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.
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.
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. 😉
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…
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.
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….
Triple Luxe Cowl
Summer Marsala Tunic
I couldn’t really resist that tartan wrap, I am just obsessed with tartan. Maybe a little too much.
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.
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.
I 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?
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
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.
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.
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…
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…