Cotton Wool

To say I like colors to match is a little bit misleading, while I love a good contrast, a perfect match that’s beautifully coordinating, takes me to a whole other place. To prove it, I made a cute milky chocolate bag all in one fabric, in my usual style, just to see how it would look to be completely matched throughout. I used a standard weight cotton so it had to be interfaced, and yes I’m still terrible at iron on interfacing and yes it looks like elephant skin ..but I think it might have partly been my technique, because I’ve actually read the directions since and you are supposed to use a lot of steam! I should probably just stick with sew in interfacing, sturdy canvas/cotton duck for my structure. The handles are okish, slightly plump from using a fleece interfacing inside, but I’m rough on handles and like them to stay looking brand new even after hard use, and these will crumple, I mean they already are, but in a pinch and if I didn’t have spools of cotton webbing on hand, these would work perfectly fine, not to mention they match exactly. I like the drawstring, I might even like the look better than cord, but it’s not as smooth of a draw closed as cording, so that’s something.

..but I still really really love it..

l feel like I haven’t knit much, things are getting done but almost don’t count because they’ve mostly been repeat stuff, my favorite makes, my mindless knits, socks, hats, the same old same old comfort knitting.

I cast on a Tiny Tassels in my favorite Koigu wool because it was one of the oldest queued patterns in my library and one of the oldest yarns in my stash, and the combination felt boring enough to be thoroughly enjoyable.

I made a glow in the dark bottle of milk (stitch marker) for my new shawl and a funny little strawberry shaker for my new elephant bag.

Using a dk weight wool for a larger shawl.

A finished tassel-less Tiny Tassels, not sure if it will ever get tasseled either.

..but I still I really really love it..

It’s Friday and I hope you’re doing alright. 💕

Todays Cakes

Roaming the already caked yarn stash. I go here first, it’s like the least risky option, even though some of my most favorite are in here, they are somehow less prized once caked. Cake stash happens when I get super excited for a new project and I want to use my best yarns, so I pull out the bins, start digging, fall in love, spin it up and then I don’t/can’t start on my project right away, and then by the time I can, I don’t want to anymore. Repeat. Repeat. Repeat.

Two stash cakes used and I’m so pleased ♡

Pattern : Pink Pirate by Elena Fedotova (link takes you to ravelry).

Yarn: (discontinued) Madelinetosh Feather, colorways – Scratched Record & Wild Flowers.

When the cakes just aren’t inspiring, I head to the full skeins, I especially enjoy coming across those beautiful odd balls from way back when I first started crocheting & knitting. I built most of my stash in those early years, buying one of things, freaking out over the price of yarn, having no clue what was what and just going for what made me scream inside (I still kind of do that!). Over the years I’ve trimmed down and donated skeins that weren’t right for me anymore, variety let’s you learn what you like and now I’m pickier & (mostly) happier than ever.

Never quite sure what to expect from variegated yarn. Could be good, could be bad!

Oh good, today I got watercolors ♡

Pattern: Baggy Hat by PetiteKnit (link takes you to ravelry).

Yarn: Dream in Color Classy, colorway – Milky Spite.