The 1+1+1 Project: Q1 Wrap-Up & Q2 Plans

I’m a couple days late sharing this post — sorry about that! I actually hoped to post yesterday and only be a day late, but when I went to pull yarn out of my stash for one of my upcoming projects, well, one thing led to another and before I knew it I was up to my eyeballs organizing and updating the entire yarn and fiber stash on Ravelry.

img_2744-1Considering I had a pounding headache, it was not the brightest thing I’ve done, but I have a long history of making questionable choices regarding chores when I am not feeling well. This was the kind of mostly mindless thing one can do with a headache, though, as there’s really no creative thought required. And now my stash is totally searchable and I even entered locations so I can go straight to the right spot and find everything. That’s pretty nifty if you ask me. For this moment, let’s enjoy the fact that I accomplished this feat and ignore the fact that I have enough yarn and fiber that it is helpful to assign each piece a location, ok?

 In any case, I got distracted and just didn’t get back to writing this post. So let me get to that!

First, I’m happy to report my Q1 for the 1+1+1 Project was a success — hooray! I got all three projects I set out to finish done.

img_1841You’ll remember that this is where I started.

I got to my Snowfling Mitts first.

topsideAnd thank goodness as I’ve been using them. Did I mentioned it’s snowing today?

And then I worked on my Agnes Sweater.on2I got the vast majority of this done while on our Yellowstone vacation. Honestly, I think drying this after its wash was the most time-consuming part of it. It’s been an awesome bit, cozy sweater for me and I adore it! I wore it just the other day out on the trail under my raincoat and it was perfection.

And last but not least, the big kahuna of my Q1 — spinning these 12oz of fiber into yarn.

img_2432I chose to spin this during the month of March to go along with the Three Waters Farm Unexpected Combo spinalong. 12oz of singles plus plying in one month is a huge under-taking for me, especially since I managed to spin some of the finest yarn I’ve ever spun. I made it though!

3ply pileAnd as you saw earlier this week, I have this 1100yard fingering-weight skein to show for it.

2ply pileAnd this 520yard lace weight skein as well.

So what is in store for Q2, you ask? Well, let me show you!

 First, I’m planning to knit up a project that’s about a year overdue in my schedule…

img_2757Pam Allen’s Hamlin Peak in Quince & Co’s Kestrel in the Urchin colorway. A worsted weight linen, this will be perfect for summer.

Next, around Christmas time I saw a photo on Instagram of Rachel from Dyeabolical knitting up a shawl using a combination of her Lucy & Fuchsia So Bright! colorways and loved it so much that I picked up a couple skeins for myself.

img_2752Aren’t they pretty together?

Anyways, I toiled for quite a while as to which pattern I wanted to use and after much deliberation I’ve settled on Rosemary Hill’s Swoop.

img_2756 I might run tight on yardage, but there are a couple projects where folks have made it with the yardage I have. And anyways, I rest assured that I know where I can get more if I need it.

And finally, a spinning project.

img_2758Last year at the end of the Tour de Fleece, I started this project with the intention of keeping up my spindling. And I did not. At all. It sat with me having spun about 1/4 of a rolag for months. Then, recently I acquired this sweet little Golding spindle that is rocking my world. I’ll tell you more about it soon, but suffice to say I’ve been enjoying snippets of time with this little baby. I keep it in the kitchen and have started carrying it along in my bag now and then in lieu of knitting.  After spinning up a little sample skein (again, more later), I got the idea that I should make this project happen. And now I am.

Do you have any plans for Q2 of this year? I’d love to hear! Remember we’re sharing about our 1+1+1 projects over in the Friends of Knitting Sarah Ravelry Group — we’d love to see & hear what your goals are!

Another Instant Classic: Togue Pond

I’ve come to really love handknit linen tops. A couple years ago I knit the Kit Camisole in Quince & Co Sparrow and it’s still one of my favorites. This year I decided to add to my linen wardrobe with Quince & Co’s Kestrel and knit up Pam Allen’s Togue Pond.

Kestrel is a unique yarn. It’s the same Belgian-grown organic linen they use to make Sparrow, but it’s spun in a ribbon structure to create a worsted weight yarn. As a heavier weight yarn it knits up quickly, but it still feels light and cool when you’re wearing the finished garment. It does feel a bit coarse at first, but once this yarn is washed it just comes alive becoming very soft and with drape to spare.

I started this project on the back porch of our rented cabin in South Dakota. You probably remember that — it was after the tent broke and we ‘camped’ in our 4door hatchback and our stove died. As the magpies flew back and forth across the field and I unwound from all the excitement of the previous days, I cast-on my Togue Pond in the pebble colorway.

It was excellent car knitting on the drive home, too.

And even with a few little boo-boos thanks to my misreading the pattern…

It was finished and in the bath in just 10days.

Then, of course, there was the requisite waiting for the combination of good weather & being with my husband and my Togue Pond in a picturesque enough spot to take some photos.

In the mean time, I snapped a couple detail photos…

toguePonddetailThere really aren’t a lot of distinct details in this project beyond the decreases on the back armhole…

tongueponddetail1And the front armhole. The ribbed edging is basic, but just enough to give it a classic look and keep the edges from rolling. There is a slightly curved hem that I think is best illustrated when worn…

ToguePondIt is shown in the pattern photos with an inch of negative ease whereas mine has about an inch of positive ease. To go down a size would have put me in the two inches of negative ease ballpark and I am a very big fan of loose, drapey summer tops, so I went with the slightly large size. I went just a smidge long in the body and it’s definitely roomy, but as promised the Kestrel delivered wonderful drape making this an effortlessly wearable piece for my wardrobe.

I knit and blocked this top to gauge, but it is a bit see-through for me to wear out and about so I threw on a lightweight cami underneath and was comfortable both in how it looked an how it felt. It’s everything I’ve come to expect from the Quince & Co team in both yarn and design — it’s a quality yarn that will last and wear beautifully and a classic design that I know I’ll wear for years to come.

I stashed a few more skeins of Kestrel in the urchin colorway — a beautiful slate-y green — that I have dog-eared for a Hamlin Peak sweater. I also find myself thinking of the Sparrow I stashed a while ago and knitting that up into a Palmyra top. I may not get to these for a while, but I’m coming to believe that these pieces are seasonless. I’m pretty sure I can’t go wrong with linen!