Here is a little bit of this and that.
1. I changed the needle on the Tinder cardigan and it seems to be helping:
In my last post, I noted that I was not happy with the feel of the yarn, Shelter by Brooklyn Tweed. I had been knitting it with my Knit Pics circulars, the gorgeous wooden needles you can see draped over the knitting in the above photo. I have switched to Chia Goo metal circulars and I can report that the change has made the knitting a bit more enjoyable. (I love my Chia Goos.) Obviously, the needle makes a difference; with some yarns I prefer a wood needle, with others metal, and with others bamboo. I think that I started this project using the Chia Goos and switched to the Knit Picks when I was flying; I am always worried that metal needles will get confiscated by over-zealous security personnel.
2. I am making progress on the cowl I am knitting with the lovely Woolfolk yarn, Tynd:
This yarn is actually a much prettier bronze-toned brown, but I just can’t seem to get the camera to capture it. In every photo, it looks pretty washed out and boring but in real life it’s a richer hue. It is so lovely to knit with – I will certainly have more Woolfolk yarns in my future.
3. I cast on a little something on the plane last week. This is the lovely skein of Shibui Silk Cloud in the colour Tango which I bought as a part of my birthday present. I have only one skein, so this is destined for a light, lacy cowl.
4. Speaking of that birthday present, I set up my swift and ball winder earlier this week and caked the rest of the Shelter skeins for Emma’s cardigan. While I was at it, I caked up these two skeins of Kate Davies’ lovely Buachaille, in the colours ptarmigan and yaffle.
Oh, I love this yarn. I will be casting on soon to make Kate’s Funyin hat:
5. I mentioned some weeks ago that I had purchased the kit to make Marie Wallin’s new pattern, Wren. I’ve so far neglected to show you any photos of the yarn, so let’s rectify that.
The yarn is Titus, by baa ram ewe, and is just luminous. I think this is going to be a very fun knit.
Just posting these photos makes me want to cast on immediately!
6. Last but not least, while North American knitters are waxing euphoric over this week’s New York Sheep and Wool Festival, otherwise known as Rhinebeck, I direct you to my post from last year, entitled “Warning! This post is not about Rhinebeck!”.
I will be teaching all weekend, so there won’t be much knitting happening chez Knitigating Circumstances over the next few days. To all of you knitters at Rhinebeck and elsewhere, have fun!