Apr 18, 2014

22 Little Clouds

A few weeks ago, when I embarked on my one-skein challenge, the first pattern that jumped onto my needles was Martina Behm's 22 Little Clouds. I hadn't knit a Behm design before and while I know she's designed a gazillion patterns, I thought I'd start off with one of her free patterns to get a sense of what she's like as a designer.  

I decided on one of my older skeins, one that I had in my stash since August 2012 (yikes!).  Bugga is wildly popular but like a Behm design, I had never knit with it before so this little project was going to enable me to cross off two items from my knitting bucket list.

The combination of yarn and pattern is a total win-win. The subtle but vibrant color changes are gorgeous and the simplicity of the pattern made the shawl practically knit itself.

I would say that my first one-skein challenge project was a huge success ~ just not sure if I should keep this beauty or gift it?

Apr 10, 2014


Ever since I rummaged through my stash and found a huge number of single skeins, I've been sort of obsessed with matching up my pretties with patterns that meet the challenge's criteria (which, of course, is simple ... limited yardage).  It's been a ton of fun thinking about the various cowls and shawls that will be filling my knitting basket in the coming months.

In fact, I was so inspired about my one-skein challenge that I started a hash tag on instagram (yes, #oneskeinchallenge), and a knitalong over at the Project: Stash Ravelry group. I'd love it if you joined along.

So, how am I doing with my challenge? I'm finishing up Martina Behm's 22 Little Clouds in the gorgeous skein pictured below and am still enjoying my original design that I'm knitting in Glissade.

Cephalopod Bugga
Ball and Skein Glissade
But I couldn't resist and cast on yet another one-skein project, a pattern that I've been wanting to knit for such a long time, and that has already been knit over 14,000 times (whoa, that's amazing!).

Dream in Color Smooshy in Lipstick Lava

Can you guess which pattern I've got on my needles?

Apr 7, 2014

One Skein Challenge

In my last post, I lamented about having a stash of one skeins and wondered about how to find the right projects for each of them. I thought a lot about this conundrum all weekend long with one particular skein in mind.  A couple of years ago ~ yes, I said a couple of years ago ~ I bought a skein of Ball and Skein's Glissade in a lovely blue-purple colorway at the Massachusetts Sheep & Wool Fair. It was hard to resist indulging in this beautiful mix of 50% merino and 50% silk, but what you should know is that I had never knit with such a blend before and I actually found the yarn ... well ... troublesome.  I cast on several projects in an attempt to find the right stitch pattern for the fabric it created but each time, I was disappointed. 

This skein was one of the first I came across last week and my immediate thought was to cast on the Elder Tree Shawl which I've admired for a long time.  I love the leafy lace details and the type of drape this shawl calls for fit the silkiness of this yarn perfectly.  But, try as I might, after knitting chart B the first time, I kept getting derailed in repeating it.  I don't easily give up and I swear I cast on and frogged this project at least five times before calling it a day.

In my search for a compatible pattern, I found nothing that really excited me so I turned to my trusty stitch dictionaries and knitting magazines and came up with an original design that is happily humming along.

I'm playing with this design as it evolves on the needles so only time will tell if this one skein has found its mission.  Stay tuned.

FYI  ~ I've called this post One Skein Challenge as I've decided to do my best to knit down my one skein stash this spring.  It should be interesting ...

Apr 1, 2014

Revisiting Shawls

I spent the winter knitting sweaters and socks, projects which were deeply satisfying and gave me the chance to knit down my stash.  But then there lies my new problem ... a stash of single skeins.  As I went stash diving the other day to get inspired for a new project, I couldn't help but feel a little frustrated ~ don't get me wrong, I love the yarns I've bought or been gifted over the years but it can be tough to find patterns for a mere 220 yards of this or 300 yards of that.

I came across this beautiful skein of Cephalopod Bugga in the Sharpshooter Leafhopper colorway, and I got all excited about its possibilities.  I've been thinking about knitting a Martina Behm design and have my eye on this little pretty thing.  Now that we're finally experiencing some spring-like weather, I think some shawl knitting is in order.  

If you have a favorite one-skein shawl pattern to suggest, I'd love to start firing up my queue!

P.S.  I just hopped down the instagram rabbit hole ... what an adventure!