Wow, it’s been a while. I suppose an explanation is in order. You see, I’ve rather sadly become one of those bloggers that doesn’t blog regularly anymore :( I see my stats dropping like the dirty bastard moths I am still swiping at now and again and though I feel deep sadness over that, I have come to the conclusion that there isn’t much I can do about it right now. Time for blogging will come more regularly again (I hope!), but my focus is elsewhere for the time being. Mostly on that little cherub napping in his room upstairs ;)
The silver lining to this is that I actually have knitting to show you! Yes, I have actually been finishing things. I’ve been subscribing to a new philosophy on knitting (and life in general) i.e., completing what I start and eliminating the baggage of everything else. This is sort of new to me, and it’s actually been easier and more satisfying than I expected. I think the first time I started and finished something this year and didn’t allow myself to start something else in the meantime, was just the boost I needed to break my habit. Experiencing how good it feels to get that last stitch finished and take those photos so I can mark it “completed” in Ravelry has become downright addicting.
I know, I know. Get to the pretty pictures already! No one wants to hear you tooting your own horn. So, I’ll dispense with the pleasantries and get down to it. Just the nitty gritty deets for now and I’ll chit chat more next time.
- Pattern: Twisted by Galia Lael (Ravelry link here; My Ravelry project link here)
- Yarn: Approximately 156 yds of Brown Sheep Lamb’s Pride Bulky in “Wild Violet”
- Needles: 16 inch Size 9 & 10.5 bamboo circs
- Mods: None
- Completed: January 27, 2011
I made this for Amy as her Pay It Forward 2011 gifty. This was such a quick and addicting knit! Amy loves purple and she really likes hats, so this was a fun (and hopefully useful) thing to make for her. I don’t have a lot of purple in my stash, but I did have this pretty yarn and it was just the right amount for this beret. I was sweating having enough until the very last stitch, but squeaked by with just the right amount. My first time blocking a hat on a dinner plate!
- Pattern: Multnomah by Kate Elsa (Ravelry link here; My Ravelry project link here)
- Yarn: Approximately 484 yds of Hill Country Yarns Superfine Supersock in “Blueberry Wine”
- Needles: 24 inch size 3 addi lace turbos
- Mods: Knit extra lace repeats (19 total) to increase size of shawl
- Completed: March 23, 2011
A gift for Lisa, this was my second completed Pay It Forward gifty for the year. Lisa is also a purple fan! I thought the colors would be perfect for her and I really wanted to knit a shawl. I love knitting shawls, even if I don’t wear them :) It turned out as more of a shawlette, even though I did many more repeats of the feather and fan pattern than were called for in the original pattern. I think the yarn was closer to laceweight than fingering; more than I’d realized initially. But I’m still happy with how it turned out and Lisa tells me she really likes it too. Hooray! Blocked this with blocking wires. My very first time! They are amazing, let me tell ya…..
- Pattern: Undergrowth by Mandy Powers (Ravelry link here; My Ravelry project link here)
- Yarn: Approximately 101 yds of Frog Tree Alpaca Sport in “#23” (Red; MC) + 79 yds Knit Picks Andean Treasure in “Meringue Heather” (Cream; CC)
- Needles: 16 inch size 4 bamboo circs & dpns
- Mods: None!
- Completed: April 29, 2011
This hat was for Jess (my 3rd Pay It Forward gifty for 2011). Jess mentioned one of her favorite colors was red and that she really liked hats (but never seemed to get to make one for herself). I saw this pattern and had to make one. It worked out perfectly because I had just the right red in my stash already! A while back Jess wrote a post about “Potato Chip Knitting”. You know, the kind you can’t put down? I’d never heard that before and thought it was super clever :) My potato chip knitting just happens to be colorwork, so how fitting that she should be the recipient of this hat! This pattern was fantastic. The instructions were clear & concise, and the design was amazing. I would make about a zillion more of these if I had that many heads to put them on :) I seriously couldn’t put this down. So, I’ll just put this out there: if you want one and don’t have the skillz, time, or desire to knit one, let me know! If you got the yarn, I got the time ;)
- Pattern: The Kumfy Schluttli by Meg Layaw (Ravelry link here; My Ravelry project link here)
- Yarn: Approximately 232.5 yds of Dream In Color Classy in “Beach Fog”
- Needles: 24 inch size 8 bamboo circs & dpns
- Size: 3-9 months
- Completed: May 19, 2011
I made this little sweater for a Ravelry penpal who just had a little boy in March. I was kind of pushing it size-wise perhaps, but was hoping it would still fit him for a little. Jess will recognize this yarn since I received it in trade from her sometime last year :) What a truly adorable sweater! And what a truly sketchy pattern. I was surprised at that, but was ultimately able to figure things out, having knit a fair number of raglans by now in my knitting “career”. Personally, I prefer patterns that lay it all out for you, and don’t appreciate it when things seem vague or too “casual” in the instructions. But that’s just me. Anyway, I can see myself making a few more of these. It was super quick and satisfying to knit, and only took 1 hank of yarn!
Whew! I suppose if I didn’t store stuff up to post it would go a lot faster (it’s already taken me 2 days to finish this post). Anyhoo, I’ve got 2 more FO’s waiting to be blocked and a half-finished Spectra (OMG. LOVE.) to show soon too. Guess I’d better get a move on!
Knit happy, blogg peeps :)