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I’m working on a pair of socks for a friend as part of a trade.

I’m using the Menehune Sock Pattern and Panda Cotton, since my friend is allergic to wool. I’m really enjoying this pattern, although the yarn is just a bit splitty. Instead of working the standard heel flap, though, I’ve decided to attempt a Cat Bordhi top-down technique. We’ll see how it turns out. Also, I am using my new Hiya Hiya circular and I love it! The cable is flexible enough to easily Magic Loop two socks at once!

For myself, I’m working on a Liesl using Dream in Color Classy in the Good Luck Jade colorway. It’s hard to photograph, but here’s a bad attempt:

This pattern is addictive and the yarn is just wonderful, but I’m not sure how I’ll like the finished product. However, the project is temporarily on hold while I decide whether I prefer long sleeves or a longer body – I am trying to keep it to a two-skein sweater.

I also have another sock and a sweater on hold, the sock (in Three Irish Girls’ Irish Sea on Kells) because I am working it at a tight gauge that hurts my wrists, and the sweater (in Three Irish Girls’ Fitzgerald and Spruce on Elenya Alpaca) because I need to convince myself the corrugated ribbing at the waist is too tight and needs to be ripped out.

Welcome to the 3IG Sweater KAL!  Today is the official kick-off, and I know that some participants have already started their sweaters.  Others of us have to finish a few other projects first, and I know a handful of people are still waiting for yarn.  Don’t worry – we won’t leave you behind!

I must admit that I am one of the people who has another project to finish first.  I am working on a shawl for my wedding in October, and while I had hoped to finish that by now it obviously hasn’t happened.  I’ll be working away on that for now, although I will take a few breaks to get started on my sweater.

To kick off the KAL, I thought it would be fun to see what everyone is working on.

I’ll be working on a cardigan using Elenya Alpaca in the Fitzgerald colorway, with coordinating Spruce trim.

I have actually had this yarn for quite some time now, but I haven’t been able to decide what to do with it.  I have finally settled on a cardigan – probably with a zipper, probably with no hood, most likely with corrugated ribbing at the hem and possibly with stripes.

As I hate purling, I’m seriously considering knitting in the round and trying out steeking for the first time. Hopefully I can avoid too much pooling given the large diameter of an adult sweater… but I’ll need to do some more swatching to be sure. The above swatch was knit back-and-forth and it is just lovely.

Isn’t it lovely?

So – KALers – what are you knitting? What yarn base and colorway did you choose? Are you trying any new techniques?

I made this little soaker sack last week to use up some Three Irish Girls Peregrine Merino that I had lying around.  The variegated color is Rhiannon, the green trim is Dolan.  This yarn is from when 3IG was still called Irish Baby Knits, so I think the colorway is a little bit different now.

It still needs the drawstring, but I’m making a little hat with the leftover yarn first and then whatever is still left after that I will use for the drawstring.

This thing is STURDY.  It’ll be bulletproof!

Here’s the start of the hat. Baby heads are tiny!

Two skeins of yarn in the mail today – the last shipment of the Knit Me Up Twilight sock club, and the first of my Three Irish Girls Sock Yarnista shipment!  I’m also nearly finished with my Hoh Rainforest socks from the … April? Knit Me Up Twilight sock club.  Just need to decide how long to make them.

What do you think – summery anklets, or longer socks? (ignore the lines on my calf from the socks I was wearing earlier – storebought socks just don’t fit properly! ;) Actually, don’t ignore them – that’s about where I would normally wear my socks, so I may go another inch or two on this cuff.)

 

Tomás is now guarding the paper that the 3IG yarn came wrapped up in – it must smell like something fantastic.

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