More Stuff for the Stash

More Yarn!

So, I know I said I wasn’t going to buy any new yarn until I finished the afghan, but I think we all knew that was an empty promise. I really need to stop looking on Craftsy and Ravelry. It’s a real problem. Part of me was also hoping that if I bought some stuff for new projects I’d get excited enough about them to speed through the rest of the afghan. But, sadly, that has not worked. Although, I do have to thank everyone for your encouraging comments. They have made me re-inspired to finish it, even if it does take me another month or two. I was hoping I’d at least have it done in time for Mother’s Day, but I find that unlikely.

Anyway, this yarn will eventually become these things:

Seed Stitch Tie (I’ve always wanted an excuse to knit a tie, and my sister’s boyfriend’s birthday is coming up, so I’m going to knit this for him. It’ll be a nice quick project which I think will be a good reprieve from the afghan. Even if he doesn’t wear it, I think he’ll at least appreciate the work behind it. I hope. Maybe it’s a bad idea…Ugh, I hate knitting something for someone without asking them about it first.) I’ll be using the lovely green Rowan Tweed.

Polarized Hat (I need more hats, and I’m excited to try more colorwork.)

Night Owl Mittens

Lunaris

Normally, I like to buy more colorful yarn, but I’ve come to the realization that the three things I actually wear that I’ve made are all neutral. Apparently, I want to skip Spring/Summer and go straight to Fall. Oh well.

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Blanket In Progress

Cascade Eco+ Quilted Cable Afghan

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.

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…

Finished Knitted Skirt

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So, I finished the knitted skirt for my sister, and now that it’s done, I kind of want one for myself. That may be just because I love tweed so much. Not that I would actually wear it, I’m sure, since it’s barely been cold enough to wear a scarf here. I’ve really got to move somewhere that has a winter. So my skills stop going to waste. Or maybe I should start doing photography again to get out of the house more…

The good news is, my sister loves it, and I was afraid it was going to be too small for her, but it actually turned out to be too big. (Luckily, that is an easier problem to fix.)

I think my favorite part about it is the little bit of lace that peeks out that bottom. Even if I did have to use my poor sewing skills to attach it, it really turned out lovely, I think. And, I finally tried steam blocking. And I think it made all the difference. I don’t have much luck when it comes to wet blocking. But that’s probably because I’m doing it wrong…

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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.

Lace Success!

Mockingbird Tam & Scarf

 

Huzzah! It’s finished! I think once I got the pattern memorized, it really went quickly. I think that’s what I liked the most about this pattern, it was super easy to memorize the lace. Although, I think I must have read something wrong in the pattern (or blocked it improperly) and it the scarf turned out much longer than it should have. But, really, is that the end of the world? To have a scarf that’s long? Probably not. I also overbought on the yarn, and now have an extra skein. Perhaps that calls for an attempt at socks?

Mom loved it, and is now requesting an afghan in a merlot color. Of course, by the time I get that finished, it will be too warm out to actually need one.

Something else I’ve realized as I’m writing this, I need to learn to use a real camera. iPhone photos are great on your phone, but not so much when you get them on the computer. Perhaps that is user error, though, and not the camera…

Where can I find good tips on how to take photos of your knitting? Any suggestions? Also, does anyone know where you can get one of those foam head things? If you know what I’m talking about? I’m not sure what they’re actually called.

What’s New in the Queue

I just want to start out by admitting I have a really hard time remembering how to spell queue. So much for that Literature degree, yeah?

Anyway, I thought I’d share some of the recent adds to my ever-growing Ravelry queue (as if I’ll ever have enough time to knit all of it, but a girl can dream, can’t she?), since I’m still working on the same project as last time.

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  1. Something Lovely I really really love this pattern, and all the different ways it looks like it can be worn, plus I have some Cascade Ecological Wool in Natural that has been sitting in my stash for quite a while. Hey! I can’t actually make a dent in the stash! Cra-azy.
  2. Gradient Mitts I don’t know if I’ll ever actually purchase the kit to make these, but I just think they are so absolutely beautiful, and I love that whole ombre look. Plus I think I was just drawn to them because they used one of my favorite color groups for the sample.
  3. Princess Franklin I am absolutely obsessed with Tartan right now (which may or may not be because of Outlander…), and the Tartan Lula Hoop from Wool and the Gang, but it’s a bit rich for my blood. And since I don’t really know what I’m doing with color work…I’m thinking to try my hand at this pattern would be a close second, and would probably end up being more comfortable anyway. The WATG one looks so bulky, which is really nice to look at, not always nice to wear.
  4. Serpentine Hat I A) love the color they used, and B) am in love with anything that looks sort of vintage 20’s era-inspired/art nouveau. The detail on the side just gives it that little something special.
  5. Kennedy Sweater For when I feel up to another sweater, which may not be for a while, still I think this one looks lovely. I’ve always liked cable sweaters, but for some reason I think I only have one. Someday it will be time for more.

Anything new in your queue?