Thursday, July 10, 2014

Mini Mania and Cashmere

There's been much discussion about the Fire Opal Tee recently. It hasn't been frogged yet. I may try to put sleeves on it and try it on again to see how I feel. I'll let you know. Right now it's folded on a counter at home staring at me whenever I walk into the room.

While I ponder it, I've been knitting a couple other things. One is a Mini Mania Scarf for a friend. As I've noted before, I'm not particularly good at random. I've done several scrap yarn projects though, and I don't mind as long as I know I'm giving it to someone else--someone who doesn't believe all filing systems should also be color coded.

Mini Mania Scarf 2 (mine ravelled here),
knit in All The Yarn

The pattern offers the suggestion of knitting to the end of the row, then cutting the yarn and starting at the opposite end again. This means the right side is always facing you and you're knitting instead of purling. I didn't do that on the first one, but I've been doing it most rows on this scarf, and I like it. The scarf is done in a linen stitch, so it's k1, sl 1 wyib all the way across. For this scarf, all the way across is 500 stitches. It takes awhile. The next row is sl 1 wyib, k1 all the way across. It makes a very pretty, woven-looking fabric.

When I got tired of long rows and random colors, I started a pair of socks.

Conferva villosa socks (mine ravelled here),
knit in Tanis Fiber Arts Purple Label, Deep Sea colorway

As you can see, I'm not far in the sock. I really like the pattern so far though. It's from Hunter Hammersen's new book, Knitter's Curiosity Cabinet, Volume III, and I'm knitting it as part of her KAL on Ravelry. I think I'll like it in this colorway, too. I definitely like the feel of this yarn! Mmmm, cashmere.


  1. 500 sts? you crazy. :) but, I do like the nice long stripes. :) AND that is fewer ends to weave in, I suppose than shorter stripes :)

  2. Love how those socks are looking! And TFA Deep Sea in cashmere? Swoon! ;-)