Some Updates, and SOCKS!

First things first, I started my first attempt at socks. So far so good, but I think I am going to run out of yarn. I’ve decided I’m okay with it, since these were really just something I wanted to try to knit, and not necessarily wear.

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I also finished a scarf and hat, before realizing that it’s getting warmer out, and I need smallish projects that I may actually use…

I’m still waiting on an order of some handmade wooden buttons to sew onto the hat, so it’s not quite done yet, but I’m counting it as finished.

I think the knitting group has really helped me focus (obsess?) on my knitting, so I’m more motivated than usual to get things done.

In other news, I’m starting to plan a trip to London in August, if anyone has been or is from around there, any tips or suggestions of where to go would be much appreciated! Especially yarn shops, and maybe also where to eat. Those are my priorities.

I’ve been very good about not buying any new yarn until I work my way through my stash, with the intention that I may bring home a whole suitcase full from the trip. If the mood should strike me.

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Back From the Dead!

Okay, I wasn’t dead, but I was on a very long knitting hiatus. I don’t know what that was about, actually, I do. It may have something to do with the billion (okay, like two, I like to exaggerate, okay?) changes that happened in my world. New job, and I moved, and now have a roommate, well, my sister, but seeing as we haven’t lived together in a few years, it’s still an adjustment. I think I’m back in the swing of things, though. On Ravelry and Pinterest daily, looking at yarn and patterns I don’t actually have time for. And! I finally finished that clutch I started forever ago…

   
 
I didn’t quite get the pleats right, but I think it turned out super cute. What do you think? Want to knit your own? It’s the Grace Clutch found here.

I also joined a knitting group that gets together once a week, and that’s been really motivating to jump back in.

Finished Lunaris Shawl, and A New WIP

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More lace knitting! Hooray! I was going to start on my sister’s Christmas present, which is the Grace Clutch from Knitscene Accessories 2015, mentioned in an earlier post, but then realized I did not have the right size needles. (Why does it seem like I have to buy a new set for every project I start?) And felt the need to get some new addi’s, because after using those on the Afghan I made for Mum, I don’t want to go back to my collection of cheap bamboo needles. So, basically, I started this because my finger’s were itching to knit, and I couldn’t wait the two days for the needles to be delivered. I have every intention of putting it down to start work on the Clutch as soon as I get the needles, but…I might have to put that off for a bit, while I’m still exciting about this pattern, which is the ever popular Lace Ribbon Scarf by Veronik Avery. I’ve already messed up on a section, but I think it is not so noticeable that I have to start over. Or at least I hope it’s only noticeable to me. You guys tell me. I love this color of yarn, which is Madeline Tosh Tosh Sock in Worn Denim. I think it works really well with the pattern, and almost looks like flowing water.

Here’s the finished Lunaris Shawl. I think I will be wearing it like this, for the most part. Shawls aren’t really my thing, but there are so many beautiful patterns for them, it might have to become my thing.

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What do you think? Sorry for the bad iPhone photos. They look so cloudy, I can’t figure it out. My dad can take wonderful photos with his phone, but mine always turn out bad. Perhaps it’s just the lighting? I’m taking a photography class, so hopefully I’ll improve, or stop being lazy and use a REAL camera. Oh, the novelty. I’m also taking a class to get a Legal Secretary Certificate, in hopes that I can get a better job, so I  may not be posting as much, since I will have less time for knitting, but when it’s over maybe I’ll be making more money, which translates to more yarn. 😉

A Finished Hat and The Beginnings of A Shawl

Finally finished the Tuva hat pattern I started like 6 months ago, and had to put aside in order to finish the afghan. I really like how the colors in the yarn worked up in the pattern. I think I messed up a little on the blocking, and it stretched a little so it doesn’t quite fit as nicely as it probably could. That being said, I’m not sure I will end up wearing it much anyway. I really just wanted to make a Pom Pom and ear flaps, because they are just so fun. Does anyone know where you can get one of those styrofoam heads? I’d really like one in order to block hats, because I have a few more in the queue after this one, and it would be a shame to not block them properly.IMG_1560 IMG_1554

Decided to have some fun, and attempt to take pictures of myself actually wearing what I make, this is the only one where I didn’t blink or make a really weird face, it’s hard for me to pose and focus on taking a picture at the same time. I am not a fan of the selfie. Sorry.
IMG_1540I made a promise to myself (that will undoubtedly get broken in short order, I am sure) to not make a trip to the yarn shop until I have worked through all of the yarn already in my stash. (I’m considering amending that to at least half of my stash, you know, since I’m not sure I really have that kind of willpower) So, I started this lovely Lunaris shawl. I’m not sure about the colors yet, they look a little darker in this picture than they are in real life, but it’s Nature Spun fingering weight in Ash and French Clay. I think maybe I’m just worried about the orange, I tend to lean heavily on the cool colors, so it’s just a bit out of the ordinary for me to work with such a warm color. I’ll hold my final judgement until I see it done. This will be my first shawl. Weird, I know, but I just never saw the need for one. I saw this pattern though, and I loved the drape, and the various ways you can wear it and decided it’s about time I made one, right?

Onwards and Upwards, Sort Of.

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Here’s the finished blanket after blocking. It looks great on my Mum’s couch, and she said it was beautiful and worth the six month wait. So, yay for that. Now that this is done I’m feeling much more excited for knitting again, even if it is an hundred degrees outside.

So, I’ve decided to pick up my UFO from before I started the blanket, the Tuva Hat pattern by Tanis Gray. I’ve always wanted a hat with earflaps and a pompom on top. I’ve never actually made any pom poms, but I got one of those doohickeys to make them and it seems pretty simple. Now after having frogged the hat three times already, I think I will finally get it right, and should be done soon. Oh small projects, you are glorious!

Tuva Hat in "Christmas at Downton"

I’m using Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Worsted in the “Christmas at Downton” color. Admittedly, I bought it for the name, but I’m glad I did. I rarely use a multi-colored yarn, but I think it’s really adding to the quirkiness of the design, you know? The teal color in it is just gorgeous, I’m in love with it. I wonder if they make a color that’s just that one solid, because I would love a sweater in it.

Next post will be devoted to some new adds to the queue now that I’m back to obsessing over knitting, my queue now holds 132 items. How much do you think one slow knitter can make in a lifetime?

Okay, I’m Back!

  The blanket is finally finally done! That only took, what? Six months? Yeah, no time at all. I have to blame a) the fact that I’m a slow knitter and b) I have what I like to call seasonal knitting disorder, as in, it gets hot outside and suddenly I’d rather paint or something. I’m trying very desperately to break that habit. So, here’s hoping. 
The good news is, the blanket is done, all I need to do is go invest in some blacking wires, block it, then I can finally give it to Mum, now that it’s too hot to actually need. Brilliant! It’ll at least look lovely on her sofa.

Next up, I’m going to finish the Tuva Hat I started before the blanket, and maybe attempt to learn Continental method, since everyone seems to swear by it being faster.

Did any of you have a preferred method?

I’ve always just used the English method, because that’s how my grandmother taught me, and I’m just used to it. 

Colorwork Mittens & Cowl

Okay, I don’t know why I fell off writing this blog/following other blogs. I think I just started to overwhelm myself with hobbies, and I get a bit of creative ADD and have been doing more drawing and such lately rather than knitting. It may also have something to do with the fact that it’s been somewhat warm and I have a harder time picking up the needles when it’s hot outside. I know, for shame! Also, might be because I am currently working on a wool afghan for my mum. I started it back in January I think and it’s a little over halfway done, so I haven’t picked up anything else until it’s finished. And I promised not to go on Ravelry or Craftsy so as not to tempt myself. So, it may be that I don’t do another post until that day happens. Which currently feels like it’s very far away.

But, for now, I want to share with you the mittens I made a few weeks ago. My sister got some good use out of these last weekend when she went to CT. Because there, it was snowing, and not 90 degrees. Is there a happy medium somewhere? Well, she was grateful for them. And I even managed to try colorwork! Thanks to a Craftsy class. With it being explained in good detail, I was able to get a good end result, I think.

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Colorwork Norwegian Style Mittens!

Speaking of Colorwork, here’s an old piece I did a few years ago, which turned out great, but I think if it hadn’t call to be sewn together to make it reversible, the wrong side would look like a mess of spaghetti. I learned so much from taking the above class, I’m really excited to try more than two colors…

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I think the pattern was from a Knitscene Accessories. Well, anyway, fair warning, you may not hear from me for a while, but don’t worry, I’m not dead, I’m just knitting an afghan. Or drawing something instead…