounging among my scarfy, drapey shawlettes to find something to go with a lilac linen top. Nada. (as you know, I've been sort of stuck on grey for quite some time.) I held this skein up to it and the purple hues just jumped out. So, as soon as I settle on a pattern, this is on.the.needles!!! I don't usually gravitate towards blue, but this just looks like a mountain stream running through a field of late summer mountain wildflowers---and I love it. I own nothing like this. I will treasure it. Thank you, Camilla, for such a beautiful work of art---and the anticipation of hours of enjoyable knitting!
That leaves two bags empty! Off to find something to cast on!