Something finished! I finished both of the Magic Mirror mittens, made from 100% angora yarn that I picked up at Maiwa on Granville Island a couple of years ago. I gave them a quick wash and then let them air dry, to help even out the cables.
They're lovely and soft and if it's still cold here this winter I will wear them! Pretty and girly and not very practical :)
Because my other in-progress projects are either a. long term (the Six'es blanket - I now have 66/189 hexagons complete), b. SO CLOSE to being finished I can taste it (the Shepherd hoodie!), or c. lace that means I need to pay attention (I haven't shown you the lace yet!), I started something new.
Because I have a slim budget at the moment, and because I have plenty of very nice yarn already, I've been choosing new projects the last few months by searching through my yarn closet until I feel excited. (Okay there's other stuff in the closet besides yarn... I just mostly care about the yarn.) Sometimes it's texture that grabs me, or wanting a particular finished garment, but usually it's colour.
When I opened the closet, I saw this gorgeous yellow mohair I've had for a while (also acquired on Granville Island, but at a different store!) I still haven't really decided on the perfect pattern for it, despite thorough Ravel-diving.
I also noticed these yarns together:
SO PRETTY! I imagined a tubular cowl with narrow stripes in all of these colours and got REALLY excited. On closer examination, I remembered that the white and yellow are heavier weight than the other colours (they're sport weight, and the rest is sock weight); swatching confirmed that they will not all play nicely together after all.
The white and yellow, however, are both the exact same yarn, and it was the happy sunny yellow that most caught my imagination. This yarn is squishy and bouncy, an 80% merino, 20% bamboo blend with lots of energy and twist.
So, instead of the rainbowey stripey concoction I imagined, I cast on a tubular, striped, chevron cowl in white and yellow. I'm adapting from this pattern.
The dark blue is a provisional cast on - I'll unravel it, at the end, so that I can graft the two live ends together and make everything seamless and fancy!
It's good to have this project on the needles. Easily memorized pattern, good for working on while watching tv or listening to vlogs & podcasts, shortish rows, bright happy colours. What are you working on?