The Best Laid Plans…

What you see here is the beginning of a Not A Drop scarf from Arlene’s World of Lace. It’s a genius pattern, and it was looking pretty awesome in this yarn, but I decided to rip it out for two reasons. Reason number one was that it was taking WAY too much concentration; I basically couldn’t do it in front of the TV if I wanted to follow the plot of whatever movie we were watching. Reason number two was that I have 690 yards of this yarn and this scarf was only going to take about 350 of them. I contemplated making some fingerless mitts to go with the scarf, and that would have been reasonably awesome, but coupled with the sheer pain-in-the-buttness of this pattern I thought I ought to scrap this project.

I bought this yarn, Alchemy Juniper in the “Good Earth” colorway, at Purl Soho over a year ago. I bought 690 yards of it because I was planning to make a largeish shawl, but I’ve since realized that I don’t really wear largeish shawls– and besides that, I already have two green shawls! So for a long time I fantasized about making a cropped cardigan out of it, but 690 yards is basically too few for somebody of my bustiness, especially if I wanted the cardigan to have elbow-length sleeves. (I feel that short-sleeved cardigans drastically fail at their intended purpose, which is to warm shoulders and arms.)

I was rescued from my despair when Ravelry’s newly-formatted search engine delivered up to me Rachel Erin’s Lady Gray Shrug. Behold:

It looks suitably leafy, it should use up a good chunk of my yarn, and it will cover my arms to the elbows. Perfect, perfect!

I’ve also been working on another Gudrun Johnson pattern. (Gudrun designed the Audrey in Unst cardigan that I knit a few months ago — P.S. I wear that all the time and I love it.) This one is her Aestlight Shawl, though it doesn’t look like much yet in this picture:

It’s actually much bigger than this now, as you’ll see in a minute. The yarn is Sanguine Gryphon Bugga! (the same yarn that I used for the baby set I knit recently), in the limited-edition “Reakirt’s Blue” colorway. It’s a mottled bright blue-purple and I love it to pieces. I chose this pattern for it because its simplicity really lets the yarn do the talking. Plus I’d been wanting to knit one of these since the minute the pattern came out! It’s a traditional Shetland shawl construction, whereby you knit a plain triangle first, then pick up stitches on the sides for the fancy edging. Just last night I got to the beginning of the edging, but unfortunately you can’t really see that in this little composition:

I took this picture because I’m kind of in love with the colors of all three of the projects I have going now, and I especially love them together. Something about the forest green, red-orange, and blue-purple really speaks to my soul, guys. P.S. the spinning is going well but is taking forevvvvver. I am questioning the wisdom of deciding that my first spinning project was going to be 8 ounces of one fiber plus 4 of another — that turns out to be an awful lot of yarn when you’re spinning it as finely as I am. I’ve been at it for over a month, and I’ve spun maybe a quarter of the first 8 ounces. (Of course, I spin for maybe 10 minutes a day if I’m lucky, so that might have something to do with it.) Oh well, onward and upward!

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