Deep Winter

Not an accurate representation of the current temperature.

It is the first full week of February. Normally, we would be in the throws of some very cold weather, at least a couple snow storms with accumulation under our belt, and a desire to see spring. Yet the week started with unseasonably warm temperatures, and the only winter precipitation we’ve had has been slush. I’m still waiting for winter to show up so I can enjoy my extensive collection of knits, spring can wait until my wooly babies have seen some action! Winter simply cannot end without me getting some wear out of my newest project.

I started a new accessory design that reminds me of Crocus coming through the snow. Its perfect for that Project Hangover from the other day, its similar in some aspects (mitered squares, cowl, and garter) but different. Different weights, different appearance (graphic contrast), different length , more ends to weave in, a DIFFERENT border. Hair-of-the-dog, not the whole dog kind of thing. Believe me, my hands are thanking me for switching to size 10 circulars from 4 straights! And with a chunky as opposed to fingering weight, this project feels like its knitting itself!!!

I’m really loving the yarn. Let’s talk about it. My project is composed of three yarns. Both purples are Lickety Split Bulky from Knot House Yarns. Per the store’s website, Surprise Lily (the light purple) and Formal (the dark purple) are not part of the current color offerings in this base (but are available in their sock and mohair/silk bases). The yarn is 106 yards, plied, superwash wool with a soft, smooth, dense hand. It isn’t prone to snagging, splitting, shedding, or pilling when worked. The colors look almost solid upon first glance, but when viewed up close, the subtle kettle dye effect is noticeable but very even.
The off-white, from my deep stash, is an undyed Fate Bulky base from the now shuttered Serendipitious Ewe. Similar to the other yarn used, its a 3-ply superwash. The plies have a bit more loft. Overall, its a bit more matte in appearance, has a yardage of 120 yards, and not quite as silky to the touch. Since this yarn is no longer available there isn’t much to say. If I had two skeins of the Lickety Split Bulky in Fresh Start on hand when I started the project, the project would have turned out the same.

Spoiler!! In the home stretch!!

The pattern release is set for later this month (February 2020). The weather needs to cooperate for good pictures!

Suitable Yarn Replacements

If you wanted to work from stash or simply use a different yarn here are some suggestions (all links are non-affiliated):
Wool and Wool-Blends
Malabrigo Chunky
Cascade 128 Superwash
Berroco Vintage Chunky
Wool of the Andes Bulky
Non-Animal Fiber Options
Knit Picks Brava Bulky
Lion Brand Color Made Easy

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