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.
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…
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…
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.