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Caretta Caretta and the shawl planning

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A happy weekend to you!

This weekend hasn’t been the most wonderful. I am stressing about work and how much I still have to do, but sometimes we get so overwhelmed that the only thing to do is walk away and bury oneself in something else in order to reset the brain so it can function normally again. My colleague referred to it as having too many tabs open in the brain, and I think she is absolutely right! So I have shut all the tabs, and decided instead to open a fun, de-stress app called “knitting”.

A sock was finished this week. I am absolutely in love with this colourway. I think the Caretta Caretta pattern in Socktopus has teamed the Sokkusu O yarn perfectly. I love the vintage effect.

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It was meant to have beads, but I don’t like the idea of beads pressing into my feet, so omitted them. I think it still looks great without them. I also made some accidental mods – instead of 3 x 1 ribbing in the cuff, I made it 2 x 2.  By the time I realised my mistake, I decided that it was fine like that. I also went into automatic toe mode and made the toes stockinette as opposed to 3 x 1 rib, but again, I think they look fine as is so did not rip out and redo.

The other project that has been occupying my needles is the Braidsmaid.

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I am fascinated with the shaping aspects of this shawl. I will tell you more about it when it is finished – likely to be next weekend.

And then there was more shawl planning… so much fun! (If you click on the images you will be able to see larger versions if you are interested).

I am wanting to knit the 3 colour cashmere shawl and have been thinking a lot about colour options. Whatever I wear needs to fit in with my mostly neutral (corporate) wardrobe. I already have quite a few shawls featuring red, so went for something different. These two are in the lead at the moment:

These lovelies are (from left),  House Crow (Revelry Sock) by CircusTonichandmade; Stone (Purple Label) by Tanis Fiber Arts, and Mink (Tough Love Sock) by Sweet Georgia. The second colour option is Barn Owl (the white speckle) (Jubilee Sock) by CircusTonicHandmade; a yarn whose label I have lost, and Stone by Tanis Fiber Arts.

Decisions, decisions!!  One combination picks up the browns in all the yarns and the other combination picks up the purples. I suspect I will end up with the purples, as they work better with my colouring.  Plus I feel more excited about the finished product when I see those skeins together!

And finally, the next sock I have started:

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This is V Junkie, also from Socktopus. I’m using an older Knitsch colourway, Mandli. It’s a very fun knit.

I had better go now and sort myself for the launch of Socktober later in the week – watch out for two sock pattern releases from me on 15 September, and don’t forget the code SOCKtober2016 to get 40% off all sock patterns in my store from 15 September – 31 October 2016. Don’t forget to check out the Carolina Fiber Girls or their Ravelry Group for details of other exciting Socktober specials!

Have a wonderful start to the week, and Happy Knitting!

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11 thoughts on “Caretta Caretta and the shawl planning

  1. I love both those colour combos. Knitting is a great de-stress tonic, just a row or 2 calms my overactive brain and I get back into effective thinking again. I’ve got little ankle socks on the go at the moment: short and sweet! Have a good week.

  2. Your socks look awesome ! ( that includes the one you’ve just started ).
    Lovely colourcombo’s you’ve picked for the shawl. I think I like the right one best, especially the unknown yarn ball. Though I think the combo with the blue one looks great as well, more spicy or bold, with the blue ( for that reason I wouldn’t pick the one with green, that one doesn’t look very corporate imho ). Good to hear the knitting helps you distress, but I do hope this coming week wil be less stressfull for you at the job !

  3. Wow, I can’t believe you are able to make one post about three knit projects! You are a knitting machine! Beautiful wool too btw.

  4. Purple for the win! I think you will probably wear the purple shawl much more.

    Also, that cable in the garter stitch look fabulous. I’m personally having a moment where I love seeing cables against patterns that aren’t reverse stockinette. Garter, seed stitch, lace… cables need to make more appearances on unconventional background stitches.

  5. Greyt color choices!

  6. these socks are looking so good, i liked that green color yarn very much, which yarns you have used in it ?