I’m so perpetually behind in blogging my knits that it feels weird to basically be caught up. These pictures were taken just two days ago! This is Anne Hanson’s Backfloat, which I knit a version of not too long ago in a larger yarn than it was designed for. This yarn is nearly exactly what the pattern was designed for: a light fingering silky yarn in bright blue. It was such a spot-on choice that I resisted it for awhile; I started two different patterns with this yarn before surrendering to the inevitable, and I think it looks fantastic.
The yarn is Sundara’s fingering silky cashmere in a colorway called “Of Birds and Flowers,” and I believe it was intended to be a china blue. This yarn is 65% white cashmere and 35% silk; I highly recommend that you get your hands on it if you can!
Like last time, I omitted the cable lace section and just knit the whole thing in the regular lace pattern.
My previous post featured pictures taken a few months ago; I’ve just recently returned to my pre-pandemic hair now that I’m vaccinated and it seems like my salon will reliably be open. Hooray!
Next up is another retread:
I knit Olga Burya-Kefelian’s Issey Scarf for my mom for Christmas back in 2013 and I loved the pattern and wanted one for myself. I love sculptural knits, and they’re Olga’s specialty. It took awhile for the right yarn to cross my path; the pattern is written for Madelinetosh Pashmina, which is what I used for my mom, and I kept an eye out when I saw Pashmina in stores, but I never quite found a solid colorway in it that I liked enough for myself. Enter this yarn: Sundara’s super fine sport merino in a colorway called “Tinged”:
It’s a dark blue with notes of both green and purple. It reminds me of dusk, and it’s PERFECT for this pattern, because it’s a solid but it really has something interesting going on. This piece is already in heavy rotation; I foresee it becoming a staple of my (California) winter wardrobe.
Lastly, a scarf for Pat!
I bought this yarn planning to make him socks, but I had so much of it (two skeins) that I decided to make a scarf instead. This is a reversible pattern called Glenn’s Scarf by Kat Archer. This is Sundara’s Super Sock in a colorway called “Where There Is Dark, There Is Light.” The yarn is pretty highly variegated, so I needed a pretty straightforward geometric pattern that wouldn’t compete with what the yarn was doing, and I think I succeeded:
In the sunlight you can really see the variety of colors floating around; indoors it looks mostly just gray-blue. I alternated skeins for this to limit color pooling.
I used nearly all of both skeins for a nice long scarf, and I’m glad I did! Pat is pretty tall, and it’s nice that he can loop this scarf around like this. The only thing that is a pain in the butt about this scarf is that you need to use blocking wires on all 4 sides to get the edges to actually be straight, which was a serious undertaking given how long I made it!
And now I’m caught up! Everything that’s currently off the needles and blocked has been blogged! Now to update Ravelry…