March Things

Greetings!

It’s strange to suddenly be on holiday for a week. I imagined myself spending my days knitting, Netflix marathoning, perhaps visiting a new-to-me LYS, and just relaxing. For some reason it’s tough to actually put this into practice, but somehow I manage. Over the weekend, I got a good bit of work done on my Twigs and Willow Mitts by Alana Dakos.

This photo looked okay when I took it but I now realize that the colour is waaaay off:

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The photo below is closer to their true green. I love these mitts! I will admit that I spent a lot of time today (time measured in Downton Abbey episodes) ripping back the second mitt to fix a messed-up cable cross ~16 rows back. I wish I could have just dropped down to the 4 stitches in question, but I didn’t know how I could recreate the leaf sitting above it. Have you ever done anything like that before or have any tips? I ended up just ripping out those 16 rows and starting from scratch. Here’s mitt #1:

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So although there were some mitten setback today, I should be able to get these done by tomorrow, and enter them in the Mr. Yarn Malabrigo March 2015 Giveaway and the 2 Knit Lit Chicks Alana-Along 🙂

March Things

1) Last year, I created a very informal “March Madness” KAL with some of my Montreal knit crew. My personal goal was to finish 1 lingering UFO per week, although it’s more about the act of finishing things than the actual number of items. The basic idea is to pick some languishing projects and give them a good ol’ spring cleaning – clear off the needles!

This month, my goals are to finish 1) Twigs and Willows Mitts, 2) Canucks Socks for Jason, and 3) Strokkur Sweater. I’d like to also add in 4) Herbivore Shawl, but that might be pushing it. SO: March Madness 2015 KAL – want to join me? Give a shout!

2) Pi Day is coming up, Saturday March 14th. I’m thinking it might be fun to cast on another pi shawl for the occasion (yes I realize this counteracts my goal of finishing projects this month) as my first pi shawl was a lot of fun. This time I’m thinking a sunny shade of yellow – not neon yellow but like a marigold / honey colour in a fingering weight. Something smooth and silky but not too pricy, considering I need ~1400 yards. Preferably an indie dyer and/or locally sourced wool. I have a lot of requirements. Any recommendations?

I hope you all have a great week! In Boston, it looks like springtime is coming around the bend. 8˚C today!

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