I finally have a finished knit to share! It feels like it’s been a while since I had one of those.

Valkyrie driftwood

Valkyrie driftwood

Valkyrie driftwood

This is Driftwood, a giant triangle made out of the best. Yarn. Ever. It’s Blue Moon BFL Sport, and it is sooo dreamy. It’s a lovely woolen-spun two-ply, which gives it the best squoosh and airiness. It’s a little sheepier than merino, for sure, but I still have no problems wearing it around my neck. It comes in huuuuge, 250g megaskeins, so one was all I needed for this shawl.

The colourway is called “Valkyrie,” which is a lovely deep purple with orange and purple notes. I was watching a lot of Lost Girl when I cast on, so I’ve been calling it my Tamsin shawl, after my favourite valkyrie from that series.

Valkyrie shawl

The pattern itself is pretty straightforward – it’s one of those variations on a triangle, but the alternating garter stitch and stockinette sections give it a little interest. I added a bit of extra length, because I wanted to finish off the skein entirely, and I love the finished size.

This was a really meditative knit – I love having something in garter stitch on the go, to pick up whenever I’m in the mood for that. This is also a yarn that is absolutely begging to be garter stitch – it makes that squoosh factor even more pronounced. I kept telling my friends to pet my shawl while I was knitting it so that I could show off how cuddly it was going to be!

It’s definitely a pretty huge finished piece – when I wrap it around my neck like a scarf, it is a Statement, for sure – but I sort of love it like that. I’ve got some travel coming up in the next little while, and it’ll be perfect for airplanes and car rides when I want to take a sneaky blanket with me.


When I said I’d still been making a lot of things, I totally meant it. I’ve been keeping up with my 7.5 pounds in 2015 spinning challenge. Because I’ve been travelling a lot less, it’s been easier to spin daily, which makes stuff fly off the wheel! I try to fit in at least 10 minutes a day, but most days it ends up being about a half hour.

In March I finished some more of my Indigodragonfly club fluff, which spun up into this gorgeous, insanely soft DK weight skein. It’s Merino/Yak/Silk, and C stole it almost immediately after I showed it to her.

Indigodragonfly Fibre Club

I also spun some Into The Whirled braids – the first one is called “Eleventh Hour,” and it’s a BFL/Nylon blend. I spun it specifically as the finest 3-ply I could, with an eye to making sock yarn.

I definitely succeeded at making a nice, firm, fingering-weight yarn. The yardage is not stellar, but I think I can work with it – I got about 225m, which should be enough for some shortish socks, or longer ones if I use commercial yarn for the heels & toes.

ITW BFL/nylon

I also spun cheviot for the first time! This is ITW “Second Spring,” which reminds me a lot of carrots. I spun this for a fingering weight sock yarn as well, but tried for a traditional 3-ply that barberpoled instead of a chain-plied yarn. I love how the colours play with each other in this skein, and I love the hand of this cheviot – it’s sheepy without being hairy, and the crimp and bounce is so fun.

ITW


I haven’t been writing very much, lately – although if you follow along on Instagram I’ve been updating there. We got news about C’s work last month, and that news involves a pretty big move to the Western side of the country. This has been something to adjust to, for sure. It’s going to be an exciting change, but I really have loved living where we are, and I’m going to miss a lot of things about it.

So while I’ve still been crafting, photos and blogging have fallen by the wayside for a while. In part, that’s been because I’ve been busy with other things – looking for apartments & researching how I am going to replace all of my little sweet neighbourhood haunts and finding a job for myself and plotting all of the paperwork that sort of thing involves. Some of that stuff is starting to wind down, as things fall into place, and hopefully I’ll be around here more regularly.

Last weekend, we went out for a visit, and I found the time to take photos of my newest sweater finish.

sulphur mountain

sulphur mountain

sulphur mountain

(Okay, okay. This is the view from the top of Sulphur Mountain, and obviously we are not living there, but the photos were too pretty to resist.)
Empire Sweater / Traveller's End

Empire Sweater / Traveller's End

This is my latest Empire sweater – the one I started way back in November. The pattern is actually Traveller’s End, from Carol Feller, but I have been calling this my Empire sweater in my head the whole time after the name of the yarn – this is one of the famous Jill Draper mega-skeins.

The original pattern has a big cable running down the back, and matching ones along the button band. Worked as written, I would have been short on yardage for my size. I skipped the cables entirely, and ended up finishing with 50g to spare.

Empire Sweater / Traveller's End

Empire Sweater / Traveller's End

The other modification I made for this sweater was pockets! I am really, really proud of challenging myself to do this and actually following through. (Although, the pockets were the rate-limiting step in finishing this up. I had all the knitting done at the beginning of February, and languished on finishing until just before we left for this trip.) I added five-stitch steeks on either side of the front, just for the height of each pocket opening. Then, after the sweater was finished, I cut the steeks and picked up for pockets knit in the round.

It was a bit of extra work, but I think worth it for this sweater. The Empire is gorgeous but pretty heavy – I can’t imagine knitting it on anything smaller than a 5mm needle – and this sweater is way too warm to wear indoors. It’s going to be more of a sweater-coat, and I like my jackets to have at least enough pocket space for my phone and keys. It does add bulk to the fronts, but because of how I’ll be wearing it, I really don’t mind.

Overall, I’m really, really pleased to have this sweater done and ready to put into regular rotation for spring. And while I’m not yet fully excited to be moving out west, having places like this to take sweater photos within driving distance is kind of a neat thing.


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