Breathing Space

I finally finished this sweater!! I started it last summer, and set it aside after separating for the sleeves. I picked it up and put it down many times since then. The stripes made it easy to keep track of my progress, so I didn’t feel huge pressure to finish it. The yarn is a Wensleydale and Shetland mix, 50%-50% I think. It was a little odd to work with, it felt like Icelandic lopi wool. It has softened up with blocking, I don’t mind it next to my skin. It is in no way merino or cashmere soft, but I don’t care about a little scratchiness. The fabric has a gauze-like open feel to it, very different from how a typical woollen spun yarn would knit up. I have no idea if this is a worsted or woollen spun yarn, but I think it’s the Wensleydale content (it’s a long wool breed) that is stopping the yarn from plumping up the way a typical Shetland wool would.

Details: I used 3.25 mm needles on the ribbing, 3.5 mm needles for the body and sleeves. My gauge may have been a bit looser than called for, (and what my original swatch led me to believe), which is unusual for me. I usually swatch and still end up with a teeny tiny version of what I intended to make. The yarn is : The Knitting Goddess Wensleydale & Shetland 4 ply (discountinued, I believe) and the pattern is Breathing Space by Veera Välimäki

Week 30 2020.07.26

FOs: Since I haven’t posted in a year, I’m going to be doing some catch up in this section. I finished Xanthe forever ago and Castiel is my most recent FO.

Xanthe

Xanthe by Ambah 

Yarns:  

MC1: Madelinetosh Tosh Merino Light in Fathom (navy)

MC2: Hedgehog Fibres Skinny Singles in Teacup (speckles on off white)

CC1: Countess Ablaze Tia Merino in Prohibition (pinky lace)

Needles: 4 mm (US 6)

Mods: None that I’m aware of. I didn’t aggressively block the shawl, so the lace portion is not as open as it could be. 

Yardage: 1134 yards

Date Completed: 25 July 2019

Castiel

Castiel Hat by Woolly Wormhead

Yarn: Sugarplum Circus Merino DK in Starling

Needles: 3.5 mm and 3.75 mm Dyak Darn Pretty 3.5” interchangeables 

Mods: I would have like to make it larger, but I ran out of yarn. Ideally it would have had 2 or 3 more pattern repeats, but lace is stretchy so I can wear it if my hair is down.

Yardage: 117 yards

Date Completed: 18 July 2019 

WIPs:

Bixbite

Bixbite by Veera Välimäki (Knit Stars 2.0 pattern)

Yarns:

C1: Sugarplum Circus Sock in December 2019 (Grey with speckles)

C2: Sugarplum Circus Smooth Sock in February 2019 (Pink with speckles)

C3: Gynx Yarns Strong Sock in Royal (Indigo) (Gynx Yarns is no longer dyeing)

Needles: 4.25 mm Dyak Darn Pretty 5” interchangeables

Breathing Space

Breathing Space by Veera Välimäki (links to Ravelry)

Yarn: The Knitting Goddess Wensleydale & Shetland 4 ply in Red (MC) and Navy (CC)

Needles: 3.25 mm and 3.5 mm Tulip 3.5” interchangeables

Log Cabin Blanket

Log Cabin Blanket

Yarn: Scraps, 4 ply held double 

Needles: 5 mm Tulip 3.5” interchangeables

Spinning:

I have recently being learning how to spin. This is my third spin and my first on a supported spindle.

Planning:

3 in 1 Experiment

I’m working on a full size sweater swatch. The colours are a little crazy, especially for a garment. It’s not just a gauge swatch that’s required, but a colour swatch too. Might as well begin the sweater fully prepared to have to frog it all. The pattern is 3 in 1 by Atelier Alfa, the blue yarns are Madelinetosh Merino Light and the speckled colours are Hedgehog Fibres Skinny Singles.