On Your Mark, Get Set, Knit!

Get ready for a doozy of a sock post tomorrow–lots to tell on that front! Otherwise, I’ve been working on my third spa cloth test knit for Carol at knit equals joy. Here’s a teaser pic:


This one doesn’t have a name yet. It’s cast off now, but needs a bit of blocking before I can get better pics. I love pretty much anything that includes knitted mesh lace! So easy and it looks awesome. What’s not to love? Also, in case you missed it, Carol has published The Queen’s Spa Cloth and Cinderella’s Spa Cloth. They’re both on sale for a significant discount (and they are very reasonably priced to begin with) so check them out if you are interested!

I’ve been itching to cast on for something big–a giant shawl, perhaps? But I don’t know when I’m going to get to it. I have sweater pieces to block and sew together (for a friend at my LYS) and a couple of other projects that need wrapping up. Also, I’m contemplating participating in the 2016 Ravellenic Games. For that, the idea is to knit along while the Olympics are happening. For projects to qualify for prizes, they need to be started and finshed during the 2016 Summer Olympics, so August 8 through August 21. I’m trying to think of projects that are on the small to medium size so that I could conceivably get them done in that window.

One of the projects I’m considering is this Mesh Lace Slouchy Hat by Jaime Sande, free on ravelry. I’ve posted about this one before, so I won’t go into a ton of detail. I have a skein of Berroco Ultra Alpaca that should be perfect for it.


Another is this Neon Ski Bonnet by Lacey Volk. This one’s also a free ravelry download.


I matched this pattern a while back with a skein of Cascade 220 in a rather fantastic shade of coral.


If I don’t run out of Cascade Ultra Pima Fine from testing spa cloths, I will whip out a Castle Beach Spa Cloth, also by Carol.


Also, there’s one more cloth to test, so I could do that too! I’m sure I can find something appropriate in my stash for one of them. Maybe I’ll do the Castle cloth in stripes so I can use up the last of the purple and blue.

Nothing else that’s currently in my queue is in the small to medium range (except a pair of Purl Soho legwarmers that I’m not sure I’m going to make), but those are likely to keep me busy for a while. If I knock all of those out, then maybe I’ll finally make that pair of Metolius River Mitts I’ve been promising myself for months now!


Are you joining in the friendly knitting competition? What projects are you planning on doing? Anyone crazy enough to be doing a sweater or another large project?

All pattern photos are from the ravelry pattern pages. Copyrights are to each designer.




  1. Paula @ Spin a Yarn · July 27, 2016

    I just read her post on the Ravellenic Games and haven’t decided if I am participating and if I do, what I would knit. It looks like you have a lot of awesome project planned, though! I hope to have the baby sweater finished this week, because although my niece is not due for another four weeks, she keeps having contractions and is on bed rest. I want to get this stuff out to her before he gets here πŸ™‚ Thank you again for your wonderful advice! I really haven’t knit a lot on my socks this week (because of the baby sweater) so I’m not sure if I should post about it. We’ll see!

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    • alexand knits · July 30, 2016

      I’m behind on reading blogs, but I’m glad you decided to post! I can’t wait to see how the baby sweater turns out!

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  2. Stefanie · July 27, 2016

    I plan to. I have so much knitting going on this year. It’s a bit crazy for me.

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    • alexand knits · July 28, 2016

      Awesome! Maybe the games will be a good chance to knock some stuff out!


  3. Carol · July 27, 2016

    Thank you for the kind words, Alex, and for the links. You always make my patterns look even better <3. Your tests are looking gorgeous! I do plan on knitting Susan B. Anderson's Smooth Operator Socks as my Games project. Anyone who wants to is welcome to join our team: lots of fun and no pressure. πŸ™‚

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  4. theknitwit2016 · July 28, 2016

    Didn’t even know this Ravellenic games was going on, sounds like fun thanks for the heads up! πŸ™‚

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    • alexand knits · July 28, 2016

      You’re welcome! I’ve never done them before–this will be a first for me.


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