Whenever I have a day that involves running errands, I always plan my travel around in a circle. Often my circuitous route means a stop at the bank, P.O., grocery store, gas station, etc. Same is true whenever there’s a visit to DM that generally involves a round-trip to help her run errands. The other day I arranged a visit, planning a route that would take us around from her place to lunch out and wherever else she needed to go. Just by chance we ended up at a local Goodwill store, one of her favorite places to stop to see what discoveries might be found. On this particular trip she was looking at furnishings, so I took the opportunity to scour the shelves on a quest for (what else) … yarn!
It was my lucky day as I found several bags of assorted yarns that eventually will be put to good use in charitable donation projects or to create prototypes of new designs. In one of the bags was a ball of Cascade Yarns ‘Pinwheel’. A few days later when I was in the mood to start a new project it was the first ball I grabbed from the Goodwill haul. It worked out great for this version of the Double Triple Cowl I designed for Creative Knitting magazine (Autumn issue). Here is the finished “Pinwheel Cowl”:
Those who know me know that I will knit or crochet with anything — doesn’t matter if it’s vintage acrylic or luxe alpaca, a bargain yarn or a beautiful new yarn-company offering chosen to match a design submission. I’m always happy to discover odd assortments of yarn in unexpected places, such as this conglomeration from Goodwill (Patons ‘Classic Wool’, Lion Brand Yarn ‘Wool-Ease Thick & Quick’ and ‘Jiffy Thick & Quick’, Caron ‘Simply Soft’, Red Heart ‘Fiesta’ and ‘Super Saver’, Hobby Lobby ‘I Love This Yarn’ … the hodgepodge will inspire future projects from DBKN:
Back to the trip around town with DM … DD was able to join us at our chosen lunch spot, which was near a local Michaels store. DD needed to stop in so we followed her there. She headed for the picture-frame aisle, DM went to the flower aisle, and of course you know what aisle I made a beeline for! In the yarn section I discovered something unbelievable: a fingering weight yarn that I hadn’t seen before, Loops & Threads ‘Woolike’. What shocked me was the yardage in the ball: 678 yards, in one ball! I chose three lovely fall colors, with a vague idea of a design in mind:
Within a few days I had created a new design submission using a portion of the burgundy ball (see how much is still left?) The only weird thing about this yarn is that it’s static-clingy and attracts cat hair like a magnet, but I was able to successfully crochet a sample of my idea. Now comes the wait to see if it will be accepted at some point.
On the impromptu visit day with DM and DD, we finished our rounds and returned home. I spent the weekend knitting around on the Double Triple Cowl:
Now that it’s complete I think the next project will use the Lion Brand Yarns Wool-Ease Thick & Quick (the total opposite of the fingering yarn shown above!) It should be just right for a version of the Tricolor Twig Cowl that appears in the new Knitting Pattern a Day Calendar 2015:
Round and round the seasons go too (monsoon season has just arrived in Colorado) but soon it will be November. I’m looking forward to the release of the next title that includes one of my designs.
Vest Bets: 30 Designs to Knit for Now
(release date Nov. 4, but a “Look Inside” preview is available on Amazon):
© Sixth & Spring Books
Guess it’s time to go round up some yarn from stash to work with during the heavy-rain days predicted this week. Yesterday’s arrival of monsoon season was preceded by two tornadoes, spinning round and round northeast of here. Let’s hope today is a little less exciting in the weather department!
ETA: Finished two versions of the Tricolor Twig Cowl in one evening (quick to knit in super-bulky yarn on size 15 needles)
Solid color version in Lion Brand Yarn Wool-Ease Thick & Quick
Multicolor version in Lion Brand Yarn Jiffy Thick & Quick (omitted the lace pattern as it wouldn’t show in this wild colorway)