A WIP Wednesday

Wednesdays are usually very busy family days for me so I rarely get to post up a standard WIP Wednesday like other bloggers do, but this week our schedule is a little different and I thought it’d be fun to participate and share my current works in progress.

First, on my needles I’ve been clicking away at my Riverbend cardigan.

img_2361I’m knitting it in Brooklyn Tweed Quarry in the Slate colorway. I’ve had a lot of concerns about the fit of this sweater. When considering the recommended ease, I’m very much in between sizes. In the end, I opted to go with the smaller size. With a recommended positive ease of 4-7″, I decided I’d rather have 2.5-3″ of positive ease instead of 7+”. With this design, I had a bad feeling that going beyond the recommended ease would leave me with a sweater that was constantly falling off my shoulders which would make me crazy. Of course, this means I fret a bit while I’m working on it — trying to eyeball the sizing as I go. I started the sleeves last night, though, so I shouldn’t have long to wait and see how the final fit goes. I’ll also have some words to share on the much debated ‘unspun’ quality of Quarry as well so stay tuned.

On my wheel, I’m plying my Completely Twisted and Arbitrary SAL “Color Music” BFL.

img_2358These colors — dyed by Three Waters Farm — are truly rich & lovely. I noticed someone else in the Ravelry group who didn’t barberpole the colors, but kept the colors true and I had just a teeny tiny pang of regret that I hadn’t done the same. No matter, though, this yarn will be lovely.

Do you count the projects you’re organizing in your head as WIPs? I definitely do! Especially as I near the end of a current project my mind definitely is already locating yarn for the next project and making plans. In this case, I’ve been searching for the perfect pattern for this skein that arrived on my doorstep on Saturday.

img_2346Meet Ancient Arts Fibre Crafts latest base, Reinvent in the Kismet colorway. Reinvent is a super unique yarn, made with the environmentally conscious crafter in mind as it’s made from reclaimed new fibers. It’s a nice big 437yard skein of wool/mohair/nylon/acrylic/silk blend and at first touch it has a very BFL or BFL/silk type feel to it. I’m kind of leaning toward knitting up a shawl with it, but we shall see. I’m going to keep looking for a couple days to make sure I find the pattern.

I also pulled out my yarn for some brioche!

img_2362I got this yarn last year after being inspired by Renee of Spun Right Round‘s start on a scrappy Askews Me Shawl. And then recently in the Friends of Knitting Sarah Ravelry Group I noticed quite a few knitters chiming in on the One Plus One Plus One Project making ‘learn brioche’ one of their goals. We got to talking and decided to have a little informal Brioche-Along. We’ll be starting March 1st and while everyone can pick their own yarns & patterns, we’ll be there to share our brioche journeys and help each other out along the way. Anyone is welcome to join — from the newbie brioche knitter to skilled hands with the technique.

Of course, there’s a braid of fiber or two on deck and I’m definitely flirting with winding yarn for another quick sweater. That could be said for me almost any day of the year though if I’m being honest. I’ll stop here for today though — for my sake as well as yours!

Happy WIP Wednesday to you — may your needles fly & your dreams be big!

8 responses to “A WIP Wednesday

  1. So much gorgeous color in this post! I very much love that Slate blue–of course I would be drawn to the least colorful knit. I really need to branch out of the blues/greys someday. Happy WIP Wednesday, Sarah!

    • You know, it’s got to be whatever makes you happy. I think 85% of my handknit sweaters are blue and another 10% are colors that are complimentary for blues. The other 5% is red. LOL!

  2. Your blue sweater will be lovely and fit just fine, I am sure. I agree about the extra ease – sometimes a lot is really too much! And those colors – wow! love them all, so bright and cheerful. That purple is just luxurious. I think your brioche project will be stunning. 🙂

    • With pullovers I don’t mind so much — I have larger shoulders and I don’t mind the relaxed fit. With cardigans though, I think you just have to be a little more careful — drowning in a cardi is a lot less fun! I’m very excited for the next month — so much good stuff is going to be hitting my wheel & needles!

  3. Your sweater is working up great. I love all of your new yarns. I just might have to join in on the brioche. I did join in on the 1+1+1 for this month. I just completed my second goal. 🙂

    • Please do join us with the brioche if you’d like! I haven’t assigned an end date, so it’ll be pretty casual. I think the interest is largely in just giving it a try and having some fun. I’ll be starting my third goal in March I think — it’s a big spinning project. I’m a little worried I’ll run short on time, but I’m hopeful I’ll have a lot of motivation to make it happen!

      • Linen stitch is fun, too! I’m just wrapping up a KAL + SAL in another group that featured Susan Ashcroft’s designs. “SwitchWays” would be a quick & easy introduction to linen stitch.She also has a boomerang shawl & a crescent shawl/scarf. Her patterns are generally pretty simple & easy to follow. 😉

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