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

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…