I’ve made some progress on my cowl/capelette in the past few days despite fighting a cold, working on new yarns for my Etsy shop, and performing the normal daily grind of activities that we all have to face. I love the colors in this yarn but I’m still worried that it obscures the stitch pattern a bit. I’m on the “bee stitch” portion of the capelette and I’m really enjoying this one! The bees are created by increasing YOs that are dropped on subsequent rows. Then, when you have 4 stacked sets of dropped YOs, you knit under them all which separates the wings and creates the little bee body. You can find the basic bee stitch on knittingfool.com. Although, I’ll share my modified version when my cowl is completed.
As I mentioned, I’ve been working on new yarns for my Etsy shop (and my personal stash!) 🙂 This time, I’ve dyed yarn blanks in a variety of colorways and methods. Some are semi-striped, some have more of a gradient effect and some are just randomly splashed with bold spots of color. While I’m going to enjoy knitting my cowl/capelette, I’ve got my mind going over ideas for my next project that will incorporate one of these new yarns.
If you are new to yarn blanks, they are basically machine knitted fingering weight yarns. (It’s much easier to dye yarns in gradient colorways using the yarn blank instead of tying off sections of a skein.) You can knit directly from the sock blank and unravel it as you knit or you can unravel it and wind it into a ball and then knit from the ball. The end result is a beautifully unique garment. I am envisioning a shawl knitted from one of the all-over dyed blanks and some socks from one of the stripe-ier blanks. I’ve named the new line “Watercolors” because they look like watercolor paintings to me. 🙂