April has been a busy month for me, in life, but especially with regards to knitting. Over the course of the month, I've finished 6 projects and I'm darn close on a 7th. I have no idea how I am managing to finish so many projects, though I guess they're all relatively small items. I feel like I'm constantly fighting the urge to cast on ALL THE THINGS. At least it seems to be working for me.


I had the honor of test knitting Carthamus by Kirsten Kapur at the beginning of the month. I knit it out of Tosh Sock in Gossamer. I was an absolute pleasure (and challenge) to knit. I say challenge only because I learned at least one new technique while knitting it - it wasn't hard in the traditional sense. I've never knit something with this construction before. It was a lot of fun, and on more than one occasion I had to tell myself "one more row" only to find several rows and a half an hour later, that I was finally putting the project down. I also finally, and fully, overcame my fear of charts.

It has been unseasonably cold here, so I've already worn it a few times and I love it. It's kind of a scarf/shawl hybrid (scawl? sharf?) and I find it really easy to wear. I've wrapped it around my neck like a scarf; looped it around my shoulders like a shawl using a shawl pin to secure it; draped it around my neck and just let it flutter. It's pretty any way I've worn it. You can see more details and pictures on my project page.

Carthamus  Carthamus

Project Details:
Pattern: Carthamus by Kirsten Kapur
Yarn: Madelinetosh Tosh Sock in Gossamer
Needle: US 6 (4mm)


  1. That is so beautiful! I love the color.

  2. That is really gorgeous. It would be nice into spring with a dress on cool days too. I can't wait for it to get warmer...


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