Friday, May 17, 2013

Knit In Progress: Happy Street


Just as I blog about one finished Veera Välimäki design here I am showing you a new Veera design on the needles.  I am nothing if not consistent and somewhat predictable...and a self-confessed, hardcore Veera fan.  To the max.  And I'm pretty sure I'm not the only one out there.  Yeah?

My jaw dropped when I saw Veera's newest and latest shawl pattern pop up on my blog reader.  How does this woman do it??  Seriously!  She's just churning out the patterns non-stop, and SO many of them are of the "must.knit.now" variety.  And I absolutely love the fact that so many of you emailed and messaged me to not only let me know that Veera had a new pattern out, but that so many of you thought it was a design that would be totally up my alley.  Thank you so much for that!!  And you know what?  You're right!  Happy Street is, without a doubt, totally up my alley!  

You know what the weird thing is though?  When I first saw it, yeah I fell in love with the neon pink that Veera had used in her sample, but my thought immediately went to green.  I knew exactly what colours I wanted to use.  I immediately went into my stash and plucked out the skein of Madelinetosh Tosh Merino Light in Lettuce Leaf.


Isn't it the most vibrant, luscious green you've ever seen??  This was another skein that I bought with no idea what I was going to use it for (I seem to have a lot of those type of skeins in my stash).  I've always wanted to knit with it but knew that it would never become a cardigan or pullover, and it was too yellow to be used solo on a hat or anything that came too close to the face.  It was a colour that I would definitely have to pair with something else in order to get any proper wear out of it.  It's such a gorgeous colour that I couldn't bare to knit it up and gift it.  Oh no, this lovely is to stay with me.  So I'm mega happy that I finally get to knit this beauty up in a pattern that totally suits it.

I also love the fact that I finally get to knit up some black and grey too...since I seem to be talking a lot about knitting this colour combo lately.   This project is totally a two-fer in the colour department.  Sweet!  I think the black and grey really make the green pop even more.  Don't you think so? 

Wait now...what?  I know what you're thinking.  I'm not knitting with pink??  The pattern even calls for pink, and I'm not going to jump on that??  What's wrong with me??  This is pink we're talking about here.  PINK!!!  

Yeah, yeah...you know what?  I'm just not feeling it.  Not this time.  I'm going to be the fish swimming upstream here.  Like I said This project is telling me it wants green.  And that skein of Lettuce Leaf?  It had whispered in my ear "it's time...it's time to knit me".  So I'm just going to roll with it.  Green, it will be.


All the yarns, in case any one cares to know, is Madelinetosh's Tosh Merino Light.  I know, I know...I said this was the year I was going to branch out and knit with different brands, but I just seem to have a lot of single skeins of TML in the stash that need to be knit up.  Can you blame me?  Anyhoo, the colours are Cloak (black), French Grey, and the aforementioned Lettuce Leaf.  I'm absolutely loving this combo.  I really can't get enough of it!  It just brings a smile to my face, and hopefully when this shawl is done, it'll keep making me smile.  Funny how something so simple can make your day!

And for those of you with eagle eyes, those needles you see there?  Those are Kolláge Yarns Square Circular Needles.  I've been wanting to try out square needles for a while now, and so when I ordered the Knitter's Pride Karbonz I thought I would throw in a pair of these as well.  So far I have mixed reviews about them.  They really are quite comfortable to knit with and the square shape seems to really even out the stitches nicely, but the cable...well, I've been forewarned about the cable.  You see, Kolláge Yarns offers a soft cable and a firm cable.  I've heard that the soft cable is just too soft and limp, and would most likely drive me crazy (think dental floss soft).  So I went with the firm cable.  Cause really, how firm can it be?  Well...let me tell you, it's so firm that the cable stays in a perfect circular shape.  Even with weight on the cable, it will still stick out like a little embroidery hoop and refuses to relax.  Yeah...it's a bit annoying.  But the needles themselves are great.  Hence the mixed feelings.  I'm going to keep knitting with them though, just to see how well they hold up.  And to see if the cable will eventually give from the weight of the shawl.


I'm also going to 'fess up here and admit that I had cast on about 3 weeks ago...a few days after the pattern was released.  I told you.  Hardcore Veera fan.  And I really had no business casting on anything new, not with the amount I have on the needles already.  But I had knit up the first portion of the shawl in record time, then with as much speed and gusto I had knit up a few of the short-row stripes.  I just had to see the colours knit up together. 

It makes me giddy.

Sadly, I've only managed to knit 4 stripes before I had to put the project down so that I could concentrate on whipping up a gift knit (more on that later).  Then I realized, all of a sudden that I was much further along on my Sleeping Beauty (Viajante) shawl than I thought I was and since I didn't want the momentum to die, I kept knitting on it.  I haven't touched Happy Street since.  But I'm so, so close to being done Sleeping Beauty that I think I'll be able to pick up Happy Street again this weekend.  Actually, I know I'll be able to.  This weekend will be a long one for us Canadians (it's Victoria Day weekend, or commonly known as May Long Weekend) and so, as with past Victoria Day weekends, my brother-in-law will be visiting.  All of which means more knitting time for me as the Munchkin will be completely distracted and cashing in on Uncle Travis time.  Oh yeah!


You bet I'm going to take advantage of every single available kid-free moment that I can get!  But don't think I'm going to be able to knit this shawl up by the time the weekend is over.  Do you know how many ends one stripe produces??  Unlike some stripey shawls where you can carry the yarns up the side, this one, you cannot.  I tried.  The carried yarns are too visible for my liking and no matter how loose you carry those yarns, the edge ends up being too tight and a bit sloppy looking.  So a lot of ends are going to have to be woven in.  I'm trying to weave them in as I go, but I'll admit that I've slacked off.  I wove in the ends of the first stripe and that's it.  Sometimes you just want to keep on knitting, you know?  Having to stop to weave in ends just ruins the flow.  At least it does for me.  Who else is with me on this one?

Ok, enough chatter.  I've got Sleeping Beauty staring at me...daring me to finish her before the weekend officially starts.  And I'm thinking maybe I should distract the Munchkin and try to get all my weekend chores and pre-guest cleaning out of the way now so that I can get my knit on all weekend long.  Yeah...that sounds like a plan.  A good plan if you ask me.

I hope every one has a fabulous long weekend too, and if you're not lucky enough to have a long one, I hope you have a lovely weekend anyways.  See you in 4 days!

♥ Happy long weekend knitting!! ♥

8 comments:

  1. wowza you've made some serious progress in the knitterly department! well done! i've been staring at happy street ever since the pattern was released. oh dear,... why don't i have more hours in the day? lol. i'm hoping to also take advantage of this long weekend, and get some serious knitting in :) xoxoxo

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    1. I've been trying to get my knit on! Especially since I'm not sure how much knitting I'll be doing this summer! :/ I say the second you finish your Pendulum shawl, you should definitely cast on Happy Street!!

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  2. AAAAGH! I'm (lettuce leaf) green with envy! GORGEOUS! I want to use the pink so much, but can't source that fluoro colour ANYWHERE in the uk, so I'm having someone dye it! Obsessed much? X

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    1. I think Fluoro is a colour that can't be source anywhere in the world yet!! I really have no clue who has even a skein of it in their shop!! :/ I definitely can't wait to see the version you get dyed up!! :)

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  3. Adores the color combo! And Veras designs.... She is really a yarny genius.

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    1. Thank you!! :) And yes, Veera = knitterly genius!!!

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  4. I'm loving that color combination as well! And Veera. But doesn't everybody? Seriously that woman knows her way around a short row shawl.

    Lettuce Leaf! Ah! I need it right now. I'm just finishing a second color affection in TML using Nassau Blue, Ink and Grasshopper. So good. I love finding color combinations in TML

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    1. Thanks Ashley! :) And yes, who doesn't love Veera?? If she didn't put out so many awesome patterns since Color Affection, I think I would totally be knitting more of them! Every time I'm looking at colours, I always look for colours that would be awesome as a Color Affection. :/ Makes me think I should knit another one... ;)

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