My test knitters are still busy working on Verão, and because of my inability to pay attention to more than one thing at a time, I have to keep the next design in the waiting line.

That doesn’t mean I’ve been doing nothing while waiting for them.  Since I finished my stole, I’ve knit 4 shawls:
– The fall one, which worked fine, but can use some tweaking (sorry, no photos)
– The spring one, which didn’t turn out anything like what I envisioned.  But was a good exercise, since I could see what was going on and simplify the design (again – no pics)

Handspun Temptress
Handspun Temptress

Temptress by Boo Knits.  It was fun, fast and I finally got to use

one of my handspun yarns – something I don’t do often enough.
– The fourth shawl was done with some 2/8 yarn I had lying around, that was hand dyed to try a technique I read about some time ago.  Once more, I have no pictures to post.

But wait!  There’s more (but no photos).  Before going crazy(ier) and knitting one shawl after another, I took some time to play with dyeing.
I didn’t have many bare yarns in the house, so I used leftovers from various cones I had for a few years.
I chose a few techniques I hadn’t tried before, with some really good results.  Remind me to write another post talking about those.

I’m afraid I’m becoming the kind of knitter who only does one thing.  When the temperatures began to fall, I decided to start a cardigan for myself.  I’m sad to say it’s still on the needles, waiting for sleeves.  I picked up the stitches for one sleeve and had to force myself to knit one round.  I then tossed it aside and knit to doilies to get the bad taste out of my mouth.

One doily
One doily

This one on the left is a frankendoily, made up with different parts from a pattern I have and edging that I reversed engineered from a photo.  It has a lot of potential and I might cannibalize parts of it into different designs.


and another
and another

The second one comes straight from the Mary Thomas’ book of knitting patterns.  I knit it because I was curious how it would look like – the book doesn’t have an illustration for it, just written instructions.
I really enjoyed the way the gaps that tend to appear when doing short-rows are dealt with in this pattern.  Instead of trying all kinds of maneuvers to close said gaps (which, depending on the knitter, don’t quite work), the pattern embraces the gaps and make them into design elements.

Speaking of Mary Thomas, her books are A.M.A.Z.I.N.G. and well worth owning.