Knit Progress: A visit to the yarn stash

After working on longer projects, I decided to visit the yarn stash and make some quick projects for the fall Arts Festival stockpile. I found some great yarn that I hadn’t used and some remnants from projects that would coordinate to create something unique.

Wine & Pink
I started with pairing a big ball of wine color yarn with some color changing roving in pinks and purples that was left over from smaller projects. I made a pair of herringbone fingerless gloves and liked the result. I still had a good amount left and decided to make an extra roomy version of my Meringue hat pattern. I especially like the way the alternating rows of yarn work in this pattern.

Orange & Silver
I found a bunch of bright orange roving that a friend gave me a while back and thought it went perfectly with the silver and gray yarn left over from a hat request. It makes a great hiking hat with the bright orange! The roving shows off stitches so beautifully I couldn’t resist continuing on with some chunky cabled fingerless gloves.

Smoky Jewel Tones
After that, I decided to make something on the delicate side with some beautiful handspun silk and merino yarn. It was thinner than expected, so I paired it with a charcoal gray sock weight yarn that let the beautiful color variations of the specialty yarn shine.

I have a few book club prize knits on the list to complete next. What are you working on?

Vacation State of Mind: Knit Progress

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We got back from our yearly trip to the beach, but I find I’m still in a vacation state of mind – I’m not quite ready to tackle my next knitting design project. So instead, I’ve been using up all of my little scrappy bits of yarn left over from projects to create little pinwheel pieces that will someday become a patchwork afghan. If you’ve read this blog before, you may remember this project from last summer.

I ended up using the pieces I knit then to create a piece to donate to the Marietta/Cobb Museum of Art yarn bomb installation, which is currently on display and will be up until September. I really liked how that piece turned out, so I decided to give it another shot and am building up a stash of knit pieces while depleting my stash of odds & ends yarn. A win-win!

I finished another pair of Cadence socks on vacation, too. Pictured below, the pattern is great and I love the color. I’ll keep going on the pinwheels for a while longer, then it will be back to the design drawing board.