Since my last post, there was a trip back East, followed immediately by a New-York-imported cold. I finally feel on the mend, well-enough to lounge around, knit and post an update on knitting matters. More on my trip in a future post; for now, I'll just catch up on recent FO's.
Focusing on my stash sometimes puts me in a bad mood; I feel like an adolescent who has been unfairly punished. I have a grudge against my stash: what did I ever see in this yarn or that one? Did I really think I was going to knit dozens and dozens of doll sweaters when I accumulated this many orphan skeins of fingering-weight yarns? How could I have ever brought home that glitzy purple yarn -- and worse, if I had to bring it home, why did I bring home just one skein of it? Did I forget how much yardage even a skimpy scarf requires? Why did I have such ugly tastes, once upon a time? Or why so much ambition, back when I collected all the yarns for a Kaffe Fassett cardigan that I don't fantasize about anymore?
But that phase eventually passes. Eventually, reading Ravelry and exploring what others have turned that same problem-yarn into inspires me enough to cast on for something, just anything. And then as I knit I start getting more ideas. Suddenly the "Knit From Stash First" injunction feels like an exciting challenge instead of punishment. That is more or less where I stand right now. I just hope the feeling lingers and the ideas keep coming.
I try to steer away from copycat projects, since knitting gives us all the chance to dress and accessorize as the unique individuals that we are, but sometimes an idea speaks to me so loudly that resistance is futile. This happened last month when I spotted this lovely Baktus triangle on Ravelry. I had meant to try the pattern for a while, especially in its lacy version. Double coincidence: this one was the work of a knitter-friend and it was knitted with yarn I also happened to have in my stash in the exact quantity needed: one skein 1/2 of a heavenly Angora/Merino blend from Toots Le Blanc, bought at Stitches all the way back in 2006. This was the yarn left over from my first Flower Basket Shawl, one of my favorite, coziest things to wear.
The pattern for the Lacy Baktus, like other simple and utterly elegant knitting designs that have gone viral on Ravelry, comes courtesy of Terhi Montonen, who shares her instructions here. The very simple lacy motif was addictive; I started and finished my Baktus in a couple of days; here it is, still unblocked.
It is pretty long already and I expect it will grow a bit once I get around to blocking it. The eyelet motif seems made for the slight fuzziness of this yarn.
The minute this was off my needles, I went diving into the stash and pulled out another angora blend, this one much fuzzier, and knitted this straightforward scarf.
The yarn is Austermann Angora Wolle, an old purchase from Elann.com. The color is a much nicer sky blue than appears here, so stay tuned for better pictures once I get around to blocking it.
I can't believe how I ever considered this yarn a problem back when it was still in skein-form. It turns out the stash deserves some respect after all.