I've been in a mood to finish-all-the-projects. I've mentioned before that I'm most creatively productive when I have 2-3 projects going at a time. Smaller projects, like Nicholas' slipper socks, were fast to finish up, but a few longer-term projects contributed to a general feeling of overwhelm. Finishing the cardigan helped, of course. And seeing as Molly and I were excited to start our mini Glacier Park Cowl KAL, I wanted to get one more project "off the needles" beforehand. So here we are!
I actually love the finished object far more than I liked it in process. This poor yarn has been through the wringer — see red yarn, five tries — and was rather "crinkly" from being in knitted form, sitting untouched in storage. As I knit with it, the stitches looked a bit uneven and sloppy. I wasn't too worried because I knew I'd still wear this scarf, albeit wrapped up and tucked in and not examined too closely. However, blocking worked a small miracle and now I have a finished scarf in a pretty color, with even tension, lot of smooshiness (a technical term, of course), and a super soft hand. However I thought it would turn out, the process of knitting this was really enjoyable. Brioche-on-the-bias had just enough interest to keep me entertained, but plenty of mindless rows, too. After all those failed attempts, this yarn deserved a little photo shoot, and my friend Molly generously offered to take some pictures of me wearing it. :)
Sometimes, the fifth time's the charm.
Yarn: Berroco vintage DK, purchased in 2012, re-knit into various projects and frogged multiple times
Pattern: Junction by Jared Flood
Needles: US 5
Specifics/modifications: modified to be wider than the larger size. I like a nice, wide scarf best. For more details, see my ravelry project page
There's a lot of heaviness in the world right now.
Now that we're well into January, I'm sitting down to write and glance back at the last year. I'm not much of a resolution-maker (not fundamentally opposed, just not for me), but I do find it's healthiest for my heart and mind to reflect and then continue on into the next year. Like every single year, there are good, hard, and in-between snippets and seasons.
I did it. I hopped aboard the sourdough train. I've made exactly one loaf of sourdough in my life, once last year, just a few months before we moved across the country from Texas to Indiana. I've long been interested in fermented foods, and tried my hand at a few, namely, kombucha, yogurt, and sauerkraut. And sourdough has been one on the want to try again list. Necessity is the mother of invention, right?