Believe it or not… I knit 1000 yards in January. (Yeah I know, I hardly believed it myself) The whole month I was in “I’m never going to finish all the things I want to get done this year” for a mindset which may have helped but then again was a bit stressful at times.
So let’s see… first we made socks that I’m putting firmly in the category of “will wear for benefit of the TSA.” This is a silly idea of mine that since we have to take off shoes most often to travel, and since the TSA officers then get to see a myriad of socks, I shall wear socks as if it were a sock contest. Previously this was novelty holiday socks, but now I have these beauties checking in for the first 200+ yards:
That pattern probably would look a bit better in a less variegated color, but it was a nice simple repeat suitable for taking in the car or when concentration isn’t as needed. Which means it offset my lace and beads shawl project.
The pattern itself was only available for a very short time called Dance With Dragons. I used about half of my Secret Santa yarn, so I shall need to find another project for the remainder, but overall I am loving how it came out.
Next up… it was the January Cold Sheep challenge… find the oldest yarn in your stash and knit it up. Technically I’ve other yarn that was in my stash for longer, but due to the time of year and the plans for it, I went with actually probably the oldest yarn. A vintage Dazzleaire from the era of when it was “new” that may even predate my own existence.
This yarn joined my stash from another knitters stash. The idea of what to do with it went through several considerations and I really do like the colorway. But when pressed for an idea… I decided to make my very own design Neck Cat.
The essential design idea is a cat themed neck/travel pillow, and I’d say that while its comfortable, and obviously a cat, this fella needs a second go through the design phase. The next iteration I plan to aim for a more curved and less square body shape, with feet that are a part of the main pillow.
Now at this point I was just shy of both February and 1000 yards. I wasn’t yet ready to start another beaded shawl. Another person shared some mosaic knit dish/wash cloths, and I am sitting on a stash of quite a bit of cotton so….I churned out a pair of cloths myself.
Technically the photo above is at the one and a half cloth stage, but I thought it was a nice showcase of how you can just swap the two colors around and get a mismatched yet still matched pair. It successfully made two skeins of cotton exit the stash and so now I’m starting another mosaic pattern for another pair.
Mosaic knitting is where you slip one color while working the other color across the design. When you get back to the start of the design, you swap and work the other color while slipping the first color.