Project Roundup

I haven’t posted pictures of everything on the needles for awhile, so here goes. A couple of these are old, a couple are even older, and a couple are new-to-the-blog.



That’s the Estonian Garden Scarf, which I really need to get working on, as it will be a gift. I’m a little over halfway done with the center lace section, which is way more mindless than it looks.


This is a Euroflax linen “warshcloth”. I started this a long time ago, from a pattern in Knitters’ Stash, but got inspired to pull it out by Kay and Ann’s book. I’m a little over half done with that one, too.


That’s the Eggplant Sweater, from Jo Sharp DK Wool. This one has been sitting in time out, as it’s gotten to the stage where it’s too bulky to drag around everywhere. I’m also sick of knitting wool when it’s been turning into spring outside, so this one may sit in the basket for a few months. I will finish it later this year, I’m just not terribly inspired by it right at the moment.

Here’s the sock pair, back from its trip to the Big Apple:


And here’s the current siren song:


That’s the yarn I bought from Elann last week while I was on my “free” yarn day spree. I had a little trouble deciding which color to get, and finally asked myself WWCD? (What Would Claudia Do?) Of course I bought the orange. (Coppered Sienna, which sounds much more elegant than orange.)

I am a bit perturbed by this yarn. It’s listed on the label as knitting to a DK weight, at 22st/4in. When I swatched it at that gauge, it is floppy and a bit see-through for my taste. When I went down in needle size to get a fabric I liked, the gauge was more like 28st/4 inches. I had contemplated making the Marla sweater out of Hot Knits, by Melissa Leapman, but the gauge wouldn’t work. (That lovely example of the sweater was knit by Laurie, from Etherknitter.) After dithering around for awhile, discarding several possibilities, I’ve almost decided on Pippa, a beautiful cardigan pattern by the very talented Anna. I’m still in the undecided stage, but once I finish the cuff on the sleeve and get to the main pattern stitch, I should be able to tell if it will look ok in this yarn or not. If not, it will be back to the drawing board. Here’s the first inch of the cuff.


Not quite as classic as the navy Baby Cashmerino called for in the pattern, but we’ll see. I couldn’t see springing $90 or so for yarn right now when my house is falling apart.

Speaking of which, here are a couple of photos of the house.


That one shows the horizontal beam being deconstructed. The next photo shows it being hauled off, and the last one shows it gone.



The three arrows in that picture (the top one is hard to see) show the other beams that are being taken out. We’ve decided that we are only going to have the vertical beams replaced up to the level of the decks, not all the way to the top. It would be prohibitively more expensive to get the heavy equipment back there to rebuild it the way it was. So it will be a very different looking house when done. The side benefit is that it will open up our north-facing house to a lot more light, not an inconsequential thing in the Pacific Northwest.


Project Roundup — 24 Comments

  1. The house construction fills me with awe! How do they do that? Looks like you have enough knitting to keep you from worrying over the house!

  2. Great projects. I started on a cloth from Knitter’s Stash a long time ago, but tore it out. I ordered MD Knitting and should have it soon.
    Looks like your house is coming along.

  3. “warshcloth” hee hee – reminds me of my dad, who’s also been known to “hunker down” and “traipse” – “mosey” sometimes too!

  4. Everything looks lovely, well except for the house. I have some of the Endless Summer, I’m currently using it for a drive belt on my spinning wheel, and I agree it’s much finer then the ball band says. Well at least for my taste. But that’s a beautiful color.

  5. Wonderful projects, all. I particularly like the Estonian Garden scarf, though, and I would love to make some linen warshcloths if I could only find the linen. I tried to order some via the internet and there was some kind of software error that foiled me. I’ll keep looking. You’ll love having more light in your house, although making it through the construction will take some patience, I think.

  6. All your projects look wonderful, even in progress. Can’t wait to see how they turn out.
    Hope the house work goes smoothly.

  7. You will have to post before and after photos of the house when done!
    I knit some of the Knitter’s Stash washcloths, but not in linen. I do have two hanks of linen now in my stash, so I will have a chance to try it. Wonder if anyone has washed the linen before knitting with it to soften it up???

  8. A “warshcloth”? Are you sure you aren’t from the Midwest? Love all the projects – I couldn’t find the Luna on Elann’s website and I ended up ordering some Shine from Knitpicks. The alpaca will go on the back burner (but I still got it!). As for the house – I guess it has to get worse before it gets better, huh?

  9. All those pretty pictures of your works in progress makes me want to cast on new things. I really want to try the Euroflax Linen! How do you like it? I don’t have enough on my needles right now!
    The house construction looks pretty intense.

  10. Hi! I just stumbled onto your blog. I’m a knitting veterinarian! Hee hee. I’m wondering what kind of yarn makes the best washcloths for kids, and if you have any idea where to get some cute animal-themed washcloth patterns?? The idea of knitting washcloths never occurred to me, but I bet my kids would love’em. I have been knitting them animals lately – you can see some in my brand-new only-three-entries knitting blog at if you want ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. I love the coppery yarn, it will be gorgeous in whatever it grows up to be.
    Glad the house is coming along, I know you will feel more settled, once IT is settled.
    Happy Knitting

  12. Wow. Good thing there’s the knitting, too–I can’t quite get my mind around all those beams going and your house staying up! Also a good thing it’s somewhat warmer out now. Ah, sigh.

  13. Alll the photos are very impressive! I liked the Estonian garden scarf the first time I saw it and now, whenever I see a photo of another one, I think to myself, Oh what a gorgeous scarf, and forget that I ever saw it before. I even forgot that I purchased the pattern and wool/silk yarn a month ago!! Thanks for remeinding me of it again!

  14. This is a thoroughly packed post! The house stuff is HUGE. It’s major construction. I had no idea it was that huge. That covering is impressive.
    Love the washcloth pattern (I just bought the book.) The garden scarf is beautiful. We’ll just have to be patient for eggplant. It’s not warm here today, so I can knit wool still.

  15. I love the looks of the Pippa pattern. I’d love to see you knit that one so I can watch you knit it. Rather like knitting vicariously. Too many projects on my needles to start another … but that coppery orange color is quite appealing.

  16. I hope your home is back to normal soon. Your scarf is beautiful. I love the stitch pattern and the color ๐Ÿ™‚

  17. All your projects are lovely but that copper yarn is smashing! Your poor house (and nerves!) I hope it goes quickly and painlessly!

  18. Hello – just stumbled across your blog. Really interesting stuff about the house, I’m putting you on my favourites list so I can keep up to date with the progress! Ah and the knitting, all beautiful, lovely colours, lovely patterns! Have you been to They have the most gorgeous silk there, all hand-dyed and delicious! Can recommend in a big way! And I went to the Colinette mill shop in North Wales last week… heaven has truely found a place on earth!

  19. I firmly believe that the Elann Luna ball band lies like a rug. I ordered it and some Elann Baby Silk to hold together to make the Garnstudio circle cardigan, and by my calculations, I should have made gauge exactly. Both yarns were supposed to be 100 m a ball, although the Luna was 50 grams and the Baby Silk 100. When I started knitting, my gauge was significantly off, and the Luna lasted longer than the Baby Silk. I made do, but I think something’s off somewhere with the Luna. It was nice to work with, though.