My vacation has been over for a month, jet-lag is but a distant memory, yarn and needles are still an everyday presence in my life, so what is my excuse, one may wonder? Well, plain laziness. That and the fact that I have been knitting on automatic pilot lately, which means I don't have much to over-analyze down to the last stitch.
Sometimes I get a bit carried away by the product-side of knitting, as opposed to the process part. The past two months have been a case in point. Two knitting obsessions collided like never before: first, the desire to contribute knitwear to the current afghans For Afghans campaign, and second, the constant need to wrestle down my ridiculous, all-over-the-place stash and tame it once and for all. So, I have been cranking out mittens and socks. With the puny skeins left over from those, I have been making a couple of hats.
I wish I could say I have significantly shrank the old stash, but what is true is that I am now left with very few single skeins of worsted-weight wool. The odd skeins of mohair are practically all gone too (no fair counting my extra special cache of Kidsilk Haze although it has also been dipped into).
The set above used up two skeins of a long-discontinued yarn from Artfibers, Scottie, a heavenly blend of merino and angora.
From left to right: ancient blue alpaca combined with KnitPicks Swish Worsted, red sock yarn double-stranded with Naturespun fingering-weight red wool (and knitted on a #2 circular), "dégradé" Lang sock yarn -- vacation-yarn purchase -- in shades of Fuschia, pink and black, and pink angora and shetland stranded together.
Grey baby wool from France stranded with grey mohair, more ancient blue alpaca stranded with Naturespun fingering-weight wool and a bit of dark blue Cascade 220.
For hats, I cast on either 72 or 80 stitches, depending on my mood and how much yarn I have on hand. A multiple of 8 allows me to K6, K2Tog for my first decrease round, and so on. The mittens are all based on Elizabeth Durant's classic pattern. I haven't quite gotten over my phobia of adding colorwork to mittens; for now, I am sticking with 2-round-wide stripes, starting a couple of rounds above the thumb gusset. One day I'll be braver. But not now. It's all about the product, sadly. And the stash-busting.
But that's not all, folks. I have a pretty summer project on the needles that is close to being done and that I'll show off next time. Which won't be two months from now. Really.