How the week went (and a winner)

I had so many things big plans last week – things to finish knitting, things to start knitting, things to share with you – and then the week started off this way:

Portico, in progress

Portico, in progress

That, my friends, is me running out of yarn with about 6 inches of bind-off left on a shawl I had finally almost finished after letting hibernate for two years.

This was the Through the Loops Mystery Shawl of 2012, and I set it aside in July of that year when I got involved knitting other things (which were almost all Through the Loops designs, so I was monogamous, in a way). I wanted to knit this year’s Mystery Shawl, but decided to make myself finish that one first. It was going great!

love that blue

love that blue

This is such a great knit, and such a dreamy yarn (Jade Sapphire Silk/Cashmere 2-ply). LOVE it. When I picked the shawl up, I was, of course, surprised to see that there wasn’t really that much left to do. But as I knit, I realized one of the reasons I set it aside in the first place – I was almost certainly not going to have enough yarn. No idea why I ordered one skein of 400 yard yarn, when the pattern calls for 450 yards. And I can’t find more of this color (Curacao) anyway – I think I got it on closeout. At any rate, I stopped the final part of the pattern a few rows ahead of where it was supposed to end, even tinking back an entire row of lace to make sure I had enough yarn to finish up.

Last Sunday night, during Game of Thrones, I did the bind-off, until there was no more yarn.



Right now, the idea of undoing the bind-off and ripping back a bit is more than I can stomach. I’m going to weave in what few ends there are (I think there are three) and see if I can splice together enough yarn from what’s left after that to complete the bind-off. Otherwise, I have no idea what I’ll do.

It was disappointing enough that I actually went two whole days before doing any more knitting, which is kind of unheard of for me. Well, it wasn’t only disappointment and discouragement, my week also became blindingly busy and there was just no time or energy for any knitting (and certainly not for any spinning).

The remedy, of course is a new project:

Through the Loops Mystery Shawl Knitalong 2014

Through the Loops Mystery Shawl Knitalong 2014

More about that later.

Ah! But the giveaway! Thank you all SO MUCH for your wonderful comments on my last post, and thank you for taking the time to pass on this important information to people. Between the comments on the post and the people who shared and let me know on Facebook, there were 67 entries into the giveaway (I made sure not to double count people who commented both on my blog and on Facebook). I plugged the number into the Random Number Generator and got:

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#17 – Susan Michaud, who wrote: “I pinned it to my Kids board on Pinterest. As a grandmother of 8, this is good to know!” Thanks, Susan! I’ll be in touch!

Thank you again, to all of you, for your kind comments – and for your warm wishes for my kiddos for their birthday!


yarns I have loved :: Sundara Aran Silky Merino (plus a destash and a giveaway)

updated to add: the yarn and the sweater are both spoken for, thanks!


I think we all know that Sundara dyes gorgeous yarn. Her yarn was the first independently-dyed yarn I ever fell in love with. A pair of my favorite handknit socks are made in her sock yarn:

knitted :: Embossed Leaves
“Embossed Leaves” in “Midnight Meadows.” Love that rich, dark, layered green.

The crazy thing is that I have stashed more of her yarn than I have knit with. And I’ve decided it’s time to part with one little bit of it. It’s very hard to uncurl my death grip from some of the beautiful yarn in my stash, but I’m trying (trying!!) to be a little sensible about how much time there is in a day versus how much yarn and fiber there is in my house. Also, I’m still trying to repay my rainy day fund for the spinning wheel splurge I made earlier this year.

So without further ado, I’d like to destash this gorgeosity:

Sundara Aran Silky Merino, "Charcoal Over Lagoon"

Sundara Aran Silky Merino, “Charcoal Over Lagoon”

Oh, my heart catches a bit looking at that glowing blue. How can I let such beautiful yarn go? It helps to know that someone else might actually make something with it. I bought this five years ago. My kids were still in preschool when I bought this yarn:

Little Buddha, 4 years old

Little Buddha, 4 years old

I originally bought the yarn to make a Shetland Triangle, but the yarn really could become almost anything. It would be more than enough to make this Textured Shawl, for instance:
knitted: Textured Shawl
(I made this shawl with 300 yards of a similar yarn)

I’m selling two skeins (400 yards) – together only – for $60 (PayPal only), including shipping within the U.S. If you’re interested, leave a comment or message me, and it’ll be yours. I can ship it only Friday. The yarn is in a smoke-free, pet-friendly home, and has been stored in plastic in a fiber drawer.

Also! I’m giving away some Sundara Aran Silky Merino, in already knit form. I made this Liesl with two skeins of ASM in “Tulip” four years ago:
for Rav: Liesl

I liked the sweater well enough but I’ve never gotten much wear out of it. I guess I liked it but didn’t love it. (The sweater itself is cute, so maybe it was the color I wasn’t crazy about, I don’t know). Also, I made a mistake in one of the sleeves (the lace pattern is off) – I didn’t notice it until I’d worn it a time or two, and then after that I couldn’t *not* notice it.

Anyway! I’d love for someone else to have this sweater – either to wear or to unknit and have about 400 yards of ASM to make something else. I’m giving it away (*without* the copper clasp) – if you’d like it and if you’ll cover shipping (let’s say $5, PayPal), I’ll send it your way. Again, let me know either in the comments or via direct message, and we’ll work it out.

YIP.7.31 - Liesl

I’m trying to let go of things that I don’t really use, so if you would use this sweater (either in sweater form or in yarn form), I would love for you to have it!

I still have other Sundara Aran Silky Merino in my stash that’s roughly five years old, and I’m debating whether to knit it or let it go. For now, though, I’m doing well to offer up these two skeins and this sweater.


updated to add: the yarn and the sweater are both spoken for, thanks!