I give you.... What's Up with Suzy Girl Wednesday
First, my finished Best Friend Scarf. This was the second time around for this yummy yarn, Reynolds Odyssey. It was knit, blocked, worn, frogged, skeined, washed, dried, re-wound and knit again. I guess I just can't get enough of this yarn. But I'm happy to report that the BF scarf has been in steady use since it came off the needles and so far it's been very well behaved. No excessive rolling. I'm very happy with it. And I have some of the Odyssey left, maybe half a skein or so, which I'm hoping to use with a coordinating yarn to make a hat.
And speaking of hats, I now have 3 finished hats since I went off on a hat tangent. I posted previously about my little brown hat. And now I have a finished, wearable Koolhaas and a chunky Foliage hat. Koolhaas was knit with yarn from my stash, Araucania Nature Wool in a burnt orange color. The photo doesn't really capture the color well, it's a bit subtler in person. And I'd like to think that from behind my head doesn't really resemble a pumpkin. But I've gotten several compliments when wearing it. I love the pattern and definitely plan on knitting another.Foliage is a dusty rose pink, this time Araucania Nature Wool Chunky from my stash. Aside from the rather fiddly cast-on, this was a very quick, enjoyable knit. The hat is knit from the top down so you start by casting 4 stitches on size 10.5 dpn's. Then you work a row of increases and begin to knit in the round with 2 stitches each on 4 dpns. A bit clumsy, but when you get through the first few rounds it's all good. I really like the Araucania and in fact, just bought some more this past week. But that's another story for anther day.
What I don't have, is scarves to wear with them. Now, I'm not a big fan of matchy, matchy hat and scarf sets, but I would like to have a complimentary or coordinating scarf to wear with these new hats. So I'm going to be checking my LYS out this weekend and see if I can find some suitable yarn.
WIP #1 just happens to be a scarf. The pattern is Orca Tails by Oceanwind Knits. I've had this pattern in mind for quite some time and recently got the opportunity to purchase some Noro for it. The pattern as written, call for Kureyon, but also suggests Silk Garden as an alternative for a lighter scarf. I bought Silk Garden. With all the beautiful Noro colorways I had a really hard time deciding on one. I ended up choosing an earthy toned colorway that I might be able to wear with my brown hat and even Koolhass. But Orca Tails is a long, skinny scarf and rather lightweight with the Silk Garden so I'm thinking it's probably going to see more use as a early spring/late fall scarf. Maybe to wear on weekends with a jean jacket.
WIP #2 is a pair of socks. Cookie A's Monkey socks to be more specific. I did my best to resist the call of the monkey, but now I'm asking myself WHY?? Obviously 3000+ ravelers can't be wrong. And they're not... I'm loving the Monkey socks. I'm doing the version without purls in Louet Wild Cherry sock yarn. The pattern is an easily memorized repeat and a fast knit.
WIP #3 has been a bit neglected recently while I've been making hats and starting new projects. It's the Celtic Tote from the Winter '07 Interweave Knits. I'm just getting into the cable pattern on the first side so it's still in the early stages but I plan on getting it back into regular rotation very soon. I'm using Lion brand wool in cocoa brown and a color called Lemongrass for the cable outlines.
So there you have it. That's what's up with me this week and now I better get to knittin' so I have some progress to report by next Wednesday!