At loose ends seeking new project, and a book winner

First of all: Drumroll! The winner of the Japanese Shetland Lace Knitting book is…carrotmusic, aka Karen. Congratulations!

I just bound off my last (for now) brioche project. It’s the cowl I started before I took the deep dive into the brioche hats. (Hats are currently being test knit, and the pictures coming in are lovely.)

I’m looking forward to wearing this cowl. Although Biscuit thinks that it belongs to her.

There *is* precedent for cats and cowls! (Mookie in my Sakura cowl, 2016.)

My needles are currently empty, and I’m not sure what to knit next. I need to get back to my beaded 2 color version of my Nymphaea shawl (shown here in a lovely purple gradient from June Pryce Fiber Arts, available from Bead Biz.)

I’m knitting it in green and blue, the same colors as in my Tumbling Leaves, but with Atlantic as the main color and Hellebore as the contrast color. Yes, I loved these colors in Bumblebirch’s Heartwood so much that I’m using them again! But I don’t need this shawl until Oregon Flock and Fiber Festival in September when the pattern returns to me, so it’s not urgent.

I was hoping to do a Snowy Woods Log Cabin blanket for the #fringeandfriendslogalong, but that was derailed by my brioche obsession. It’s late in the logalong game, but I’m tempted to knit a pair of Karen Templer’s Log Cabin Mitts (free pattern, just published on her Fringe Association site). After knitting the log cabin blocks, there’s a mitered square thumb, which looks cool. I haven’t done a log cabin block with a mitered square in it yet, so that would be exciting. I just looked in my stash, and this may be do-able. Either 3 shades of Knit Picks Wool of the Andes, or a single color shifting skein of Noro Taiyo (which isn’t very soft…).

Or should I be restrained and just knit some log cabin washcloths from the Mason-Dixon Knitting Field Guide #4? They’ve elaborated on their pick up method a little bit since the blankets in their original book, which is where I learned to log cabin. I need to see if I like the new way better. Only one way to find out!

What’s on your needles? Inspire me!

5 responses to “At loose ends seeking new project, and a book winner

  1. I have 3 – my languishing Hadley, the Woolen Explorer (getting to the good part – color work and a pair of socks for my brother on size 0 needles. I think there will be as many stitches in those socks as a sweater – big feet!

    The cowl is beautiful, love the colors.

  2. Thanks so much! Never imagined I’d see my name in your post. My knitting group friends will be as excited as I am to see this book!

    Meanwhile, I’m knitting another cotton mitered hanging dish towel (Mason Dixon knitting). It’s what I knit when I can’t look at my work at all. I’m also in middle of the first of a pair of Hexagon Mitts. A really fun knit, except the multicolor yarn I’m using has too many knots!

  3. Anna Guillemot

    Right now, you are the one inspiring me because I started another couple of brioche hats to inspire my own students! What’s on my needles? A lace scarf with beads; several shawls; a pair of socks with a different heel called “Vanilla is the New Black” which I started twice already; a couple of baby blankets; 2 or 3 dz. chemo hats; several cowls and a very boring grey short-sleeved top which will need a couple of movies to finish. Then, I started bobbin lace as an additional (and completely addictive) hobby! But thanks for your ongoing inspiration, always welcome!

  4. Hi Michele,

    I LOVE your brioche cowl–the blue and black one pictured here! Is that pattern available to purchase?