Last month was an auspicious beginning to the new year. I finished five (count them, FIVE!) projects over the course of the month. This includes the long awaited “It’s Thunder,” which I finally got off the needles and blocked. I’m mostly happy with it. The color is gorgeous, though I now wish I had made it out of something a little tougher than single-ply merino. It shed like crazy while I was blocking it and I’m worried about pilling down the line. Still, the color is gorgeous and it feels great against the skin. I’ve worn it all weekend and to work on Monday! Once again, I haven’t done the color justice in the iPhone photo, but I’ll try and wrangle someone to help me take pictures in better lighting soon.
I also finally got around to doing Michelle Wang’s Thicket. It took a few tries to get it right. My first attempt was just the wrong yarn for the project. My second attempt was ginormous. So for the third attempt, I cut out the sixth repetition of the chart and now it looks much less like a lunch lady’s hairnet. I’m also adding a pom pom, because pom poms are great. Now that I have the tools to make them, I have to resist the urge to put them on all of my hats. They’re just so fluffy! I used leftover Cascade 220 from a previous project. It’s not luxurious, but it is so warm and cost effective.
Speaking of pom poms, I also finished a second Into Trees from Pom Pom Winter 2014. I made one for my brother for Christmas and loved it so much, I decided I needed one for myself. The pattern called for earflaps, but I elected not to add them on, which makes it feel at least slightly more professional. I used a Cascade blend of silk and wool. It feels so soft and the pom pom looks like velvet. I couldn’t be happier with the result.
Next time: WIP shawl with tosh 80/10/10!