Friday Finds

This has been a more exciting week than I wanted. Not good exciting, but not necessarily bad exciting either… more unsettling than exciting, really. But there’s a nice, easy weekend in front of me, full of knitting time. I’ve worked the body of my Pontos cardigan to a stopping point, and now it’s time to work on the sleeves. And with Doctor Who on Netflix streaming, I’m getting a lot of work done on the Loki scarf. Knitting balm, ahoy!

I have been quite remiss about keeping up with comments from the last couple of weeks, so I intend to go back and reply and try to be better for the foreseeable future! Sorry if anyone’s felt I’ve been ignoring you. I’ve mostly just been having trouble braining and responding thoughtfully. Anyway, on with the Friday Finds!

  • Kelpen ($5.50) by Jennifer Dassau is a simple tunic-length pullover worked in a lovely yarn, The Fiber Company’s Acadia. This slubby yarn is perfect for a stockinette stitch project like this, and I love the back opening. So chic and casual.

  • The first of two crochet projects this week is Wisteria ($5), a crocheted lace shawl by Bernadette Ambergen. Different stitch patterns flow together nicely in this crocheted stole.

  • And then there’s Let’s Be Asymmetrical (free) from Teresa Alvarez. I love the off-kilter crocheted ripple stitch—it looks so much fun! I’ve never tried Tunisian crochet before and I don’t know that I want to try it out first on an afghan, but I’m sure the basic principle would apply to a regular double crocheted afghan or whatnot.

  • Amy Herzog’s released a new pattern, Caulfield ($7). One of the things I love about Amy’s brain is that she understands how knitters like to customize things for themselves, so included in the pattern are instructions for knitting a sleeveless shell (pictured) or a long-sleeved cardigan or pretty much anything in between.

  • I have a special place in my heart for anything matryoshka-themed, and so these Maatuskat mittens (free) from Niina Mannberg are in my heart and in my queue. An adorable matryoshoka motif on the back is worked in stranded colorwork. The pattern is only available in Finnish at the moment, but if you can read charts, I imagine you can make this happen.

  • A few months ago, I’d come across a cardigan that was crafted from a repurposed old sweatshirt and fell in love. Then I came across Amanda Quintanilla’s Suhka Cardigan ($5), which is essentially that first cardigan but in awesome knitted form. Shawl-collar, hood, whatever, it’s awesome and versatile and now I want to knit one.

  • And finally, the Cassis Shawlette (free) by Collete Audrey is a simply sweet crescent shawl with a garter-stitch body and chevron-lace edge. A great project for those skeins of fingering weight you can’t bear to turn into socks.

All photos are from Ravelry pattern pages unless otherwise noted.


8 thoughts on “Friday Finds

    • It’s fairly easy once you get the hang of the motions, though I find it incredibly difficult to count crochet stitches. I end up winging a lot of things. 😀

        • Once you get the basics down, it’s pretty smooth sailing. And it generally goes a bit faster than knitting, so if you need a quick finished-project hit, it’s a good option!

  1. Good stuff here. I love the fine colorwork you have been featuring lately. Catching up on posts, Loki is looking great.
    I get more listening time than reading of blogs… you should start a podcast!

    • Thanks for stopping by! I’ve thought about doing the occasional podcast, but there are many reasons why I haven’t really tried it. Mainly, though, I’d still have to write up posts to include links to things, so why not write the post anyway?

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