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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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. 😉

Lunaris Shawl Progress & What’s New In The Queue (Some Crochet?? Really? Really!)

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I’m making pretty good progress on this shawl. I think I’m just so excited to be working on something smaller than an afghan that I don’t want to put it own until it’s done and then move on to something else. Also, this pattern is pretty simple, the only thing I’m not particularly excited about is weaving in all those ends. I feel about that about the same as I feel about seams. It’s a chore, but I guess there’s not avoiding it, if I want to actually finish it.

So you know how I said I wasn’t going to buy more yarn until I got through more of my stash? Well, that didn’t happen…

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But I promise it’s for a good reason!! I went to the fabric store with my sister and was flipping through Knitscene’s Accessories 2015, while she flipped through pattern books and stumbled across the Grace Clutch, and we both thought it was adorable and so I asked her if that’s what she wants for Xmas, and she said yeah, so obviously I had to buy the yarn for it.

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See? It’s just too adorable to pass up.

As for the other recent additions to my Ravelry queue, I’ve been suddenly swept by the mood to crochet. (Yes, I do sometimes crochet, although it’s been years, so I may have forgotten.) So I stumbled across these patterns….

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Triple Luxe Cowl

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Clan Westwood

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Summer Marsala Tunic

I couldn’t really resist that tartan wrap, I am just obsessed with tartan. Maybe a little too much.

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?

Blanket In Progress

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Well, here it is. I’m hoping maybe if I get some encouraging comments (cough cough) I’ll regain my motivation to finish it. I really really need to do more than three rows a day if I expect to get it done any time soon. And I’ve started looking at Ravelry, adding so much to my queue, anticipating my next project. Even though I have now added enough to my queue for maybe 20 years worth of projects. And that is if I had as much time for knitting as I dream of. I should really just find some rich guy to marry so I can just stay home and knit all the time. That would really solve all my problems, I think. I also made the mistake of ordering three project kits from Craftsy, as if I didn’t already have enough yarn. Oh, wait, that’s right, too much is never enough when it comes to yarn, amiright?!

Any suggestions on how to stay motivated when working on a large project like an afghan?

I think they’re beautiful and cozy warm (I have fallen asleep under it several times, even though it’s only half done, maybe that’s why it’s taking so long…) when they’re done, but man, it’s a lot of work.

Oh, also, if you like this pattern, I got it off of Craftsy, here.

Hope your projects are moving along more nicely than mine.

Who Would Want A Knit Skirt?

The answer to that question…My sister. This was actually back in October that I had a conversation with my sister about the fact that (almost) every pattern book I own has a design for a knit skirt, and how I thought that a little odd because I feel like I never see anyone wearing a knitted skirt (which may very well be just a symptom of my location). As beautiful as the patterns usually are. And her response was that she would wear one. So…naturally, I decided I would make one for her, just to try it out. The pattern she chose was the Chelsea Skirt by Cecily Glowik MacDonald, which I found in New England Knits. (Which is a really nice collection of patterns, by the way.)

I couldn’t afford the yarn called for, so I decided to use KnitPicks Wool of the Andes Tweed. Which, can I just say, I love tweed. I can’t really explain why, I just do. I also bought the gloss lace in natural for the trim. (A chance for more lace!) So, here goes nothing…

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I think it will turn out well, I’m just a little worried about the fit. I have trouble making adjustments to patterns, so I think I will go for a little bit bigger than what I think, and if needed my sister can sew so we can take it in a little. It is, after all, easier to make something smaller than to make it bigger.